I mentioned that my wife and I recently got back from a train trip across Canada. On the way, we met people from many countries, and the first thing every one of them wanted to know about was Donald Trump. They are really afraid about how far into outer space the American people have gone, and I sure wish I could reassure them that this is going to lead nowhere. Five thousand nuclear weapons in the hands of a mean-spirited, egomaniacal carnival barker- now that's a comforting thought, huh? Yet, if all of the Republicans, including their financiers, unite behind this jerk, it could happen.
We laughed at the clown car in 2012, and were all set to laugh at it this time around too, until the Republican party topped itself by finding an entire clown car in one person- a single character embodying all the hate-filled irrationality and lust for violence that Republicans have been worshiping for years. Why shouldn't they nominate him? He is their perfect candidate. And then we can see if any sense of self preservation and common human decency can outweigh the heavily financed insanity that will be his campaign.