The Great Debatables Part Two | THE POLITICUS

The Great Debatables Part Two

I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine yesterday - a self-described Republican. He is a nurse in the psych ward of a Kingston hospital. He told me that nine out of ten of the patients on his floor are supporting Donald Trump. He wasn't surprised to find this out. Neither was I, of course.
After watching the second debate of this comically catastrophic presidential contest, I came away a bit more at ease than I had been about the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. When was the last time a presidential candidate in this country threatened to jail his opponent? Not in my lifetime, that's for sure! When he uttered that line I was on the phone with a friend of mine. At first I thought I was hearing things. It wasn't until after it was all over, watching a rerun, that I realized that I had, in fact, heard what I only thought was an audio hallucination. As disappointed as I was with Ms. Clinton's nomination in July, I am ready to take the plunge for her, so to speak. If this silly, psychotic nincompoop is elected to the presidency, it's all over.
Of course that's never gonna happen. Glenn Beck has endorsed the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. As my brother Jeff pointed out on a Facebook posting early this morning, in denouncing Donald Trump, George Will is starting to sound like Paul Krugman. John McCain has withdrawn his support for Trump. A pig just flew by my window. Isn't life strange?
On January 20, one Democratic administration will follow another one into the Oval Office. The last time that happened on Inauguration Day was in 1857. The end of Hillary Clinton first term will mark twelve years of Democratic control at the executive level. That hasn't happened since the days of Franklin Roosevelt. These two nasty little facts are the Republican Party's proverbial canary in the coal mine. That there birdie's dead - you'd better believe it, Bubba. There might someday be another conservative living in the White House, but it will not be a Republican. That party is deader than the bird. The elephant has thoroughly imploded.

They have spent the better part of the last fifty years appealing to the worst aspects of the American character and it has blown in their faces. This is something that was bound to happen sooner or later. What mystifies me is the fact that it took this long.
It's interesting (and quite amusing) to see the number of GOP uberstars who are now - finally - distancing themselves from the Donald. They have finally come to the valid conclusion that putting party before country probably wasn't a very smart idea. Racist assaults upon so hug a segment of the country wasn't enough to sway them, but when their political careers were on the line they started to see the light. If Trump's slander against women in the now-infamous Access Hollywood tape had disparaged merely blacks or Mexicans or Muslims it wouldn't have made a difference to these assholes. But he insulted women - all women - which is most of the population.  It's too late.  The damage that Trump has done in eighteen months to the right wing cause is possibly irreparable. The party of Lincoln is about to go the way of the Whigs.
Isn't this fun to watch?
Tom Degan
Goshen, NY
Here is a link to watch the second 2016 debate in its entirety....

....if you have the stomach for it.

Here is link to watch, also in its entirety, the first of three debates between Senator John F. Kennedy and vice-President Richard M. Nixon in September of 1960:

This was back in the good old days when politicians were more reasonable and civilized. Notice the tone. Both men are appealing to the intellect of the American people, to the better angels of their nature. Candidates don't even attempt to do that anymore.


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