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The Republican Party is Insane and Sad

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The Republican Party debate, which aired last night, was insane. Completely bonkers.

I had tried to take most of this serious -  I wrote a post earlier for my site that said the Republican Party had a "strange momentum" going on. Now it just seems strange. It was all a bizarre and schizophrenic mess and one that revolved squarely around one man, Donald Trump.

There are many conservatives I've talked to who simply think that Trump is a plant. Trump is a known friend of both Bill and Hillary Clinton (in one clip he says of them, "I guess I'm biased because I've known them so long.") and has given hundreds of thousands to the Clinton Foundation. He was reported to have had a private phone call with Bill Clinton before deciding to run.

Let's also look at his political presence. In 2012, he became very visible as he trolled (something he is good at) Barack Obama to reveal his birth certificate. Birtherism thus became a political issue which got stapled to Mitt Romney even though he had little to do with it. Romney lost resoundingly to Obama and Obama moved on to a second term.

Trump likewise spends a lot of time insulting people and has been trolling about illegal immigration now in such an over the top manner that even immigration hardliners have been taken aback. When immigration isn't the issue, however, what he says is actually really progressive.

He noted that universal health care worked well in Scotland, something no Republican would (typically) ever do. He also, in this debate, said that his tax plan wouldn't be very well liked by "the hedge fund guys" - of which constitute the Republican party of course. When accused of using liberal talking points, he said that they were "only facts."

The debate was so painful to watch that one candidate, John Kasich of Ohio, said that he would "be inclined to turn it off" if he were watching it himself. It was a schizophrenic mess that ranged from left wing viewpoints, like Rand Paul accusing Jeb Bush of white privilege, to right wing viewpoints, of which Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz provided with their need for war, any war, someplace.

And then it got really bizarre as Republican phenom Ann Coulter took to Twitter and went full blown anti-Semitic, ranting about "fucking Jews" dominating the conservative agenda.

The Republican Party is insane - full of crazy people and currently being led by a man who is clearly mocking them. It's very sad - they're pushing towards a place in which they may only win two states in a general election.

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Michael Orion is a blogger, writer, artist and photographer based in the Bay Area. Besides his maintenance and promotion of Radical Second Things, he contributes to the San Francisco newspaper SF Western Edition, where he writes about local non-profit organizations.

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