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The Importance of Donald Trump

New York magazine has a fascinating article “The Importance of Donald Trump” that claims that “Far from destroying our democracy, he’s exposing all its phoniness and corruption in ways as serious as he is not.”

They have a point. Trump is no worse than the rest of the GOP wing-nut presidential aspirants. At his most vulgar, he is simply removing the façade that hides the ugliness of our politics. After all, our politics is just as narcissistic and avaricious as Trump. If Trump is a turd, the rest are merely turds with added polish.

Maybe the truth will set you free.

As an added bonus, Donald Trump appears on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Hilarity ensues:

Maybe Colbert dropping his conservative persona left a void that Trump had to fill. Except that Trump is serious. Which is no stranger than the fact that many conservatives thought Colbert was absolutely serious, when he first started getting famous.

Colbert was right to drop the pretense, when reality became even more pretentious.

UPDATE: NPR, of all places, published a modest proposal that the House of Representatives elect Donald Trump to be Speaker. Ironically, the constitution doesn’t require the Speaker of the House to be an actual Congressperson, so he would be eligible. While he wouldn’t get to vote on legislation, his main job would be doing deals – how perfect is that? And it doesn’t look like any actual member of the House is really all that hot for what must be the most thankless job in the world. Trump could even do some redecorating.



  1. Hmm wrote:

    And it might get him out of the presidential race?

    Monday, September 28, 2015 at 9:22 am | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    I doubt it. It would give him experience in government that he could use to bolster his cred. That is, if he didn’t screw up being Speaker.

    Actually, I think that Trump may finally be on his way out. Not just because he is slipping in the polls, but because of his latest strategy. When Jeb Bush was slipping in the polls, he came out with a tax plan to cut taxes for the rich. Didn’t help. Now The Donald is imitating The Jeb. Trump advertised himself as the one person who was not beholden to the rich elite. So much for that lie.

    Monday, September 28, 2015 at 10:23 am | Permalink