The GOP, given its intellectual torpidity of late, is lurching towards two years of idiocy in which the deficits will grow, the debt will explode, and the economy will not improve. The problems confronting America are much more substantive than the current crop of leadership can comprehend, given the tendency of America to elect the latest Wonderboys and Wondergirls. What America has to realize is that sizzle does not always correlate to steak. Would it were that we had come to this epiphany in 2000, when George W. Bush sucked all the oxygen and the funding out of the field en route to the Republican nomination. Then again, the Democrats put forth the one candidate feckless enough to lose that election, even though Al Gore won both the majority of votes and the electoral college once the recount in Florida went through after the Supreme Court obviated its significance. Even though illegal caging lists were used to purge voter rolls of perfectly eligible folks, Al Gore still managed to win the election, despite being the equivalent of Eeyore on the campaign trail.
It should tell you all you need to know when the liberal media over at Rolling Stone magazine decides to airbrush their man's crotch to make seem more...substantive. In the case of W. there was no need for airbrushing, because one cannot airbrush illiteracy and an inability to fluently speak English without mangled malaproprisms and fractured syntax predominating. In short, you can't airbrush stupid.
However, George W. Bush spoke the language of the masses who lined the pews every Sunday. He spoke in plain terms about how Christ had changed his heart, so much so that he mocked Karla Faye Tucker before her execution and called a reporter an asshole. He did what he needed to do to vilify gays and lesbians, and he sicced his operatives on John McCain in South Carolina to insinuate via robocall operations that McCain was guilty of miscegenation due to his adopted daughter's different ethnic background. W. was a disgusting toad surrounded by other disgusting toads, but so long as he invoked Billy Graham and talked about his past drinking episodes and the redemption thereof, his constituencies would absolve him of present and past sins.
George W. Bush was the sizzle, Al Gore was the turkey burger put forth by the liberals, and Harry Browne was the man who could have destroyed both of them had he been allowed on a debate stage. Alas, Harry was the Libertarian Party nominee, and had no chance in hell of getting on such a stage. Ralph Nader made it onto the ballot, and ultimately received blame for splitting the liberal vote and siphoning off support from Al Gore. Gore's supporters were incapable of understanding that if Nader could siphon support from Gore, the problem was Gore, not Nader.
And so the stage was set for the coronation of W., and the Supreme Court presided over his eventual ascendancy, defending due process at the expense of majoritarian rule and the electoral college. America was ruled by an obvious and outright minority, and thus George emerged to take the White House from an election he won in the courts. He proceeded to rule with mediocrity, until 9/11 provided him the opportunity to do what he did best: cheerlead. He stood on the pile at Ground Zero, and told us that the men who brought down the Towers would soon hear us. And they did, but unfortunately, George had to go traipsing over to Iraq and expand the mission to nation-building. He had a divine mandate to spread democracy, because God spoke through him. Today, God has used the United States to install a bunch of drug-trafficking Pashtun boy-rapists as the leaders of Afghanistan. He raises whom He will raise, so that He might show His power...
George talked about compassionate conservatism and limited government, but compassion and small government gave way to torture, warrantless searches and wiretaps, and the largest expansion of government in seventy years. We had the Department of Homeland Security, the Directorate of National Intelligence, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, and various programs to read our email and canvass our phone calls. His tax cuts seemed to spur the economy, but let's be real: the economic boom had more to do with the expansion of the monetary supply enacted by the Federal Reserve than anything else. What the tax cuts accomplished was a historic explosion of deficits and the inflation of the national debt. At the end of the eight years of the Bush Administration, America's economy was in shambles, the legacy of allowing companies to deceive investors with fraudulent numbers built on subprime mortgages. We had slit our own throats far more effectively than Al Qaeda by pursuing an eight year orgy of guns and butter spending.
Today, the bill for forty years of deficit spending is due. Banks are foreclosing on properties they don't hold any clear title to, and the only reason they appear profitable is because their fraudulent accounting has the imprimatur of legitimacy via a government endorsed suspension of standards which require bad assets to be included in quarterly reports. We look to government to lead, even though we have forty years of evidence to indicate that government has failed.
Sarah Palin is on the horizon, and a dissatisfied electorate is wandering in the wilderness, with ten percent official unemployment and over sixteen percent real employment. We are ripe for the emergence of a cult of personality. It is conceivable that one of two cults could prevail in 2012: either we re-elect Barack Obama, whose underwhelming performance thus far renders that possibility far-fetched, or we elect a former governor who couldn't be bothered to finish a complete term. The former possibility seems possible given the early indicators of newly-elected Republican majority's priorities thus far, and the latter possibility seems possible if the Republicans stick Mitt Romney forward as the establishment choice while the Democrats coalesce around Barack Obama after he continues along another two years of idiocy. If anyone can render Barack Obama electable a second go-round, it is the assortment of clowns we have on Capitol Hill. Let the Federal Reserve engage in more monetary manipulation, and if the regional Feds stop paying interest on excess reserves, you'll see the banks flood the market with $1 trillion in excess liquidity to lend to every sad sack-subprime borrower seeking to jump on the two-time loser merry-go-round. We'll have another economic boom attributed to a tax cut, only this time, we'll lose our rating with the bond agencies and we will pay a staggering amount more to service our debt. Additionally, we'll be repeating the mistakes of the past by lending to undeserving borrowers who can't pay their bills.
Sarah speaks the language of the unwashed and desperate masses, appealing to faith and family even as her own family is an utter disaster: an unwed mother of a daughter, a younger daughter whose on-line outbursts are the stuff of white trash legend and liberal fodder, and a history of petty spites and slights with everyone from Wasilla to Juneau. This is what is on the horizon for America: a woman who is, like W., a cheerleader and little else. She's the sizzle, the rah-rah-rah sis-boom-bah, but she isn't much else. You don't have to be particularly competent to be a president, as the prior two presidents have proven. All Sarah has to do is make the right overtures to fundraisers and backers like the Kochs, and she'll be on her way. Sarah has others to write her increasingly sophisticated Facebook posts, compose her tweets, and do the heavy lifting involved with policy positions. Just like W. and Barack, all Sarah has to do is sublimate her personality into a razzle-dazzle rally appearance. The Heritage Foundation will supply the brainpower, or the ideological firepower, to be more accurate.
America is footing the bill for these cults of personality, and so long as the people get to thumb their noses at the intelligentsia snobs by electing a woman whose Administration will be populated by, you guessed it, intelligentsia snobs with a cynical view of faith and values as a means to electability, we'll have President Palin in 2012. Stick it the man by blowing off your own foot, America! Let us not forget that George W. Bush was all razzle and dazzle, and the deficits blew the national debt sky-high. No one bothered themselves with the logical inconsistency of a small government enthusiast expanding the government to no end, because they were enraptured by W.'s verve and vigor. He could be as inconsistent in his professions as he liked, so long as he made America feel good. That's what cults of personality do, they make you feel good in order to distract you from the inconsistency between professions and actions.
You may want to elect the woman, but you need to understand that she will come with a very severe price: exploding deficits, out of control banks and businesses, and endless occupations and misadventures abroad. After all, the people who finance presidential campaigns expect to be paid back. It is not too far outside of probability that a woman who couldn't be bothered to finish a term as governor of Alaska could wind up as President of the world's most powerful nation, presiding over the largest economy. It is, however, a possibility that ought to give us pause.