By the time I finish writing this, the third and final debate of this bizarro world election year will be just about to start. And I’ll be having a stiff drink because these two candidates — two people who are so far from being representative of the country it’s patently absurd — will ostensibly be discussing policy. At least that’s what moderator Chris Wallace has in mind:
Wallace has announced the topics, which will be discussed in six 15-minute segments.
- Debt and entitlements
- Supreme Court
- Foreign hot spots
- Fitness to be President
And, who are we kidding? Had these topics been levied at candidates from the beginning of this black parade we’re calling the 2016 presidential election, these two particular people may not be facing us from behind their podiums tonight. (They are using podiums tonight, right? No more stalking about the stage trying to intimidate or playing victim, depending on the pulse of your electorate?)
In any event, there has been much talk about whether the Trump ascendancy will permanently fracture the GOP given the vitriol between the die-hard Trump fans (excluding the pragmatists who embrace him because GOOD LORD, PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON?!?! WHAT HAVE WE DONE? MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON US…) and the #NeverTrump-ers and the #TrumpSkeptical (Ok, I made that last one up).
I know liberal Democrats, while they lick their chops at the thought of the deliciousness of it, would say indeed, it has. One perfectly nice gentleman I met today, who told me he was VEEEEERRRRYYYY liberal, said that the Trump phenomenon is way more divisive than the Obama phenomenon ever was.
How soon we forget in our wishful thinking because I recall a tenor of racial divisiveness that was downright depressing in the run-up to the Obama administration (and even peppered throughout when it was a useful tool to keep the people distracted). I think Trump-mania matches it, but I’m not sure it surpasses it.
In fact, I see a lot of minority conservatives expressing satisfaction that their chosen political ideology has, to some extent, censured some of the nastier elements of the Trump faithful (who are, by the way, I think distinct from the man himself. Personally, I don’t think Donald Trump’s a racist. He’s an opportunist, for good or bad. And opportunists see all people as equal: they’re all potential marks.)
And so I think, no matter what happens at tonight’s debate, and indeed in early November when the votes are counted, the GOP will likely survive, and conservatism most assuredly will. I know, I know Wired Magazine, it’s a game of poker and people do what’s best for them politically and will turn on a dime if the winds shift and they see an advantage in going the other direction.
But sometimes — just sometimes — and history is full of examples — men and women act on principle and preserve the the things they hold dear, for just a little while longer.
What I’ll never understand is why the left is so eager to see Republicans become as cynical and opportunistic as they are. Oh, don’t believe they are? Watch the newest Project Veritas hidden video segment. Or just watch tonight’s debate. It’ll probably come up. And maybe for that, we do owe Donald Trump some thanks.