After years of Trump, “Donald Desperation” has truly begun to set in. Americans are grasping at any straws that might lead to a way out of the trap we’ve dug for ourselves. [Meanwhile, our British friends are in the unenviable position of having out-done us]
I don’t want to dwell on this sort of thing, much – after all, my opinion is worth no more than anyone else’s – but I’m gobsmacked by how many people seem to be on the Beto Bandwagon. It’s an OK bandwagon to be on, when you’re cheering (as I did!) for someone to possibly unseat the oleo-covered servant of oligarchy, Ted Cruz. You could wrap a bunch of deer guts in bacon and it’d be a more attractive candidate, for me, than Ted Cruz.
None of that overshadows the fact that Beto lost to Ted Cruz.
I would expect the aforementioned bacon-wrapped deer guts to beat Cruz, pretty handily, so that is damning O’Rourke with some faint praises, indeed.
The democratic party appears to be doing the same thing that brought us Obama (and which brought the republicans Trump): casting around for a candidate that is not obviously repulsive – which means: a candidate about whom the electorate is largely ignorant. Looking back at it, it seems to me as though Obama may have been only the first president to be elected because Hillary Clinton was so repulsive. There are lots of reasons the electorate despises Hillary Clinton and one of the big ones is that they had plenty of time to get to know her. I voted for her, naturally, because the alternative was worse than a bacon-wrapped bunch of deer guts, but that’s the flaw in the 2 party system: “the menu today is fish” as Henry Rollins says. You could see how, in 2016, the republican base kept flipping toward whatever candidate was least well-known and consequently least repulsive. Ah, hindsight!
Beto makes me uncomfortable because he’s hip and cool and good looking and he seems to be as radical as Obama; i.e.: not very. I’m afraid that he might be the one to run against Trump, and he couldn’t beat Cruz.
What about the rest of the field? Well, we’ve got a year in which we’ll get to know them pretty well. Or, at least, we’ll get to hear what they choose to project. After Obama, I’m keeping my skepticism set on “11.” Sure, Obama was a greatk, competent and eloquent imperial president, but he sure wasn’t the progressive he campaigned as being. He just looked a whole lot better than Bush, but so does any bag of deer entrails. Beto’s going to have to deal with his centrism, his political campaign being bought for him by his father in law (he’s not such a down-at-the-heels aw shucks act as he tries to seem) and his support for the police state and Israel. Biden’s going to have to deal with the fact that he’s an out of touch ancient white guy. Elizabeth Warren’s going to have to compromise, like Bernie did. And Bernie’s probably going to get maneuvered out of candidacy by the democratic party machine, as has now become a tradition.
2020 is shaping up to be a real shit-show, which is why I won’t be writing much about it. It’s not that I won’t be watching closely – I will, but like the rest of us, I know it’s all just the dying screams of our pseudo-democracy collapsing further into oligarchy or autocracy. It turns out that the little bit of democracy the American system gave us,* was too much.
* And by “us” I mean “white men who own real estate” as the founding fathers intended.
It’s probably impossible for Americans to elect a president that is not a fanatical supporter of Israel, though we could do a lot less badly than Trump. I was tempted to include a tweet from AIPAC, who were careful to tag Beto [mondo] as meeting with them. Can you imagine the shitstorm if an American politician met with Iran lobbyists or an imam? Of all the politicians in the US right now, Alexandria Occasio-Cortez is the one I most wish could run against Trump. But she’s going to have to wait her turn, which the democratic party machine will make sure never comes.
I didn’t include any more comments about AIPAC, or a snapshot of the tweet, because I’m not anti-Israel, I’m pro-Palestinian; I reject the dichotomy.
Clarification: by “well known” I mean that the person behind the public persona is well known. I’d like to imagine that if the republican base knew what a sleazebag Trump is, even they would have preferred Ted Cruz or the deer guts.