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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Will This Matter?

In the year of the Trumpenproletariat, it is safe to say that all the usual rules of politics have flown out the window.

So what are we to make out of Ben Carson bailing from an interview because Jake Tapper (of all people) forcefully pursued a line of questioning that the candidate's own words opened up?

Some of this is, no doubt, a product of the Foxification of the RW Echo Chamber.  Within the precincts of the right wing movement, Carson is a hero.  As I've written previously, he allows them to embrace a black man as a potential president, because he in turn embraces some of their more lunatic positions.

But how can you be president if you can't handle some grilling by Jake Tapper?  We are told time and again that Obama is a feckless weakling who can't withstand Putin's steely tiger-gaze.  Ben Carson can't survive a sit down with Jake Tapper.  THIS is presidential material?

Meanwhile, Carly Fiorina is doubling down on her lies about the Planned Parenthood videos.  Unable to corroborate her story, she has simply kept repeating it.

These are the sort of fundamental errors that novice candidates who have never successfully run for office can be expected to make.  Is their learning curve steep enough to overcome what would be campaign killing gaffes for most candidates?  I mean Hillary Clinton has seen her poll numbers collapse real reason that I can discern except that there might possibly, kind of be, maybe something wrong with her emails.

But Carson's a marshmallow and Fiorina is a liar.  Even Trump seems to be losing steam.  I can't help  but think that the person most primed to pick up these voters is Ted Cruz.

Suck on that for a minute.

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