By Shelton Bumgarner
Gawker, bless its heart, is all over the apparent (for the moment) insider baseball of Donald Trump apparently giving an off-the-record interview with The New York Times in which he claimed he wasn’t the anti-Mexican psychopath that we’ve all come to know and love.
But if its true that Trump is trying to give himself some wiggle room when it comes to immigration, is it possible that just as only Nixon could go to China and Reagan could raise taxes that a President Trump would be the only person able to help us out of our current immigration morass? Have we reached such a low level of political discourse that only someone as crass and moronic as Trump can govern America properly?
Don’t answer that.
It would also be even more ironic that if the thing that proved to be the silver bullet for the Trump candidacy wasn’t his extreme demagogic views, but the implication that his extreme, demagogic views weren’t, like, genuine and stuff. That would be the thing that would be the saddest about it all.
If Trump becomes president — barf — then turns around and is a really moderate technocrat who surrounds himself with the best and the brightest of a center-right coalition then I guess the joke’s on us, huh. Then I guess we’re just going to have to deal with the idea that the system is so broken that only celebrities will get elected from now on. We finally will get the Everyman we always wanted as president, too bad that Everyman is a billionaire whack job.
But we’ll see, I guess. We’re coming up on Super Tuesday and if it’s a blowout win for Trump, then I give up. I give up on the Republican Party. We will have reached a nadir of the American Republic and the notion of politics as simply a way to improve one’s celebrity brand will be established.
I don’t know what’s worse for the Republic — the idea as a celebrity as president or the idea of dynastic rule. And throw into this the idea that we have a 4-4 split in the Supreme Court right now, and you’re really preparing the nation for a crisis. The likes of which we haven’t seen in a long, long time.