The most telling moment of the debate was the lead up to it. All the candidates stood moping about like slaves on the block waiting to be examined. It was awkward and dispiriting for them and I hope, the audience/voters. What must it be like to aspire to the leadership to a great power while submitting to being a dummy in this degrading tableau?
The only truly powerful people in the auditorium were the press, who doted on each other. They hammed it up fully aware that they were the kingmakers.
Our electoral system is without dignity. Noel Coward said something like, "Americans have made a kind of religion out of mediocrity." Truer words were rarely said.
I have as yet no candidate. But here are sue thoughts on last nights entertainment.
1. I want to like John Kasich. I still like his spirit but I'm just not ready for the reincarnation of Jack Kemp. If Kasich believes that we can survive as a republic by reaching out to all the people who feed of the public teat, he is wrong. It may work as a short term stratagem to win elections in Ohio. It' was tried by Nixon years ago and we are still struggling with the cumulative damage of his experiments.
I enthused over his role in the class 94,' They made Clinton balance the budget. Surely he also remembers that Clinton got all the credit for that. Kasich should play a role in any GOP administration that emerges, but the same kindly spirit that makes him so likable also makes him a poor chief executive. By the time President Kasich realizes that his outreach has been turned into a racket, he will be facing a second term election. No more "Kinder, Gentler Conservatism" for me.
2. Trump is a timely monster. When everything we hear is so much deceptive pablum, we can at least believe the man who is loyal to his own ego. He wouldn't be popular if people didn't see him as a breaker of dysfunctional taboos. Republican voters had to reach a boiling point sometime. That time is now. He is a braggart, an egomaniac and a seemingly a man who wins in the game of life. He comes across as hollow as a bell and just as loud. The question is, why do so many find him shocking? In a degenerate celebrity culture he literally is the man of the people.
Ordinary GOP voters know that the game has been rigged for a while now and they say to hell with it. They see their jobs and prospects evaporate while their lives are filled with strangers. Trump speaks to their anger and to their all too accurate assessment of what our country is becoming.
The best part of Trump is that he will pull down the Republican Party if he doesn't win. Like many, I see the GOP as the true villain in the distraction of our country. The Democrats as Steve Sailor points out, are a coalition of the fringes. The only thing they stand for is the looting of our money and the dissolution of the white, Christian majority population. They don't even deny it anymore. The GOP's crucial collusion in this enterprise is deeply treasonous.
Despite all his obvious flaws, he may be the man to free us from the degenerate GOP and open the way for some form of American Party.
3. Rand Paul's attempted at the truth to power meme but it just didn't come off for me. I want to like him and I suspect that like Kasich, if he were elected he would start off doing some maladroit things. But unlike Kasich, I think he would reject his errors and take positive unscripted action. I think he is the only candidate on the stage who has the sand to reject the Israel lobby. I like doctors rather than lawyers as leaders. Their actions have consequences and they know it in ways that lawyers never do.
4. Speaking of lawyers, Chris Christie assured us all that as a former politically appointed prosecutor, he is ready to make all the hard decisions about who among us have to be silenced. Like Rudy Giuliani, he came up as an aggressive political hack who made a name for himself as a hatchet man. His entire political life in NJ was at the expense of conservative persons and causes and he would make a truly awful president. Like most of his fellow stage presences, he has taken money from the Israel lobby and parrots their line. After his exchange with Rand Paul last night, I don't see how anyone who care about the constitution could vote for him. As a former NJ native, I know too much about him and those he surrounds himself with to ever vote for him.
5. Jeb Bush came across as a typical Bush. He wants us all to look in the mirror and see him; that is, until the election is over. Then it's back to Bush business as usual. He's so abstracted from the Historic American Nation that he Speaks a foreign language at home. Is it unspeakably racist to ask that a candidate for President of an English speaking country have some loyalty to his language and culture?
He came across as a bit fragile to me. He obviously doesn't like the press. In that way at least, he is a normal human being. His promise to fix the immigration mess by making it an engine of economic growth is the kind of thing Bush's always say. It's Utter gibberish masquerading as economic wisdom.
He is not only a bad candidate, he is the anti-American candidate of globalization. If he get's the nod, I think the GOP will collapse, with or without Trump's help. That may be best after all.
6. The GOP already flirted with it's own magic negro in the person of Colin Powell. He turned on us. The good doctor is an engaging and intelligent person. He actually does things with is a good sign. Is it too much to ask that people running for President have at least a little executive experience. I seem to remember another engaging Black fellow who never ran anything. It hasn't been pretty has it?
7. Cruz says many of the right things. I suspect that he is an animatronic facsimile of some kind. I have never seen whim when he was not performing his visionary statesman act. That is not normal, even for a politician. He is also massively indentured to Adelson and the other crypto-Israeli oligarchs. He went so far as to tell a meeting of Middle Eastern Christians that they were insufficiently loyal to Israel to "stand with him." This is seriously deranged thinking for the son of preacher.
8. Rubio is still doing his best to look like the future. I just can't stand put on charisma. In fact I hate charisma itself. It has nothing to do with competence. I couldn't possibly care about what his parents did for a living or their "Story" of American success. The point of our country is to become one of us. He is an obvious amnesty drone a la Bush.
I must admit that I didn't see the 5PM undercard debate. Like everyone else, I've heard the Carly Fiorina was masterful. Too bad I didn't see it. It's amazing what getting fired from HP can do for your career.