The L’Il Duce Show
All this mass psychoanalyzing of the voting populace, with seers, tea-leaf readers, palmists and op-ed columnists trying to divine why the citizenry elected L’il Duce has thus far missed the point. First off, the citizenry really didn’t at all elect him — the Electoral College will despite Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote by +200,000. That’s a topic for another day. But, acc’d’g to the rules of our game, he’s the winner, so we have to grin and bear it.
Only I won’t be grinning and I’ll bear this…, well, not at all.
Anyway, the topic of the day is Why Did the Nation Vote As It Did?
The one, single most important factor is never really discussed and that’s this: Tens of millions of people voted for L’il Duce because he was a TV star. That’s it. Put your slide rules away, sociologists. Turn off your scanning electron microscopes, cultural anthropologists. And pack up your Smith-Coronas, all you wits and wags. The reality television-addicted populace knew L’il Duce as the star of The Apprentice and that was good enough for them. TV — or the movies — makes anything real to most folks. Had George C. Scott opted to run for president in 1972, the only reason he wouldn’t have won would have been because a huge swath of America would have written in “Patton,” instead.
You think people read candidates’ position papers? That they scour the news magazines and gather ’round the old console RCA to listen to learned observers and investigative journalists discuss the pros and cons of this candidate and that one? Nope. They watch mind-numbing television and come away convinced that what they’re looking through is a window to the real world. On TV, Trump was bold, resolute, commanding, almost kingly in his mien. That is what we want in a president. And that, thanks to tens of millions of us who’ve been anencephalized by the flat screen, is what we’ve got now.
You want to bash Hillary Clinton for blowing this thing? Fine, hold her feet to the fire because she didn’t have the foresight enough to star in a reality vehicle entitled The Public Servant.