Friday, September 16, 2016

Game over: Trump is going to win

I feel like I should preface this blog post with some things about me:

  • I am a far left liberal on social issues
  • I am a moderate on fiscal issues
  • I don't recall ever voting for a republican

Now that we've establish my meager bonafides, I have come to a sickening realization that Trump will win this election. Don't get me wrong, he has no business winning. He's a crystallization of every qualities of a right wingnut job. He may not have started the birther movement but he adopted it as his child and did a fine job raising that racist myth as his own child. He's a dangerous moron that thinks he can solve complex problems outside his realm of expertise. For a guy that rich, he demonstrates a shocking lack of knowledge of basic economic issues.  He's publicly said he would be dating his daughter if she weren't his child and he wasn't married. Seriously, he said this. Not once, not twice...multiple times. Finally, when asked what his 1-year old daughter took from her mother, he said "breasts". This is not an exaggeration. Google it. There's video. This is a grown adult who doesn't care enough to hide that he's sexualizing his 1-year old baby. That's the guy the GOP has selected as their standard bearer. That's the guy the so-called evangelical wing of the country has picked to represent them: a tax dodging, draft dodging, baby sexualizing 70-year old who has never been elected to any office in his entire life! A guy whose "charity" simply takes money from one party, donates it right back to other parties and takes credit for the donation.

So why do I think he's going to win?

Because he's turned this entire election cycle into a Seinfeld episode...in that it's all been about nothing! Think about it. It's post-labor day and today's main topic is that Trump is going to accept that Barack Obama was born in the United States! This is what we are talking about less than 2 months to the election. 

Let's go back to the GOP primary. How did Trump win? Did he win by distinguishing his policies from that of his competitors? No. Did he wow us with presidential qualities? Heck no! He basically insulted them (Little Marco, Lying' Ted and low energy Jeb...to be fair, Jeb Bush was severely lacking in energy), bragged about the size of his penis and called Rosie O'Donnell a pig. Oh yeah, he also made impractical YUGE promises that everyone knows he can't fulfill. But he won because he's the master at this reality show game. He's a master bullshit artist and he figured out a way to reduce the GOP primary to a reality show where nothing matters but the presentation and the bombast.

Back to the general election. I'll admit I didn't think he could do it. I thought he would be pummeled into submission by the Clinton Juggernaut. I said to myself "he's going to find out the difference between college and NFL". But guess what? He's done it. While the political talking heads are going on and on about electoral college pathways, he's dictating the agenda every single day (good and bad). It's September 16...where are the ads that'll bring this con artist down? Where are the ads that'll stitch together all of the rubbish he's said for the past 1.5 years? They are nowhere because he's got Hillary Clinton and the mainstream media talking about things he wants them to talk about. Even his refusal to release his taxes distracts the press from doing a full analysis of his tax policy. It's all about the razzle dazzle. Everybody (media, leftists) is asking him to show us his tax returns and his medical report. This past week has been spent talking about his medical status...that's one less week he has to spend defending the actual bullshit policies he's proposing. That's another week where his lies that he'll make the economy better gains more ground. It's a political rope-a-dope. By all counts, Clinton should be winning. She's a seasoned politician who has spent her adult life in the service of the public. But this isn't politics as usual. She's playing on Trump's turf now and she's losing

When Trump wins the election in November, remember this picture and know that he successfully got everybody to play on his terms in this election.


Finally, I'll leave you with this, the lyrics to Razzle Dazzle from the great musical Chicago:

BAILIFF(Spoken)
Mr. Flynn, his honor is here

BILLY(Spoken)
Thank you. Just a moment.
You ready?

ROXIE(Spoken)
Oh Billy, I'm really scared.

BILLY(Spoken)
Roxie, you got nothing to worry about.
It's all a circus, kid. A three ring circus.
These trials- the wholeworld- all show business.
But kid, you're working with a star, the biggest!

(Singing)
Give 'em the old razzle dazzle
Razzle Dazzle 'em
Give 'em an act with lots of flash in it
And the reaction will be passionate
Give 'em the old hocus pocus
Bead and feather 'em
How can they see with sequins in their eyes?

What if your hinges all are rusting?
What if, in fact, you're just disgusting?

Razzle dazzle 'em
And they;ll never catch wise!

Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle

BILLY AND COMPANY
Razzle dazzle 'em
Give 'em a show that's so splendiferous

BILLY
Row after row will grow vociferous

BILLY AND COMPANY
Give 'em the old flim flam flummox
Fool and fracture 'em

BILLY
How can they hear the truth above the roar?

COMPANY
Roar, roar, roar!

BILLY AND COMPANY
Throw 'em a fake and a finagle
They'll never know you're just a bagel,

BILLY
Razzle dazzle 'em
And they'll beg you for more!

BILLY AND COMPANY
Give 'em the old double whammy
Daze and dizzy 'em
Back since the days of old Methuselah
Everyone loves the big bambooz-a-lah

Give 'em the old three ring circus
Stun and stagger 'em
When you're in trouble, go into your dance

Though you are stiffer than a girder
They'll let you get away with murder
Razzle dazzle 'em
And you've got a romance

COMPANY(The same time as BILLY's)
Give 'em the old
Razzle Dazzle

BILLY
Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle
Razzle dazzle 'em
Show 'em the first rate sorcerer you are
Long as you keep 'em way off balance
How can they spot you've got no talents?
Razzle Dazzle 'em

BILLY AND COMPANY
Razzle Dazzle 'em
Razzle Dazzle 'em

And they'll make you a star!