I, Donald – legitimate candidate or willing actor for puppeteer Karl Rove?
Not since the movie “The Sting,” has such an elaborate, complex, genius scheme of misdirection been played out on the silver screen or in real life. And the movie reference is appropriate because, in fact, the 2016 election process is so much more reminiscent of a reality television show than the United States electoral process, it’s absolutely uncanny.
On the one hand, we have the self-proclaimed reality television king himself, Donald Trump, posing as a Republican, running his mouth, spouting preposterous ideas that no other candidate in history could possibly get away with, and only gaining more popularity for every crass comment. On the other side of the aisle, Hillary Clinton, the tried and true presumed heir to the throne is suddenly being usurped by a self-acknowledged pie-in-the-sky socialist with lovely thoughts that are completely unfounded in reality. Has the whole country suddenly gone nuts?
When Karl Rove’s ugly mug surfaced on Fox News this morning, I had an epiphany. What if Karl Rove and Donald Trump are working together? Let’s take a step backward.
It’s 2013 and Karl Rove and Donald Trump are trading insults via Twitter about how even with the horrendously vulgar mega-fortunes being foisted upon him by power moguls like Trump and his friends, Karl Rove couldn’t get his lily white Mormon boy elected over a black “Muslim” with a “questionable” birth certificate. Oh the frustration.
Flirting with a bid for the White House as far back as 1988, Donald Trump has dipped his toe in the presidential water on a number of occasions, most notably in a half-hearted attempt to gain the Republication nomination in 2012. He dropped out in favor of his new reality television venture, “The Apprentice,” but not before he had garnered an impressive number of followers. And that certainly didn’t go unnoticed by the likes of Karl Rove.
Now, Donald Trump could never be elected to the White House. Even with a large following of reality-television watching, marginally literate trailer-dwellers, he’s just not electable. No self-respecting American would truly want someone like Donald Trump representing our beautiful nation to the world at large. If you thought George W. Bush was embarrassing — well, we’ve all heard what kind of insulting things the Donald has to say about other cultures.
But after 2012 (if not before), the Republican Party was hopelessly divided. Disillusioned and disenfranchised younger members split off and created the Tea Party, whose radical candidates were also too bizarre to present a viable candidate for the oval office. With no hope of uniting the party under one candidate, and Hillary a shoe-in to follow in Barack Obama’s footsteps, Karl Rove knew he had to do something drastic. He had to pull a sting, and it had to be a big one.
What if he could put up a reality television star who could gain enough of a following to lull the Democrats into a false sense of security? With a party so contentious, most of whom had already surrendered to the idea that Hillary would no doubt win the 2016 election, it wasn’t difficult to rally the numbers around a “defiance” candidate, one who spoke his mind and expressed opinions many secretly harbored in their own dark hearts.
In December 12, 2015, Huffington Post Politics Social Media Editor Ashley Alman wrote: “But in a matchup against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in the general election, Rove wrote, Trump would get ‘creamed.’ He called Trump a ‘dream candidate’ for the Democratic Party.”
Truer words were never spoken, and how ironic if they should be mouthed by the very engineer of this great hoax. And so now the Democratic Party has let down their guard and allowed themselves to do a little dreaming of their own. Against a legitimate Republican Party candidate, Bernie Sanders would be unelectable. Spouting rainbow rhetoric about universal healthcare and an even economic playing field for all, there’s not a snowball’s chance in Congress that a self-acknowledged Socialist like Sanders could possibly be elected — unless he was running against Donald Trump.
And now, on the eve of the very critical Iowa caucus, Trump drops out of a critical Republican debate, giving the real candidates the opportunity to hash out the nomination amongst themselves. Is it the action of a petulant, egomaniacal corporate bully, or is he really just playing out the last act in his reality television drama? He could then blame his resulting decline in popularity as a simple miscalculation. After all, his three previous bankruptcies would seem to evince that the Donald is not infallible.
Is this scenario even possible? Could two purported enemies the likes of Karl Rove and Donald Trump actually devise such an elaborate, evil scheme, let alone work together? Is either one of them intelligent enough? You decide.