As we leave 2015, everyone is thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Losing weight, donating more to charity, being kinder to family members; things like that. But when you are a political blogger, there are certain stories and people you would like to leave behind, too — people you are just sick to death of hearing about, writing about, and who you just wish would go away (even though they often make you money).
Presenting the five people I would like to leave behind as we begin 2016.
5. Former Congressman Allen West
For someone who is a one term congressman, defeated for re-election because he was too crazy even for Florida, West sure has a big mouth. Righties love him because he talks tough and hates President Obama. Visitors to his website are treated to a daily dose of the insane, fact-free rants of West and his flunkies, which make it abundantly clear that West is no fan of Barack Obama. The former Army Lt. Colonel, forced to retire or face court-martial after mistreatment of an Iraqi prisoner, is a one trick pony who exists as a political entity only to oppose the president. West will likely fade into obscurity after the 2016 elections. Can we get rid of him a year early?
4. Michelle Duggar
Michelle Duggar’s 15 minutes of fame ran out about two years ago. What does it say about early 21st century America that a woman who is famous for having somewhere around 100 children (I exaggerate…a little) is considered a political hero of the right?
Maybe Duggar should have been paying more attention to what was going on with her son Josh and less time speaking out against gay and transgender Americans. While she was accusing transgender people of being “child predators,” she had one straight, conservative child predator in her own family.
3. Caitlyn Jenner
Caitlyn Jenner got support from liberals and ridicule from conservatives because of her willingness to talk about her transgender transition. But then it came out that Caitlyn Jenner is still the same right-wing, hateful conservative that Bruce Jenner was. After the Democratic debate at Drake University in November, Jenner announced that she still plans to vote Republican. Which really means that anything she might have to say about transgender or gay rights is nothing more than lip service. Time to drop this Kardashian-connected celebrity into the “has been” bin.
2. Anybody named “Palin”
(Yeah, I cheated on this one a bit, since it’s not just one person.)
This bunch of clowns should have never been on the national scene. And to think, I really had nothing against John McCain until he picked the “Killa from Wasilla” as his 2008 running mate. The result of that was this seven year “stupid fest” of Palins. We’ve had The Sarah Palin Channel, multiple books, an allegedly drunk Palin offering her commentary on an Elizabeth Warren speech, etc., etc., etc.
And if that wasn’t enough, in 2015 we got treated to Bristol Palin, aka “The Sequel,” aka “The World’s Worst Abstinence Advocate.” Is there anyone out there right now who epitomizes the Republican idea, “Don’t do as I do, do as I say?” more than this fraud, who has now had not one, but TWO children and still isn’t married? Please, Bristol, just go away and take your barely-coherent-when-she’s-sober mother with you.
1. Mike Huckabee
(You thought this would be Trump, didn’t you? More on that in a minute.)
Mike Huckabee burst onto the national political scene a few years ago playing the part of the “compassionate conservative” that George W. Bush claimed to be. But it didn’t take him long to drop the “compassionate” from the title, and now Huckabee is proving himself to be one of the most insane of the Republicans running for president.
In the spring, Huckabee got press by competing with fellow nutjob Ted Cruz to see who could claim the title of biggest supporter of anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis. In the fall it was a tweet ripping the Democratic candidates that made reference to Koreans and dog meat. Then he compared Syrian refugees to e. coli bacteria and “tainted milk” that should be taken “off the shelf.”
Huckabee closed the year by trying to distance himself from his past support of the Duggars, saying that he never supported the pedophile Josh Duggar, just his family, who were more poor conservative Christians who had been abused by the media. The same media that made them famous in the first place.
Huckabee’s 15 minutes should have run out by 2009, so let’s give him a long overdue ditching in 2016.
What? No Trump??
No Trump. And here’s why.
I have believed for some time now that Trump is trolling the entire GOP base. Think about what he’s saying about immigration, about Muslims, about virtually anything. He’s not saying anything new — he has just turned up the volume on things that Republicans have been saying for years. Now, do I think, like some do, that Trump is clearing the deck so that Hillary Clinton can become president? No. But I do think that the self-aggrandizing Trump has figured out how to get himself into the spotlight, and stay there: by throwing out “dog whistle” politics and saying out loud the things that the other Republicans largely say with a nudge and a wink. Trump actually helps shine a light on the xenophobic, racist, fundamentalist Christian, gun-nut base of the GOP. For that reason, we need to keep him around.
So there are my five people that I would like to hear no more of in 2016. Agree? Disagree? Who would be your five?