“Send in the Clowns” is a song written by Stephen Sondheim for the 1973 musical A Little Night Music. Really a sad song.
Perhaps the G.O.P. leaders thought that clowns would make the next presidential campaign more fun and interesting. Those leaders are defending the extraordinary number of presidential candidates who want to represent the Republican Party. Just look at the list of fools and nut jobs who want to lead this country.
Leading off we have Donald Trump who also has earned the title of “The Donald.” This most famous billionaire has his own television shows. Trump, who debuted as the host of NBC’s The Apprentice in 2004, has used the televised business competition to make certain that he is in the public eye. Since the show was launched, seven contestants have successfully won a spot as Trump’s apprentice for a year, which comes with a $250,000 payday. The Apprentice was renewed for its 15th season in February.
Rick Santorum is a good selection for number two clown. He is an extreme right wing evangelical candidate who is a former senator from Pennsylvania. America’s best anti-gay warrior lost his senate seat by 18 points. Donald Trump, a Mitt Romney supporter, said recently. “Then he goes out and says, ‘Oh, OK, I just lost by the biggest margin in history, now I’m going to run for president.’ Tell me, how does that work?”
In third place is Carly Fiorina. She is the former CEO of Hewlett Packard. The board of directors of that company fired her. During her tenure she fired 30,000 employees. She then went on to lose her race for U.S. Senator from California against incumbent Barbara Boxer. Final results 52.1% to 43.3%. She has never held an elective office.
An easy fourth place goes to the Reverend and Fox News host Mike Huckabee. He supports the Fair Tax instead of the graduated income tax. He would gut the Internal Revenue Code and replace it with a flat tax “simple enough to allow many Americans to fill out their taxes on a postcard.” The consequence would be a 10% to 15% tax on everyone’s income. The problem is that those earning $25,000 a year would be seriously impacted by a 10% income tax but those earning $1 million a year would not notice the $100,000 income tax. This tax would benefit the rich who now pay 39% of their taxable income.
Other outrageous candidates include Doctor Ben Carson who denies that homosexuality is a biological reality and says He Wants to Seal the Border to Keep Out People ‘That Want to Bomb Us.’ and said “You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.” Senator Ted Cruz who is proud to be a “wacko bird” also said in November of last year, after President Barack Obama announced his support for “net neutrality,” he had no choice but to come out against it, tweeting “Net Neutrality’ is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.”
The debates should be fun to watch but can we take any Republican candidate seriously?
If the G.O.P. loses the next election they can only blame themselves.