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.

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angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

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. Speaking of failures, Romney is going to give… Read more »

Bones
Bones

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.

dasbow
dasbow

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.

LCBren
LCBren

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….

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

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:

LC Gunsniper
LC Gunsniper

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

LC Gunsniper
LC Gunsniper

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

tweell
tweell

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

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

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:

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches

“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… Read more »

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches

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… Read more »

LC Xystus
LC Xystus

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.”

L.O.R. Ankle biter
L.O.R. Ankle biter

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… Read more »

readerjp
readerjp

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… Read more »

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

LCBren
LCBren

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

Guess who wants ANOTHER failed run for the WH.

Sir Fresh Sign
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.

Not much has changed here in Northern California.

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

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. I’m watching Trump talk about the actions… Read more »

LC Mike in Chi
LC Mike in Chi

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,… Read more »

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

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.

Radical Redneck
Radical Redneck

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… Read more »

FrankOK
FrankOK

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… Read more »

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

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. The ignorance is stupifying. They really don’t get what is going… Read more »