It’s not true that the front runners of the two parties are the scrapings from the bottom of the barrel; I can think of worse candidates with national recognition. Nevertheless, these are the front runners and I… I have reservations. I have concerns. I sometimes wake up screaming obscenities.
What’s with this trainwreck of the Democrat field? I think it’s this: Clinton wields great power over the party and that helps explain why there are precious few who would oppose her nomination despite her many obvious liabilities. Although the Clinton Foundation has served to launder bribes it’s got the advantage of having the willful blindness of liberals to shield themselves from acknowledging her rampant corruption, and a light-touch liberal MSM to note that corruption with a sense of unanswered curiosity, as if to say, “Hmm, isn’t that odd, how about that, huh?”
Without ABSCAM-style suitcases full of cash in exchange for explicit favors liberals would always counter that “You Can’t Prove Anything!”, although the timing of some of these donations can be correlated with favorable outcomes explicitly or implicitly granted by Clintons or their minions. That’s evidence enough to get most people put in jail, but they’re not most people, are they? They’re powerful, connected, protected. Which gets you to how you can give a private speech to Goldman-Sachs for $225K and still run for POTUS without being hounded by the press or run out of town on a rail.
The matter of the private email server, and the classified information therein, well, that’s another matter. That’s a criminal matter. And there’s no way around it. The law is clear. The evidence is indisputable. The crimes are numerous and the penalties for those crimes involve incarceration.
This helps explain the rise of Sanders. He’s far enough outside the circle of power brokers in the party that he’s willing to compete for the nomination. As such he’s the only credible alternative to Clinton for the nomination despite his many electability issues. Issues like, for example, his being a Marxist, and as such having demonstrated his blithering idiocy and ignorance of economics. Oh, there’s more, plenty more which make him an otherwise unlikely choice for the Democrat nomination but Clinton is repugnant enough to liberals that many prefer him to her. They’ll hold their nose and vote for her if they have to, then go to the bathroom to retch, but better either one of them than a (*shudder*) Republican. I could be wrong about that, though. They might end up voting for her in the general election with their heads held high. Either way, they’ll vote for whatever yellow dog gets the ticket.
On the other side of the aisle we have Trump, although I’m unconvinced that he has any business being on the other side, what with his close associations and donations to the Democrats. There’s anger, even outrage from the Republican base at the Republican leadership for their ineffectual fecklessness, and it’s deserved. They talk tough then cut deals which are indistinguishable from capitulation.
Still, how Trump came to be the alternative to inside-the-beltway Republicans is a unfathomable. To me, at least. Leaving aside the outstanding alternatives like Cruz or Rubio (and you’ll note that I’ve characterized them as “outstanding” and not “perfect”), the fact is that Trump is a boorish buffoon who has no business in the White House; not even as a guest.
It’s not like the pollsters are being trolled; Trump has actual turnout at rallies – and they cheer him. If there’s a ray of hope it’s this: we have yet to see him win a primary, although that may only be because there haven’t been any primaries. So, it may be that pollsters are being trolled, that the liberal MSM is hyping the worst alternative, and that people will come to their senses when they cast their ballots.
If I had a god I would pray that it be so. I would give prayers. Offerings too, I can do offerings! An unblemished year old lamb, male or female, perhaps a ram? Let’s talk turkey.