The GOP campaign for presidential nominees is ending. Not with a bang, but with a dispirited gasp of a Whoopee cushion running out of air. Not even the Faux News Channel could make a case for a dramatic finish. Mr. Unlovable – but inevitable – Mitt Romney — was obviously going to be the Republican nominee. Politics had triumphed over reality TV.
Not everyone got the message. Reverend Rick Santorum continued his Death March day by day until April 10, when he finally gave in. Santorum apparently wanted to be remembered as the Dr. Kevorkian of GOP presidential hopefuls. If we begin to see a lot of angry people in sleeveless black sweaters, we’ll know that a new political fringe group has arisen.
Still, the rabid rhetoric and double-talk will continue through the summer with some casting changes. There will be spiffy new red, white and blue graphics and hopefully, better campaign music.
No more Romney quavering his way to “America the Beautiful.” And please, Mr. President, your Al Green imitation was fine, but let’s shelve that for a while. But don’t worry, the ocean of campaign spots will now continue in numbingly large numbers.
Though for real political drama, and occasional comedy, keep your eye on the Supremes. The nine of them put on quite a show. You might ask why you should be interested in “Men In Black” without Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Let’s try a little recent history.
Many of you will remember the 2000 presidential election that started the U.S. on a downward spiral. It was supposed to be a contest between Al Gore and George W. Bush, and it was, right down to the wire. But in the middle of a close Florida ballot re-count, Judge Scalia and some of his cohorts decided continuing the re-count would be “divisive.” Florida was thus given to the Republicans and Bush/Scalia defeated Gore. Dubya became president and later added two conservative justices, John Roberts Jr. and Samuel Alito.
Still not convinced? Say you are between 30 and 50 years of age as you read these words. If you take a 20-year nap, there’s a good chance that when you awake many things in the U.S. will have changed, but not the Court.
Roberts and Alito will likely be wearing the same smug expressions. Clarence Thomas will be sitting silent as a stick and Scalia will be haranguing everybody that human rights can be compared to broccoli or even cole slaw.
Don’t be surprised if China has outstripped us of everything except school dropouts. Dick Cheney will have replaced Alexander Hamilton on the $10 dollar bill.
You will have missed several undecided and un-funded wars in the Middle East. Oil drilling rigs will now dot the U.S. landscape from sea to oil-slicked sea.
Thanks to Scalia and company’s ruling that money equals free speech and can’t be regulated, billionaires will have regularly won public office, making you wonder what that word “public” stands for.
There’ll be few protests in the street because of a recent Scalia/Cantor Homeland Security update. By now you will probably want to go back to sleep. Who will be president at this nightmare moment? You sleeping beauties won’t have chosen him or her. However, in 2012, you will have a choice as to who chooses the next Supreme Court Justice. But only if you stay awake — and vote.