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November 18th, 2015

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03:07 am - Political Musings - Donald Trump
After looking at several recent polls--- it looked like Donald Trump was regaining his firm lead among the Republican voters, and recent events have only served to further inflame the racist right. I was also amused to see him floating suggestions about having Ted Cruz as his running mate. It interested me at exactly how pleased I am about all this. My own preference is very much for the least electable Republican to get the nomination, and since it’s pretty clear to me that Ben Carson doesn’t have a hope of actually becoming the Republican presidential candidate, that’s Trump. My one worry was about Marco Rubio, because he’s genuinely charismatic and while he has the same anti-choice, pro-climate change, pro income inequality ideas as all the rest, he isn’t ravingly bizarre like Cruz or Carson and isn’t loathed by most Americans like Trump, so he might actually have a chance. Trump won’t.

I find it sad that my view of one of our two political parties has sunk so low that I look forward to them nominating the most bizarre and least competent candidates because they are less likely to win, but that's also a pretty clear reflection of what the Republican Party has become, especially given that fact that Republican politicians must now listen to both hideous billionaires like the Koch Brothers and nativist hate groups like the “Tea Party”.

I’m also quite pleased about the prospect of Trump getting the nomination, since he would very clearly cement the idea that the Republican Party is the party of angry white bigots in people’s minds, a fact that more than a few of the less hate-filled Republican commentators are also very clearly aware of. With luck, this will either cause the Republican party to at very long last kick the racist out, or (sadly) more likely become a purely regional party like they were during the 1930s and 40s.

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