In America’s good cop/bad cop single party system, the Republicans and Democrats put on a good show before they announce the candidate that they have decided that the voters will select; they are after all, professionals.
There are some features that we have learned to expect these days.We are watching one of them among the Republicans now. During the primaries for instance, we can expect a black candidate to receive recognition: Ben Carson now; it was in 2012, Herman Caine. We can expect a female likewise, Michelle Bachmann in 2012; Carly Fiorina at this moment. Only after these sops to Cerebrus can things become more serious. We cannot help anticipating the future arrival of homosexual and and Moslem exemplars.(No Jews, though.)
The Democrats will likely field in following elections post Hillary, a black Moslem hermaphrodite. If available, one with two husbands. What does any of this have to do with the problems facing the country? Nothing, of course; bringing them up is divisive.
Dr. Carson obliterated himself by pointing to the realities of Islam as disqualifying for a U.S. president since no Moslem should tolerate non-believers to live unless he is forced to do so. More circumspect Republican prospects merely referred to the lack of any Constitutional prohibition, ducking the real question faced by Dr. Carson. He’s honest; he’s toast. He had his obligatory black candidate’s day in the sun; it’s now Ms. Fiorina … until someone trots out her coup de grace to let the real games begin.
The GOP and Democrat wings of the party have the same problem: How to decently bury the presently leading but unwanted candidate: Trump for the Republicans, Clinton for the Democrats.
Trump is seen as an upstart, though he ran in 2012. Clinton is seen as the heir apparent, a tougher disposal issue. But neither ate wanted by their respective establishments. For lack of better, Joe Biden is warming up in the Democratic bullpen. No one will eclipse Trump until someone eclipses Trump. Frustrating for the folk who like to feel in charge. (Reality sucks!)
The would-be assassins of Trump have one powerful ally, time; he must maintain the loving attention of U.S. voters for the next 13 months without major misstep and without becoming boring; that is a formidable challenge in the U.S.
And the ever-present joker: When will the New York Stock Market next collapse?
Noting that the erstwhile ‘news’ media increasingly substitute political fashion reporting for genuine news, the spotlights upon the candidates may only brighten, upping the pressure upon these mere human beings that we demand appear as gods bearing unearned salvation. Who can carry such a load in public for long?
It may not add up to much substance but it should keep the ratings up … which is after all, the real purpose.