Weary Pilgrim – The Stone Canoe
After the Winter of Our No Content, the political spectrum is readying itself
for the next big wave – Hillary is coasting into the nomination, honing her
debating chops, filling the coffers for airtime purchases, and doing opposition
research on.....on......actually she has no idea who she is running against.
Trump? Cruz? Ryan? A Player To Be Named Later?
You would think that the amazing disarray among the Republican party
leadership would occasion schadenfreude ( the delicious feeling of seeming
to be dismayed at a friend’s distress while being gleeful that you’re not the
one whose fly is open ) among the Dem’s– but when the stakes are
leadership of the Free World, it’s a little tough to gloat – after all, it’s OUR
Free World that could be loused up by this wingdoodle of a political season.
I can’t actually believe I can side with The Donald on just about anything, but
I have a big problem with disenfranchising anyone, anywhere, at any time.
Trump has been pretty clumsy, never mind threatening, when he talks about
the ‘riots’ that may result from a brokered or contested convention. But he
has a point when he talks about the anger of the voting population when their
votes for Trump suddenly do not count.
I’m repelled at the notion of Voting ID’s, a blatant move to take away votes
from poor people. Gerrymandering ( invented right here in Massachusetts,
thank you ) has become a pretty sick way of manipulating the popular vote.
But if Trump really has the greatest number of votes by far, I don’t blame
people for getting angry that their vote no longer counts – just because
Donald doesn’t want to play by the rules of the party leadership.
There is some controversy about the distinction, but I favor the definition that
a Brokered Convention is where deals are made to eventually nominate
someone from the ranks of those who have been running all along ( think
Ted Cruz) . A Contested Convention is when none of these people can put a
deal together, and someone is chosen who hasn’t actually been running (
Paul Ryan comes to mind ).
The Republicans had been having a lot of fun slamming Ted Cruz, who is
very, very unpopular with his Senate colleagues – Lindsey Graham cracked
that, “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial were in
the Senate, nobody could convict you.”
But now Lindsey Graham has endorsed Cruz – Rubio pulled the ripcord, and
Kasich can’t get enough votes for Dogcatcher, so little by little, folks are
jumping on the Cruz Bandwagon if he can magically cobble together
enough votes to beat Trump, dilemma solved (he can’t ). I assume the plan
here is to set up Cruz as the Brokered Candidate, on the theory that the riots
will be smaller and more manageable than if Ryan becomes the candidate.
Meanwhile, because Misery Loves Company, and the way I see it, the
Republicans are very, very lonely, they are taking aim at their other foot with
the whole Supreme Court Thing. When it came time to find a replacement for
Scalia, Obama went out and found a guy who does everything but rescue
small dogs from raging rivers. I mean, NOBODY doesn’t like this Merrick
The Republicans just love to quote the ‘Biden’ Rule, lifted from a speech of
Joe Biden’s long ago, when he recommended that there be no nomination
for the Supreme Court in the last year of a presidential term. The Democrats
counter that the speech was purely hypothetical, yadda, blah, yadda.......
You know who’s wrong? Everybody. The Constitution is pretty clear on this
matter – there is a vacancy in the court, the President nominates, the Senate
advises and consents – case closed. You want to drag your feet after
election day, sure, there’s not really time for the nomination process anyway
then, but now? NOW? Lots of time. You either believe in the Constitution or
you don’t – and every phony that says he does and refuses to follow it will
risk his or her place in the next election.
If you took an oath of office, and you’re drawing a salary, then earn that
salary or give it up – I think any senator that refuses to consider the
nomination of Merrick Garland should forego their salary until such time as
they earn it.
Back to the Republican dilemma – they are hoping to have their cake and
eat it too – refuse to consider the nomination , thereby looking very
principled, until the election. Then if Hillary wins, and you just KNOW her
nomination would be the lovechild of a Lesbian/Commie Peacenick and a
Biracial Transgendered sous chef, they can convene the Senate, slam
through Merrick Garland’s nomination, and trust that, by the next election
cycle, there will be lots and lots of other far worse things to get blamed for
than actually deciding to do their job.
If Trump somehow steals the nomination from the steady, principled, and
wise hands of the Republican Party leadership, .....well, frankly, that ain’t
gonna happen, say the Wise Men of the G.O.P.......so why bother worrying
about whom he would nominate? The last time he was asked, he said he
thought his sister would make a great candidate (I’m not making this up –
with Trump, you don’t have to). If Cruz gets the nomination, who cares who
his nominee would be? He can’t win – which is really what makes the
Republicans nuts – they are trying to figure out how to outfox the biggest
group of voters in their party so that they can lose.
Talk about reaching up, touching bottom, sinking like a stone canoe....with