But one data point rules them all. While the GOP was attempting to put its best foot forward in front of 20-30 million Americans, Google searches for “third party candidate” surged by 1,150%. I won’t even try to add some snotty or clever aside here, because that number speaks for itself loud and clear.
The most powerful and memorable speech of the convention was Senator Ted Cruz’s, R-Texas (A, 97%). One of the things he talked about was “uniting behind our shared values.” Except, I’m wondering if Cruz was delivering this to a political party that doesn’t exist anymore. Like I’m wondering if Trump was giving a “law and order” speech to an America that doesn’t exist anymore as well.
The Republican nominee didn’t mention pro-life once in his acceptance speech for the first time since Roe v. Wade, but he did congratulate Republicans on not being for the execution of homosexuals after all. He spent several minutes wooing socialist Bernie Sanders voters, but only mentioned the Constitution once. He said he was going to cut taxes more than anybody, but that authoritarian government can fix all our problems because “I alone” know how to save us. Beforehand, his daughter gave a speech on identity politics that could’ve been given verbatim next week in Philadelphia when the Democrats gather.
And Republicans on the floor seemed to cheer it all. The very simplistic and statist notions they’ve spent decades as a party mocking and railing against (but never really doing anything about) they were now lapping up live a herd of Pavlovian dogs. The only speaker some of them seemed to take issue with was when Cruz actually gave the Republican response to the Republican convention.
This is no longer a political party. It’s a bowl of human goulash. A hodge podge of varying ingredients thrown together in the hopes that with enough seasoning and/or sauce it will suddenly evolve into a spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down.
What emerged from Cleveland wasn’t unity but utility. With RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in the role of mad Doctor Frankenstein. Wrongly believing that if sewn together a leg from this cadaver, an arm from another, and a brain from still one more will unlock the mysteries of life.
Perhaps that is the most fitting metaphor then. For Trump’s ascendancy is the monster created by a feckless political party who betrayed so many people they forgot who they were to oppose that which they hate. Just remember, though, how the story ends.
Dr. Frankenstein always ends up hating the monster he gave birth to. And the two are never truly free of each other until death.
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