As I explained in one of my recent columns, I’m trying to limit my intake of cable-TV news because it gets my blood to boil. The less I know the better company I’ll be.
But I’m still too well informed for my own good, I think. After church on Sunday, the wife and I went out for lunch with two of our closest friends. Mike, who probably should have known better, asked me what I thought of the continued success of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate.
Well, he asked, so I opined that it’s really only because of conservatives’ contempt for their own party leadership that a guy like Trump gets so much support. Regular voters are so fed up with the wimps in the Republican party that they naturally gravitate toward blowhards like Trump — a guy that projects confidence and can-do spirit in a party that has been dominated for years with “cowards” and “hypocrites.”
I must have been a little too energetic in my commentary, because I got a couple of stares from the table next to us. Trump fans, apparently. I quickly surmised that my friend — a prominent Democrat in Osceola County — would not want to be seen in a public restaurant in the company of a lunatic, so I was happy when my wife changed the subject to our grandchildren.
This incident occurred just a couple of days after I held forth on the same subject in the Daily Globe newsroom. Robin, one of our intrepid news reporters, said she was impressed. But as I looked into her widening eyes as I made my speech, I suddenly became convinced that if she had been near a net, she would have thrown it over me.
So now I’m renewing my vow to spend the remainder of the election cycle in silence (I’m sure you’re wishing me success), but I must admit I’ve made similar determinations in the past. I just can’t help but smile to consider the real possibility that Donald Trump, who once advocated the impeachment of the last Republican president, might actually become the 2016 Republican presidential nominee.
Time will tell. But to be honest, I actually don’t think Trump will make it all the way. I’m more inclined to suggest that Hillary Clinton will be able to — against all odds — withstand all the accusations leveled against her (and Joe Biden, too) and limp to victory.
My only question is this: Will she get out of prison in time for the inauguration?