Soja hear the news?
Donald Trump is comin’ to town. Next Thursday, Flynn Center, free tix already gone. (According to one commenter on the Freeploid website, many a liberal signed up for tickets with no intention whatsoever of actually showing up — hoping for an embarrassingly low turnout. Which would be great, but I’m sure there will be plenty of the Great Unwashed on hand to welcome their reality-show wet dream of a candidate.)
Can’t say I’m outraged or particularly concerned. I found it amusing that the Vermont Republican Party immediately sought to distance itself from the proceedings. Executive Director Jeff Bartley doing his best Sergeant Schultz:
We learned late today through media reports that Donald Trump will be making a brief campaign stop in Vermont The Vermont Republican Party did not invite Mr. Trump and has no role in his event.
Although Bartley did everything short of dunking himself in Purell, he did end his brief statement with a note of praise for the GOP’s “very diverse group of candidates.”
And there’s the rub. Trump is the loudest and most effective carnival barker of the bunch, but the Republican field really doesn’t offer much to the serious voter. Certainly no real diversity in thought or policy.
There are Trump wannabes like Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, and very loud liar Carly Fiorina. There are staunch conservatives like Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie, who are offering pale imitations of Trumpian rhetoric while clinging to a few sorry scraps of the “serious candidate” mantle.
And that’s about it. The likes of Rubio and Bush only appear to be “moderate” because Trump has pushed the debate so far to the right.
Anyway, so the circus is coming to Burlington and Bozo The Frontrunner will grace the Flynn Center stage. I hope he says some thoroughly obnoxious things and totally embarrasses the VTGOP. I hope some prominent Republicans show up and endorse him, because that will further embarrass the local party.
They deserve it. It’s their electorate, after all, that gives Trump his consistent and growing lead. It’s their electorate that gives majority support to the Tea Party Cerberus of Trump, Carson and Cruz. It’s two-thirds of their electorate who believe that public-sector experience is a negative attribute in a presidential candidate.
The Republicans have been lying down with dogs for years and years. Let ’em suffer the fleas.