It’s fair to say this is the most bizarre pre-election season ever. This is certainly not like anything I’ve seen before and I think zero parallels can be drawn between this season and previous seasons. We can start with Donald Trump, whose appeal can be summed up in this quote from an Iowa fair-goer:
“He speaks for the common man […] He may be a millionaire, but he’s not beholden to the same special interests. And he tells it like it is.”
That’s, like, so truthy. Being truthy is a concept that is apparently no longer reserved for politicians and their Orwellian doublespeak. Nevermind that Trump’s actual election would be the pinnacle of Regulatory Capture. Sure, he won’t being bowing to lobbyists, but that’s because he’ll be the lobbyist-in-chief. Every action item on his presidential agenda will be designed to help him and his wealthy cohorts in the NYC. Not to sound all Occupy Wall Street, but I do think it’s fair to say that that particular cohort has enough wealth and power, thank you very much.
But this is what you get when you have strong populist trend and the pitchforks don’t come out fast enough. We’re deep in Huey Long – FDR territory. Uber-Rich f*cks will always find a way to game the system, even if it means a bullet to the head of the genuine populist and the subsequent election of a Wall Street Tycoon to navigate through the rough times. But that’s just me. YMMV.
There are useful idiots on both sides, now. While Trump courts the USA!-base, every.single.response from factions on the left is STILL, “But Bush did it!” And that’s as defense for why Democrats are doing it, not to point out why it’s wrong. It’s so painful how long this strategy has been effective. You can’t even read any article on the mainstream political spectrum criticizing corruption on the left without the first bazillion comments being, “Bu…bu…but, BUSH!” Or Rove, or Condi, or Rumsfeld. The reasoning skills of these (mostly young) folks is astoundingly shallow.
I dunno. I can’t get a pulse on politics these days, and I’m pretty sure that’s by design. Trump has effectively disrupted the right, and the only prediction I feel confident in making is that there will be more disruptions on the left. It’s clear by now that Hillary is not going to walk this nomination to first, let alone home base. It’s got me wondering if she’s a deliberate moving target, whether she knows it or not. I mean anything could happen. Anything is actually happening all the time now.
Beyond these general complaints, I’ve got nothing. I’m sorry if you came here today for humor, insightful political analysis, or for MyIQ’s thrilling social commentary. I can’t delivery any of that for you today. I’m just overwhelmed and kind of sad. Call it Dog Days Blues, I guess.
This is an open thread.