SOME POLITICAL NEWS AND THEN TO THE GOOD STUFF:
Recent breaking news: Have you heard that the Cruz and Kasich camps have struck up sort of non-compete clause aimed at preventing Donald Trump from achieving the needed 1237 to win the first ballot at the party convention? For example, in the Indiana primary a week from tomorrow, Kasich won’t actively compete in hopes that Cruz can win this largely winner take all state. If both battled for the 57 delegates Trump would be more likely to win them all. And similar deals are projected for other states down the line.
(The deal seems to have been made too late to affect the handful of primaries conducted tomorrow in the Northeast, where Trump is favored all over the place.)
Returning to the theme of gut level vs. mind level voting choices raised in my last post, the New York Times has an article titled: Cruz-Kasich Deal Means a Much Better Chance to Stop Trump. It does a good job of showing how this deal gives those two camps a better shot to deny Trump reaching the necessary delegate vote tally in the first ballot.
It’s convincingly rational, but leaves out the possibility that many Cruz and Kasich supporters might decide this is going too far, that Trump is right about the system being rigged and they will either not vote in the primary or vote for Trump.
(Here’s the link to the article: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/cruz-kasich-deal-means-a-much-better-chance-to-stop-trump/ar-BBsdYIS?ocid=spartanntp
DID RACHEL RAY HAVE AN AFFAIR WITH JAY Z?
Every time I turn on my computer with the idea of doing some research I first have to resist the temptation of all those tabloid hooks like: 30 gorgeous stars who are now obese….or 15 drone photos that will leave you speechless. I usually succumb to one or two then get to research after battling tiresome pop ups and misleading links, etc.
Today’s grab was a piece about Rachel Ray being lambasted on social media for having had an affair with Jay Z as interpreted from a lyric in a Beyoncé song just released. The social media beehive have been stinging Ray to death …. “That 30-minute-meal-making home wrecker who loves posting photos of her sexy … artichoke burgers?”
But now it appears it is a Rachel Roy, whoever that is, who is being accused as the culprit and I’m inclined to agree with that analysis just because they show photos and I think she’s prettier. But for the record I have no idea what the truth is in any of it.
I just know it was spicy gossip and I was hungry for a little, and as often the case it left me feeling a bit depressed about our society and myself.
In a way I have yet to crystalize, this little confession typifies the tabloidization of American life, a steady diet of the outrageous and shocking and scary tied to an evolution and dissemination of twisted truths. In ancient times, i. e. pre-internet and pre-social media, about the only time I glanced at tabloid news was paging through a National Enquirer in the check out line at a super market.
And back then the stories were pretty easy to see through and smile at such as “Chimp’s Head Put on a Human Body.” Now I must hack my way through the come-on’s like a jungle explorer and obviously get entangled on occasion, seldom ever glad I did.
What’s all this have to do with Trump? Our thirst for entertainment has come to shape much of our lives and now it is largely shaping our political process. Trump is winning because he is an entertainer, but an especially gifted one, a Svengali capable of mesmerizing us, at least as compared to the other politicians who are, for the most part predictable, hence boring.
More than his skill at tapping our fears and resentments, it is Trump’s capacity to be unpredictable and outrageous that draws our interest and keeps us wanting more, like an ongoing series of tabloid articles or a TV reality show.
Ted Cruz thought he was taking Trump to task recently by calling him a “phony”, but Trump trumps such charges because he has turned political phoniness into a game of TV Survivor. He readily admits that his successful character attacks on his opponents are mostly just clever ways to knock them out of the game and that basically he likes them all. It’s just how you play the game and he not only wants to win but for us to see and appreciate his ingenuity.
He has told us over and over again that he is a winner, been able to point to his assembled fortune for starters, and then translated that winning into the politicial sphere before our eyes, employing a more effective brand of phoniness than his opponents like a winner in Survivor would.
His challenge after he gets the Republican nomination will be not only to persuade most Republicans to vote for him, along with so-called Reagan Democrats, but also come up with more winning moves that are sufficiently unpredictable and outrageous, i. e. entertaining, to make us want to watch the show for the fall season.