The Answer is Obvious

From The Week, unable to fathom how Trump is managing to get as many votes as he is. (h/t Bill Quick).

The Republicans really are gearing up to nominate one of the most polarizing figures to emerge in modern American politics. They are doing this despite the fact that he fails many supposed litmus tests for the nominee. And even when general election polling has him as one of the weaker candidates left in the Republican field. For conservatives, it is as if the law of gravity were suddenly reversed. The party once functioned according to litmus tests. These tests were often the source of the conservative commentariat’s perceived power. The number of hoops Mitt Romney had to jump through in 2012 was the proof of this power.

It’s puzzling, innit?

Not really. You see, the thing is, voters have now seen loser after loser “jump through the hoops” of the litmus test election cycle after never-ending election cycle, passing all of the tests only to turn out to be the same spineless, Prozi Lite surrender monkeys as all of the previous losers.

So nobody gives a shit about the litmus test anymore. As a matter of fact, thanks to decades of GOPe “Fake it ‘Till You Make it” charades followed by endless betrayals (I swear, honey, this time it’ll be different!), “jumping through the hoops” has become a distinct liability.

Even, sadly, for candidates who aren’t actually faking it.

Speaking of faking it, Romney is actually a perfect example of how “passing the litmus test” can be a liability. Nobody with a brain doubted for a second that he was faking it with his “severely conservative” nonsense. He was just checking off boxes. That didn’t help him with the smart set, the legitimately smart set, not the self-proclaimed “smart” middling intellects on the chattering right, we can assure you of that.

And now it’s spread to a wider demographic. A yuge demographic, if you’ll pardon us saying so.

Every single time a candidate delivers an obvious “what the dumbasses want me to say” boilerplate answer, they lose support. “They’re just more of the same”, is the response, “telling us what they think we want to hear, thinking that we’ll be dumb enough to fall for it again.”

To the point where a large segment of the American population will actually flock to the candidate who says whatever he wants to, even if it’s something they don’t necessarily agree with, because “at least he’s honest.”

So there’s your explanation. Right in front of your ignorant face. You’re welcome. We’ve been doing this our entire life. Step 1: Open your eyes. Step 2: See what IS, rather than what you THINK is. Step 3: Accept the logical conclusion right in front of you, even if you don’t like it or it “doesn’t make sense” to you. Especially then. Because when your brain is telling you, after careful analysis, that something you really didn’t want to be a fact does, indeed, appear to be a fact, it’s even MORE likely to be right.

It’s when you’re seeing what you expect to see and want to see that you need to be very, very careful about your reasoning.

Thatisall.

23 comments

  1. 1
    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    The Rino’s figured out that most people liked Reagan. Reagan was the real deal. The Establishment hated Reagan and Bush 1 was the first to:

    A) take his mantle
    B) Lie through his teeth to get elected
    C) promptly toss all his promises out the window and do what the Establishment wanted.
    :em08:
    Speaking of failures, Romney is going to give a “Major Speech” today regarding Trump. Some people are thinking he’s setting himself up to be “drafted” at the convention for another failed run for the presidency.
    :em06:

  2. 2
    Bones growls and barks:

    Hey, RNC, just a quick note to you. If the convention goes brokered and you “draft” someone other than the actual front-runner, I will write in Cthulhu just to piss in your eye. You are now the Whig party incarnate, enjoy your time of irrelevance as you are shuffled off to the dustbin of history.

  3. 3
    dasbow growls and barks:

    Still not sure how Trump says what he thinks we want to hear but gets credit for ‘telling it like it is’. I don’t believe anything the man says.Lying at top volume doesn’t make it less dishonest.

  4. 4
    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    THE Republican Party has descended into open civil war between Donald Trump’s fans and the people who refuse to support him.

    Called it

    And Mittens Romney is the one with the knife.

    Shock…horror..surprise….

  5. 5
    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    LCBrendan @ #:

    And Mittens Romney is the one with the knife.

    Romney brought a butterknife to a bazooka fight.
    :em05:
    I’m listening to Howie Carr and he is slamming Romney. He is a Massachusetts talk show host. Romney’s attack is going to add 5 points to Trumps numbers, at least.
    :em01:

  6. 6
    LC Gunsniper growls and barks:

    This the natural result of a society that treats politicians like rock stars instead of job applicants.

  7. 7
    LC Gunsniper growls and barks:

    Actually, I want to amend “rock stars” to “demigods”.

  8. 8
    tweell growls and barks:

    Trump keeps getting help – Miley Cyrus just pledged to leave the US if he’s elected.

