Monday, August 31, 2015

Carnival Barkers Galore

Much like watching an old timey movie of a locomotive driving off a wooden bridge, I can't look away, which I suspect is exactly what you know who wants.

One of the podcasts I listen to recently referred to him as a "Carnival Barker".  I got thinking about that label and I think it's very apt.

Think of it this way.  He's managed to get away with saying shit that frankly would have forced other candidates to leave the race in disgrace.

All I can I think of the guy yelling "Step right up, 10 cents to go in the tent and see the bearded lady!!" Which works for a while, so then he has to ratchet up the rheoteric a bit more "Come see the naked bearded lady", which makes some of the people going into the tent feel a bit weird, but they're there for the spectacle.

Now mind you, these people are all heading into the same red tent and their circus is in a competition against the blue circus down the street.

Before long though, the pitch becomes crazier and crazier to the point that a whole bunch of people say "Seriously?!? I think we need to leave..." while oddly there's still a whole demographic who are like "Fuck yeah, I want to see the bearded lady get gang banged by a troupe of trapeze clowns!"

At which point a whole chunk of people are either going to leave the tent or he is.  I suspect the latter with him pulling a bender ala "Fine, I'll start my own circus, with [insert crazy here]!"

All of this is a long winded way of saying, I'm sure he's going to say even crazier shit, who knows how crazy he can make it before the people running the circus run him out of town.

However, those people in the blue tent can't be happier as all hell breaks loose in the red tent.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

We've been Trumped.

I couldn't do it.  I never wanted to watch the "debate".  I instinctively knew it was going to be a colossal farce.  I have however looked at the highlights.

Honestly, I hope Trump goes through with it and runs as an independent.  If it's true that Bill Clinton encouraged him to run, he's even smarter than we all thought.  It was clear most of the other candidates threw up in their mouths just a little bit when he said that, for good reason.

Let's just imagine in this bazaar-o-world we're living in, that not only does Trump continue to run, but that he keeps his polling numbers up.

Now, imagine you're a strategist for someone like Jed Bush.  Not only do you have to fend off attacks from some Democratic nominee (like Sanders or Clinton) but you've also got to fend off Trump.  Let's also not forget that likely they'll be other candidates who when they don't get the nomination will likely not play nice as well.

Where you find yourself is squeezed in the middle.  You can't espouse the views of Trump because that would alienate the voting block that's conservative, but not crazy.  You can't espouse the views of someone like Clinton whose taken very centrist positions on things because even sounding remotely like Clinton is political seppuku.

I wish I was a fly on the wall in the RNC I'd love to see all the hand wringing.

Who knows, maybe I'm completely wrong.  Maybe the strategy is to make Trump look so crazy that all the other republicans by comparison seem moderate... who knows.

Though as far as I can tell, he's running around the circus tent throwing matches and yelling.

We're all on the outside just watching the tent catch fire and waiting for the elephants to start trampling everybody in sight.

In the end this is going to the some ugly fucked up shit.  Hopefully the insanity of it all we encourage the overturning of people united.  What I'm really hoping for is that *something* positive comes out of menagerie.