So here are a few random thoughts on the latest iteration of our great republican hokey pokey. Have you ever read color commentary on res publicae hoci poci, to use Cato’s oft abused phrase? Well, that’s all anybody reads anymore, right? But here goes anyhow.
Shock and Aw, Shucks
The first thing to say, as a lead in to others, has to to do with the one possible thing that might happen that would make me happy that Ted Cruz lost, and that would be if he comes around to endorsing Trump. He says he is “assessing,” which is more than I think he ought to be doing, but at least he has not yet lined up to be embarrassed, as has happened with Rubio, Ryan, Priebus, Gingrich, et al.
We all endorsed the dumpster fire, but lo! It continueth to burn. We speak earnestly unto it, but it heedeth not. We are most seriously displeased.
This last business with the judge of Mexican descent was the 528th instance of Trump doing exactly what Trump does, which is bloviate. He has done it over and over. It got him the nomination. Having secured the nomination by that means, he continued to do what he does best, which is to be him, and all the naifs who endorsed him are acting astonished and surprised. Like this was a new thing!
Ryan said that what Trump said was “the textbook definition of racism.” Actually what we are looking at is a textbook display of identity politics, which the establishment has insisted we dwell in for the last generation or more. I do not say this in defense of Trump — I simply say that on this point he is no more corrupt than thousands of others, and no more corrupt than those who are screeching at him. Still, that’s pretty corrupt.
What this may be leading up to is a concerted effort to raise enough of a stink as to justify an attempt to steal the nomination from Trump at the convention. The party has the physical means of doing it (via rule changes), but what they currently lack is plausible justification. It would be stealing in any case, but they couldn’t have it look too obviously like stealing. This orchestrated display of indignation over this latest “racism” appears to be something they are beta testing as possible cover.
I agree that when Trump plays identity politics, he does it knee deep in gaucheries. He is your walking wince worthy guy. But he is simply working the other end of the same scam that was been imposed on us by all the respectable people, and a number of people have noticed it. Trump represents identity politics push-back, and there is no righteous way to oppose it without opposing the whole shebang. But you are only going to get that from a conservative — i.e. no one on the stage at present.
On Eating Your Own Cooking
Trump wants a judge to recuse himself just because he is Mexican? How dare you! . . . says the country that has run an affirmative action regime on our colleges, that forces the military to lower standards so that women can make it through training, that bustles names like Sotomayor to the front of the SCOTUS nomination line because Latina judges would “rule differently,” and that elects a lightweight professor of homeopathic constitutional law to the presidency just because he is brown. This is why we have expressions like “for the love of Pete.” And please overlook the connection to La Raza.
You cannot create a hyper-race-conscious society, and then police people in it for being hyper-race-conscious. You can’t make us all live on the bottom of the pool and then blame us for being wet.
But that said, I do agree that Trump is a loser. That is why, to borrow the words of the prophet Micah, he is just the spokesman for this people. All I have to say to the GOP is this — you picked him, you endorsed him, you own him. Deal with it.