More from our favorite “nobody” — Dr. G.
I love a smart “nobody.” Hey, Donald Trump called me a “nobody” and an “obnoxious blowhard” who was “taunting Muslims” in the wake of the Garland jihad shooting. Me? I love me the nobodies.
Dr. Nancy’s Two Cents
Oops, He Did It Again
Hi, Dr. Nancy here and I’m back. I’m Pamela’s political theorist, or as some commenter called me, a “nobody” giving their opinion. I’m proud to be a nobody and hope never to be a somebody. That said, I’m an American voter with eyes on the political scene. I would hope we don’t reduce the average citizen like me to a being of insignificance. This is America where, unlike other places, we have a government by the people funded by their taxpayer money. We nobodies are the supposed bosses and we should eschew the elitist airs of that commenter.
Seriously, though, I wanted to address the character aspect. Some asked how I could care about character supporting Cruz after what happened in Iowa. I understand that concern, but I was referring to the overall character of the candidates as we learn about them during the primaries. My focus was on how we are discovering who they are, what they will likely do and how consistent they’ve been in the past so we can predict what they’ll do in the future. We can then be comfortable with someone who’s demonstrated a consistent conservatism. I live in Florida, the capital of wonderfully conservative politicians who turn into flaming moderates in record time. Counting on bedrock conservatives is important to me. Often true blue conservatives don’t get very far and supporting them seems futile. I thought the world of Col. Allen West, but the political landscape we live in seemed not to allow him to rise. This is why the candidate with the best character coming out of Iowa, Carson, was ultimately not my front- runner. Whatever happened to character counts? I came to believe that like West, he wasn’t going to be allowed to rise. This was probably based on poll after poll, but he addressed it in the last debate. He said that if that was what we were thinking, vote for him anyway and we could win.
I will support Trump if he gets the nomination because as Rush says, he will be “our guy”. Still, while we are deciding who our guy will be in the primaries, I say aim higher character-wise. I would like to think our guy would appoint unshakable conservatives to the Supreme Court. I don’t think Trump will, but his picks will probably be popular ones like we’d expect from the populist he is. Cruz’s picks would be more in line with my ideology, but there’s no guarantee they wouldn’t “evolve”. Knowing what we’re going to get is mostly in line with what we want is comforting. Know what’s uncomfortable? Hearing our likely candidate Trump say Bush knew there weren’t WMDs and lied to garner support for a war that would lead to the deaths of our young people. How far is that notion from the Left’s “Bush Lied and People Died”? It is beyond unsettling, but oops he did it again.
The pattern here of assigning evil motives to people previously thought to be of good character, trashing their reputations, is ongoing with Trump. He wasn’t perfect, but I thought George W. Bush was a good guy. Trump is saying he knows the guy was a liar tricking us to get into a war… like he knows Cruz is a liar tricking the Iowa voters into choosing him based on a CNN on air breaking news report. What did Cruz know and when did he know it?Despite insisting it wasn’t dirty tricks, Trump knows it was. He really can’t possibly be certain, but screw that. He sees the liar in Cruz like he sees the liar in George W. Bush like he sees the pathological liar in Carson. I saw that on air report with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, and there was no other way to interpret what we were seeing. A reasonable person would register the information despite the weird timing because this was CNN and we don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes that causes surprise moves by politicians. I wouldn’t for a second think it wasn’t true. I wouldn’t dissect it in my head. I’d figure Carson was out like I thought Huckabee and Paul were when similar reports came out soon after. This was before the kerfuffle. I just assumed news was being reported. There was no rapid on air correction. I’ve heard there was on Twitter, but much of the rest of us aren’t part of Twitterworld. Unless what happened on Twitter is reported on more traditional media, we won’t know about it.
Trump doubled down on his charge Cruz is a liar and “unstable” yesterday which reminded me of his charge that Carson was a pathological liar. This is starting to sound like the Clintons’ bimbo eruption defense that the women were nuts and sluts. If we were told tomorrow that leading candidate Trump said Cruz was all right and considered him for his VP, we probably wouldn’t be surprised because we’re becoming comfortable with his unpredictability. His not ruling out a third party run because of the RNC’s actions make some sense, but I couldn’t help wondering if this move would free him up to attract more independents and Democrats after he’d gathered all the Republican support he could, you know, after having used our primaries as the perfect platform to launch his effort. Maybe that’s why his statements sound less conservative and more outrageous now as we are being prepared for where he will wind up on the political spectrum in the end. Planned Parenthood does wonderful things for women and should be federally funded? That money will be used however they see fit whether it’s contraception, abortion, or harvesting/selling parts. I am always trying to discern his motives because we really don’t know where he’ll stand on issues ultimately. Obama was once against gay marriage, but no one was surprised at his evolution because of his past liberal record. These politicians’ records are all we really have to go on. We’ve seen over and over how politicians make promises to get elected and then do the opposite. Trump supporters say Cruz lies and will say anything to get elected yet isn’t Trump more likely to do that? I’d rather trust Ted Cruz based on his record even if it isn’t perfect. Despite religious arguments, I don’t mind him holding up a bible as though he cares what a Higher Authority thinks because I don’t fear some eeevil form of Christiandom like we see with Islam. There’s nothing wrong with aspiring to greatness even if we fall short. Critics like to say this or that group owns Cruz, but no one owns you when your greatest concern is the Highest Authority. We are a nation based on Judeo-Christian tenets and that’s a force for good. I’m not even a Christian, but I know I don’t have to fear living in a Christian nation. If your argument involves the Crusades, you’ve already lost it. In fact, I think I’m becoming a Crusader for Cruz!
God Bless America!!