Thursday, May 19, 2016

Camille Paglia on the Trumpening

Even when I disagree completely with her, I always enjoy reading Camille Paglia's take on things, because when she's right, she's right, and when she's wrong, she's wrong in a very insightful way that's usually more interesting reading than others who are right on the subject.

Camille is, no surprise, supporting Bernie Sanders for President, which is what I'd do if I were a sincere liberal. But boy, does she have Hillary's number.

Me, I'm delighted that I have Trump to vote for, and for all the niggling doubts we all have about him, if he's even halfway authentic, he's the best major party choice we've had for 32 years.

And, you know, even if Trump turns out to be 90% phony, the choice is still an easy one. An absolutely cynical, lying crook like Hillary, who will probably stab all her "progressive" followers in the back the first chance she gets. A humorless (but not Huma-less) harpy, who absolutely hates basic, normal American people. She and Obama are like the Walrus and the Carpenter. Obama is as hateful as he's capable of, but Hillary is capable of quite a bit more.

I ramble. It's easy to pick Trump over her to put in charge of the country, just as you'd gladly make the next guy you pass on the sidewalk President rather than her. A roll of the dice beats throwing your money out the window. Enough out of me, from Salon [link], here's Camille Paglia:

Camille Paglia: PC feminists misfire again, as fearful elite media can’t touch Donald Trump 

A boastful, millionaire New Yorker liked the company of beautiful women? This is why NYT can't lay a glove on Trump 

Zap! If momentum were a surge of electromagnetic energy, Donald Trump against all odds has it now. The appalled GOP voters he is losing seem overwhelmed in number by independents and crossover Democrats increasingly attracted by his bumptious, raucous, smash-the-cucumber-frames style. While it’s both riveting and exhilarating to watch a fossilized American political party being blown up and remade, it’s also highly worrisome that a man with no prior political experience and little perceptible patience for serious study seems on a fast track to the White House. In a powder-keg world, erratic impulsiveness is far down the list of optimal presidential traits.
But the Democratic strategists who prophesy a Hillary landslide over Trump are blowing smoke. Hillary is a stodgily predictable product of the voluminous briefing books handed to her by a vast palace staff of researchers and pollsters—a staggeringly expensive luxury not enjoyed by her frugal, unmaterialistic opponent, Bernie Sanders (my candidate). Trump, in contrast, is his own publicist, a quick-draw scrapper and go-for-the-jugular brawler. He is a master of the unexpected (as the Egyptian commander Achillas calls Julius Caesar in the Liz Taylor Cleopatra). The massive size of Hillary’s imperialist operation makes her seem slow and heavy. Trump is like a raffish buccaneer, leaping about the rigging like the breezy Douglas Fairbanks or Errol Flynn, while Hillary is the stiff, sequestered admiral of a bullion-laden armada of Spanish galleons, a low-in-the-water easy mark as they creak and sway amid the rolling swells.
Read the rest here:
Quibcag: I've used Marika Kato of Bodacious Space Pirates (モーレツ宇宙海賊パイレーツ Mōretsu Pairētsu) several times, so, for a change, here's her first mate, Chiaki, who looks pretty darn cute in a pirate outfit herself.  The second quibcag is a bonus. Don't remember where I got the illustration.

1 comment:

  1. It wouldn't really surprise me if Hillary is not even the nominee. That she's a weak campaigner and candidate is obvious and well-known (Remember 8 years ago? 'Nuff said). The Democrats nomination process is different, there are pledged delegates who are obligated to support their candidate and 'superdelegates' (elected officials and whatnot) who are not officially bound to anyone. Many have pledged support to Hillary, but are free to bolt if they choose - and there are valid reasons for some to bolt; Hillary's health is questionable, her policies (and ethics) are very questionable, it's even possible she could be indicted. Who'd they'd bolt to is obvious.
    That said, regardless of who Trump faces, I doubt it will be a landslide, due to demographics alone, it will be close, possibly a repeat of 2000 where the results are in dispute for some time after - in at least one state (FL? OH?).
    Would Trump get in a pitched legal battle the way Bush and Gore did?
    That Hillary would is a given, and likely Sanders would also likely try to tilt things his way.
    I'm not saying Trump doesn't have a chance, his performance in the primaries has made it clear he does. When he announced, he immediately jumped to #1 in name recognition (IIRC, it was Trump 91%, Jeb 88%, Hillary 84%).
    10 years ago FL was a reliable 'red state', now it tilts 'blue' a few other states are equally up for grabs. That's another reason I think Sanders could steal it from her, the possibility that he could win states that Hillary might not.
    Also, Hillary has enough baggage to stuff an airliner hold, Sanders has been pretty nondescript (other than being an avowed commie of course) through his career.