I kinda need a new car. My current ride is a 14-year-old Toyota Highlander that has been extraordinarily reliable and has never been in a major accident. (Knock on wood) But because of my shitty depth perception, I’ve dinged and scratched this poor vehicle pretty unmercifully. Given her age and the cosmetic insults, my car may, sadly, be approaching Jalopy status.
I was thinking about my car today after reading an article which poses the titular question “Are Liberals Helping Trump? The assertion is that basically that by making Trump voters feel bad about themselves, liberals are alienating the people who otherwise might inclined to now criticize Trump and the dumpster inferno of an executive branch he now purports to lead. But since liberals are so mean and nasty about all of this, Trump supporters feel “backed into a corner” and very harshly judged, and I suppose that just hurts.
For people who felt very strongly that the country needed a Republican president, any Republican president, I suppose they just held their noses and voted for Trump. One of the people interviewed for the article put it this way:
Something about this metaphor really pissed me off. Not only because it made me think about the sad state of my own car, but because it also made it clear that at least some Trump voters were mindful of the risk they were taking with the leadership of our country. Trump voters hitched a ride in this terrible car, and while some may be content to ignore the signs of the impending crash, we liberals are in the backseat screaming as we careen down the highway.
And I get that if you don’t have any other options, getting into a crappy car that’s heading in the “right” direction seems like the only choice. Choosing the alternative of going in the opposite direction isn’t immediately self-serving (though sometimes, if you miss your exit, the only choice is to keep going until you can safely turn around, but I digress…) But here’s the thing that I still can’t wrap my head around…Republicans had other options.
To torture this car metaphor a bit more, back in the primaries, Jeb Bush and John Kasich came rolling up, veritable Volvos of the GOP…safe, reliable choices who would have comfortably set the cruise control on a conservative agenda. (And with the Russians lending a hand, we can assume that any make and model advanced by the GOP would have ended up “turbo charged” and thus assured of some extra help accelerating over the finish line.)
But Republicans rejected the Volvos in favor of a flashy burnt orange Trans Am with faulty steering and a GPS that’s badly programmed with all sorts of “alternative facts”. For good measure, the suspension on this heap is shot, so the ride is bumpy and jarring and makes everyone want to puke. One can only hope that the emergency brake still works on this thing and that someone has the guts to pull it.