This election season, Republican elites are doing their best impersonation of Joffrey Baratheon, the hated boy-king on Game of Thrones. And if they continue to play the despot, the convention in Cleveland may look a lot like Joffrey’s wedding. No, I am certainly not predicting violence. Some have done so and their melodramatic hyperbole is unserious. But if GOP insiders continue to vilify rank and file voters, then the voters – the people who actually constitute the Party – can find new leaders. Republican elites are whistling past the graveyard if they think this can’t happen.
Warning: Spoiler Alert
Seth and I discussed this idea at some length. In particular, we talked about the cynical use of Rubio’s campaign to destroy Trump even after it became clear that Rubio could not win the nomination without skullduggery on the convention floor. (More on that here.) Such cynicism harms the party, the process, and the country. And it harms Rubio’s future prospects. With outsider Donald Trump and Beltway scourge Ted Cruz combining for nearly two-thirds of the vote in recent elections it has become clear that there is a large and growing rift between the GOP elites and the mass of the party. We discuss this at some length and will continue to expand on it in coming weeks.
We Had Some Fun Too
Lest you think, it was all politics in this episode, you’ll hear both Seth and me laughing hysterically about one-quarter of the way through the show. Didn’t see that coming. We also took some time to honor Nancy Reagan who died this week at 94. And we played a few of Jeff Bridges’ songs from his movie Crazy Heart. I forgot how much I like that soundtrack.
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