With the Republicans, I would say we were at the gorilla exhibit at the zoo, but the gorillas are usually far better behaved.
It’s the Trump show right now, and there are a cluster of people who are liking his “tell it like it is” rhetoric. Well, what you see is what you get, and what you get is a narcissistic, pompous dickwad with an “America First” agenda who thinks any publicity is good publicity. What some people don’t seem to get is that this is not the student body president election in high school. Electing someone because he is popular and you like his style is not enough. The stakes are much higher here and someone who is just going to barrel through with the “my way or the highway” attitude when dealing with all the issues will do more harm than good when we are so interconnected on a global scale. But, hey, at least, he is entertaining.
Meanwhile the other Republican candidates, bless their souls, are trying to get everyone else to pay attention them and only demonstrating just how out of touch they are with the American people in the process. Rand Paul took a chainsaw to the federal tax code. OK, he may get the lumberjack vote. Lindsay Graham destroyed his phone after Donald Trump gave out his number. The American reaction? Why would we want a President who still uses a flip phone? Ted Cruz had a go at Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell for being a liar in session (A big no-no. You call your colleagues liars to the press. Silly Ted.); McConnell saw it as the attention-grabbing stunt for what it was, and we did too. Mike Huckabee, in his critique of the Iran deal, is invoking Holocaust imagery by saying it would “basically march them (the Israelis) to the door of the oven”. Nice to know he is keeping his usual level of tact.
Scott Walker just wants to start World War III by reneging on the whole Iran deal. All I know is that Scott Walker will be in Philadelphia today and will be sampling cheesesteaks from Pat’s and Geno’s. Considering that both places are highly overrated and cater to the tourist crowds, he deserves whatever he eats. I wouldn’t say I hope he chokes on it because I am not evil, but I wouldn’t mind if he receives a bit of verbal flak on behalf of the natives from my home region. Because they can give it good.
Meanwhile, there is Jeb! Bush who is trying to tell everyone to get along and stop all this infighting, which is admirable. But then when he opens his mouth to address an issue, he is 12-years behind the times. Phasing out Medicare when private healthcare costs are skyrocketing? Riiiiiiiiight. His gilded upbringing is showing through in spades here.
So what is going on with the Democrats? They are doing more conventional campaigning and letting the Republicans duke it out in their steel cage match. It’s the smartest move on their parts, as far as electability. Hillary Clinton just made a speech on climate change in Nashua, NH, but nothing of substance came of it. To be honest, I am not holding out any hope for her. I have always wanted a female president ever since I was watching Free to Be…You and Me in elementary school, but she is the political equivalent of a cheap American chocolate bunny. Hollow and leaves a foul taste in your mouth. Bernie Sanders is trying to hold Hillary’s feet to the fire like he was setting out to do, but she is still being rather evasive about her goals at this point on a lot of key issues. I understand the campaign strategy, but the country wants to know who can demonstrate proper leadership. Lingering in the background when the country is in flux only shows you are a slave to opinion polls.
To sum it up, I think Bobo should put his hat in the ring.