That would be American presidential campaigns and elections. There are others that have more drama, complete with blood in the streets, but short of that ours is quite a spectacle. And, at long last, we actually had some voting (caucusing in Iowa, to be accurate, complete with random winners selected by the tossing of coins). Here’s where we are, according to one irreverent retired reverend:
Donald Trump: How exactly are my evangelical friends, not a few from here, feeling about the frontrunner whose campaign included a public pronouncement that “they can go **** themselves”? What would Trump do if he is president and Putin ticks him off? “Where’s the guy with the #%$& launch codes. I’ll show that &%$#@& Putin a thing or two.” How the casino developer who has “never” asked for forgiveness can continue to suit my Gospel-loving, Christ preaching, brethren and sistren…I’m not sure. Trump is still “nope, not now, not ever” for me.
Ted Cruz: You know, the Senator from Goldman Sachs. I will vote for Cruz if he is the nominee but as long as there are other choices, and most any of the others aside from Trump will do when I vote next month. I’d like Cruz better than I have previously but he is still an unlikable candidate and seems to work hard to be thusly. Besides that, he is as slick as Bill Clinton on dodging dirty tricks and taking responsibility for his campaign’s actions. More importantly, the question about Cruz having a Dominionist vision for America is one that should be examined. Start here.
Marco Rubio: Ah, the blush is off the rose, the shiny armor has a chink. I like Rubio. It was painful to see him struggle Saturday evening. Bizzare actually. Nonetheless, he is very sharp. I like him a lot.
Jeb Bush: What? Someone finally slipped him a case of energy drinks. It’s good to see him act like he has something to offer but he will be the too-little-too-late guy in this campaign. Besides, who would vote for a guy who would drag his own mother, complete with walker and in her tenth decade, out in the snow to campaign?
John Kasich: The more I see him, the more I like about him. He acts like he enjoys campaigning. He has broad experience in both legislating and governing. He’s moved up to the top tier of my list.
Ben Carson: Won’t be around much longer. Very likable. Has never been electable.
Chris Christie: Thank God for a candidate who can skewer his opponents when they have earned it. Normal stuff for New Joisey guys. I like him. Top tier candidate in my book.
Carly Fiorina: Her star has dimmed considerably but she is still quite formidable. Too bad they kicked her out of the last debate. She would have added a lot to it.
Huckabee and Santorum didn’t go anywhere. Weren’t going to go any where. Should never have cluttered up the nominating process.
I hear there’s a Democrat around here somewhere so…
Hillary Clinton: Did anyone think she could be trusted? Does anyone want four or eight years of this stuff? Maybe she and Cruz should have a Goldman Sachs tete-a-tete.
Bernie Sanders: Go Bern! Go! If the Republican race in Georgia looks secure, I’ll step over to the Democratic primary and cast an anti-hil vote for Bernie.
Fact is, our two political parties look like Tweedledee and Tweedledum to people where there are political parties that span a much broader spectrum of political thought.
But hey…my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.