On the bright side, this makes Hillary Clinton’s chances as good as they possibly could be.
On the dark side, this suggests that the Republican Party… well…
1. On Tuesday night, the Republican Party confirmed the worst suspicions liberals had of it. Five years ago, it would have sounded like a partisan slur to say the GOP harbored enough racial resentment, xenophobia, anti-intellectualism, anti-elitism, and latent authoritarianism to nominate someone like Donald Trump. But it was true.
2. Credit where it’s due. The Republican Party is what congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein said it is: “ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.” In case you are skeptical of that final charge, recall that Trump began his rise in the Republican Party as a champion of the birther movement.
Frankly, I don’t think the Republican Party is this way; I think it was made this way. Years of contempt for facts – most notably, in fostering global warming denialism – and of teaching the base that no one but Fox News can be trusted have produced the Party of Trump.
This is a bad status quo. The US has a two-party system, and it functions best when it has two parties that, while disagreeing, are both committed to good governance and, frankly, reality. The only thing that we can really hope for is that a resounding victory for the Democrats will cause the Party of Trump to pull itself back from the brink. But that’s not at all a sure thing.
And on the second bright side, it’s nice that Cruz, who has really tied himself to the transphobic mast in recent weeks, sank like a hateful bigoted smarmy stone.
What do y’all think?