Activist Monday: WWRD?
Posted May 9, 2016on:
Good Monday, all. I hope you had a great Mother’s Day / Kentucky Derby weekend.
Oh, it’s a delicious time for those of us who have long predicted that the Tea Party wackos would cause the collapse of the Republican Party. That time, I believe, is now upon us.
As Prolix said on Friday, Donald Trump is winning because of the racism, stupid. His positions on most issues amount to a sound byte, some word salad and a statement about how wonderful he is. You know, like this:
Baier: About Russia, you were asked yesterday if you’ve ever spoken to Vladmir Putin, and you said, “I don’t want to say.”
Trump: Yeah, I have no comment on that. No comment.
Baier: But one of the things people like about you is that you answer any question.
Trump: Yeah but I don’t want to comment because — Let’s assume I did. Perhaps it was personal. You know, I don’t want to hurt his confidence. But I know Russia well. I had a major event in Russia two or three years ago — Miss Universe contest, which was a big, big, incredible event. An incredible success. I got to meet a lot of people, and you know what? They want to be friendly with the United States. Wouldn’t it be nice if we actually got along with somebody?
Even Dubya, not the most articulate man on his best day, is having trouble with that one.
So no, the fact that Trump isn’t a “real conservative” (whatever the f*ck that is supposed to mean) doesn’t bother the Tea Partiers one bit. They just like the fact that he’s white, rich, male and makes them feel like they don’t have to think about the scary changes that are happening in this mean old world. OMG, a woman is running for President! OMG, people with brown skin are taking over the country! OMG, teh gayzzz are marrying each other!!! Can’t someone PLEEEEEZ tell me I can go back to the fake 50’s in my head, when everyone was white, straight and Christian, and June Cleaver vacuumed the living room in pearls, an apron and pumps????
Anyway, I won’t rehash all the ground that Prolix covered so well. I will, however, posit the question: WWRD (What Will Republicans Do), now that “Stop Trump” is DeFunct, and Reince Priebus (a name only a white supremacist sans spell check could love) has declared the Orange Baboon the Party’s presumptive nominee?
Since they’re Republicans, they’re looking to Daddy to save them. Some have settled on Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse. For some reason, people think he’s got something going for him, because he called for a third-party challenger to Trump and Clinton. Wow, what a great idea, Benny! There’s this guy, Ross Perot, who could be your campaign manager. I hear he’s great with the flip charts and the graphs and such. He, like you, also thought balancing the budget was super-de-dooper important!
Peter Beinart of The Atlantic is not so impressed with the Sassy Mr. Sasse.
Sasse goes onto say that “neither political party works” and that both are “enough of a mess that I believe they will come apart.” That’s untrue. Sasse’s GOP is indeed in trouble, both because it’s on the wrong side of the country’s biggest demographic changes and because it’s on the verge of a nominating a man who many party elders despise. But the Democratic Party has rarely been stronger and more united. For all the talk about the divisions between Clinton and Bernie Sanders, 86 percent of Sanders supporters say they’ll support Clinton in the fall. By contrast, only 70 percent of Republicans who voted against Trump in the primaries say they’ll back him. According to an April Pew Research Center poll, 88 percent of Democrats view their party favorably compared to only 68 percent of Republicans. Among Americans as a whole, the Democratic Party’s approval rating exceeds the GOP’s by 12 points.
Oh yes, the Republican Party is truly imploding. A Trump nomination seemed impossible to me just a few months ago…it seems inevitable now. And with him at the head of the Party, can a Democratic landslide be far behind? Heh. Heh. Heh.
I know it’s early – and I can already hear Trump fans pointing that out in no uncertain terms – but the polls are plentiful. And they speak volumes about the nature of the race in store. One thing they say loud and clear is that Donald Trump is as unliked as any nominee from any party in our lifetimes. His unfavorables are enormous (high 60’s by some accounts) and his message resonates with a vocal and passionate few.
Unfortunately for his White House aspirations, you can’t get elected with the support of 40% of the electorate – no matter how enthusiastically they cast their vote. And we see that truth in striking display in the latest state and national polls. In poll after poll, Hillary is beating Trump soundly on the national stage and even winning in states that should be Republican. The current EP Poll Average has her up 10.5 points. That’s well into landslide territory.
Will the race tighten up once we get past the conventions? Perhaps. But head-to-head battles aside, Donald Trump has a lot of fences to mend if he hopes to earn the vote of a majority of Americans. Judging from his persona, such an about face seems highly unlikely to me.
Uh, yes. And if this “Face the Nation” interview with John Dickerson is any indication of how she’s going to attack Trump, I think he should start running for Canada now, because that 10.5% could be just the beginning.
CLINTON: Well, he doesn’t have a view. He has a slogan. And he needs to be really pressed on that.
When he says climate change is a Chinese hoax, what does that mean? Has he ever talked to a scientist, or is he just again assuming a slogan? When he says women should be punished for having abortions, what does that mean, and how would he go about that, or rounding up 11 million, 12 million people, which he again repeated, which would entail the most comprehensive police and military action inside our borders that is imaginable?
And you combine that with a lot of what he’s said about foreign policy and then recently economic policy, when he said he’d renegotiate the national debt. Maybe he just doesn’t understand that running our government is not the same as making real estate deals, that putting the full faith and credit of the United States of America at risk would be a horrible outcome.
And it would raise interest rates. It would wipe away savings. It would cause a financial global meltdown. People need to be pressing him. And I don’t think people get, especially in the media, at least so far, into other than just the response, which then is not followed up on.
Buckle up, Widdershins. I hear the sound of Nero’s fiddle!
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