Well, here we are. One of America’s two major parties has a name-calling, wall-building, fear-mongering Billionaire as its nominee. And me, a left-leaning, feminist loving, GLBTQIA supporting, tree-hugging, refuge accepting, peace-loving, Black Lives Matter supporter thinks this is one of the best things to happen in politics in decades. And I can say that with a (mostly) straight face.
How you may ask? Once you get past the shock brought on by his crazy behavior and look at what has actually happened as a result around the world of politics and media, how can you not? Let’s do this!
1. Right wing is reaping what it sowed.
For eight years (Or is it 40?) the Right has systematically called Obama and the Left evil monsters that want to destroy America and kill Santa. Now they are paying for it.
The way right media has been calling Obama a Kenyan Muslim Nazi communist while people in office and those from the more main stream right media won’t denounce any lie that gets told. That was fine inside the bubble of right listening to the right. The GOP leaders until now were able to present national figures that were centrist and could survive being looked at by the entire nation.
This time around the 20% of Americans that live in this closed media loop of the right and vote in Republican primaries actually believe the rhetoric they have been fed. “Muslims and Mexicans are taking your jobs and killing your kids! I’m going to vote for the guy speaking the truth I’ve been fed!”
How is this good? The Republican/right wing media money people are taking a hard look at what they have done and will change to tell the truth instead of truthiness to survive as a unified party in the future.
2. The Republican alliances will fracture
The strange bed fellows of Evangelicals, business, libertarians, and the deep south that formed in the 70s-80s will not survive Trump. Business is already trying to distance itself from the GLBTQIA fear mongering laws that are being pushed forward by the religious right.
Libertarians and Ron Paul followers are getting tired of the GOP. Penalties that are being pushed against individuals like restrictions on solar panels to become self sufficient. The deficit spending to fund other countries’ wars. In bed with banks and the Federal Reserve. All of this and they already have a Libertarian Party to run to.
The traditional South has moving beyond its racial divisive past. (Faster than the North it seems. Discussion for another day) The racist elements of the party are harder to hide and will have many people fleeing. If the GOP wants to still be a national party they will have to make new alliances.
3. Watching the inner struggle within the Republican Party is great entertainment.
Need I say more on this point?
4. The main stream media realized its part in creating the monster.
For those who complain about the media coverage in general the media has been asking itself “What have we done?!” Big Media is everywhere and what is reported has an effect on the outcome. Before the 24 second news cycle and endless space online for articles, you had an editor who would decide what was news.
Now when somebody says something stupid it is on Twitter instantly then big media shares the tweet to get hits. Then stupid comments on any side become “newsworthy.” Perhaps this is the point where news stations won’t make the worst tweet the news story and actually tell actual news.
5. His positions are more progressive than any other Republican presidential candidate.
If you normally look at the Republican platform and gag you will only get a bile taste from his platform. Reading it is a little like interpreting a tween’s dissertation on the meaning of life but his stated positions are less scary than Ted Cruz’s platform.
The biggest example of this is his policy on NAFTA and trade. When was the last time politicians everywhere were discussing this issue? The last time I can recall is when Ross Perot was a viable third party candidate to talk about it.
I’m looking forward to reading the differences between the GOP platform and Trump’s. There will be much hay made over that.
6. Trump doesn’t believe the crap he says.
Ted Cruz is a believer. He thinks (or thought) he was chosen by God to become president. All the crazy things he has said is actually what he would fight for.
Trump is a pragmatist. He says things to get what he wants. He doesn’t care about the views he takes so he can change views to what people actually want. He is at the whim of the polls. Take a look at where the polls are on the issues and breath a sigh of relief.
He will have many etch-a-sketch moments before the general
7. Now we get to see Trump debate a Democrat
8. Trump got money out if politics.
Bernie wants to get money out of politics but Sanders is doing it by raising a crap ton of money. Donald has won a nomination without holding fundraisers and without spending (relatively) a lot.
It proves it is possible to win against the tide of big money in politics. All you need is great name recognition and get the media to talk about you all the time
Bernie would be just another has been if it wasn’t for the RECORD SETTING AMOUNTS OF MONEY he has raised. Even if it is $27 at a time he raised the money. Now before I get pummeled on twitter by the Berners. (@TobySterl to give you a head start.) what he has done is amazing but Obama did it 8 years ago.
9. He can’t win
Winning big among the GOP Caucus goers is one thing. That’s winning the majority of 20% of the nation that have been lied to for decades. The electorate is getting more Hispanic, Black, and young. When Trump says he is winning the women, the poorly educated, the Mexicans, and the Blacks he is actually winning the women in that 20%.
There is no way he can win. Even before the onslaught of his past indiscretions that will come out after the primary is done, (Here comes the Dem’s attack machine!) his numbers among women alone are enough to sink him.
So sit back and enjoy it.
We get to watch the fracturing of the GOP, the Trump media road show, and the fall of right wing media machine. At the same time the Senate and possibly the House will become Democratic.
Just ponder on the history that is to come, the late night comedy that will be made, and we get to witness it all. Join me in enjoying the flames to come. I’ll bring the popcorn.