  9. 9
    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    tweell @ #:

    Trump keeps getting help – Miley Cyrus just pledged to leave the US if he’s elected.

    And Meg Wagner from the New York Daily News has helpfully provided tips on where to go.
    :em01:
    And of course I added my two cents along with discovering a new mental illness. Trump Derangement Syndrome.
    :em05:

  10. 10
    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    “Step 1: Open your eyes. Step 2: See what IS, rather than what you THINK is. Step 3: Accept the logical conclusion right in front of you, even if you don’t like it or it “doesn’t make sense” to you.”

    But that defeats the entire point of being a Master of the Universe – reality bends to your will, not the other way around. The best example is usually found in the Court system: if a judge orders and impossibility, it’s your problem; you’ll have to attempt compliance and then show why you can’t do it. Other political types aren’t far behind, though – they can simply legislate or order whatever they want, and if people can’t do it, well, just start executing, imprisoning, and/or impoverishing them until they get it through their thick skulls to do what they were told to do.

  11. 11
    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    dasbow @ #:

    Still not sure how Trump says what he thinks we want to hear but gets credit for ‘telling it like it is’.

    He’s more salesman, less politician. A salesman has to at least sort of deliver on what he says, a politician can 180 at will.

    He may or may not believe what he’s saying, but him saying it makes it more likely that he’ll do it. Won’t help much if you don’t like what he’s selling, but that’s a different matter.

  12. 12
    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    Fa CI @11.

    Other political types aren’t far behind, though – they can simply legislate or order whatever they want, and if people can’t do it, well, just start executing, imprisoning, and/or impoverishing them until they get it through their thick skulls to do what they were told to do.

    That’s why we have “(armed) American exceptionalism.”

  13. 13
    L.O.R. Ankle biter growls and barks:

    angrywebmaster @ #:
    Probably will, at that. Someone who is a moderate and couldn’t be tough in his own presidential run is not the best messenger to come out and blast anyone for any reason next go-round. I’m on the #NeverTrump side, myself, and I wasn’t interested in what Mr. Romney had to say either. How many excrement sandwiches am I going to have to eat as a rock-ribbed conservative? From where I stand it looks like either the establishment or the blowhard outsider is going to do their damndest to try to force another one or half a dozen down my throat. I’m going to the poll next Wednesday to toss in my early votes for Cruz and Brannon, and I expect to lose both times.

  14. 14
    readerjp growls and barks:

    Maybe he should read this article. It’s a very original view on the whole situation.

    How the Nazi invasion of France explains Donald Trump

    French historian Marc Bloch’s The Strange Defeat covers the fall of France in 1940. Bloch saw the month-long Nazi invasion of France and the Low Countries up close: He was a veteran of World War I and a military intelligence officer in the French army reserves who was mobilized during the war. After France’s capitulation, Bloch was removed from his teaching job because he was a Jew. He dashed off this book in a fit of anger before joining the Resistance. The Gestapo executed Bloch in 1944, and the book was found and published after his death. It is called “the strange defeat” because, pound for pound and steel for steel, the French and German militaries were evenly matched, yet France’s collapse was stunning, immediate, and thorough.

    As a military officer, he understood the causes of the French defeat very well. And the Trump campaign brings to mind nothing so much as a blitzkrieg: unexpected and seemingly unstoppable. The people undergoing it might have been capable of fighting back in theory, but they were too stunned by the juggernaut. Trump’s opponents first ignored him, thinking he would go away. And then they attacked him for either being politically incorrect, or for not being an orthodox conservative, when that was precisely his appeal.

    When one has read the memoirs of people who went through the fall of France on the French side, the story appears surprisingly similar to the dithering and indecision of the GOP’s megadonors, who have abstained from flooding the airwaves with attack ads, either because they’re afraid Trump might sue them, or because they think it’s done for. And already, before the battle is lost, some are already willing to sell out their principles and collaborate with the new emperor, just like the French sued for peace even though France’s navy and colonial troops were untouched.

    http://theweek.com/articles/609535/how-nazi-invasion-france-explains-donald-trump?utm_source=Newsletter+subscribers&utm_campaign=c50b6765bf-Daily_Briefing_3_4_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2dce5bc6Today%20at%2012:54%20AM

  15. 15
    Bill Quick growls and barks:

    Remember the Alamo! (Just thought I’d mention it, since today is March 6th…)

  16. 16
    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    It’s official: Mittens is after a “brokered convention:…with him as the presumptive nominee.

    Guess who wants ANOTHER failed run for the WH.

