The Republican race…

Workout notes: left about 7:20 or so; walked my Cornstalk 8.1 in 1:46:05; 54:28/51:37. The last 1.03 was 11:49. There was some fresh gravel.
It was sticky: 75 F, 87 percent humidity at the start; 80 F, 74 percent at the end.

But I was surprised; I felt a bit tired yesterday and my first mile was just over 14 minutes. But I loosened up and got into it mentally.


Politics That Donald Trump continues to lead really amuses me. Remember the Republicans declared that they had an all-star lineup:

Well, he’s tapping in, but he’s essentially — he’s done it in a way that the word offensive is too weak,” Krauthammer said. “It’s an insult. An entire immigrant group. He did not make a distinct between legal and illegal immigrants. That’s his entire campaign. All our problems are from Mexico, from China, from Saudi Arabia, and Japan. He will make them pay. But that elevates him to a guy actually with ideas. These are eruptions, barstool eruptions. And the pity is this. This is the strongest field of Republican candidates in 35 years. You could pick a dozen of them at random and have the strongest cabinet America’s had in our lifetime and instead all of our time is spent discussing this rodeo clown.”

Paul Krugman is having fun with it:

Both the Republican establishment and the punditocracy have been shocked by Mr. Trump’s continuing appeal to the party’s base. He’s a ludicrous figure, they complain. His policy proposals, such as they are, are unworkable, and anyway, don’t people realize the difference between actual leadership and being a star on reality TV?

But Mr. Trump isn’t alone in talking policy nonsense. Trying to deport all 11 million illegal immigrants would be a logistical and human rights nightmare, but might conceivably be possible; doubling America’s rate of economic growth, as Jeb Bush has promised he would, is a complete fantasy.

And while Mr. Trump doesn’t exude presidential dignity, he’s seeking the nomination of a party that once considered it a great idea to put George W. Bush in a flight suit and have him land on an aircraft carrier.

The point is that those predicting Mr. Trump’s imminent political demise are ignoring the lessons of recent history, which tell us that poseurs with a knack for public relations can con the public for a very long time. Someday The Donald will have his Katrina moment, when voters see him for who he really is. But don’t count on it happening any time soon.

I’ll put it this way: the Republicans have been running con men for years. Mr. Trump is better at it.


September 1, 2015 - Posted by | politics, politics/social, walking |

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