sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Monday, February 22, 2016

The New Dawn

The days don't dawn happy for conservative pundit George Will (once of ABC News, now working for Fox and writing articles)
(Washington Post) George Will writes: ...Many South Carolina evangelicals, like those in Iowa, showed, shall we say, Christian forgiveness toward Trump, who boasts of his sexual athleticism, embraces torture and promises to kill terrorists’ families. Or perhaps these remarkable evangelicals think his myriad conversions-of-convenience (his serial adjustments of his “convictions” in time for this campaign) constitute being “born again.” This is an interesting interpretation of John 3:7
As the Republican Party contemplates putting forward this florid face, the Democratic Party, clinging to Hillary Clinton like a shipwrecked sailor clinging to a spar, celebrates her Nevada achievement. ‘Twas a famous victory.

Trailing clouds of seediness sufficient already to have convinced 56 percent of Americans that she is neither honest nor trustworthy, Clinton won only 53 percent against an opponent who says that, after seven years of a Democratic presidency, America is a fetid swamp of rising inequality and multiplying injustices. Criticizing Bernie Sanders for criticizing Obama, Clinton promises continuity with an administration that (according to a Gallup poll this month) has convinced 71 percent of likely general election voters that America is on the wrong track...
Fredd writes: ...The closest thing the establishment GOP has in the race now with any shot at the GOP nod is Marco Rubio. Recall, however, that only 5 short years ago, Marco Rubio won his senate seat DESPITE the establishment poobahs such as Karl Rove and his superpac backing the RINO Charlie Crist, Rubio's primary opponent, over someone they considered of distasteful Tea Party ilk such as Rubio...

But George Will, who used to excoriate Rubio did not disparage him even though he has roots in the Tea Party, because he's the old GOP's last hope. Don't get me wrong, Rubio isn't an establishment candidate the way that the now defunct Jeb! was. However the (old) Grand Old Party hopes that with enough money and left owing enough favors, Rubio can be bent into a mainstream machine politician. They may be right. 

Ted Cruz has shown himself to be a very dirty campaigner, and for that reason more than any other, he will not get my vote unless it's between Ted and John Kerry/Joe Biden (post Hillary general election). Cruz didn't have to dip so low so soon, but he chose to

George Will, repellent and angry, is bitter at seeing that country club Republican class fade into antiquity. Watching Jeb! crumble must have been as agonizing as supporting Rubio for president must be.