  17. 17
    Sir Fresh Sign growls and barks:

    Is this thing on!? Have been away too long and this election year is just too crazy not to spend time back at AIR.

    Not much has changed here in Northern California.

  18. 18
    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    Sir Fresh Sign @ #:

    Is this thing on!? Have been away too long and this election year is just too crazy not to spend time back at AIR.

    Yep, this thing is on. His Royal Snarkiness is currently traveling, possibly looking for places to dump the bodies of his enemies or something.
    :em02:
    I’m watching Trump talk about the actions of the left wing thugs that forced him to cancel his event in Chicago last night. Personally I think he did the right thing. Those animals would have triggered a full blown riot, and the Trump people would have brought out the axe handles and other tools. The Move On, Occupy everything, Black Lives Matter groups really don’t understand that critical mass has been reached and if “Game On!” occurs, most of them are going to end up in trenches covered in quick lime.
    :em06:

  19. 19
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    angrywebmaster says:

    I’m watching Trump talk about the actions of the left wing thugs…

    No apologies to CSN:

    So your brother’s bound and gagged,
    And they chased him out of there.
    Won’t you please come to Chicago,
    For a sting.
    In a land that’s known for freedom, how can such a thing be fair?
    Won’t you please come to Chicago,
    For the help that you can bring.

    (refrain)

    We can change the world
    And we’ll rock their world
    If their dying…
    So much better

    Billy Ayers, he came down, was shouting in your ear.
    “We are speaking from Chicago, not the Trump.”
    If you’re coming to Chicago,
    It’s a dump.
    Don’t ask jack for fairness,
    They don’t celebrate it here.
    Won’t you please come to Chicago,
    Or, just sit there like a lump.

    They will change the world…
    Chaos is their world…
    And it’s dying… If you believe in justice
    It’s dying… If you believe in freedom
    It’s dying… So let’s bring ’em a real fight
    It’s dying… Rules and regulations, we need them
    Open up the horde.

    Somehow people won’t be free
    If we allow these dolts
    Won’t you please come to Chicago,
    In their face.
    From the Left coast by the ocean,
    To the mountains of these loons
    Won’t you please come to Chicago
    No else can take your place

    We can change their tune…
    It will be our boon…
    We’re trying… If you believe in free speech
    Keep trying… If you believe in justice
    They’re lying… Don’t listen to their goon
    Rules and regulations we need them…
    Open up the core.
    (He-he…that was fun. LC Mike in Chi)

  20. 20
    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    LC Mike in Chi @ #:

    Musical interlude

    I was watching Trump on Fox and someone apparently grabbed him. The Secret Service was on the stage surrounding Trump very quickly.

    Trump, when the incident happened, didn’t duck and try to escape. He turned to face whoever it was.

  21. 21
    Radical Redneck growls and barks:

    Sir Fresh Sign @ #:

    Hey Chris good to see you! We could use you over at my friend Lisa’s blog. She has 4 regular trolls. It’s like the old school Rott – every thread a bare knuckle brawl!

    The thing is they are as tenacious as they are idiotic. They get kicked up, down and sideways every thread but ALWAYS come back. It’s like an army of Um Yeahs. :em05:

    Swing by and join the fun. 😈

    http://whosyourdaddy-lisa1.blogspot.com/

  22. 22
    FrankOK growls and barks:

    My additional loose change …

    Rubio was a dick. Good riddance.
    Kasich blows his horn more than Trump.
    Cruz is the “for sale” establishment with a well connected wife to match. Like organized crime, one only leave Goldman in a box.

    The GOP AND Demoncrats HATE Trump. He must have done something right or is threatening to derail the DC gravy train.

    I he has the ‘nads to take the job (considering what’s happened to those threatening to upset the apple cart), I’ll be pleased to vote for ol’ Don.

  23. 23
    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    FrankOK @ #:

    The GOP AND Demoncrats HATE Trump. He must have done something right or is threatening to derail the DC gravy train.

    Oh you don’t know hate. There is a video showing some of the GOP(e) RINO’s at a “luncheon” discussing what they can do about Trump.
    :em06:
    The ignorance is stupifying. They really don’t get what is going on out here in flyover country. Trump was saying that if he had the overwhelming number of delegates, possibly just shy of a lock, and the GOP(e) gives the nomination to someone like Paul Ryan, there would be riots.
    I think Trump is in error here. There won’t be riots. There will be lynch mobs. Someone needs to go up to these morons and ask them if they want to die, because if they steal the nomination from Trump, or possibly Cruz, they are going to get killed.

    And then we have Crybaby Boehner saying that Paul Ryan would be perfect as the nominee.
    :em06: