In 1964 the Republican Party was widely perceived as having stepped out of normal political parameters with the extremist Barry Goldwater. Nixon offered dignified acquiescence, supporting the ticket but staking out alternative positions.
In those days a now-extinct species roamed the land: Liberal Republicans. Their leader, Nelson Rockefeller, was booed and hated. After Goldwater had gone down to stunning defeat, they expected to regain control. But no. The Goldwater campaign had tapped a rich vein of stupidity and hatred in the electorate, and while the party wouldn’t yet pick another extremist, they found a middle-of-the-road candidate, the good and faithful servant Nixon, and he won.
And the future belonged to them. Goldwater was a decent, honorable human being with some dumb ideas. He thought all would be well if other decent, honorable human beings voluntarily desegregated, as his family had done with their retail chain, and we wouldn’t need the government. By today’s standards, his was moderation in the pursuit of virtue. The goalposts have moved, and today Rockefeller would be running the DNC.
And now many of us are hoping that He, Trump is seen by the majority the way Goldwater was, and that seems likely. If so, Cruz hopes, the party will overlook his personal characteristics as it did Nixon’s similar ones, and he will be the nominee.
Also: Trump’s idea of letting his veep handle domestic and foreign policy while he makes America great again suggests that he actually seeks a different office: King. He is equally unqualified for that, as the prime regal requirement is gravitas. There is a reason the United Kingdom is reigned over by Elizabeth Windsor, rather than Boris Johnson.
And furthermore: I hereby apologize for something I said in yesterday’s post. Circuses, like whores, do not deserve comparison with the Republicans. (Maybe more like a carney, in which Cruz declined the proffered chicken head.)