For a month now I've been badly embarrassed by Donald Trump and his impotent pluckings about Obama's birth certificate. I was even more disappointed in the number of Tea Party folks who were championing Trump's campaign for a "birth certificate showdown". There was ample evidence that Obama was born in the U.S. Rather than concentrating on the massive damage Obama has done to our economy the fringe element of "birthers" took us all down a road we wished not to travel.
I've already detailed my problem with Trump in an earlier blog (The Great Trump Flameout). The guy is a wild egotist, a philanderer, shows no consistent positions on any issue worthy of debate and is not even a good businessman; he's wiped out many investors in his enterprises through several near bankruptcies.
Yet, here we have a small but significant element of conservative voters who are actually trumpeting Trump as a viable Presidential candidate. Were Trump fortunate enough to survive the primaries and emerge as the Republican nominee the race would be over by June of next year. Trump has so much dirty laundry that the Obama political machine would chew him up and spit him out in record time.
Okay, let's assume that there are enough sane conservatives to eliminate Trump somewhere around New Hampshire. Where does this leave us? I was watching C-Span yesterday morning and the Associated Press Political Analyst was offering his assessment that the candidates already declared is probably the field we'll be voting on.
That's not especially good news; most of the current candidates carry more baggage than a United Airlines porter. Many are shopworn, having been looked at and passed over in previous races, others have as much charisma as Ben Stein in that Ferris Beuller flick.
I was hoping that Senator Marco Rubio from Florida or Senator Thune from South Dakota would step in and accept a draft but that's not likely since they are so fresh off their own recent election victories and don't want to look like D.C. carpetbaggers.
I still say a Rubio/Christie ticket would steamroll Obama and his minions but, alas, we may have to suffer still more pain and economic turmoil until sanity is restored in 2016.
I won't give up the fight. Hope springs eternal but it's not looking good. God help us, our nation may be bankrupt before we are done with the Obama/Reid/Pelosi regime. If we are to hold any hope in sending those three to the unemployment line we'll have to forgo the "thrill" of birth certificate conspiracies and begin debating serious national issues...and find someone in the Republican field that can inspire the electorate.
You've likely heard at least one speech by our current field of candidates. Contrast those speeches with the one given by Senator Marco Rubio on tax day: