Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Comedy And Tragedy ...

Oh, Melania, how do you stomach it?

That's what was going through my head tonight, watching Rachel Maddow pull no punches about the complete idiocy that is Romney's alliance with Trump.

As a woman, just a few months younger than me, Melania, how do you put up with such a sorry excuse for a man?

Yes, he's rich. I've read about the gold-plated seat belts on his latest airplane.

But is it worth it? To be married to the man who sat at the White House Correspondents' Dinner last year and was ridiculed, deservedly so, by the president of the United States? Was it possible to have any respect for your husband after that night?

Was it ever possible to have any respect for him at all?

Here's the thing about the Trump absurdity as it spewed forth from every media outlet today: It's funny. It's laugh-lest-you-cry funny.

Here's the other thing about the Trump absurdity as it spewed forth from every media outlet today: It's heartbreaking. Not for Donald, of course. He's soaking up the attention like a free spray-on tan.

But for the GOP. And for this country.

The Grand Old Party is a lot of things these days, but it sure as hell ain't grand.

And truly, what does it say about the United States of America, magnificent country that we are, that the Republican nominee for the presidency is in Las Vegas tonight glad-handing alongside Donald Trump for a measly couple of million bucks?

This is what the Republican party has come to, and as much as I despise a lot of what the party stands for – if you can call some of the low blows it's landing of late "standing" – wow, I can't help but feel some pity along with my scorn.

Can anyone, honestly, see Mitt Romney as president in any scenario? I can't. Maybe you can.

But can anyone, honestly, see Mitt Romney as president in a true leadership and diplomatic capacity? Can anyone, honestly, picture Mitt addressing the United Nations and being taken at all seriously?

Of course not. Because Mitt, as of tonight, the night he clinched the Republican nomination for the presidency of the United States of America, is now fixed firmly in the world's mind as the guy standing next to Donald Trump, the "bloviating ignoramus" of our time.

There's a bit of glee in it for me, that the GOP is so far gone, so pathetic, so nuts, that its nominee for the presidency has prostrated himself at Donald Trump's feet, and has proven himself so craven in his bid for 50.1 percent of the vote.

But there is much more sadness. Whither statesmanship? Whither honor?

This is the campaign for the presidency of the United States.

And the GOP has reduced its role in it to a freak show.

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