Somebody Kill Me

 

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First of all, congratulations are in order. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have all but clinched the nominations of their respective parties and have done so abiding by the rules.

Having said that, somebody kill me.

Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign slogan was “A choice, not an echo.” Today the presidency has boiled down to a Clinton-Trump undercard that doesn’t even seem to qualify as an echo. As Nick Gillespie put it, at this point he’d settle for a wind chime.

In a February column George Will memorably described the Democratic Party as “clinging to Hillary Clinton like a shipwrecked sailor clinging to a spar.” Less than three months later and the only positive coming from the Republican Party’s nominee is that America’s energy needs can now be met by harnessing the power of progressive schadenfreude.

Every now and then progressives (as in this article in The Atlantic) will float the blatantly unconstitutional idea of compulsory voting. If it isn’t clear to you that not voting is clearly a constitutionally-protected form of political speech, maybe the Clinton-Trump undercard will change your mind.

“But Trump can win!” my fellow travelers say: like it’s a good thing. Then again, maybe it is a good thing. I don’t know, I just… don’t… know anymore.

I peruse the internet for a glimmer of hope and can do no better than the latest installment of the always-wrong Hugh Hewitt’s Brokering A Convention series of blogposts. In part III of this establishment wet dream, Hewitt has Kasich inviting Ted Cruz and Cruz’s father for a sit-down. Kasich proceeds to condescend to Cruz that he (Kasich) is the only one who can defeat Hillary. And what is the source of Kasich’s incredible unbeatability in a general election? Reduced to plain English, the similarity of his policies to Hillary’s.

The latest unseemly installment has Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan solemnly calling on delegates in Cleveland to do their patriotic duty by nominating… South Carolina governor Nikki Haley. Nikki Haley. Who does Hewitt imagine as her running mate, Eric Cantor?  

Sounds like a plan. The implausibility of it all rivals unscrambling the eggs in the Middle East. Wait – that is our Middle East policy.

Meanwhile, self-styled “center-right” individuals and institutions like John Podhoretz, Michael Medved and The Weekly Standard like to characterize Tea Party crazies like me as wanting to elect members to Congress in order to “do nothing.” For the record, we don’t want Congress to do nothing: we want Congress to undo things. Undo the individual mandate. Undo sanctuary cities. Use the power of the purse. Forget about “winning” for a moment: how about a candidate who promises to undo so much government meddling in markets that we become bored with unprecedented prosperity?

Would such a candidate win? Probably not. But at least we could have an actual national debate about the role of government and the fact of American Exceptionalism. Maybe in some awesome parallel universe Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul clinch the nomination of their respective parties.

Instead we’re going to send a crony capitalist from New York to the capital of crony capitalism, Washington DC.

And that’s regardless of which one wins.

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  1. Eudaimon Inactive
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    Good points, my favorite being that Hugh Hewitt is always wrong. Need to remember that next time he suckers me with an “open convention.” I may just stick to the Aftershow from now on.

    As for the picture, it’s just another piece of evidence for my theory that the fix is in. Trump, Democrat that he is, helps the otherwise sure loser Hillary to win, destroys the GOP in the process, takes his brand to a whole new level, and ensures crony-capitalist opportunities beyond even his wildest dreams of avarice. They win. America loses.

    C’mon, prove me wrong.

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  2. JimGoneWild Coolidge
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    @JimGoneWild

    David Deeble: somebody kill me.

    Do me first.

    (thanks)

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  3. James Gawron Inactive
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    Mike LaRoche:

    The Cloaked Gaijin:What’s wrong with nothing? I like nothing.

    coolidge

    Mike,

    That’s it. That’s the Platform!!! Cool.

    Regards,

    Jim

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  4. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller
    @AaronMiller

    Gunning for Rob’s job at NR, I see.

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  5. TKC1101 Inactive
    TKC1101
    @TKC1101

    David Deeble: Having said that, somebody kill me.

    You need to talk to this guy in New York from my neighborhood. He takes Visa.

