Silly Season

 

We have entered silly season again, when candidates, hounded by voters, the press, and their own egos, occasionally shower us with pearls of questionable wisdom. Thanks to Mr. Trump, this cycle promises a bumper crop….

Donald Trump’s blunders occasionally make us cringe, but the reaction to some of his pronouncements is indicative of the mood of his target audience. For instance, when he was asked whether some of what he says might be misogynistic, he quipped that he was referring to Rosie O’Donnell. Peals of laughter in the audience, who apparently think it is fine to call a gay, liberal woman a disgusting fat pig. The Donald proceeded to issue thinly veiled threats to Megyn Kelly.

While it is easy to see through Trump’s antics, some messengers are subtler, and therefore more dangerous. Because they belong to a group that is less represented on the political stage, we tend to trust them as representative of the whole group. Carly Fiorina, the lone woman in the Republican primary, for instance, has a dignified demeanor, is well-spoken, and will be touted as the Republican answer to Hillary. Her positions, however, are anything but favorable to women. She opposes equal pay for equal work, raising the minimum wage and paid parental leave. Like Hillary, she broke the glass ceiling, but unlike Hillary, she proved to be poison to the company she joined, and her tenure at Hewlett-Packard was less than successful.

Take Ben Carson. He is a celebrated neurosurgeon, and therefore is presumed to be the intellectual of the bunch. However, he recently said that Planned Parenthood clinics are deliberately placed in poor black neighborhoods to keep the growth of the black population under control. It is unmitigated garbage, and I hope somebody takes him to task about it.

The race to the White House is heating up early because of the sheer number of candidates. I guess that our own Democratic candidates will also come up with some bloopers. I just pray that they will not reveal any of the boorishness (Trump), selfishness (Fiorina) or sheer hysteria (Carson) that have come to light so far on the Republican side.

 

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