When I heard Sara Palin refer to Native Americans as people who should go back to Nativia I suddenly realised that the objective was not to say anything smart, in fact saying something stupid made sure that you were in the news. It seems that the new game plan for Republicans is to say stuff that is so dumb that it will bring notoriety to the person saying it, and coverage. Scott Walker's Canadian Wall was a case of very stupid idea -- this is a country that cannot find money to maintain its bridges and overpasses and would spent 10 of billion building a wall. It got Walker press for 24 hours -- granted unlike Teflon Trump (TT for short) it didn't work out as intended. There use to be a saying good or bad press it doesn't matter as long as they talk about you! It seems that the
16, 17 37 36 candidates to the GOP presidential primaries are now taking this strategy to heart. Don't know if it will work -- it worked for TT and for Carson because they were the only ones really going "full retard" but if all of them try that strategy it may backfire; so many candidates saying stupid things will get lost in the overall noise. However, what its doing to the Republican Party is something else entirely. The nativiste racist and bigoted statement made by the various candidates will impact the party's brand for a long time:
(1) Walking back the stupid is going to be hard in the age of internet: Eventually, one of these guys is going to be the GOP's candidate to the White House, and what's been said -- some of it simply terrible, is going to be hard to walk back. Granted the electorate has short memory span, but this is not the 1990's we've got YouTube now -- so any pronouncement can be replayed as if they took place yesterday, and who's to say differently. Jon Stuart was a brilliant user of the format.
(2) Citizen United is killing the GOP: The stupid season will last a long long time. Even candidates that are polling less then 1% support are staying in the race, because these candidates are funded by the "plutocrats" who don't mind spending a bit of cash on their favorite candidate -- even if he doesn't resonate. The likes of
(3) PAC money is of poor quality: The GOP is realising that PAC money is of little value; Karl Rove spent more than $100 million (Crossroad America) on a dozen races -- all for nothing, PAC spending had little impact on voting turnout.
(4) Donald Trump and Ben Carson are a real problem; the first is a loud mouth self promotor the second is simply nuts! These two account for
(5) Summer polling is showing a distressing trend; All candidates (except the above) are converging towards three groups: 5%, 3% 2% and lower. The non traditional cash available to candidates from their favorite billionaires will make the race wide open, as there are few distinguishing features between the candidates (aside from the crazy remarks). This will prolonge the race to the convention, with all these candidates and many proportional state races no one candidate will have enough votes to win the nomination prior to the convention. A brokered convention could be interesting (and not in a good way as far as the GOP is concerned).
UPDATE: Trump & Carson are now at 53% combined 33% and 20% respectively. Perry is out -- first off its not his fault, secondly he didn't raise enough own money to pay his staff, and I forget the third reason...