If you are one of those who watched the Fox GOP debate the other night, then you are one of many who saw what amounted to a verbal fistfight. For the record, I did not watch the debate. I also have not seen much of the video from the debate that has made it’s way around social media, and the like. So, this is not an opinion piece about the debate, in fact, I didn’t really care much about the debate. Too many candidates, and I need some time to watch the process and see who rises to the top.
When I started “Chairman of the Awkward Squad” a few years ago, my goal was to write as comprehensive a political blog as I could. I like to write, I enjoy politics (or, at least, I used to) and I have strong opinions. (Just ask anyone I know.) However, post 2012 election, I stopped. I pretty much gave up on politics, following politics, the GOP, and all of the like. Yes, I paid attention to the news, followed my Twitter feed, and in general kept as informed as I could, but I just didn’t, and I couldn’t jump in to the fray any longer. The 2012 election soured me, really soured me, and, quite frankly, pissed me off. Why? Never in my life have I ever felt so betrayed by the politics I believed in. Never in my life have I felt so lied to by the GOP, and really, conservatism in general. I quit listening to Rush, reading Red State, and backed off of any conservative media, with the exception of a few Twitter feeds that I enjoyed, and some blogs in other places. Romney was a nice man, but didn’t stand a chance, and yet, throughout that cycle we were sold a bill of goods regarding him. When the returns came in on Election Night, the betrayal bit deep. I was led to believe that Mitt had a chance.
Now we are approaching 2016, and I feel compelled to get back into following this stuff, and perhaps opining on some of it. First off, I am not surprised by the size of the GOP field. When election time starts to approach, everyone with an idea, and that thinks they have a chance, jumps in. I was also not surprised by Trump’s entry, because, well, he’s Trump, and he is always looking for the spotlight. (If you have ever watched
“The Apprentice” you understand) I figured he would flash in the pan, and be gone.
It would appear my assumption was wrong.
The reason, and I hear this from my FB feed, and friends and co workers, Trump is resonating, is simply because he is saying what people, who are fed up with everything that is going wrong in this country, want to hear. What Trump is spewing is really nothing more than populist horse-hockey, that is designed to rabble rouse and nothing more. Furthermore, and I remembered this from Queen Hillary’s Senate run, that Trump was one of her donors, and a supporter.
What is this guy doing trying to be a Republican? Or, even worse, trying to portray himself as a Conservative? Trump has a been a business man, and, I have always assumed, based on past behavior, a Democrat.
What Trump is doing, is trying to divide the vote, really. He is a spoiler, a distraction, a carnival barker. As I said above, he is saying the things that the discontented want to hear. That is what is causing him to poll well. A third party run? Yes, most likely. Why? Because he will cull away all of those in the GOP, if you will, who focus on one issue. In this election, it will be Immigration. He is appealing to those who are tired of the immigration crisis in this country, but, he is also appealing to those on a more baser level. The racists, the xenophobes, and those who wish to just trash anyone who isn’t them. I see it in my Twitter feed, and my Facebook feed, and, with an issue that requires a thoughtful, and comprehensive approach, shouts of “Build a wall” and “Send ’em all back!” are not a solution. It’s rabble rousing at its worst. Not only that, they are little more that catch phrases for people to rally around, and don’t require much thought. Additionally, the stupid spat with Megyn Kelly of FOX is a distraction, and a device to further the moribund “war on women”, by providing fodder for the lefty pundits to bash conservatism with.
Trump is something the GOP, and this election cycle does not need. With all of the crisis, both current and looming, that this country is facing, there is no room for someone who is going to nothing more than pound a fist, and shout catch phrases. Has Trump said one word about how he would deal with Iran? or ISIS? If he has, I haven’t heard it. Because of his business acumen, he may be good on the economy, but occupying the White House is more than a one-dimensional job. He knows it, and we know it, and we also know, like our current occupant, he is lacking in what many perceive as necessary skills. Statecraft? Trump as no idea what that is.
Also, in the vein of what this country doesn’t need, is another Bush, and, we don’t need Christie either. Those two really need to take off their RINO suits, and put on the “D”, because, really that is what they are acting like. (I don’t have time in this blog to go into it, perhaps later….)
I haven’t settled on any one candidate yet. Too many to keep track of, and I am looking for someone to emerge as a leader. There a couple who are starting to show some potential, but I will reserve my judgement for later.
So, I am getting back into this, and I will most likely regret it. Look for more. It may, or may not be interesting.