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  6. James Lileks Contributor
    James Lileks
    @jameslileks

    I peruse the internet for a glimmer of hope and can do no better than the latest installment of the always-wrong Hugh Hewitt’s Brokering A Convention series of blogposts. In part III of this establishment wet dream, Hewitt has Kasich inviting Ted Cruz and Cruz’s father for a sit-down. Kasich proceeds to condescend to Cruz that he (Kasich) is the only one who can defeat Hillary. And what is the source of Kasich’s incredible unbeatability in a general election? Reduced to plain English, the similarity of his policies to Hillary’s.

    It’s fiction, not a reflection of Hugh’s politics or recommendations.

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  7. Cow Girl Thatcher
    Cow Girl
    @CowGirl

    MarciN:I love the creepy crawly Clinton hand around Melania’s waist.

    Notice how it looks like she is trying to push it back, a little?

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  8. WI Con Member
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    RyanM:

    TKC1101:This picture is fine. Why are people worried about this when the Gang of Eight picture was about really screwing us over something important. Apparently that is fine and acceptable.

    This one makes me puke.

    gang of 8th

    ouch, any time you see McCain front and center, with Graham grinning smugly… yeah, Rubio should have an “oh, crap!” look on his face. I agree that this picture is scary.

    You know, polls show that Illegal Immigration isn’t even in the top three issues for GOP voters ((sarcasm alert)

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  9. Joe P Member
    Joe P
    @JoeP

    TKC1101:This picture is fine. Why are people worried about this when the Gang of Eight picture was about really screwing us over something important. Apparently that is fine and acceptable.

    This one makes me puke.

    gang of 8th

    That picture is of the past. The picture of the Clintons and the Trumps, although taken in the past, is a picture of our near future.

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  10. David Deeble Member
    David Deeble
    @DavidDeeble

    Quinn the Eskimo:I wonder how Democrats feel when they see that picture. Do you think they have a similar feeling?

    They’re probably thinking that they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

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  11. David Deeble Member
    David Deeble
    @DavidDeeble

    TKC1101:This picture is fine. Why are people worried about this when the Gang of Eight picture was about really screwing us over something important. Apparently that is fine and acceptable.

    This one makes me puke.

    gang of 8th

    Rubio has that “What could possibly go wrong?” expression.

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  12. Kay of MT Inactive
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    drlorentz:

    MarciN:I love the creepy crawly Clinton hand around Melania’s waist.

    But you gotta agree, she is hot. Trump’s barely touching Hillary. Probably ran to the men’s room to wash up afterwards.

    Hillary forgot to wear her push up bra so Trump isn’t interested.

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  13. David Deeble Member
    David Deeble
    @DavidDeeble

    Hoyacon:I’m assuming that Melania was smart enough to make sure the necklace was still in place afterwards.

    Donald more like it.

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  14. David Deeble Member
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    James Gawron:Dave,

    Isn’t it interesting that the only reason that the Republican Party holds both houses is that the tea-party conservatives won real races over real issues in 2010 & 2014. The failed races of 2008 & 2012 are the results of the wisdom of the moderates. The ACA is the result of the twisted legal reasoning of moderate Cheif Justice Roberts. The principle reason that we have Trump is that the Republican moderates after 2014 didn’t read the handwriting on the walls (written in 50 foot high letters too). They happily continued on their path of least resistance. Boehner is still crying about it and wants the DC crowd to punish Ted Cruz for being so mean. If he and McConnell had been awake Cruz wouldn’t have needed to say anything.

    Sometimes when it seems darkest it is just Gd trying to get your attention. Without an easy clear path forward we are being tested about our core beliefs. If Trump actually wants to be a conservative he can show us that. If not we will take what comes and stick to our guns. We need relief a lot more than some wheeler-dealer with 8 billion dollars or some inside the beltway power broker but we’ve come this far and we don’t feel like selling out.

    Why do I think Ryan and Romney are conferring to determine whether Cantor should be on the top or the bottom of the ticket?

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  15. David Deeble Member
    David Deeble
    @DavidDeeble

    Von Snrub:Why is anybody bothered by this picture? I’m in pictures with democrats. Lot’s of pictures, since most of my friends are democrats.

