There is a bit of delicious schadenfreude with regard to the mainstream (“establishment”) Republican party scrambling to correct for The Donald. The GOP spent years training their electorate to respond to noise and nonsense; now they’re stuck behind an interloper cuckoo bird who’s a master at noise, nonsense, and (worst of all) media.
Between the chirping Donnie Boy and the incoherent lipsticked pit bull, it’s quite an entertaining show. Of course, no one will actually vote for the guy, right? Those big crowds just turn out to see the show, right? They’ll never show up at the actual caucus…
We’ll find out a week from now. People may be surprised!
You know about cuckoo birds, right? They lay their eggs in some other bird’s nest. There is, most famously, the European common cuckoo, but on our side of the pond we have the striped cuckoo (and there is, perhaps, a certain resemblance in the top-of-the-head area).
I really do wonder what kind of eggs the Trump Bird is laying in the GOP nest. Given his past, it’s hard to believe they’re very conservative eggs.
A President Trump might surprise his supporters even more than President Obama surprised many liberal voters (myself among them).
“Cuckoo” certainly seems the right word for politics these days.
Conventional political campaign wisdom seems to mean very little this cycle. In fact, it seems upside down. DB seems impervious to missteps that have vanished other candidates from public view (let alone from outside attacks, which just make him stronger).
[We’ll see if conventional wisdom still applies to the others. Chris Christie just stepped in it big time. He gave a rude reply to a young woman who bothered to show up at his event, and he seems utterly unaware of the value of “being there” when his state needs him. Worse, he seems unaware of the favorable free press he’d get setting aside his campaign to help his state. That’s what a presidential type would do.]
In a mythological narrative, occult deals with dark forces, and the casting of fell spells under a blood moon, would lie at the heart. Or perhaps a magical talisman stolen from the long-lost tomb of a forgotten evil mage.
I mean, how else do you explain this? Fate?
As I’ve said before (and in the lead), I think it’s the inevitable result of a population too used to lies, illusions, and trivia (none of which may exceed 140 characters).
Here (as I see it) is the bullet list of woe:
- Assertion as Fact
- Opinion as Reality
- Emotion as Thought
- Popularity as Validity
- Violence as Viable
- Hyperbole as Normal
These are things that I believe lay at the heart of discourse today, and they make it almost utterly without value.
It’s astonishing that no one seems to understand even the most basic logic flaws in reasoning. Just yesterday I watched “expert” talking heads reach for, but never come close to grasping, the idea that ad hominem arguments are meaningless.
Yet, per bullet point #4, we tend to consider the source, the personality, who says something more important than the content of what is said. Everyone (who chooses to express opinions) should acquaint themselves with the basic logical fallacies.
[Those who really get into discussing opinions should be aware of Rational Wiki! If only more media people were.]
Watching politicians and the media that covers them is so dismaying and disturbing as to defy words strong enough to express. I wonder constantly if they’re just too craven to risk offending their talking head guests by holding them basic standards of discourse.
Or maybe they’re just incompetent. Hanlon’s Razor suggests it’s a pretty good bet. Kind of a shame that the people who (at least supposedly) take on the task of informing us are so bad at it.
I did enjoy the CNN Democrats’ Town Hall last night. I thought all three candidates did very well, but I was extra impressed with Martin O’Malley and Hillary Clinton.
Sorry, Bernie… I really do like you and your politics, but I just can’t give you my vote. I’ve reached for Big Change several times now, and so far the reality seems that this big ship just can’t turn that fast.
And I gotta be honest: You’re just too old. And you yell too much. I liked you best when you stopped yelling at the end of your segment last night.
And Hillary… a slick and experienced politician, which is both an upside (proven effectiveness) and a downside (same old politics). I helped elect this country’s first black president; I do believe I’m going to help elect its first female president.
But in the primary I’m probably voting for Martin O’Malley.
Bernie stood up at one point to make a serious point, and later the moderator invited him to be seated again. I wondered how the other candidates would react and attempt to one-up him.
I do not understand why Sanders is trying to finesse his vote as a Vermont senator on the gun bill.
Why can he not simply say, “I voted for my state, exactly as I was elected as senator to do, but as president would obviously represent the entire country.”
The way he’s been handling it is points off in my book.
O’Malley was great. Took off his jacket and stood the whole time (saying he just can’t sit at town hall events). He was dynamic and very good in his answers, and — unlike the debates — it was nice to see as much of him as of the other two candidates.
Hillary, last at bat, had no choice but to stand after O’Malley did, but she was also energetic and gave pretty good answers.
I think she will make a very fine president!