Saturday, December 12, 2015

Charlie Pierce on Donald Trump's "raging nihilism."

Raging nihilism?

Like when self-identified "craft" beer fans pay AB-InBev to drink Trojan Goose?

Charlie Pierce leads off with a quote that summarizes Donald Trump's candidacy, as well as our own collective experience in New Gahania.

"There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money and I can't remember what the second one is." — Mark Hanna

I've had little to say about the Trump phenomenon, and intend to keep it that way. Up here in the Sierra Maestre with Che and Camilo, there are too many other things on my mind.

However, it must be said that Trump's litmus candidacy is one of the most entertaining pieces of political performance art I've ever witnessed in L'America.

Trump has no chance of winning, but already he's amply illustrated how stupid we can be as a nation. Let's just hope the end comes before he renders The Onion completely obsolete -- although destroying the Republican Party would be a nice bonus.

Donald Trump's Rampaging Nihilism Has Destroyed the GOP's Delicate Balance, by Charles P. Pierce (Esquire)

... Trump has no such compunctions. He'll blow up the campaign for laughs because that kind of thing is his brand. He doesn't care if the United States comes out of this campaign with its political system in sticks and splinters all over the highway. He has no political future to protect, no pretend "revolution" to maintain. Frankly, there's no threat that Priebus can bring to bear on him that he can't laugh off. He is fully capable of whipping up his followers into the kind of froth that demolishes the convention and then walking away from the wreckage. What does he care? He still has a golf course in Scotland.

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