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What Saves America from the Blight of Trumpery?

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Retribution and Reaction

Curiously, establishment Republicans, though aghast at Trump's demagogic appeal, won't yet grab this double bull-horn by the towers. That changes when enough Trumpettes threaten to stay off the reservation. Is it not telling that 2/3s of Republicans snicker at Trump's cunning and bluster, deriding his heartfelt "populism" as poppycock? If Trumps find government leaders "stupid," how can he magically embrace the yahoos who keep electing the stupids? Trump's ever-changing losers are useful when counting profits and when bragging about poll numbers. They will come for his hide.

Whatever, this inexorable truth looms: the GOP has an uphill battle, worsened when Trump raises all the "wrong" issues and offends critically-needed voters. Reality: unless the GOP ticket captures the 24 states Romney won plus 64 MORE Electoral Votes (or 2/3s of those in play), Democrats win again. Do the math: Florida (29), Pennsylvania (20), Ohio (18), Virginia (13), Colorado (9), Iowa (6), New Hampshire (4). Which ones will embrace the Donald -- or the badly-tainted GOP "winner" surviving the Trump ringer? Strange outcome I suspect from Citizens United: the ever-strident right dominates state politics but remains the underdog nationally.

What's happening IS historic. but not predictive how long Trump lasts: his contagion certainly reinforces the "bush league" quality of establishment "frontrunners." Do not the current empty suits called Jeb Bush or Scott Walker already make the distasteful Romney look almost substantial (he survived early primary foolishness)? Rand Paul staggers while John Kasich and Marco Rubio advance, but without gravitas IMO sufficient for prime time. Every time Knuckles Huckabee concocts his own Constitution, folks who know law cheer the comic relief after Jon Stewart's departure. Oh yeah, somewhere are Cruz and Sanctorum and Perry? Oh, please. One other dramatic insight: Trump's tantrums, cutting through media resistance and ad money, are canceling out tens of millions squandered on countless "losers" by benighted super-riches. What a pity.

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Toast the Three-Ring Attraction

What a thought, that Trump qualifies as the most cunning, slickest GOP operative, highlighting the mind-numbing mediocrity against him. Not that Trump, spawn of Limbaugh and Palin, isn't expert at numbing gullible minds on his altar of reductionism. Does one-quarter of the right truly believe the galaxy's runaway winner of the "most self-absorbed billionaire ever" speaks honestly for the common man? In life-style? divorces? bankruptcies? business hiring? basic manners? charitable giving? If he lasts long enough, Trump will certainly build his wall, that is, between those voters the party desperately needs -- women, moderates, Hispanics and minorities -- and the voting booth.

Trump isn't playing on exceptionalism, but Yankee deviance, with a fistful of dangerous concoctions unmatched since Dick Cheney. So Trump delivers his laugh-outloud theatrics, at least for connoisseurs of grim wit, but the week he takes over the White House, we know his agenda: what's the next best job title? "Your Majesty Donald" would crown his career and fit his ego, as any number of loser citizens can be president. Too bad he's not Catholic or he could fancy himself Pope's Francis' replacement: Trump pontificates enough for five popes. Is there an empty Emperor's job up for grabs?

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Though I view vulgar Trumpery as the ultimate political selfie, a defeated Donald would still covet the role of kingmaker. Would that not tickle his limitless fancy, picking the least objectionable "loser" to carry his "populist" scepter? And yet, if Trump himself doesn't do himself in, destiny looms, we trust, supporting Lincoln's sense about not fooling most of the people most the time. Or modify P.T. Barnum's alleged key to success: never overestimate the intelligence of the buying public.

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