Monday, September 21, 2015

Scotty Slides South



In ordinary circumstances, i.e. in a world that made any sense at all, the following would be considered excellent and hopeful news:
Scott Walker is said to be quitting presidential race
Monday, September 21, 2015 4:08 PM EDT
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has concluded he no longer has a path to the Republican presidential nomination and plans to drop out of the 2016 campaign, according to three Republicans familiar with his decision, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Mr. Walker called a news conference in Madison at 6 p.m. Eastern time.
Mr. Walker’s intended withdrawal is a humiliating climb down for a Republican governor once seen as all but politically invincible...
After all, the man in whose administration are many currently or formerly under indictment, and who soon may be himself, is also the one who's taken his state ever more deeply into the dumpster. His claim to infamy, and the reason for his love affair with teabaggers, is that he "broke" the teachers' union. On that basis, mystifyingly, he got reelected a couple of times, despite increasing budget deficits, drastic cuts to all things important, breathtaking job losses, and, of course, the sword of justice ever dangling over his head. That, and the tons of money the Koch brothers paid for his services as their midwest lapdog.

So, good news. The increasingly insane R party, the party of denialists, neglecters of those in need, of reanimators of the corpse of Reaganomics no matter how many times it's failed, has finally, possibly even before it's too late, reversed course.

Except, no. They're turned their love lights onto a narcissist whose ideas are an inch wide and a millimeter deep but who hits all the notes for white male sorta-Christian xenophobes; a doctor who earns love by calling our president a psychopath and by comparing homosexuality to bestiality and who claims Planned Parenthood is deliberately committing genocide on blacks (while, butter wouldn't melt in his mouth, calling for an end to divisiveness) and who'll use the Bible for his tax code while saying Islam is inconsistent with the Constitution; and a woman who all but destroyed a major corporation and got fired for her troubles, and who, like Ronald Reagan, can't seem to sort out the viewing of film within the reality of her world.

I guess, though, that as the field gets winnowed there'll be less noise through which the inquisitive voter (of which, it seems, there are none on that side of the political spectrum) has to wade to see the idiocy of the rock-bottom remainders. (No offense to these guys.)

So there's that.

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