posted by Damozel | Yes, once again America has the chance to elect as President an actor with a dubious political past and a reputation for being a bit dim. (WaPo). "An empty suit," said a Republican friend of mine, with definite dismay----as if her favorite President and hero had been anything other than that.
And if indeed FT is an "empty suit," whose fault is it that he thinks he can do the job? I've noticed that Republicans---no offense, mom!---tend to lean toward candidates who look like, and especially sound like, their idea of a president, without regard to things like experience or competence. Why is that, I wonder? Why?
I have a theory that people my age who are Republicans are all the ones whose parents bought those placemats with pictures on them of presidents or who visited Disney's Hall of Presidents back when Disney World was new. They want someone who looks good on a coin or a stamp, and never mind if he ---it's gotta be a "he", it appears---can't walk and talk at the same time, thinks that trees give off poisonous vapors, or makes faces like a chimp when under duress.
They also want someone who spouts Foxian slogans that act on the "base" like the sound of a dog whistle. "Shamnesty!"... "Defense of Marriage!"..."Don't Ask, Don't Tell!"... "Weapons of Mass Destruction"... "Evildoers!"...."Tax Relief!"..."Fair Tax"!
And---and this is the part that really baffles me---the Republicans who do impress, who are politically formidable, never run for President. Why? In God's name, why? I'm not saying that I'd ever vote Republican, even if one of the many I respect (e.g., Arlen Specter) were to run, but it would be nice to have a truly credible choice among moderates.