Posted March 16, 2016on:
A Florida victory would have been great by itself, but five wins! Geez, that is the type of thing that gets someone a pee test for HGH. Last night was great for our gal and even greater for our country.
Too often I am overwhelmed and thrilled by Hillary’s victories. I fail to adequately acknowledge the country needs Hillary Clinton. We need someone of exemplary competence. We need someone strong. We need someone harden to the mud slung by the power-grubbing money changers of talk radio and Fox. We need Hillary.
It became all but official last night that Hillary will be President of these United States. Unfortunately the process of making it official looks like it will take another eight months of slogging through the vanity passion projects of two men suffering from stunted psychological development. In any event, we are a day and five states closer to being “Ready for Hillary.”
Here’s what I had written last weekend for today’s post.
Sometimes, I’m like a snapping turtle with lockjaw – I just can’t let things go. Last week I wrote twice about GOP Grand Old Cons. Well, I’m not finished.
The Grandest of all GOP Cons is the constant lip service about personal responsibility. The “bee swarming masses” of Republicans are always quick to point out how the poor are just lazy, women have loose morals if they dare to make their own health decisions, and gay people are making a lifestyle choice because things are so much easier as a homosexual.
There’s a new one to add to this stunning cavalcade of Republican ignorance: Barack Obama and liberals are responsible for the rise of Donald Trump. Obama was asked about it last week and said: “I have been blamed by Republicans for a lot of things, but being blamed for their primaries and who they’re selecting for their party is novel. Party leaders have been feeding the Republican base for the last seven years a notion that everything I do is to be opposed” and “that cooperation or compromise somehow is a betrayal.”
Let’s take a quick survey of the conservative thinkers on the subject. There’s Michael Barone who credits Obama’s non-stop insults of Republicans. I guess he is watching the Correspondent Dinner speeches on a loop.
There’s Ben Domenech, the publisher of The Federalist, whose circulation, with Scalia’s death, is down to three since Domenech’s parents are still living, who said, “America is more tribalist.” At least he left out “Kenyan tribalist.”
Then there’s the verbally constipated speechwriter Peggy Noonan who, now that Nancy Reagan has died, will undoubtedly claim she is the keeper of the Ronaldus Magnus’s flame. Ms. Noonan spluttered something about Obama “lowering the bar” for presidential qualifications. Guess she forgot about Reagan’s Iran/Contra Scandal, Savings and Loan scandal, supporting apartheid, Central America scandals, and ketchup as a vegetable scandal.
Or could the cause be the 4.9% unemployment that Romney promised would be down to 6.0% by the end of his first term right about now.
Or could it be Obamacare that is insuring more and costing less than anyone believed possible.
Or perhaps it is, as promised, a slow and protracted victory over Isis without the need for another invasion of the desert sands of the Middle East.
Or it’s Ebola. Or it’s Zika. Or it’s Ferguson. Or it’s Black Lives Matter. Or it’s random acts of violence by white, domestic terrorists. Or it’s mass shootings.
Or is it that life happens, time proceeds, and whatever it brings, Republicans find it convenient to retreat to their recliners and talk about “Those People.”
The one thing that is inescapable is whatever it is driving Trumpism, it has been fomenting for quite some time. Birtherism played a part, but was never called out by Republicans. In fact, Trump was King Birther as he endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012.
Now King Birther has turned into some kind of comb-over Pied Piper luring all the disaffected and angry to follow him to his Kingdom of Deflecting Fault. His siren song of “winning” and “not loosing” and “negotiating” and “demanding” seems to assuage the tribal instincts by their oppositional confusion.
I’m still partial to Jonathan Chait’s succinct summation: Republicans are not racist, but they can’t win without racists. I imagine it is a bit more complicated than that. In pure classic conservatism, the root causes are not all-purpose explanations, but are alibis used in a storm of discontent. Economics plays a part, but are not everything or even the major thing. Irrational ideology and identity are far more in understanding the Trump zombie voter.
Anger, among other things, is not a defensible psychological basis for road rage or voting. Pundit after pundit explains Trumpism by calling it “anger working its way through the system.” My response: Cancer never works its way through your system. It is insidious and it will kill you unless it is excised.
What I do know is this: For Republicans, no matter the issue, no matter the inadequacy, no matter the prejudice or slight, it is never their fault since if it were, they would have to take some measure of responsibility for it. They know full well, if they don’t take responsibility, they can continue to enjoy the victimhood they so often invoke.
I also know this: No one better represents the plurality of the Republican Party than Donald Trump. He’s incapable of telling the truth. He’s incapable of taking responsibility. He is gifted at deflecting responsibility. He is world-class at feigning victimhood. Donald Trump is emblematic of people told to be afraid of the world and the inevitability of the future. What they should fear is what has passed and continues to masquerade as leadership in the Republican Party.
Feel free to take this conversation in any direction you might like to explore.
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