SOMETHING SURREAL IS HAPPENING IN AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS& ITS NAME IS DONALD TRUMP
"A job with the New York Yankees! This has been the dream of my life ever since I was a child, and it's all happening because I'm completely ignoring every urge towards common sense and good judgment I've ever had. This is no longer just some crazy notion, Elaine, Jerry. This is my religion."
"So I guess your messiah would be the Anti-Christ."
- George and Jerry, in "The Opposite"
No I am not writing about my love for one of my all time favorite sitcoms. I am writing about Donald Trump’s political tactics which reminded me of one particular episode "The Opposite” for euphemism and analogy where George says every decision he has ever made have proved wrong in his life and Jerry in return suggests "if every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right" and that is exactly what Donald Trump is doing. In that episode George gets a hot girlfriend and a job with the New York Yankees. Jerry turns into “Even Steven” where no matter what happens to him he is always square. However the likes of Jeb Bush, Chris Christi, Marco Rubio and others turn into Elaine, who is kicked out of her apartment, loses her boy friend due to poor judgment and her job.
“To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect- Oscar Wilde”
They say in politics expect the unexpected, however less than a year ago, no one would have dreamt Donald Trump could be the next Republican Presidential nominee and Hilary Clinton will be having a hard time getting the Democratic Party nomination because of Socialist Bernie Sanders. It seems even in modern times, we do not have the intellect to expect the unexpected because all conventional norms of politics have been broken ever since politicians from both the parties began their campaign. The first step is to get their party nomination and then fight the general election. But the general election is a bridge too far right now to discuss.
It is clear juvenile tactics does work in politics
Name calling and dirty underhanded tricks to create confusion to your rival’s campaign has been done by almost all politicians but 2016 is perhaps the ugliest in recent times. This is truer with the Republican Party because people like Donald Trump have taken the concept of attacking his opponents to a new level and the person who suffered the most by his school boy insults was low energy mama's boy Jeb Bush who thought he had the nomination in the bag with the help of name recognition. His tactic for making personal attacks on his opponents by calling them liars made for very good entertainment and mob loved it and somewhere started to believe it. When leader runs for the office of the President of the United States of America the people expect a very high level of dignity and honor but all that has changed this time around and it is clear, the people want someone who talks pedestrian.
To Americans, the office of the President is sacrosanct and the person who occupies the Oval Office must be beyond disrepute. However, that is not the case this time because the remaining players are carrying some incendiary past like Hilary Clinton with her emails, Bernie Sanders with his socialist message, Ted Cruz who is hated by his own party, Marco Rubio who does not have great record in the Senate and John Kasich who seems to be the only candidate in the Republican party who has maintained a good record and great level of restrain and decency.
“There is only one kind of shock worse than the totally unexpected: the expected for which one has refused to prepare- Mary Renault.”
No one knew Donald Trump will become such a monkey wrench for the GOP but when they did it was too late and the damage was done
They say politicians like to blow their own horn but it seems this man is an orchestra in himself and from the beginning he said things other politicians might discuss very privately. It is safe to say neither the majority of Americans nor the Republican Party was or is prepared for Donald Trump. Fact is he has been predictable with his behavior from the beginning but Republicans were afraid to call it, hoping he will go away like a small migraine but now he has turned into a malignant inoperable tumor. The writing was on the wall ever since Donald Trump Jr kicked started his campaign from his fabled Trump Towers and since then he has managed to gain the support of the bottom dwellers of the Republican Party i.e. White Supremacists. He has managed to give them a platform like never before and they seem to relish the opportunity when he prompts them to hit people who try to disrupt his gatherings.
One could write a book by collating all the insults, cheap remarks and barbs hashed out by Donald Trump when it comes to women, Mexicans, Muslims, journalists or just about anyone who disagrees with him. But that does not mean whatever thing which comes out of this mouth is wrong and sometimes he does make some since which in turn makes him a bit of an enigma and slowly people in America are finding his ideas refreshing. Fact is the Republican Party knew what is Donald Trump but did nothing, thinking he would fail on his own but instead have managed to create a bombastic leader who has insulted almost all top leaders of his party and now in all likelihood they would have to stand behind him and sing his praise.
Unsinkable Donald Trump
When you have it, flaunt it and flaunt he did which took everyone by surprise because there is no humbleness about him when he talked to the masses. More importantly with his opponents (Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich) he has been brutal with his coarse and misogynistic speech and has been just nasty with journalists but still his numbers are solid and it seems he is poised to win the Primary in Florida and do quite well in Ohio which will make his lead unassailable.
Who cares about political correctness?
A certain degree of political correctness is a must because a politician has to be a diplomatic but Donald Trump is as politically correct as former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi who is renowned for his politeness and humble qualities. Both these men are very rich and live a very ostentatious life in public and Donald Trump did not hide it. He said publically he is very rich, successful and bragged about other things including how well endowed his privates are and the people liked it even though it lowered the political discourse. It is clear when it comes to American politics Donald Trump could walk through rain and not get wet and in likelihood he will be the Republican nominee come November 2016 and it is the GOP the party of Lincoln and Regan who are responsible.