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Monday, August 10, 2015

The Republicans' long con?

I can't help wondering if Donald Trump exists as a Republican candidate for one reason - to make the other Republican candidates look reasonable in comparison. Today I saw an article which articulated how this is working out ... As Long As Donald Trump Is Running, Conservatives Oppose Misogyny. Here's the beginning of the article ...

If last Thursday's Republican debate was a trap, intended to lure Donald Trump into finally bringing his embarrassing campaign to an end, then Megyn Kelly was the perfect bait. Blonde, pretty, and impertinent: The only way she could have pushed Trump's buttons harder is if she'd asked him a question about alimony. She pressed him on his history of misogynist comments, no doubt knowing that the best way to send a sexist twit into a tantrum is to point out that he is a sexist twit ....

But it doesn't matter! Whatever Donald Trump meant by the comment, the opportunity is ripe for various Republicans to strike offended poses about the evils of misogyny. Those poses have been awkward, to say the least. Take, for instance, Scott Walker, who tweeted on Saturday that "there's no excuse for Trump's comments." Walker also explained during Thursday's debate that women should be denied abortions even at the risk of the woman losing her life. Trump has a nasty mouth, but hey, at least he doesn't think pregnancy should carry a potential death sentence.

Or take Jeb Bush, who fumed, “Give me a break. Do we want to win? Do we want to insult 53 percent of all voters? What Donald Trump said is wrong." Bush arguably insulted 53 percent of all voters when, as Florida governor, he muscled in on two cases to prevent a mentally disabled rape victim and a 13-year-old ward of the state from obtaining abortions, because one of the tenets of a "culture of life" is that children and the disabled be forced to give birth after being raped. But no period jokes! ......


Anonymous Richard said...

Sadly, I fear misogynists, acknowledged or otherwise, make up a significant percentage of the electorate.

1:55 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Yeah. Even more scary than Trump is the fact that he is the most popular Republican running. Almost makes me nostalgic for the days of Bush.

1:59 PM  

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