The Republican Tell

What Charlie Pierce calls Tiger Beat on the Potomac has a very serious bit on how concerned is the Republican brain trust that Donald Trump will hurt the party’s appeal with women and minorities – that his bombastic attacks on everyone and everything will damage the eventual candidate (which, of course, could never be Donald because Republicans are serious people).
They are especially worried that his plastic popularity and name recognition will earn him a spot on the debate stage.

“But as of now, he would be in — over 2012 Republican runner-up Rick Santorum, who won 11 states and around 4 million votes last cycle; over John Kasich, the popular Ohio governor of a key swing state; over South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a leading foreign policy voice in the field; and over Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, known as a policy wonk…He’d also make it in over Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO whom the party establishment desperately wants on the debate stage. Fiorina has earned strong reviews from early-state activists, and party insiders say her inclusion in the debate is critical — both to demonstrate the GOP’s diversity and to help male candidates find the right tone in connecting with female voters.”

In what universe is Rick Santorum described as 2012 runner-up instead of a giant theocratic dick with a snowball’s chance in hell of anything?
John Kasich is running because everyone else is and, hell, why not?
Lindsay Graham is a pants wetting panic button with his tongue drilled up the backdoor of the Senator who created Palin.
Bobby Jindal…a policy wonk? Gentlemen, put down the peyote.
Carly Fiorina is a complete failure in business, electoral politics, truth telling, and is only welcomed by the GOP to deflect accurate charges of rampant sexism in their attacks on Hillary Clinton. As a secondary benefit, her presence in the debates will allegedly prevent the other candidates from using terms like, “Broads,” “Skirts,” or, “The women folk,” when pushing policies to restrict or ban abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

Leaving aside for the moment Trump’s unmatched ability to be a blithering, loud-mouthed shnook of truly epic proportions, what is it that troubles Politico? Is it his calling all Mexicans rapists and drug dealers? Nope:

In recent months, he’s said that Fiorina got “fired viciously” from HP and “got clobbered” in her 2010 California Senate loss to Barbara Boxer (she lost by 10 points.) He’s ripped Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as “very weak” on immigration. He’s called Jeb Bush “an unhappy person” and said he “couldn’t negotiate his way out of a paper bag.”

Fiorina fired viciously from HP – TRUE.
Fiorina clobbered in Senate loss – TRUE
Rubio weak on immigration – TRUE
Jeb a spineless, flip-flopping buffoon – TRUE

Firstly, in what universe is Donald Trump not the perfect embodiment of the contemporary Republican party?
Blatantly racist, sexist and anti-immigrant while insisting he isn’t; absolutely certain he knows everything, is right about everything and everyone else is a loser. Invents “facts” that suit whatever happens to be oozing out of his yap at the moment. Committed birther who demanded to see the president’s long form birth certificate and then wouldn’t accept the document when offered. Anti-tax, anti-government, anti-environmental protection. Solution to every foreign policy problem – a big stick, “Make them behave.”
Donald Trump is a boasting, fabricating, ignorant, spoiled rotten piece of shit. He is loud and proud and doesn’t care that he is fucked-in-the-head wrong about everything. Donald Trump IS Republican.
The Republicans don’t want him on the debate stage because he reveals the rest of them for what they truly are. The only reason thinking people ought to be concerned is that his presence makes the rest of them appear reasonable by comparison. They are not – not more thoughtful or smart or able to govern…they are not less racist, sexist or homophobic – they’re just less like Foghorn Leghorn and they would prefer Donald stop hollering, “Now, see heah, boy!”

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2 Responses

  1. (Note: A few years back, I made a sacred vow not to talk about 2016 US election until…wait for it….January 1 2016!, so I’ll stick with the past.)

    “In what universe is Rick Santorum described as 2012 runner-up instead of a giant theocratic dick with a snowball’s chance in hell of anything?” – Cousinavi

    Unfortunately, it’s THIS universe.

    Sadly, both statements are true. This messy froth of fecal matter and jizz technically finished 2nd in what was supposed to be an “over before it began” race. The reason it didn’t end was because:

    1) a few 1%-ers wanted the nonsense to continue and kept whipping their race-horses even after they collapsed into the mud.

    2) the lunatics in the Republican Party would rather play around with Mr “999” and Ms “Bachman Turner Reverse Drive” than submit to a semi-reasonable candidate.

    That’s how batshit crazy all this is! And there’s NO reason to think that each & every election from here on out won’t be considerably worse than the last one. I’m sure the clown car for 2016 is so large by now, it’s a clown bus. And I’m sure several billion dollars have already been budgeted by the 1% for an election that wont even happen FOR ALMOST A YEAR AND A HALF!!!

    It’s all about the entertainment value and the money to be earned from it for all involved in the permanent-election industry. Hence my vow not to discuss 2016 in any detail before 2016.

  2. As for the ego-maniacal mop-top, otherwise known as Donald Trump…

    I think discussing Trump won’t violate my vow of 2016 abstinence because he’s NOT running. This ass-clown has pretended to run for President a couple of times before. This time is no different. He’s just pretending harder.

    Trust me, he’ll invent some kind of “crisis”, or party insider “conspiracy” to get him, and announce the “once in a lifetime opportunity” that took him out of the race; a new TV show, book, or whatever bullshit he’s trying to peddle. The guy can pay for his own ticket all the way to the finish line, but he doesn’t intend to exit the starting gate.

    Cousinavi, if Trump actually continues this “Look at me, I’m important. People take me seriously and so should you!” charade all the way to the Iowa vote….

    I will contribute the maximum amount to your election campaign to take the outgoing Peter MacKay’s seat. (MacKay, we all know, is just “retiring” to organize his run for PM, should Herr Harper lose/retire.)

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