Democratic presidential candidates are dropping faster than the hairs in Donald Trump’s comb-over. In the past 24 hours alone, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar both folded their tents and departed the battlefield…and despite a recent comeback, there is speculation that money problems will soon force Elizabeth Warren to join them in retreat.
So much for the great diversity that once distinguished our Democratic roster.
After South Carolina, middle-of-the-road Democrats are putting all of their eggs in Joe Biden’s basket, rather conspicuously empty before S.C. Now, it’s an unveiled rush to stop Bernie.
Warren will hang-on through Super Tuesday, picking up some delegates here and there, and should have some serious clout in negotiating the platform, come convention time, regardless of whether Bernie manages to weather the anti-Bernie scrum to secure the nomination. If the Biden Bunch freeze out both popular progressives, they do so, not just at their own peril, but at the risk of ensuring Trump’s hate agenda gets another four years.
…And, what if Biden stumbles again and they push Bloomberg into the breach?
It’s easy enough for us old-timers to see how essential it is that we hold our noses and vote for the party’s pick, regardless of whom that might be; but it is shear self-delusion to expect such sangfroid from young voters who represent our best hope of decisively defeating Donald Trump this year.
Will the successful nominee have the presence of mind to choose Kamala Harris for VP? I wouldn’t count on it.
Our hallowed “two party system” and the imperial presidency it has engendered, seems to be careening toward its inevitable end. ……………………………………………………………………………….
Imagine what four more years of Trump will look like. I have.
Trump will adopt some kind of goofy uniform to hide his shame at being a known draft-dodger.
Using coronavirus as a lame-brained reason to exclude non-white immigrants, he will, by ’emergency’ decree, finally close the border with Mexico.
He’ll print a new denomination of paper money with his picture on it. It will have to be a HUGE denomination… a billion dollar bill has a nice ring to it. That billion dollar bill will have roughly the value of a $100. bill after he finishes manipulating the currency. That way, plenty of billion dollar bills, with his picture on them, will be in circulation. Free advertising!
After appointing a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsberg, he’ll finally be able to do away with Obamacare, once and for all. Instead we will be treated to his own personal product:“Great Care,” from the newly formed entity, “Trump Insurance.” It will replace Medicare, eliminate Medicaid and, of course, be mandatory…for a “nominal” fee. No prior conditions need apply.
Rape, sexual harassment and discriminatory practices will be decriminalized, because “Boys will be boys.” Punishment for violations of what few prohibitions remain will be meted out in community service sentences, to be served by clearing trash and weeds at a ‘needy’ Trump property.
Ivanka will finally get to chair the Fed and Don Jr. can hunt freely, after hours at the National Zoo…or any other place that takes his fancy.
Liberated at last from the need to smile frozenly to ‘sell’ her husband’s humanity to the unwashed masses, Melania will ditch the White House, take a lover and move to a castle in Transylvania.
The editorial staffs of the NY Times and the Washington Post will be arrested and detained without trial, as will anyone who ever dared speak ill of the Orange Emperor. This should come as no surprise to Bill Maher!
Finally created “Attorney General For Life”, William Barr will abandon all pretense and give his liege the “Roy Cohn” he has always pined for.
The super rich will get richer and the poor will get lots more children (after birth control and abortion are outlawed); and minimum wage will be a thing of the past.
There will be no standards for anything. Food safety will no longer be monitored, infrastructure projects, housing and commercial developments will proceed without inspections or permits. Instead, people will be encouraged to buy a whole lot of accident and injury insurance, just in case. The Trump Insurance Co. LLC. will create a product called “Accidental Living,” for the new marketplace.
Life will be short and brutal, but the stock market will never again have a down day.