The Republican presidential debate on Thursday night demonstrated again that the front runner – narcissistic billionaire Donald Trump – has no serious domestic or foreign policies and at the same time, that none of that matters to the authoritarians who are supporting him.
Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and especially Gov. John Kasich, spoke with considerable specificity about their plans for taxes, the economy and international affairs, while Trump responded to most questions with insults, slogans and word salad. (Kasich was the only adult on the debate stage.)
So what? Nothing changes, except that following Mitt Romney’s speech Thursday calling Trump a fraud and a con man, it’s now clear that Republican regulars – beltway GOP elites and their patrons – are desperate to find a way to prevent Trump from winning a majority of delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. That would make it possible on a second, third or fourth ballot to throw the nomination to someone else.
As we noted the other day, this is the crucial battle for the GOP regulars right now: Their drive to prevent Trump from winning the 1,237 delegates needed for a first-ballot victory in Cleveland. That wouldn’t — as MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and other beltway bloviators argue — subvert democracy: to win the nomination, you have to win a majority.
It would, however, tear the Republican Party apart. But Republican Senators and Congressmen who now enjoy majority control don’t really care: They’d rather have a Democratic president and control of Congress. Their fear is that with Trump at the top of the ticket, they’d lose seats and likely control of Congress.
Most importantly, Trump guaranteed us that despite what Rubio has alleged, his hands and penis aren’t small : “Look at those hands. Are they small hands? And, he referred to my hands, if they’re small something else must be small. I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee.” So clearly he’s qualified to be president. He trashed “Little Marco” and “Lyin’ Ted.” He deflected every substantive question. And none of that is likely to affect the current standings in the Republican race.
The putz is still the favorite.
But as ABC reported:
Nearly 30 years ago, Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair magazine, described Trump in Spy magazine as a “short-fingered vulgarian.”
In an editor’s letter in “Vanity Fair” last November, Carter said that he wrote the Sky magazine comment in 1988 “just to drive him a little bit crazy.” And according to Carter, it still does. “Like so many bullies, Trump has skin of gossamer,” Carter wrote in November.
“To this day, I receive the occasional envelope from Trump. There is always a photo of him—generally a tear sheet from a magazine. On all of them he has circled his hand in gold Sharpie in a valiant effort to highlight the length of his fingers,” Carter wrote. “I almost feel sorry for the poor fellow because, to me, the fingers still look abnormally stubby.”
“The most recent offering arrived earlier this year, before his decision to go after the Republican presidential nomination,” Carter continued. “Like the other packages, this one included a circled hand and the words, also written in gold Sharpie: ‘See, not so short!’ I sent the picture back by return mail with a note attached, saying, ‘Actually, quite short.'”