May 24, 2016

All the Trump That's Fit to Print

Read the obligatory Jonah Goldberg “G-file” contra Trump, and of course I felt all the dismalness that this election “inspires” in me. It's a bad dream, ongoing, slow motion. Better to disengage, like I did during the Bill Clinton era when I read a huge biography about Stonewall Jackson, the anti-Clinton (but see my blog title).

It's been said ad nauseum but I can't get over how surreal it is that we have two final candidates for president whom I wouldn't trust on Columbus city council let alone as president. For the first time it seems like we're going to get a president we really don't deserve. As much as I didn't like Clinton or Obama, both looked at semi-plausible on paper (or, in Obama's case, without paper trail) in their initial election.

Bill Clinton was a bit shady, but seemed to govern his state well enough. Obama was the flip image: squeaky clean, but without governing experience.

Now we get Hillary, both corrupt and no credible governing experience (the Senate is like college - a six-year vacation from the realities of life - and as Sec of State she had no successes and some notable failures), and Trump has no governing experience and makes ridiculous promises either out of invincible ignorance or conman cunning. He's either a clown, as my stepson refers to him, or despot, but the despot and the clown often look like a joke until they're not. Hitler was initially laughed at and not taken seriously.

I could easily have Trump Derangement Syndrome and certainly I hope do for the country's sake, meaning that I'm greatly exaggerating his potential for mischief, but I can't help but think of the Hilaire Belloc quote given how we love the inversion of the liberals' politically correct speech and yet…:
We sit by and watch the barbarian. We tolerate him in the long stretches of peace, we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence; his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creed refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond, and on these faces there are no smiles.
So out of a country of 300+ million we've ended up with two finalists whom we already know suck profoundly even going in. Now it's one thing to get someone as president who we didn't know would hoodwink us, but here we are knowing we're hoodwinked ahead of time.

Columnist Kathleen Parker writes "One might wish that Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) quip about a contest between her and Trump were correct. More or less, he said that corrupt beats crazy every time...For Clinton to prevail over Trump…support depends on the answer to a tricky question: Is she really as liberal as she’s promising to be, or is she faking? Trump-leaning voters face the same challenge: Is he really as awful as he seems, or has he just been bluffing?"

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