I have had little to say so far about the GOP Primary, because a) it’s too early, and b) the last GOP Primary made me numb. I was so utterly disappointed by the results of the primary, and then the general election, that getting myself all whooped up about this one seems ridiculous to me. So some part of me is gleeful at the rise of Donald Trump. Good, I think, let the establishment know what it’s like to be forced to swallow a man they do not trust. To perdition with the GOP anyway. Last time they ran the whole show, what did they give us?
That isn’t to say I would vote for the goofball. I share the concern everyone has about Trump: that he’s a bully, and a goon, and unpresidential, and that he’s full of it. But you what? Chris Christie is full of it, too. So’s Jeb Bush. So’s Marco Rubio. And so’s Hillary, and Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley, and Joe Biden. A plague on all their houses, and if Trump be that plague…*shrug*
On the subject of elites, I spoke to Scott Miller, co-founder of the Sawyer Miller political-consulting firm, who is now a corporate consultant. He worked on the Ross Perot campaign in 1992 and knows something about outside challenges. He views the key political fact of our time as this: “Over 80% of the American people, across the board, believe an elite group of political incumbents, plus big business, big media, big banks, big unions and big special interests—the whole Washington political class—have rigged the system for the wealthy and connected.
This is both a cruel autopsy of the Obama era and a grim truth. It’s hard to care about whether Elephants or Donkeys run the show if they both trample you underfoot. It’s hard to believe that a GOP victory means something if it gives us the likes of John Boehner. Trump may not be the solution to this problem, but until a solution presents itself, I’ll enjoy watching him light a fire underneath it.