I'm going to cheat on this post. A little. But since you and I kinda trust each other at least a little, you'll indulge me a bit and let me get away with it because at the bottom of this post I'll flip my cards over, show you how I rooked you and give you a full refund if you still feel cheated.
Once upon a time, millions of Americans -- drunk on the promise of ouchless prosperity and a McMansion in the exburbs of that Shining City on a Hill -- jumped into bed with an ex-B-movie actor.It was gonna be sooo awesome!When they woke up the next day, the actor, the City and the promises of mountains of pirate gold were all long gone. Instead they found themselves in a sticky day-bed in a shitty motel room, snuggling with Donald Trump.Horrified, broke and covered with sores and lice, they all immediately wanted to know the same thing: How can I blame this on the Liberals?New Poll: Less Than Half Of Republicans Believe Obama Was Born In U.S.Less than half of Republicans believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States of America, a new public opinion poll finds.Only 42 percent of Republican respondents in a Research 2000 survey, conducted for the liberal website Daily Kos, said they thought Obama was a natural born citizen; 28 percent said they did not believe Obama was born in the United States; 30 percent said they were not sure.The responses, which were gathered after several prominent conservative media personalities fed suspicion that Obama was unconstitutionally holding office, show the extent to which the conspiracy has taken hold in the GOP.That only a plurality of Republicans were willing to acknowledge the president was born in America is nothing short of astounding, considering the preponderance of evidence that confirms his Hawaiian birth....There is something freakishly reassuring in the childlike dementia of the "28%-ers"; that hardcore Conservative base on which the economic viability of Hate Radio and virtually every GOP electoral victory completely depends, and which the GOP would rather pull its own head off rather than admit exists.For all of the ridiculous, provincial and bigoted drivel they believe with all their heart, the crazies that run the Party of Lincoln also have the refreshingly brazen honesty of saints and sociopaths. If you walked in on one of the 27%ers fucking the family dog, far from denying it, they'd brag about it. In fact they'd call you a dirty Socialist for not getting in on all the patriotic dog-fucking fun.They are a straight-up cultural dead loss.Most rest of what is left of the Conservative movement -- the weasely invertebrate wing of the Party -- are a little different. Bust in on them in the middle of a special, man-dog-love moment and they will:
- Frantically deny it was happening at all.
- Blame “the Liberal Media”.
- Swear that, however degenerate their behavior, the Imaginary Liberals who live in their head are far, far worse.These are the Master Race-lite clowns who were perfectly happy to ride in the political carpool lane with the 27%ers as long as they got their tax cuts and got to blame everything from their little dicks to their hammer toe on the Evil Gummint and/or liberals…but who always sat near the exits at the Konservative Kristian Kulture rallies where they could scamper out the door once the cross burnings began and pretend they had just stumbled into the wrong venue while looking for the Josh Groban concert.Of course in the end, they’re all nasty little pet-fuckers. It’s just that by their choice of punctuation --“Obama is not a real American!”vs.“Obama is not a real American?”-- you can tell whether or not they have the guts to march in the parade, of just cheer from the safety of the bleachers.
So how did I cheat you?
This is not a post from March of 2016 about Donald Trump
This is a post from July of 2009 about Glenn Beck.
And literally all I had to do was change then name from "Beck" to "Trump" and drop in a different title graphic.
Because at the moment, the arc of the American political universe is short and it bends towards crappy reruns.
And also this question: How is it that I -- a lowly, amateur Liberal political astronomer living broke in a cornfield and using nothing but bear skins, stone knives and my nekkid eye -- could so easily spot this party-killing meteor screaming out of the sky so many years ago...
...while up until five minutes ago, every single highly-paid pundit in Christendom missed it?
Joining us Sunday for insight and analysis on #MTP: @nytdavidbrooks, @KellyO, @SHendersonFreep, and Mary Matalin. pic.twitter.com/No3gjhlHAL— Meet the Press (@meetthepress) March 4, 2016