The Republican Condition

"Republican presidential hopefuls Rick Perry and Donald Trump traded barbs yesterday, with the former governor arguing, 'What Mr. Trump is offering is not conservatism, it is Trump-ism – a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense.' The former reality-show host responded that Perry 'should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate.'" (Steve Benen, msnbc, 18 July 2015)

This is your Republican 2016 presidential contest:

Republican presidential hopefuls Rick Perry and Donald Trump traded barbs yesterday, with the former governor arguing, “What Mr. Trump is offering is not conservatism, it is Trump-ism – a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense.” The former reality-show host responded that Perry “should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate.”

(Benen)

It is easy enough to admit astonishment at a two-bit slappy-fight in which we find ourselves sympathizing with the former Governor of Texas, but if we’re scoring this strictly according to reality, yes, the Indicted Clown definitely has the advantage here. And while the Donald Clown―redundancy can be problematic some days―might think he can tap a popular memory of Governor Oops’s infamy, that only works if you can reasonably convince everybody that you are smarter than Rick Perry.

And, well, you know―

Trump is also apparently feuding with John McCain, following the senator’s critical comments this week. Trump called for McCain to be defeated in a primary, adding that the senator is a “dummy” because he graduated “last in his class” at the Naval Academy.

―this is Donald Trump we’re talking about, here.

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Benen, Steve. “Friday’s Campaign Round-Up, 7.17.15”. msnbc. 17 July 2015.

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