When Donald Trump took the escalator down to announce his candidacy for the Republican Presidential Primaries earlier this week, the GOP took the escalator down from being a serious political party.
It is an open secret that many of candidates in the Republican Primaries are simply greedy, egotistical cynics who don’t have any real aspiration to be President. They are the products of a morally bankrupt party, dishonestly feigning that they want to represent their party in the 2016 Presidential election but transparently using one of the most hallowed democratic processes as a self-promotional marketing campaign to solely benefit themselves. It disgraces their party but also denigrates the American political process.
There really is no better symbol of the greedy and ignorant core of Republican politicians than Donald Trump. No doubt Huckabee the Huckster has to be a bit jealous, having held that crown up until now. And the runners’ up in this Mr./Ms. USA (Unbelievably Selfish Assholes) pageant, including Ted Cruz, Lindsay Graham, Carly Fiorina, etc. have got to feel that Trump is horning in on their scheme.
It shouldn’t come off as surprising that those who belong to the party of exploitation would exploit and demean their own party just to increase their celebrity and asking prices in the media. What is a bit surprising is how accepting the GOP seems to be of their Presidential Primary being turned into a serial infomercial for a collection of media whores.
There are legitimate candidates in the GOP field who are serious about winning the nomination but they will likely have to stand on the same stage and debate with Donald Trump as their peer in a debate. If it wasn’t so hilarious, it would be amusing.
The late night comedian lobby really won big on this one, they’re offering sacrifices to the Comedy Gods every day to thank them for this glorious bounty. Poor Jon Stewart, he’s leaving The Daily Show in six weeks, so little time and so much buffoonery in store for the next year and a half.
In the end, will this have a meaningful effect on the 2016 elections? I would argue that it would. Not an enormous effect but by the GOP being portrayed as a joke for the next year…through its own candidates and debates and in contrast, the sight of the Dems having sane and substantive debates and campaigns, the undecided voters will have two very different images to compare.
Yes, eventually the sleazy snake oil merchants will be eliminated and the GOP will have a legitimate candidate…but he will be stained by all the snake oil that is spilled over the primary season. That can de-energize some Republican and Independent voters from supporting the Republican candidate and highlight the more mature, responsible and sensible nature of the Democratic candidate.
As for the GOP’s reputation after the lunacy of this primary season, I’m reminded of an exchange from an old W.C. Fields movie, “It’s a Gift”.
MAN: You’re drunk!
W.C. FIELDS: “Yeah, and you’re crazy; and I’ll be sober tomorrow and … you’ll be crazy for the rest of your life!”