Yesterday, at a rally in advance of the upcoming Iowa caucuses, GOP Presidential candidate and frontrunner Donald Trump said (in his outside voice): "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters. It's, like, incredible." My first thought was: yes, that IS incredible, as in not credible. It's almost as just plain unbelievable as it is unbelievable that Trump would think it or say it. My second thought? Yeah, he probably could.
I suspect that I'm not the only one who sometimes wonders what is the point in trying at all to maintain some sort of serious, active, and critically engaged civic posture anymore, much less try to cultivate the same in others? This Presidential election season is a bona fide circus. The Republicans have a leading candidate for President who basically believes, and says out loud, that he could shoot a man on 5th Avenue just to watch him die. Another thinks that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. And, to be fair, it's not that much better on the Democrats' side, where the Official Party Line is that this whole dog-and-pony-show is nothing more than fait accompli. Madame Secretary has the pedigree, the bankers' backing, and the entire technocratic, Machiavellian genius of the DNC election-machine behind her in what they all assume to be, in reality, a war of attrition. Oligarchs gonna oligarch.