Fish: Upside down and picking up speed
I am now thoroughly confused.
The whole political process seems to be upside down yet hasn't slowed down at all. Which, if you ask me, defies all reason and logic. For instance, when I was 16 years old, I took my mother's car to go visit a friend. I took a dirt road to get there. In the process a big old American made piece of Detroit steel came barreling a little too close to the middle of the road as I reached the knoll of that road, and me and all of my six months of driving experience panicked and I lost control of the car. I wound up upside down on the roof at a complete stop. What's my point? When things are on their roof they should be expected to stop!
Yet this whole election process still has a full head of steam. Donald Trump, the now presumptive Republican nominee, is calling for the resignation of Paul Ryan as the GOP chair. Can he do that? I mean, after all, we live in this thing called a free country; if you don't want to back someone, then you don't have to back someone.
The Republican Party is ripping itself apart, slowly and painfully. The GOP is scrambling to find a third party candidate to throw into the mix. Frankly, this is a long time coming and it's finally arrived. All of the exclusionary behavior and polarizing views have finally collided in midair and the shards are plummeting to the ground and impaling people — mostly members of the GOP. No one really wants to stand behind a Trump presidency, even though he is going to be the Republican nominee. Honestly, it's a total head scratcher. But if you ask me to give you a silver lining, here it is: The man is not a good presidential candidate, and his party knows that and they are not leaping forward to endorse it, proving that they are at least trying to present something palatable.
But any way you slice it, this entire thing is sliding down the road on the roof and it's not slowing down. As a matter of fact, it's picking up speed. It's not just the Republican Party that has its issues. The Democrats have their issues, too, even though some of those issues makes sense. Like tight races, a few upsets, a few crushing defeats in primaries. Then ... enter the superdelegates. Really? Really! The basic explanation of the superdelegate: They are free to support any candidate for the nomination. This contrasts with convention "pledged" delegates who are selected based on the party primaries and caucuses in each U.S. state, in which voters choose among candidates for the party's presidential nomination (lifted straight from Wikipedia, the simplest explanation I could find).
Here's your for instance: In Vermont, Howard Dean, Governor Peter Shumlin and U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy will most likely give their votes to Hilary Clinton. The same Hilary Clinton that only managed 14 percent of the vote in Vermont. Meanwhile, the candidate that captured 86 percent of Vermont will need to fight for those votes and won't get them. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has to fight for votes from his own state. The superdelegate model needs to go away. We are a land of, for and by the people. It's like playing a game and beating the home team six to three only to find out that in order to beat the home team you needed to score at least four more goals than they did, so in fact you lose. Honestly ... it's ridiculous. Both sides are bucking the will of the people and have this entire process on its head!
I, for one, am fed up. I've said it once and I'll say it again: I felt in 2008 when this country elected a black president we had matured to a point that we could judge a person by the content of his or her character; that the species had evolved to a point where good choices were possible. Well, just like that you hear a massive crash, shattering glass and you see it all go screaming by you upside down while you scratch your head and ask, what the hell is up with that?
Fish is the opinionated morning jock on Classic Hits 92.7. He offers up his opinion at 7:50 a.m. every morning (Monday through Friday). Let's start the revolution. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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