As I watched that first Republican presidential debate the obviously opinionated interrogators from Fox spent far too much time talking and appeared to be attacking all the Republican candidates if not equally, nevertheless significantly. I wondered if Fox, which I never watch, must have switched sides and want Hillary to win. But realistically it seemed like a price Fox was willing to pay for thin cover over the hatched job they were doing on Trump. Also Mehgan Kelly set a new high in arrogance and obnoxiousness which I guess Roger Ailes thought she could get away with because of her looks.
But the message that resounded loudest with me was the effort that all candidates other than Trump expended to avoid giving any offense to anybody and the lengths to which they went to convince the audience they were nice guys. It was a stunning portrait of all that is wrong with American politics. Politicians want to avoid giving offense, primarily to actual and potential political contributors and secondarily to blocks of potential voters.
The candidates behavior at the debate screamed that our ruling oligarchs do not like controversial candidates. They love bland and boring. And of course political candidates hand out political favors, oligopoly legislative benefits and lots of government cash and profits to all comers. Why make enemies? And that is why the federal budget and federal debt is expanding at exponential rates. Its everyone gets a trophy day every day in DC and that is why the debt balloon, which can never be repaid, is expanding at an exponential rate.
And next behind bland and boring in order of preference is mediocre and stupid. Heaven forefend that someone might get elected who can visualize the secondary effects and collateral consequences of legislation they are passing and also have a conscience and strength of character and get elected. That would be a nightmare for our ruling oligarchs.
I have been opining to CP in our private conversations that we will never get meaningful change until the oligarchs realize there is not enough skim left to keep them all happy and begin fighting among themselves.
And therein lies the good news. We have billionaire oligarchs breaking ranks. Trump out front, with billionaire Mark Cuban wanting to be VP and Carl Icahn wanting to be his secretary of Treasury. Something is brewing beneath the surface here. Likewise the political advisor and campaign management industry is caught with its pants down, completely clueless about the anger of the Republican base out here in the Red States, and also clueless about the anxieties building among the oligarch class that knows the party will end at some point and want to control the process.
Personally I have a hard time believing that Trump could put up with the BS that a modern President must put up with for more than 8 or 9 months, but then that is not the point. The marker is down and the oligarchs are beginning to think about their plan B options, now that they may not have a safe field of nice guys fearful of offending any of them.