I’m floored by how lowbrow the Republican side of the presidential election has become. I read that Trump opened the debate today by talking about the size of his penis, while referring to Marco Rubio as “Little Marco.” Whenever I think the level of puerile insults can’t get any lower, Trump manages to drag it down further. It’s mindboggling how this slimy con-artist has managed to hijack this election. He once said that he could shoot someone and not lose votes. After watching him refuse to disavow the Ku Klux Klan, I’m beginning to believe it.
Today I watched both Romney’s speech and Trump’s speech. I was happy that Romney was finally calling out Trump on his lies and vulgar lack of class, but it may be too little too late. Trump’s speech was once again exactly what I expected–lots of low-class personal attacks against Romney, many of which were probably untrue. It’s scary to think that this guy could get the codes to the nukes. It’s frightening to me to think that this could be the man that my children will see in the White House as the leader of the free world, and that they could learn that this is the kind of person that they should aspire to be. It’s sad that after Obama has led with dignity and soft power for eight years that we’re now possibly looking at getting a snake oil salesman in the White House.
I’ve got a theory about this. I hope it’s correct. My theory is that the Republican field is so bad that Trump wins by default. I think most people who follow politics probably feel deep down inside that Cruz would be the worst choice of all the people who have run so far–Republican, Democrat, or Green. He’d be dangerous because of his evangelically-influenced beliefs which allow no flexibility at all, and he’s clearly not interested in working with anyone who doesn’t share these beliefs. He’d be ineffective and dangerous. It’s reflected in his endorsements–not a single Senator has endorsed Cruz. His colleagues know how dangerous he is. Rubio is too young and inexperienced and gets flustered too easily. He doesn’t debate very well, and I’m having trouble buying into his doom-and-gloom portrayal of America–I really don’t think it’s as bad as he makes it seem. Kasich is the best choice from the standpoint of policy, leadership qualities, and moral character, but he doesn’t have a chance of winning. If you want to prevent Cruz from becoming the nominee, you vote Trump instead of Kasich. My theory is that many are supporting Trump because they don’t want Cruz or Rubio. If Trump wins,he’ll no longer have these votes since Cruz and Rubio will be gone. That’s my theory and hope.
We live in scary, scary times. I think both Republican and Democrat races have been decided: it’s going to be Trump, and it’s going to be Hilary. I’m not a Hilary fan, but god help us if we get Trump in the White House.