Why Elon Musk will run for President
Mike Mazurki would take Sheldon Leonard 10 times out of 10.
"...they might make “Let’s Go Brandon” the National Anthem while they’re at it."
I thought "God Bless the USA"was already the National Anthem.
2 marks for Rondo Hatton.
Absolutely love your Incel-To-Crypto-Dork-Pipeline analogy, Roy. I agree these guys will fork off on any path except the correct one that would actually demand they engage in some personal growth.
So you may be right about Musk. After Trump, I’m through making predictions that would put any potential candidate beyond the pale. And Musk has already been on the Joe Rogan show, which is not something that should make any man proud of himself. But Rogan is apparently a kind of kingmaker for the absolutely dumbest men in the country.
Kill me now.
“Musk for President” sounds like a deer hunter’s aid. Meanwhile, what will happen if (when? please, please, please) Trump loses to Biden again? Trump himself of course will cry foul and move into full Harold Stassen mode, prepping for 2028, but will the Racistfascist Party move past him or will they give him the full Franco treatment? Will the Proud Buttheads invade the Capitol again and maybe also the US Mint? How many Red State governors will move to secede? And what variant of the coronavirus will be ravaging Florida and sending oldsters fleeing north, bringing the germ with them? All this is more likely than Musk running for president, a task which can’t be handed off to a bunch of engineers.
They'd have to make sure the rubes know he's not some kind of Frenchy French fairy or something but comes from South Africa which makes Alabama look like pikers when it comes to
" managing" the Black population. They'll like that.
DeSantis reminds me of Richard Conte.
Republicans 2003: "Look! Arnold Schwarzenegger is now governor of California! That whole thing in the Constitution about the president having to have been born here is just an anachronism. It doesn't apply any more. We need to change it or ignore it or something so Arnold can run for President!"
Republicans 2008: "Look! Obama was born in Kenya. Or Indonesia. Or someplace not America! He can't be president! Says so right here in the Constitution! [Pssst: John McCain was born in Panama, but that's like, totally different because, um, reasons, and uh, there's a squirrel outside!]"
Republicans 2012: Look, Obama was STILL born in not America, and he not American, and he's not my president. Now, to demonstrate our seriousness, Clint Eastwood will talk to this chair while Paul Ryan drinks all your Medicare."
Republicans 2032: "Look! Elon Musk wants to buy the presidency! That whole thing in the Constitution about the president having to have been born here is just an anachronism. It doesn't apply any more. We need to change it or ignore it or something so Elon can run for President!"
"I think there will be a serious push over the next twelve years..."
Put like that, it won't matter. POTUS will be a figurehead, a puppet more than ever of a de facto if not de jury one party state.
"Since he’s not a native-born American this would require the amendment of Article II of the Constitution..."
Only gonna be a problem if anyone with power or agency make it a problem of which, within that time frame, there will be none.
"You may wonder why the Republicans would bother to elevate someone whose nomination would require all that extra groundwork. First of all, amending the Constitution would not be that big a deal..."
Au contraire; given GOP dominance and control of state governments, it would be easy-peavy if even needed.
"My contention is that... policy no longer has anything to do with their decisions..."
Again au contraire. My contention is the GOP does what their special interests pay them to do while the latter spew or even do whatever idiocy excites the base into providing electoral power.
"...Trump, who was so inept at this game that he had to cease his “inspirational” addresses to the nation on the subject and let Jared Kushner more quietly mismanage the crisis."
That's one way of putting it and is correct enough.
All that said and whatever, of course were he to run, Musk would easily elected. He has the same attraction, if not more, than Donnie himself. And he even one ups Killer Donnie by having a father who knocked up his stepdaughter (I know; just fucking her would be disgusting enough but, no, it isn't).
As for President Hawley, got a brain worm of his bemoaning the state of masculinity given that, to put it in MRA terms, castration has been GOP policy for years.
As for DeathSantis®, of course he knows to and how to ape Donnie; he's an Ivy League grad.
Well, that was depressingly accurate.
1. This is another column that should be made public.
2. Found a hilariously appropriate spelling error: "the *prefect* thoughtlessness of his actions."
Republicans have always had this internal contradiction where Government Is The Enemy but 95% of the people they nominate have done nothing else but government (see Walker, Scott). Trump's rise shows the base is through with that shit, at least at the top level, and probably at all the other levels too, soon enough.
So yeah, biznessmen and celebrities, that's all they're going with from now on. Musk is both, so he's a shoo-in, unless he's beaten out by some Duck Dynasty guy.
Yeah, he'd be perfect for GOP; he already has a rich corrupt foreigner's contempt for American democracy and a legion of self-propelled publicists. So basically a younger, crasser and more venal Rupert Murdoch.
Poor Rondo Hatton. Even his lack of charisma had a kind of pathos DeSantis could never achieve. DeSantis is so despicable and morally repellent I don’t think he could even be satirized enough to achieve bathos.
I expect to be retired and sailing the world here in the next few years - don't plan on being anywhere near this shithole of a country. That this country would elect Elon Musk, and it would - you are correct - is a sign of the fucking apocalypse.
Just hope shit doesn't blow up too badly before I can make my escape to the open sea.