Living in the frozen wastelands of Minnesota gives me Special Insight into what happens when a third party candidate embarrasses the Republicans and the Democrats by winning an election that The Joke Candidate was supposed to lose bigly.
I saw this movie in Real Time back in 1998-2002 when Jesse “The Body” Ventura, a media star, pro rassler big mouth and political novice “shocked the world” by applying a flying drop kick to the Establishment Body Politic.
On a day-to-day governance level, Jesse had bit of good will at the beginning, but immediately the Media Jackals (his words) were unleashed to make sure The Feather Boa’d One did as little damage as possible to Uni-Party Business As Usual.
Of course Jesse didn’t call them the Uni-Party. He called them The Crips and The Bloods, which The Body’s faithful found hilarious, the DFL kinda perversely enjoyed but drove the GOP Fainting Couch Crew into fits of Heavens-to-Betsy apoplexy.
Now President Trump is much smarter, more savvy and has the titular backing of the RNC (uh, sure…) but none of that changes the fact El Donaldo has essentially been a Third Party President, alternately loathed and tolerated by All The Right People.
In Minnesota the GOP controlled the House, the DFL the Senate and Ventura the Executive. In Washington the Donks control the House, the GOP the Senate and El Donaldo helm’s The Resolute Desk.
Same dynamic. Essentially a tripartite government.
(What? Paul Ryan wasn’t an Opposition Leader? Sure. Hey, I own some swampland up near Bigfork I’d like to sell you…)
Anyway, very little of substance was accomplished, obstruction of All Things Ventura by the Major Parties was the rule of the day and after the double-tag team loss to The Establishment huffy Jesse’s Wounded Pride and Massive Ego kept him outta tossing his hat into the squared circle for a try at a second term.
That won’t be true of Trump, but the #Resistance from The Left and the Backstabbing Brutus Right will do (and will continue to do) everything they can get away with as much sabotage and opposition to All Things Trump and The MAGA Agenda.
Sure Cocaine Mitch will plod federal judges along to confirmation and when RBG shuffles of SCOTUS to her Final Reward or The Old Folks Home, whichever, there will be Huzzahs! from the GOP backbenchers as Brett V2.0 grinds through Based Lindsey’s Senate judiciary committee.
But you gotta keep in mind Trump is Essentially Alone and if we, the MAGA Constituency, go wobbly the Carrion Crew will be at The Corpse in short order.
It’s been a Rigged Game since The Get-Go. The Resistance and NeverTrump have too much invested in Seeing Trump Fail to stop now.
Chill, ya’ll (hey it’s -3F outside as I bang the keyboard so you know I am…)
It’s not beanbag…