As the GOP debate got underway, I had a flashback.
My parents gave me a Kodak Brownie for my eighth birthday. The Brownie was capable of shooting 12 negatives. Each picture was so precious to me that I chose my shots ever so carefully. It was not unusual for me to take two or three weeks to shoot the full roll.
Then I’d take the exposed film to the corner pharmacy and wait — get this, millennials — two weeks for the pictures to be returned in a little Kodak envelope. My pictures were almost always overexposed with images that were positively ghostly.
Thinking about the Brownie, the 12 negatives, and the two-week wait, I was actually thinking about how slow the pace of life was in the 1950s and early 1960s.
The GOP debate was a whirlwind of speed, political theater on steroids. The stage overflowed with candidates. The questions and answers came like lightning. There was little time for the viewer to reflect deeply on what was asked or said. The audience could only register impressions, much the way we internalize celebrities and movie stars.
Of course, Seraphic Secret views the GOP debate through an ideological lens. We believe that the GOP nominee should be the most conservative candidate who can win. Which means beating Hillary, who is now running to the left of Obama and Bernie Sanders — putting her adjacent to Trotsky.
Since CNN is driven by ratings, Donald Trump was the fulcrum for the entire evening. The CNN moderators did everything they could to goad the candidates into attacking Trump.
I don’t believe that the Donald is a conservative. He’s barely a Republican. And I do not believe he would be an effective POTUS. But it’s important to recognize that his refusal to genuflect to the politically correct rhetoric of the left is hugely appealing to an electorate that is sick and tired of the left’s tyranny of language and thought.
Jeb Bush’s clumsy attacks on Trump felt like bad line readings for a show doomed to cancellation. Every time Jeb unloaded on Trump, I said to myself: The enemy is Hillary, and it is she and the totalitarian Democrats who should be in your sights.
Jeb is toast.
I like Carly. She thinks clearly and has a coherent view of the world that reminds me of Margaret Thatcher. Unfortunately, several women whom I admire and respect tell me that they see her as a scold. I don’t think she’s going anywhere, except maybe to a cabinet post in a Republican administration.
Rand Paul’s isolationism is delusional. When he said that we defeat ISIS by not being afraid of them, I checked out. We defeat ISIS and all IslamoNazis by killing them.
Governor Christie gets all New Joisey, a shtick to show how tough he is. It’s a clever act, and it contrasts nicely with Democrat elites like Obama and Hillary who ooze European culture as opposed to a rough-hewn Americanism. I think Christie’s tough-guy persona is limited in its appeal.
Ohio Governor Kasich knows it all. According to him, everyone else is incompetent. But he did remind the audience that no POTUS has ever been elected without winning Ohio. I think that Kasich, with poll numbers in the toilet, is angling for VP. Clever move.
Dr. Carson is, er, calm. While this quality is fantastic in a pediatric neurosurgeon, in a national election, his soothing, s-l-o-w delivery puts people to sleep. He might be the finest man in the field. But I do not believe he will get the nomination.
Rubio and Cruz: I have come to the conclusion that they are the GOP’s best hope. Rubio is the most gifted politician I have seen in my lifetime. Cruz is the most brilliant. Either one would hit Hillary hard, and either could win the election. Confidential sources who are in the know tell me that other Republicans on the Hill despise Cruz. They see him as opportunistic and nasty.
Does this matter? I’m not sure.
I cruise between Cruz and Rubio. Either candidate would be an infinitely better commander in chief than socialist Hillary or Stalinist Sanders.
The truth is that Barack Obama has so degraded the office of the Presidency, so lowered the bar, that any of the GOP candidates would be an improvement over the disaster that is Obama.