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Daily Pundit Is Just Insufficiently Cynical Regarding Donald Trump

Posted on | July 16, 2015 | 24 Comments

by Smitty

Bill Quick’s analysis is true as far as it goes:

I’ve been thinking about this ever since Trump rode the White Horse of conservative hatred for open borders and scamnesty to the top of the polls, and in the process, spread terror and loathing throughout the GOP establishment.
I mentioned a couple of days ago that the strategy of the Gentry GOP uses to co-opt the votes of the Republican conservative base (even though they despise almost everything that base so desperately wants) is to make sure that, in the end, that base has only three choices – vote for an establishment crap sandwich GOP candidate the base can barely stomach, vote for a Democrat, or don’t vote at all. And they combat that last option by trumpeting at every opportunity that refusing to vote is a vote for the Democrat, knowing that voting for a Democrat is anathema to most members of the base.

Read the whole thing. Bill posits that the GOP is going to fold like the Whigs it supplanted in antebellum America.

I don’t think that this captures the evil of the GOP in its fullness. My take is:

  • there is a single, Progressive party in the United States that has carved up the electorate along various fault lines, then assigned the chunks to the Demmican and Republocrat parties;
  • the conservative urge for reform is threatening the starboard, Republocrat shock absorber, due to Tea Party fanatics;
  • the Donald and his ridiculous hairstyle will have some glorious meltdown around the time the JEBbage is anointed the clear GOP leader by the Codpiece Media;
  • the Trump card of going Independent will be played with flair and panache;
  • the #NoMasBush crowd cheerfully votes for Donald;
  • Her Majesty cackles maniacally all the way to the coronation;
  • Bush, Clinton and Trump (privately, so as not to give up the game) #PartyLikeIts1992 and laugh all the way to the bank, since they are all hedged to win financially, irrespective of the symbolic electoral results.

I’m all for Scott Walker, but my faith in the GOP is relatively cratered. I have the gnarly suspicion, for example, the IRS emails are taking so long to drag out because the Vichy GOP would stand revealed as having certain strange familiarities with the details of what Lois Lerner was up to.

Or not. I have not idea what the ground truth is. Just sayin’.


24 Responses to “Daily Pundit Is Just Insufficiently Cynical Regarding Donald Trump”

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    July 16th, 2015 @ 11:34 pm

    Rub A Dub Dub

  2. DeadMessenger
    July 16th, 2015 @ 11:42 pm

    I believe you are absolutely correct. ‘Cause, you know, America has been begging for a massive Heavenly Smackdown.

    I’ve gotta be honest with you, Smitty. This being a Shemita year, we could be due for a financial spanking in September, worse than 2001 and worse than 2008. And there’s been lots and lots of signs in the heavens, signs in/on the Earth, signs in the culture. And also, the Hebrew new year coming up is the Jubilee year.

    Plus the fact that the Tribulation is Daniel’s 70th week, which stemmed from the Jews’ failure to obey the Shemita years, means (I believe, anyway) that the Tribulation has to start at the beginning of a Shemita cycle, which the Jubilee year is.

    So if it doesn’t start sometime in the coming Jewish new year, it’ll start 7 years hence. And if not then, 7 years after that.

    I feel very strongly that we could be gone at some point on or after Rosh Hashanna coming up. And then you won’t get a chance to vote anyway.

  3. Scoob
    July 16th, 2015 @ 11:52 pm

    Possibly true. The only reason Trump has traction is the ineptitude of the GOP.

  4. smitty
    July 17th, 2015 @ 4:55 am

    You’re overlooking my point: the GOP is a completely “ept” defender of Holy Progress.

  5. texlovera
    July 17th, 2015 @ 8:02 am

    Amazing. You made upvote that.

    Now I feel really dirty… 🙁

  6. texlovera
    July 17th, 2015 @ 8:05 am

    Has their ever been a political party so antithetically opposed to its supporters’ wishes?

    It appears that our current choices are whether we want to take the Scenic Route to Hell or the Expressway.

  7. Finrod Felagund
    July 17th, 2015 @ 8:49 am

    There’s a reason, after all, that I identify more as playing for Team Red than I do the GOP.

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  10. Ilion
    July 17th, 2015 @ 11:03 am

    Hey, there’s still room for a fourth if you want to wash off. ;0

  11. arcadius
    July 17th, 2015 @ 12:52 pm

    I don’t think there’s a grand conspiracy. These people didn’t get where they are by cooperating with others, they got there by looking out for themselves, ruthlessly. I mean, even Obama and Hillary hate each other — do you really think her and Trump have back-room deals going? There is some amount of tacit agreement, but it’s more like two lions who know to avoid unnecessary fights by not hunting on each other’s territory than a secret cabal. (We’re the gazelles in that analogy.)

