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If it were not for the connotations of the term “RINO,” the GOP should drop the elephant mascot and go with the rhino instead. It is more emblematic of the current state of the party led by Donald Trump.
Eons ago, the ancestors of the rhino were hyracodonts, critters who came in varied sizes but were mostly chunky, slow, skinny-legged targets for predators, especially giant crocs. But eventually, they grew thicker hides and a big dangerous horn and now rhinos have no natural predators. Nothing (except humans) can hurt an adult rhino.
In Darwinian terms, McCain and Romney were hyracodonts, their conservative positions were politely shaved and minimized. When subjected to accusations of racism, sexism, and indifference to the plight of the poor and marginalized they did not counterattack but politely semi-apologized and retreated slightly in the spirit of a herd used to regularly sacrificing one of its own to predators.
Trump is a Darwinian phenomenon. The GOP rank and file took an evolutionary leap in the battle for survival during the 2016 primaries. Amazingly, the new form they nominated has survived despite some oddly unsuitable traits and adaptations. The unprecedented coordinated assault by the “deep state,” the MSM, social media moguls, academia, and the nation’s very rich jaded elites would have destroyed anyone else. The Billy Bush tape a month before the election would have sunk any other politician. Cockroaches and sharks are vulnerable softies compared to Trump.
Joe Biden would not survive a week under that level of attack. His swaddled campaign is the perfect choice for the campus Eloi huddled in their safe spaces. However, barely able to survive the rigors of a political campaign, once in the wild, wouldn’t the species Biden be devoured easily by China, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Islamicists, the insane American left, and the real economic and social challenges ahead? A lamb wandering into Jurassic Park would have a better shot at success.
Whatever happens in this election I hope the new traits that emerged in the Trump phenomenon persist in other GOP candidates, though perhaps with a tad less baggage and stylistic detriments but hey, that is what evolution is for.Published in