... At least for the 1%
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd occasionally gets one just right. Her attached op-ed, The Perfect G.O.P. Nominee, well sums up the happy state of affairs in the smoke filled rooms of the Single-Party American Deep State. It is not only hilarious, it is well worth reading and thinking about, and her ending is spot on.
I particularly like Ms. Dowd's loaded reference to primogeniture, and — at the risk of mixing metaphors — its sly allusion to the possibility of HRC becoming American-anglophile slang for HRH in Versailles on the Potomac.
Ms. Dowd’s reminder of HRC's relationship to Henry Kissinger conjures the imperial pretensions of Richard Nixon’s presidency. Perhaps Nixon’s re-uniforming of the White House Palace Guard will turn out to have been theater for the masses that was merely ahead of its time.
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The emergence of the American variant of a Single-Party Deep State is well described in two important books written by Mike Lofgren:* The Party is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted and The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government.
Like the imagery evoked by uniforms of Nixon’s palace guard, Lofgren’s books are impressive portraits of post-democratic America.
* Lofgren has been a close personal friend and colleague for over 25 years, so I am biased.
Maureen Dowd , New York Times, AUG. 13, 2016
WASHINGTON — SPEAKING of crazy …
All these woebegone Republicans whining that they can’t rally behind their flawed candidate is crazy. The G.O.P. angst, the gnashing and wailing and searching for last-minute substitutes and exit strategies, is getting old.
They already have a 1-percenter who will be totally fine in the Oval Office, someone they can trust to help Wall Street, boost the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, cuddle with hedge funds, secure the trade deals beloved by corporate America, seek guidance from Henry Kissinger and hawk it up — unleashing hell on Syria and heaven knows where else.
The Republicans have their candidate: It’s Hillary.
They can’t go with Donald Trump. He’s too volatile and unhinged.
The erstwhile Goldwater Girl and Goldman Sachs busker can be counted on to do the normal political things, not the abnormal haywire things. Trump’s propounding could drag us into war, plunge us into a recession and shatter Washington into a thousand tiny bits.
Hillary will keep the establishment safe. Who is more of an establishment figure, after all? Her husband was president, and he repealed Glass-Steagall, signed the Defense of Marriage Act and got rid of those pesky welfare queens.
Pushing her Midwestern Methodist roots, taking advantage of primogeniture, Hillary often seems more Republican than the Gotham bling king, who used to be a Democrat and donor to Democratic candidates before he jumped the turnstile. ... continued