    My wife’s graduation has Obama speaking. I’m tempted to go, just to see a president.

    Let’s not get hysterical.

    As a fellow New Yorker, I understand the struggle of conservative in a sea of liberalism.

    Personally, I don’t think Trump is conservative. However, He does appear to be a good father, maybe not husband, but father.

    No one has an issue of being photographed with Democrats: the issue is that this is a photograph that consists exclusively of Democrats.

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  16. David Deeble Member
    David Deeble
    @DavidDeeble

    The Cloaked Gaijin:

    David Deeble:

    Meanwhile, self-styled “center-right” individuals and institutions like John Podhoretz, Michael Medved and The Weekly Standard like to characterize Tea Party crazies like me as wanting to elect members to Congress in order to “do nothing.”

    What’s wrong with nothing? I like nothing.

    Why are Texas and a few other states so successful? Perhaps because they only allows their legislatures to meet a few days every year or two.

    In Washington, doing “nothing” means leaving Leviathan in place.

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  17. David Deeble Member
    David Deeble
    @DavidDeeble

    James Lileks:

    I peruse the internet for a glimmer of hope and can do no better than the latest installment of the always-wrong Hugh Hewitt’s Brokering A Convention series of blogposts. In part III of this establishment wet dream, Hewitt has Kasich inviting Ted Cruz and Cruz’s father for a sit-down. Kasich proceeds to condescend to Cruz that he (Kasich) is the only one who can defeat Hillary. And what is the source of Kasich’s incredible unbeatability in a general election? Reduced to plain English, the similarity of his policies to Hillary’s.

    It’s fiction, not a reflection of Hugh’s politics or recommendations.

    Sure – just like The Old Man And The Sea is fiction!

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  18. Douglas Inactive
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    @Douglas

    David Deeble:

    TKC1101:.

    This one makes me puke.

    Rubio has that “What could possibly go wrong?” expression.

    Every time I see Rubio at that podium, he reminds me of a sailor straight out of boot camp meeting his first three card monte hustler on Fisherman’s Wharf.

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  19. TeeJaw Inactive
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    @TeeJaw

    MarciN:

    David Deeble: For the record, we don’t want Congress to do nothing: we want Congress to undo things. Undo the individual mandate. Undo sanctuary cities. Use the power of the purse. Forget about “winning” for a moment: how about a candidate who promises to undo so much government meddling in markets that we become bored with unprecedented prosperity?

    I’ve been saying this for years. I want the guy who will go to Washington and undo the last thirty years of legislation.

    I’d even take the guy who pledged to get out of bed every morning with the goal of slashing a thousand regulations.

    There was a candidate that was promising to undo a lot of things. Unfortunately, he couldn’t seem to get enough votes.

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  20. Hartmann von Aue Member
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    David Deeble:

    Von Snrub:Why is anybody bothered by this picture? I’m in pictures with democrats. Lot’s of pictures, since most of my friends are democrats.

    My wife’s graduation has Obama speaking. I’m tempted to go, just to see a president.

    Let’s not get hysterical.

    As a fellow New Yorker, I understand the struggle of conservative in a sea of liberalism.

    Personally, I don’t think Trump is conservative. However, He does appear to be a good father, maybe not husband, but father.

    No one has an issue of being photographed with Democrats: the issue is that this is a photograph that consists exclusively of Democrats.

    Exactly. A vote for Trump is a vote for a Democrat with an R stuck after his name and vote for Hillary is a vote for a Democrat with D stuck after her name. #HillaryisTrump#TrumpisHillary.

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  21. Richard Rummelhart Inactive
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    @RichardRummelhart

    I love the picture!!!  If I were to run for President, my campaign  would consist of pictures like yours with a voice over Clinton and Trump wrong for America.

    The picture looks like it is celebrating the Democrat’s President and Vice-President candidates.  The Clinton Trump ticket.  If I were to run I would illustrate all the similarities between Clinton & Trump.  Ads showing them both praising Planned Parenthood with a voice over C & T wrong for America!

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