What … If Anything … Were They Thinking?

“There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.” –Henry Adams

Lyndon Johnson among others has ostensibly observed that being the US vice-president doesn’t amount to a bucket of warm spit. I’m guessing there were also less genteel versions of such remarks. Poor babies, it’s such a tough gig being an understudy — all the attendant scrutiny and inconvenience of power and celebrity with few of the perqs. In our dismal post-Cheney world, I’m not sure that’s still true. But apparently many of us think even being the headliner doesn’t amount to much these days.

Or so I’m forced to surmise, with otherwise inconceivable poll results like this. My fellow Americans (oops — see what happens when you start thinking about LBJ?) simply can’t be THIS stupid. Can they? I’ve always thought Adams was being a little hard on people. But now … I wonder.


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Donald Trump is pulling away from the GOP Clown Car herd and the newest numbers show that El Trumpo is the real favorite of GOP primary voters. At this point, The Donald is solidly in the lead.

59% of GOP registered voters think he’s got guts…

And they just love his xenophobic hatred of Mexican illegal immigrants. 68% agree with his comments on Mexico.

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** 21 July 2015 Update **

Sigh. I’m beginning to think stupid is not only obnoxious and immortal, but it never even takes a coffee break.


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Businessman Donald Trump surged into the lead for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, with almost twice the support of his closest rival, just as he ignited a new controversy after making disparaging remarks about Sen. John McCain’s Vietnam War service, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.


Even with the drop in support on the final night of the survey, Trump was the favorite of 24 percent of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. That is the highest percentage and biggest lead recorded by any GOP candidate this year in Post-ABC News polls and marks a sixfold increase in his support since late May, shortly before he formally joined the race.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who announced his candidacy a week ago, is in second place, at 13 percent, followed by former Florida governor Jeb Bush, at 12 percent. Walker’s support is strongest among those who describe themselves as “very conservative.”

The next seven, ranging in support from 8 percent to 3 percent, are: former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.), former Texas governor Rick Perry and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The rankings are more important than early national surveys in previous campaigns because only the top 10 candidates, based on an average of the most recent national polls, will qualify for the first Republican debates. The first debate will be held Aug. 6 in Cleveland. Fox News Channel is the sponsor of that event and established the rules for qualification.

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About l. l. frederick

I'm pretty ordinary, so I find any number of things in the world interesting, among them: books, music, flowers, food, social justice, politics and (sometimes!) people. As for my writing, I've decided that I can be subtle and tasteful when our only problems are esthetic ones. Or when I'm dead, whichever comes first. In the meantime, read at your own risk.
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12 Responses to What … If Anything … Were They Thinking?

  1. Like I asked in a recent post, “are white people in America going crazy?”

  2. Republicans have always won by playing the race card. It’s a tried and true tactic.

    • Too true. Sad that appealing to the worst in us works so damn well. Wouldn’t you think a few folks might catch on they’re being played? But … when people tell us what we are eager to believe, we shy away from looking into it too far. I try to resist such laziness … but I’ll admit it’s hard for me to believe Dick Cheney is even good to his dog. Thanks for commenting.

  3. sojourner says:

    This “bloviating nincompoop,” as a right-wing reporter referred to him during the last four year farce, may get the nod on the repub side, but then the next pres will be a dem. This asshole is a loose canon, and so not easily controlled by the powers that be. If they have chosen Donald, then let’s haul out the rifles and dynamite and go to war with the government now! It is all over with, if Donald has been chosen next, not by the people, mind you, but the powers that always set up the next pres stooge!

    The level of intelligence in Merica has been declining for a long, long time, whether on the right, left or middle. But the far right still has the edge and always will. Never have seen so much unbridled arrogance for so little reason, as on the far right, where incest and willful ignorance reign!

    Okay, all together, “I’m proud to be an Merican….”

    • Sojourner, I do wonder how scripted and choreographed the game is. Or … do they let all these narcissists audition — selfies for billionaires? They can be pretty sure any of these appalling folks will comply with the corporate agenda if they should get elected — American Idol for billionaires?
      As entertainment goes, I’d rather have a root canal. Or watch the grass grow. As a way to run a country, it’s a great way to ruin it completely. Sad to watch.
      Lucky we know there’s one relatively sane candidate this cycle! If he doesn’t walk away in total disgust. What fun to debate foreign policy or financial regulation with the Donald or whoever! Thanks for your comment. – Linda

  4. Jay says:

    Very troubling times.
    Kind of puts our (Canadian) candidates in perspective.

    • Troubling indeed! Makes me wish all this was happening in another universe, if it was even necessary. Yet they expect us to take this shit seriously! From here, Canada has looked like our saner neighbor to the north, except maybe for hockey? With the tar sands and Conservative resurgence though, I’m afraid we’ve had a corrupting influence on you — sorry about that. Thanks for your comment. – Linda

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