Vail Daily column: At this point Hillary’s a lock
Does a headline like this make you want to cringe and run to the bathroom while sticking your finger down your throat?
“Well, yes, Richard, it does indeed,” most of you will say (or some non-PC variation thereof).
If the GOP doesn’t get its act together soon — and by soon I mean the next few weeks — America is all but guaranteed another Clinton in the White House in a little more than 12 months.
I am truly shocked Trump has yet to self-destruct, but then again the man has committed political suicide more times than Sarah Palin, and there’s still a small core of idiots who think she’s a genius.
It’s been over half a century since a non-politician received a party nomination (Eisenhower), so it’s certainly not a fait accompli he will, but if he does next November will be a cake walk for Hillary.
This begs the question of who is supporting Trump at this moment, or better yet, who in their right mind actually believes a Trump administration would:
• Build a wall for a few hundred billion dollars and send the bill to Mexico.
• Capture 12 million people and carry them back across the border.
• Prevent Muslims from getting into America simply by asking at the passport counter to declare a religious affiliation.
While the list can go on and on, I also want — no, need — to understand how his supporters define common sense.
How can they be so blind as to not understand if the election were held today or if they continue supporting this moron Hillary will win in a landslide?
Carson is threatening to leave the party and go independent, and luckily no one really cares about him anymore, but a poll last week indicated if Trump were to leave over two-thirds of his supporters would back his independent bid.
Ross Perot, anyone?
Ted Cruz has nothing but the Jesus crowd clamoring for the apocalypse and perhaps a few Canadian transplants, Rubio has what’s left of the Tea Party fruitcakes and perhaps a few Hispanics voting for his last name and Sanders is just a pipe dream for the extreme left and perhaps a few delusional idealists who think we can tax ourselves to prosperity.
Christie and Bush aren’t even worth mentioning (though I just did).
Trump is the worst kind of carnival barker, a narcissistic one, and a bigot to boot, yet his xenophobic racism resonates with those previously confined to the dark corners of Internet comment sections like Infowars, Breitbart, Red Flag and Allen West.
There’s not enough of them to come anywhere close to winning an election, but there are more than enough to assure a Hillary victory. I’d bet my Christmas bonus most of them support Judge Scalia too.
Put succinctly, those who think Donald Trump is the answer do not understand the question.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is laughing all the way to the front of the class, and if the GOP refuses to get their act together soon, she will not only be the new teacher, she’ll be the Superintendent as well for at least four years.
Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes weekly. He can be reached at email@example.com.