    It all comes down to what benefits the power elite. Immigration does, because cheaper workers. Gay marriage does, because it breaks up the family and makes people easier to control. The race war does, because it keeps the people occupied with fighting each other rather than the power elite. Etc.

  12. DeadMessenger
    July 17th, 2015 @ 1:14 pm

    Personally, I think these people are sock puppets who are owned, and thus controlled, by some kind of master or other.

  13. Ayatollah Obama
    July 17th, 2015 @ 4:01 pm

    This time, Trump’s run seems to be based on sincerely held convictions of his. And since you aren’t allowed to express those convictions in 2015, he is losing out on a shitload of business deals. I don’t think he’s running just for the payout.

  14. Bob Belvedere
    July 17th, 2015 @ 5:39 pm

    The Whig Party?

  15. Coulter76
    July 17th, 2015 @ 6:29 pm

    The conservative base cares more about illegal immigration than issues like abortion, and for good reason.

    I’m not a fan of Trump, but i completely understand the sentiment, and I would gladly have a Border Hawk like Trump who has expressed that he’s pro-choice over a pro-life Jeb Bush any day.

  16. JadedByPolitics
    July 17th, 2015 @ 7:09 pm

    Read Cruz’s book; the 2014 debt ceiling vote they needed all 100 to vote to bring to the floor; meeting at the Johnson room; magnificent room Lee and Cruz say they will not give their consent forcing 5 or more GOP with the 55 Dems to pass the “clean” bill Boehner got 199 Democrats to pass & sent up. Cruz says he has never witnessed such vitriol in his life, they kept screaming saying after the 100 vote they can vote no and tell their constituents they did so. Cruz and Lee held firm and 5 did vote & were angry at them; 7 more did so out of spite thinking their constituents will forget.

    It is We The People against the cesspool that is DC.

  17. Robert What?
    July 17th, 2015 @ 9:02 pm

    The 2014 elections proved beyond any doubt that federal elections are a fraud and a scam. Personally I’m done with them. As for Hillary, it has already been decided she will be the next President. That’s why she doesn’t care how she looks or sounds.

  18. Daniel Freeman
    July 17th, 2015 @ 9:19 pm

    Hell, I haven’t even bothered changing my party registration. I’m still a Democrat, even though I’m anti-Democrat, because I’m too lazy efficient to bother re-registering for a party that isn’t as anti-SJW as I am.

  19. Daniel Freeman
    July 17th, 2015 @ 9:45 pm

    Yes, but it doesn’t have to be overt. Incentive is enough. Their master is Mammon.

  20. DeadMessenger
    July 17th, 2015 @ 10:07 pm

    That was my implication, yeah, but I’ll bet some of it is overt. Because some people are narcissistic control-freaks, in addition to being greedy. (If it sounds as if I’m talking about certain current or prior residents of the WH when I say that, well, that would be *cough* mostly untrue.)

  21. Quartermaster
    July 18th, 2015 @ 8:43 am

    We’ll have to watch and see. We know we are in the “season” for the return of Christ for the Church, but God has a way of allowing our speculations to be wrong.

  22. Matt_SE
    July 18th, 2015 @ 9:14 am

    Your explanation gruntles me.

  23. Matt_SE
    July 18th, 2015 @ 9:21 am

    On the one hand, it gives me hope that so many people say they like what Trump says without liking him as a candidate. OTOH, it would only take a small percentage of anarchist holdouts to swing the election.
    I fear that anything other than full unity will sink the GOP and the country. Either a 3rd party candidate or an uber-squish like Jeb will result in president Hillary.
    Personally, I’m hoping that Obamacare rate increases and Chinese/European economic collapse (and transmission to the US) will make the Democrats toxic.

  24. DeadMessenger
    July 18th, 2015 @ 8:25 pm

    Of course I agree with that, but it does have to happen sooner or later, and in terms of the convergence of signs, culture, history, the Jewish calendar, and Iranian treaties negotiated by blind guides, this seems like as good a time as any. Maybe even the optimal time, again, factoring in convergence.

    I’m not date-setting, but I do personally believe (and feel, at the risk of sounding like a Tumblrina), that within the coming 13-14 months, we’re going to see some kind of prophetic fulfillment(s). I would also make that last word plural, because I think that when one domino falls, the others will by necessity also start falling. And if I’m right about that, it won’t matter to me anyway, because I’ll be gone.