Tuesday, November 03, 2015

The Trump Republic

Frank Rich has gone and done it again.  I don’t watch the debates because they are meaningless this far in advance of next year’s primaries.  But the constant news cycle organizations love them.   They are almost as good a news story as a sensational trial involving a young woman.
Trump is the big story this election cycle.  Not only his ability to attract crowds, poll numbers, and consternation of pundits and commentators, but his job on main line Republicans as well as Democrats.  The party’s traditional candidates as well as party bosses, hacks, and flunkies just don’t know what to do with or about him.  As Frank Rich noted, he has changed everything.
The Frankster rounds up the desperate opinions of Republican spin doctors such as Krauthammer and George Will and likens events to those in the previous rocky run up to selecting Romney four years ago.  Trump, the “counterfeit Republican”, is compared to infamous politician in history and literature.
As stated earlier and in a previous post, this may all be “much ado about nothing”, but it does make good TV, and when you live in a world of constant 24-hour TV, you got to have something to put on and the current Republican primary farce and whatever is going on in the House of Representatives is as good as it gets.
There is always the possibility that Trump has changed everything.  Given this is the season for saying something absurd; Joe Biden should have gotten in.  Frank Rich points out that Trump is saying what a lot of Republicans think and feel but would never say in public or use euphemisms to infer what Trump is saying bluntly.  The rank and file that do the 1%ers’ dirty work are eating it up.
This road show would really be something to watch should Trump not only get his party’s nomination but also win the Presidency.  Hillary has too much baggage to win and just about any Republican ought to be able to beat her, but they have a way losing what should be easily winnable.  Watching Trump deal with Congress would be better than any reality TV.
A big question hanging out there is the Republican Party headed the way of the Whig Party.  The demise of which led to the creation of the Republican Party in the 1850s.
That would be something to see, and of course, it would all be on TV, this time.     


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