Trump making things interesting
Sorry, we love Donald Trump.
Oh, we’re not going to suggest that anyone actually vote for him in our first in the nation primary, but we love the fact that he’s roiling the waters.
Somebody has to.
Primaries have become a bit boring. Generally, you pretty much know who the nominee is going to be, eventually (yes, yes, yes, 2008 was a big surprise for a lot of Democrats, but even there, long before the last primary, everyone knew it wasn’t going to be Hillary) so it’s fun to have something whacky to muck things up a bit.
Look, before Trump got to trumpeting himself all over the nation, there was a pretty good bet that the Republican presidential nominee was going to be Jeb Bush, the "safe" candidate.
Most of the other Republicans – the serious candidates – can’t be considered safe or middle of the road. Oh, they’re safe-ish in many cases, but who can be sure about any of them? None of them are really saying anything of great interest.
But with Trump sure to get into at least the first Republican debate, who knows what will happen?
He might cause the safe candidate, or one of the safe-ish ones to say either something interesting, stupid or inflammatory.
In other words, only Trump is going to make that first debate worth watching.
But he’s kind of a one-trick pony: Immigration.
Recently we heard some radio host ask why no candidate had come out strongly with a plan to go after radical Islam and we wonder about that, too. Sure, immigration is a problem but on a smaller violence scale than, for instance, ISIS.
So? Where’s the plan? Anybody? Hillary? Jeb? Ted? Somebody must have one.
Or maybe not. President Obama doesn’t, so why should any of these folks.
Maybe Bernie Sanders can socialize extremists.
The first GOP debate will now be fun. It might not be very enlightening because candidates hate to be enlightening. It’s safer to say nothing or speak only in platitudes.
Trump won’t do that. Oh, much of what he says could be idiotic but so what? It will be great theater and isn’t that what American politics has always been?