An interesting thought experiment
is proposed at Slate just now, on
whether a progressive would back
a candidate as aberrant as little
Donny Thump-Thump. Its premise is
amusing, and possibly harmless to
investigate: offering alternatives
like Rick Santorum and Ted Cruz as
placeholders for how a loony Right
sees Hillary Clinton, its primary
effect is to portray dissent with
her candidacy as improbably crazed.
The question, however, is not so
unsound, even in everyday bounds
of politics: how unthinkable could
it be, to prefer a wholesome mind,
before serial, unhinged arousal?
One cannot expect the Republicans
to accept our invitation to enjoy
this stimulating game, exhaustion
having overcome their sociability.
Yet to feel their pain is to know
it, all the same, almost as guilt.