It’s a clown car, the gaggle of GOP candidates. The two leading candidates are idiots, and even the other idiots in the party recognize this now and are worried. They are very worried that—in the increasingly unlikely case that they put a Republican in the White House in 2016—their President will be a dangerous embarrassment.
Donald Trump is the insult comic candidate who almost seems to lack a shred of decency. Much as I personally dislike Dr. Carson and find him ridiculous, to make the child molester comparison Trump made yesterday, that is a comparison no decent person makes unless you know to a dead certainty that it’s true. Of course, Trump will say it’s just an analogy, but only his most rabid followers won’t see through that.
The idea of a wall (which Mexico would pay for, according to Trump) is equally ridiculous. Walls are only relatively effective at keeping people from going over them. They are almost useless at preventing people from going under them. Also, such a wall would start at the Pacific and end at the Gulf of Mexico. Are you thinking, like me, “rowboat”? Well, if not a rowboat, then some sort of boat. Ultimately, will we also have a wall along our oceanic and gulf shores as well? And if Mexicans can get to Canada, will we have a northern wall as well.
No Republican is better at offending demographics the GOP will need to win the presidency than Trump. So far, he’s offended a huge proportion of Hispanics—even those who are proud of having won their citizenship by going through the legal process—with his murderers and rapists reference. He is clueless when it comes to talking about or to women. Despite his claims, he’s clearly a sexist. He even did a repulsive comical mimicking of how Chinese businessmen sound when they talk, bringing to mind some of the most offensive bucktoothed performances of Jerry Lewis and Mickey Rooney.
Now, on to Dr. Carson. Where to begin?
Well, how about is rather dubious accounts of a future murderer saved by his acceptance of Jesus as his savior. Most of these stories of attacking friends with a knife or padlock or almost killing his mother with a hammer sound fish and are hard or impossible to verify.
That is just strange. More worrisome is the question of what goes on in that head of his. He appears to have what someone once called “a head full of snakes.” He strongly believes things which are either patently false or totally off-the-wall.
He believes, for example, that homosexuality is a choice based on the notion (I can’t call it a fact) that “Men go into prison heterosexual and come out gay.” This is probably based on the fact that gay sex goes on in prison. Why? Well, in a men’s prison, who ARE you going to engage in sexual activities with?
He loves comparing things with Nazi Germany or American slavery. This is almost always a tactic used by extremists.
It seems that as soon as he gets out of his medical specialty, he becomes a particularly ill-informed know nothing. For example, he thinks that the pyramids, which are solid rock and have very little empty space in them were created by Moses’ brother Joseph as granaries. This is just laughable and even many elementary school children know that the pyramids were monuments used for the interment of Pharaohs.
Most recently, he asserted that the Chinese are involved in the war in Syria, and expressed surprise that government and academic experts on the area are unaware of this. He promises that this weekend he’ll produce evidence. I almost can’t wait to see what it is.
The Republican establishment leadership is crapping their pants, hoping against hope that both of these clowns self-destruct, so that one of their less-obvious clowns might have a chance to undo the damage they have done.
The trouble is that won’t work. By trying to appeal to the anti-immigration elements who are currently favoring Trump, the remaining candidates have had to take positions which will cost them most Hispanic votes, and the party leadership understands that they’ll never win the White House again without getting a large Hispanic vote. Trump is also costing them a large proportion of female votes. Even Republican women who’ve been polled say they can’t vote for Trump. But the Republican position on Planned Parenthood and abortion drives a lot of women away anyway. Women who are tired of being “mansplained” to by middle-aged or elderly conservative white men.
Blacks? The GOP wrote them off decades ago.
When the Tea Party came to power in the GOP, the party’s inevitable destruction under the weight of national demographic shifts speeded up considerably. I’m not sure we’ll ever see another Republican President.