The HuffPo has gone schizty:
Yeppers, those socialistic, xenophobic New Hamsters are a-gonna break out into decidedly uncivil war any day now.
You'll probably hate me for saying this, but those Donald and Bernie voters are, in many ways, voting for the same thing: they want the "Washington insiders" out. What wafts from D.C. these days is anything but inspirational and no matter which totemic animal you follow, waddling pachyderm or braying jackass, it doesn't have your best interests at heart. We've got, mostly, King Hog rather than King Log and its troughs are overflowing. Mr. Sanders and Mr. Trump are both very much King Stork -- and in the end, the voters may well get what the froggies got.* Nevertheless, they're darned sure they don't like what they have now, so promises of more of the same with a different arrangement of deck chairs and going-under music† don't hold much appeal at the ballot box.
Votors often prefer "outsider" candidates for President, especially if they're not too outside. And there's nothing they'd like more than to see the waters turn in the nation's capitol. As a cautionary note for both sides, I will note the last times voters went for a new face at the helm, we got Presidents Carter, Reagan -- and Obama, sweeping in with "hope" and "change." How are you liking those odds?
Alas, the odds are odder and lower-grade than ever this time. Those three had their flaws (pick your least fave and there's plenty to loathe!) but none of them was Mussolini with no style or Lenin with no brain. Brace for King Stork!
* Aesop told the tale -- and please note he lists not two but three kinds of rule. Alas, once you've opted for kings, you lose the first and best option: self-rule.
† Your choice of "Autumn" or "Nearer My God To Thee."
6 months ago