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UPDATED – If it weren’t so insane it would be laughable. Or maybe it is laughable because it is so insane.
Just weeks ago every pundit on the planet, and even a few who may have been elsewhere, were ROTFL at the thought of Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.
Now Jeb Bush can’t buy a friend, Marco Rubio is seen as a short-resume company man who will do anything to spoil his new best nemesis Ted Cruz’s chances, and Mitt Romney, well, Mitt’s the same blue state RINO weenie that got us in this mess to begin with.
And even lefty lesbian Camille Paglia, of all people, is impressed with Trump.
Along with most media pundits in the Northeast, I found it improbable if not impossible that Trump could survive his klutz-o-rama cascade of foot-in-mouth flubs, from carelessly categorizing Mexican immigrants as rapists to hallucinating about “thousands’ of Muslims cheering the fall of the twin towers from the mean streets of New Jersey. Surely he would soon implode and pouf into fairy dust!
But only a few weeks after that interview of mine in Salon, I suddenly realized that Trump’s candidacy had a broad support that few had expected or discerned. The agent of my revelation was a hilariously scathing, viral Web blog video posted by Diamond and Silk–Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, two African-American sisters and former Democrats in Fayetteville, North Carolina. They were reacting with indignant outrage to the first GOP debate, broadcast by Fox News from Cleveland on August 6 and hosted by Megyn Kelly, whose loaded questions had impugned Trump as a sexist…
This fiery endorsement blew me away because it demonstrated how Trump was directly engaging with a diverse coalition in ways that the mainstream media had completely missed. I felt, and still do, that Trump is far too impetuous and thin-skinned in his amusingly rambling, improvisational style….
Nevertheless, Trump’s fearless candor and brash energy feel like a great gust of fresh air, sweeping the tedious clichés and constant guilt-tripping of political correctness out to sea. Unlike Hillary Clinton, whose every word and policy statement on the campaign trail are spoon-fed to her by a giant paid staff and army of shadowy advisors, Trump is his own man, with a steely “damn the torpedoes” attitude. He has a swaggering retro machismo that will give hives to the Steinem cabal. …
Trump is a blunt, no-crap mensch, while Cruz is a ham actor, doling out fake compassion like chopped liver. … [read here]
Well, need we go on? Paglia had me at Megyn Kelly.
Not that I for one minute share her opinion of Ted Cruz, but there is no question that this is how much of the world outside of the conservative bubble I live in rationalizes this crazy RNC primary cycle.
I have thought for sometime now that Trump’s real chance of winning lies within that sub rosa demographic heretofore untapped by either party; the disgruntled political burnouts and countless masses who would rather watch Jerry Springer reruns than vote. Until now.
This is not to detract from the millions of Trump supporters who have given serious thought to the mogul and decided to roll the dice on him. But with all the talk about Trump’s deficit with minority groups it occurs to me that the GOP and Democrats alike may be leaving out the largest minority of all: the traditional non-voter.
Of course Paglia is a Bernie Sanders supporter and that alone should make anyone wonder how she negotiates simple life hurdles like clipping her toenails. But the article does perhaps give us a more honest glimpse into what the Left is really thinking.
I’m outta here with the greatest lefty of them all.
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