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Needed: A Disruptive Donald On the Left

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Political scientist Joseph Foy dismisses Donald Trump's real-world candidacy, flopping badly with rational adults, let alone coveted independent and moderate voters.  Joining a good NY Times survey, he doesn't ignore one impact from Trump train wrecks, to set GOP agendas:


Trump forces other Republicans to respond to the positions he has taken . . . The real power Trump holds as a candidate is to set the agenda for others competing for the Republican nomination . . . [leading] several polls means that right now he is framing the Republican message better than these other candidates.


My fellow progressives, put aside disgust with the Donald Delirium, flush with infantile appeal from his shoot-from-the-hip lies -- indeed, Palinesque affronts to truth -- disprovable by five minutes online by any sixth grader.  When has precision, reality, even policy restrained opportunistic, less-bright-than-they-think narcissists from seizing center stage, damn the consequences?  Simply dispatch his merciless "messengers," bellows King Donald, to backhand Saudi Arabia or China for daring to "rip us off."  


But what if Foy is right?  That even this loosest of loose cannons can fashion messages that embarrass GOP "professionals," no strangers  to propaganda.  If Trump's "framing" can suddenly disrupt the entire fringe madhouse, does that not show a political world-scrape presumed immovable can really tilt -- something not dictated by horrified party power elites, or big money, or entrenched billionaire reactionaries?  Hustler-in-chief Trump testifies that sufficiently disruptive chutzpah upends established patterns, beyond paltry Palin's or Bachmann's 15 minutes of fame.


Needed: Democratic Ass Kicker


So, here comes this obvious question: where's the impactful, creatively disruptive voice that can shake up the left?  Aren't we due? Certainly, any progressive insurgent won't compete in the "stupidest non-politician of the year" contest, nor match fringe whackos.  Don't progressives deserve more than the Tea Party?  Don't we literates believe in evolution and global warming and majority rule?  Hope, change, progress?  Really, are we progressives or depressives? 


The time is right, even more so as Democratic powers embrace their status quo-loving sellout of a candidate, hoping against hope No Drama can top staggeringly inhumane radicals.   Rolling into 2012 as clueless and spineless as into 2010, they are, like the president, missing one great political opening after another.  When do we fire upon Repugs as the mean-spirited, Gilded Age robber barons they worship -- rife with trusts, monopolies and union-bashing?  Imperialism needs no taxes (spoils offset cost, like Iraq), busted budgets never need revenue, and job growth comes after crony capitalism uses up its outsourcing options (right!). 


Doesn't the left deserve a true outlier who "frames issues" better than Obama or bigwig Dems?  Could anyone do worse?  Hey guys, the besieged middle class is going off the cliff, along with millions of battered blue collar jobs and five million homes foreclosed.  Where's one media-savvy, unco-opted, telegenic Howard Dean figure who tells truth to power?  Nominations, please.

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