Donald Trump’s support has collapsed.
Last week I wrote about how the killing of Osama bin Laden and the release of the President’s birth certificate made the whole Donald Trump (and other “politicians” like him) look absolutely ridiculous. When confronted with competence, pragmatism and good policy – these
reality show sideshow clowns expose themselves as the egomaniacal narcissists that they truly are.
I am so happy that this most recent rise and fall of
a self-absorbed lunatic an aspirational political figure happened within a timeframe that does not extend past the limits of the typical American’s memory. (A window of time that just barely exceeds that of the average goldfish.) We have such short memories. For example – Newt Gingrich is considered a ‘serious’ GOP presidential candidate despite his questionable ethical past and the fact that he resigned the House somewhat disgracefully . We forget so quickly that one of Sarah Palin’s signature accomplishments as governor was a ‘socialist’ tax policy that transferred oil money from the oil companies back to the people.
Despite our short-term memory issues we are unlikely to forget that the Donald was a raving racist birther lunatic just over 10 days ago. His entire campaign was based on the premise that the President was illegitimate. Well, what a difference a few days make. Recent polls show that the Donald’s support has collapsed from first at 26% to fifth at 8%. What a great day for America! It shows that even the most ardent partisans can be dissuaded by evidence and changing circumstances. I think this is something that we can all celebrate. It is nice to have evidence that suggests our ability as a people to respond to changing information despite our ugly politics endures. It gives me hope that our electorate can respond effectively to good information.
I have been thinking a lot about the type of analogy that is appropriate to describe the type of candidate Donald Trump was. I thought about applying the oft used ‘shooting star’ analogy to describe the short lived nature of his ugly candidacy. But I find this analogy far too complimentary. I prefer to use the following: Donald Trump’s candidacy has come and gone like a silent fart in the car with the window down. Nobody really expected it – but we were all forced to endure it. It burned our noses and distracted us from the road ahead but it could not long survive the open window.
At times we have to open the window and stop lingering in the stench of our own politics. We have smart and talented people here – we should not waste our time on those who are not. I, despite my Democratic partisanship, yearn for a robust Republican party that is led by smart people. People that have a clear set of principles (not ideology – ideology requires knowing the answers before a question is asked) and people who understand that we need more than bumper sticker slogans to make good decisions as voters. If all you give us is either bumper-sticker policy and political attack ads, most will make decisions based on these evidentiary placeholders.
It is my opinion that we are in the midst of a great learning moment. The cynic learned that evidence does matter and that even the craziest among us can change their minds. The crazies learned that overt dependence on conspiracy can be quite disappointing. The haughty learned that sometimes you have to engage the crazy by pulling the rug out from underneath them.
And those who despair learned to hold on hope a tad bit longer because one kitschy overpriced gold-leafed conspiratorial self-promoting egomaniacal racist’s house of cards came crumbling down.
Good riddance Mr. Trump. May your shows be cancelled and your hotels empty.