Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Trump is the Tea Party

From The Week:
Trump crushes the rest of the GOP field in new nationwide poll

Donald Trump's lead in the race for the GOP presidential nomination just reached an all-time high in a new national poll conducted by Gravis Marketing. The survey, released Tuesday by One American News Network, shows Trump leading the Republican field with a whopping 40 percent, up from 31 percent in Gravis' July poll.

Ben Carson, who placed second in the new poll, had just 13 percent — 27 points behind Trump. Jeb Bush came in third at 10 percent, followed by Ted Cruz at 7 percent, and John Kasich, Carly Fiorina, and Marco Rubio at 5 percent each...
The real, shocking news about Donald Trump's popularity with the Pig People is that our corporate media continues to pretend that Donald Trump's popularity among the Pig People is shocking news at all.  As I wrote way back in 2009 when these dregs of American democracy initially began quietly shredding their Bush/Cheney lawn signs and calling themselves "independents"...
And based on simple observation, guess who appears to be the largest group of late-blooming independents?

Those fucknozzles who, after giving Dubya the longest tongue bath in modern political history while calling everyone else a traitor, started gagging on the sheer tonnage of bullshit their creepy idolatry of George W. Bush was requiring them to swallow and obediently regurgitate every fucking day, that's who.

Most newly minted “independents” seem to be little more than Republicans who are fleeing the scene of their crime, but at the same time still desperately want believe in the inerrant wisdom of Rush Limbaugh. They are completely incapable of facing the horrifying reality that they have gotten every single major political opinion and decision of their adult lives completely wrong, so instead they double-down on their hatred of women and/or gays and/or brown people and/or Liberals, and blame them for the miserable fuckpit their leaders and their policies have made of their live and futures.

Like German soldiers after the fall of Berlin, they have stopped running away from the catastrophe they created only long enough to burn their uniforms.
They got away with eight years of Clinton witch-hunts.  Then they got away with eight years of incompetence and treason under Dubya,  And with the wild, reckless arrogance that comes from living on a perpetual holiday from accountability, they have been going ever more boldly and publicly insane, getting ever more knee-walking drunk on cask-strength Strategic Forgettery and scampering through the latest iteration of the Bush-Off Machine over and over again, faster and faster, like kids running through a sprinkler on a hot summer day.

Thirty years of being kicked in the balls by Demon Reality every day has taught the Pig People nothing except to band together tighter, amp their reality denial shield up higher and scream that much louder every time it looks like Demon Reality might kick some sense into them.  So don't expect anything on that front but more dangerous, shoutycrackers crazy every day.  

The media, for its part, is now suspended in a state of paralysis, stranded between being mesmerized by this monster they have created, and being repelled and terrified by it.  

And frankly, watching them drown in this cesspool of their own making is one of the few pleasures we peasants have left here at the ass end of the American Dream.   


Red Hand said...

I am almost 66, and in all my life observing politics, say from the the mid-50s when I watched my Dad yell at the B&W teevee during the conventions up through JFK, LBJ, Ford, Jimmy Peanut, Saint Ronnie, Bush 41, Bubba, and W, the worst president in US history, I have never seen anything even remotely like this. The closest I can come is 1968, when the Dems tore themselves apart over the Vietnam War, and the Country hadn't been so badly split since the Civil War.

In many ways I think this monster from the white American id is the natural outgrowth of Dick Cheney's behind-the-scenes fascism and totalitarianism, except that Trump's path to power is to rally the Brownshirts, arrogantly, right out there in the open. If he wins I predict there will be riots in the streets and massive civil disturbances, more than enough to "justify" the creeping militarization of the cops, while giving a big boost to their impunity.

The Reagan Revolution? "Die Revolution fressen ihre Kinder."

Jay Mann said...

I like to think the GOP has reached Peak Wingnut. Of course, Cassandras like Paul Erdman have been saying the same of oil for thirty-five years, and Big Oil keeps coming up with new ways to frack up more and delay the inevitable. Kind of like the GOP.

Anyway, that's my delusion and I'm stickin' to it.

Donald Trump, Donald Trump
He's a chump, that Donald Trump
He's gonna get caught
Just you wait and see
(Why's everybody always pickin' on me?)

Wheezy said...

Sorry. There is no Peak Wingnut. And they prove it every day.

John said...

Ya, know, Trump is kinda joke right now,

But the next person to occupy his space will be a dangerous fascist.

If the markets continue to tank, that could happen.

Deny Smith said...

Classic Driftglass

One Fly said...

Great posts and comments!

I'll go with what got me here and I do not think the crazy is close to over by any means.

This is what our society wants these days after years of preparation by the 1% TB Machine and whore AM radio in every corner of this land. It's coming together quite nicely for the Right. It's polite once again to openly be a bigot/what have you.

I mean they can't win with truth so for some time they lie, cheat and steal and if that don't work they'll fucking kill you.

There are enough dumb bastards these days to give one of these slugs the presidency.

Be careful out there Bernie and I still go with Jebber in the end. That would make us even more exceptional with 3 bushes not just 2.

bowtiejack said...

There's a really good book "They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45", that explains through a series of interviews with ordinary Germans after the war just how Germany slid into fascism. Yeah, they didn't see it coming either. You can pick up a copy for $8-9 (shipping included) on

My own small hope is that the disintermediation of much of the MSM by the Internet (thanks to secular saints like driftglass!) will undercut that with real information. That is as a counterweight to the Trump/Fox/Koch Bros. propaganda project.

John said...

This all feels a little Weimar, doesn't it?

"What good is sitting alone in your room?
Come hear the music play.
Life is a cabaret, old chum.
Come to the cabaret

Put down the knitting, the book and the broom.
It's time for a holiday.
Life is a cabaret, old chum,
So come to the cabaret"

John said...

Oh, and as Albert Speer said to Robert Hughes, "If Hitler had had television, there would have been no stopping him."

Hey, this thread got to Hitler in only 9 comments!

Grung_e_Gene said...

Trump is more than that! He's giving Voice to the Monstrous Conservative Id which has been stifled for too long!

bluicebank said...

Man, I have to believe in this country's populace. One. More. Time.

I believe that Trump's equivalent of parading the GOP base in pointy white hoods and no pants results in blowback. I hope its the garment factory fire that results in real reform.

At the very least, the GOP bigs have themselves a smoke-filled room moment of clarity and get all the other candidates to bow out (except for the Chosen) who will then force Trump to go Turd Party. And on the other side, the Dems go crazy and have a great idea, and run a Hilz/Bern or Bern/Hilz ticket and rainbows and unicorns.

Fifty cents says this happens.

jim said...