Wednesday, December 7, 2022

For Trump, Shades of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"

Tuesday was not a very good day for The Donald. It was, to cite the well-regarded children’s book about Alexander, a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.”

The denier-in-chief was denied once more by the citizens of Georgia. They rejected his hand-picked candidate, the superbly unqualified Herschel Walker, a chance to represent them. Though the Senate no longer is a legislative body admired for its soaring rhetoric and profound deliberations, Walker was perceived as someone who could barely speak cogently or truthfully. After days of casting ballots, voters denied Trump the opportunity to place his plantation Negro in the U.S. Senate.   

Meanwhile, up in New York, a Superior Court jury found one of Trump’s companies guilty on all 17 counts of illegally evading taxes through a scheme to compensate employees with perks, including free housing and cars, instead of salary as a ploy to incur lower income taxes. 

The verdict could lead to more charges, possibly including action against Trump himself. 

Another Meanwhile: In Washington, the House Select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol indicated it would likely recommend federal charges be filed against Trump henchmen, potentially even against the instigator- in-chief. 

A Third Meanwhile: The Special Prosecutor appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland issued subpoenas to Trump operatives in three states (Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin) where the insurrectionist-in-chief sought to overthrow the will of the people that Joe Biden be their president. 

All in all, not the Super Tuesday the headline-seeker-in-chief expected. 

I, for one, cannot imagine living through a second Trump presidency. Yet, in a macabre, perverted way, I embrace the prospect of his running as the Republican Party’s 2024 nominee. I’m also tight with Kevin McCarthy becoming speaker of the House of Representatives with its wildcat members including Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz and Paul Gosar. 

Why? Because it would put in stark relief how our citizens value America. If they choose Trump and his cadre of election deniers and blowhards they would sign onto following a cheat, a dissembler, a crybaby who has even advocated throwing out the Constitution so that he could be declared the 2020 victor and reinstalled in the White House. 

They would certify as kosher politicians who failed to forcefully defend the Constitution both in the aftermath of January 6 and Trump’s call for Constitution abrogation.    

If voters choose the Democratic Party nominee—regardless if it is Joe Biden seeking a second term or   another candidate—it would demonstrate their commitment to a government of laws and programs intended to benefit all, actions on infrastructure, prescription drug pricing, job creation, low unemployment, gun control, climate and environmental protection. 

Yes, there is some risk that Trump would be able to hoodwink swing voters in battleground states (I am not naive enough to believe solidly red state voters have enough intelligence to finally pierce his facade of caring for them).  

I am willing to take that risk so that we might finally put the egotist-in-chief out to political pasture once and for all.