Donald Trump, the Perfect Republican

Oh, my. One despairs of ever having another presidential election as entertaining as this one. The hilarity never stops.

The latest in the comedy parade is New York Times columnist David Brooks, the latest “conservative” to grab his smelling salts and wail about how Donald Trump is just not fit to be the Republican candidate for President! Heavens, no!

This is almost as funny as Paul Ryan insisting that the Republican Party “does not prey on people’s prejudices.” Stop! You are too funny. Crack me up!

Brooks is right that the Donald is “epically unprepared to be president.” He goes on to assert that “his vast narcissism makes him a closed fortress. He doesn’t know what he doesn’t know and he’s uninterested in finding out.”

What makes this so hugely amusing is that Brooks could have easily just described the entire Republican Party. You remember them? The ones who conducted a self study after the last presidential election and discovered — imagine their surprise! — that one of their problems is “epistemic closure,” or their inability to think outside the right wing media bubble that even one of their own has castigated them for? Those Republicans?

Would these be the same Republicans who voted over fifty times in the House of Representatives to repeal a major statute despite not controlling the Senate and thus knowing that the bill would not even come up for a vote there? Those Republicans? The same Republicans who took nearly a year after gaining control over the Senate to pass the bill yet again in the House, then in the Senate, only to have the President veto it, as everyone knew he would? The Republicans who knew that they lacked big enough majorities in either House to override that inevitable veto? Those Republicans?

I think these are the same Republicans who conducted multiple “investigations” into the terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in the vain hope of finding some obvious misdeed on the part of President Obama or Secretary of State Clinton for the purpose of inflicting pointless political damage on the President or harming Secretary Clinton’s prospects as a candidate for President herself.

The same Republicans who chose to fall, hook, line, and sinker for the doctored videos by anti-abortion activists purporting to show Planned Parenthood as profiting from the sale of tissue from aborted fetuses, leading to multiple state level investigations and a show hearing in the House of Representatives, none of which turned up any actual illegal activity. Those Republicans?

Sounds like Trump is the perfect candidate for the modern Republican Party. In retrospect, the last Republican President proved, as many feared in advance, to be “epically unprepared to be president,” as he demonstrated by failing to take steps, despite multiple warnings, to prevent the worst terrorist attack ever on American soil, then lying to get the country to invade another, sovereign nation for no apparent purpose, except his own revenge fantasies. The Republican President who appointed a crony to lead the Federal Emergency Management Administration, which then bungled badly in its response to a hurricane on the Gulf Coast that caused the flooding of New Orleans.

Yeah, those Republicans. The Donald will fit right in.

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