Conservative/Libertarian humorist P.J. O’Rourke has endorsed Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, in his own inimitable way. Echoing the calculus that many conservatives have made over the last week, O’Rourke quipped on NPR that Hillary Clinton is the “second worst thing that can happen to this country.” Unfortunately for Donald Trump, he’s in first place, by a mile.
Clinton, he declared, was “the second worst thing that could happen to this country. But she’s way behind in second place, you know? She’s wrong about absolutely everything. But she’s wrong within normal parameters!”
Of Donald Trump, he warned: “They’ve got this button, you know? It’s in a briefcase. He’s gonna find it.”
I will tell you, it gets a little old, hearing “YOU PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GIVE THE ELECTION TO HILLARY” over and over, as though we don’t know that’s a possibility. The angry declaration various Captain Obviouses throughout the country contains within it the clearly erroneous assumption that everyone accepts the premise that Hillary Clinton would be a worse President than Donald Trump.
Personally, I don’t know how anyone with a working prefrontal cortex can believe that’s true, given what we’ve witnessed from Trump on the campaign trail this season. For whatever Hillary’s faults, she’s never suggested on national TV that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in JFK’s assassination because of something she read in the National Enquirer, which means that she’s got a huge leg up on Trump in the “being sane” department, not to mention the “being able to tell the difference between weapons-grade batsh*t insanity and the truth” department, both of which are kind of hugely important for the person who is going to be in charge of the world’s most powerful military.
But then again, some people are so blinded by loyalty to the GOP that they can’t or won’t see the fact that this year’s nominee genuinely doesn’t deserve the default assumption that he will be better than the Democrat, no matter what. Old habits are hard to break, I guess.