On lunatics and asylums

Well. Well. Well.

It wasn’t so long ago that the Very Serious People were saying that Donald John Trump was a flash in the pan. He wasn’t serious. He’d fade away in a week. Huffington Post even famously averred that it would cover The Donald’s sham of a campaign only on its entertainment section. Because politics is a serious business, and has no time for the shenanigans of a one-time reality show star and serial abuser of bankruptcy laws.

He didn’t go away, however. He impugned Sen. John McCain’s heroism, saying he preferred heroes who didn’t get captured. Horror! Fie on you, sir! Mexican immigrants are fair game; St. John of McCain, however, is an entirely other matter. Surely this would sink the Donald, and the establishment candidates could go back to fellating the Koch Brothers in turn to gain the vaunted signet ring.

Funny thing; Mr. Trump’s lead increased after his intemperate words about Sen. McCain. They increased after he trolled Lindsey Graham by disclosing his mobile number at a speech. He just keeps getting YOOOOOOOOOOOOGE.

No real professional campaign staff? No problem! It seems like Mr. Trump has tapped into something no Republican has before him. He’s tapped into that raging, roiling nativist hatred which establishment Republicans hid behind code words. Donald John Trump has no time for code words. Code words are for losers, and he’s a winner! He’s not going to say “some” immigrants are criminals. Nope. ALL THOSE DIRTY MEXICANS ARE RAPISTS AND WILL KILL YOU IN YOUR SLEEP! He has no time for the vagaries of our broken policing system. COPS SHOULD BE ABLE TO SHOOT YOU ON THE STREET FOR JAY WALKING! Donald John Trump is that crazy uncle Morty who talks about kikes and spics and niggers at family gatherings, and whom no one can shut up. With the difference that Donald John Trump is a billionaire, beholden to no one, and is running to lead the world’s last empire.

That the GOP has been an asylum for decades is of no surprise to anyone. No one who has truly paid attention can be shocked at what is transpiring in the Year of Our Lord 2015 among the GOP presidential hopefuls. The fusion reaction that is Donald John Trump has forced every other single candidate to say the most amazing things just to get a bit of the air time sucked up by Mr. Trump. And that is a major problem.

Yes, the GOP has been an asylum. But the leadership has always been able to fool people into thinking that the wardens were still in charge. But that’s now impossible. What Donald John Trump’s candidacy has done is rip the soaking bandage off of the festering wound. He may be a warden; he may be a lunatic. Either way, he’s thrown his lot in with the lunatics and led to a take over of the asylum. No more platitudes. No more couched terms. He’s giving the GOP base what it has always wanted: a leader as deranged as it is, who embraces its language wholeheartedly, without reservation. He’s not trying to win over libtards or area centrists. He’s fully convinced that his rhetoric is his ticket to the Rose Garden. And his growing army of followers spurs him on.

You built that, GOP. You used the dark energy of the rabid Right to win a few contests, thinking you could contain it. But, just as physicists don’t understand the cosmic dark energy, you totally misread your ability to corral the crazy.

Now you’re shocked, shocked that the rubes aren’t falling in line. The rubes have had it with you. You keep promising them a right-wing Christian paradise, and deliver nothing of the sort. They’ve finally taken matters into their own hands, handing the putative lead in the GOP beauty pageant to Donald the Ferret Head. Enjoy having him either as your standard bearer, or being stabbed by his 3rd party run. No one has deserved such a predicament as much as you.

72 Responses to “On lunatics and asylums”

  1. August 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I can never unseen that photo. Thanks LL!

  2. August 4, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    The Donaldโ„ข is the Troll Pied Piper, and they’re all falling in line behind him, coming out from under their Racist Bridge for Insane Ignorant Bigotsโ„ข.

    Sorry GOP, but YOU BUILT THAT by nurturing the hateful trolls, and luring them out into the daylight. Shame that it won’t turn them to stone.

  3. 8 cd4biden
    August 4, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Congrats on first Tally.

    I watched the first hour of the clown bus gathering last night, and then had to bail due to my head spinning from their off track answers to some very simple questions. My main concern was the dread I felt at having to listen to any one of them for 4 yrs if one of them makes it to the WH. We have got to get Democratic voters to the polls. How do we wake up the Demo committee to what they need to do??

  4. 9 cd4biden
    August 4, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Another great post from Jim Wright at Stonekettle Station. This one entitled “War Party” Guess who and what it’s about?


  5. 10 CEB
    August 4, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    My eyes!!! I will never be able to unsee this. Please, please, please, no more Dumpty Trumpty photos! Signing off to bleach my eyes.

    August 4, 2015 at 6:15 pm


      August 4, 2015 at 6:19 pm


  7. August 4, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Congrats Tally!
    But I think I am going to throw up……that pic is nauseating.

  8. 14 0388jojothecat
    August 4, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    He really looks like a “Butt-Head” with his lips as the part where poo-poo comes out…..

  9. 15 4morefor44
    August 4, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    i still think he’s doing this just to build his brand more and have people talk about him. it;s about selling books and getting more TV show contracts. they all know jeb! is the chosen one, and by bringing out the crazy, they get to move the pendulum even more right and make jeb! look like the sane one at the same time. they did this same thing with mitt rmoney.

    the few billionaire owners of all the major “news” outlets are in on the game and enable it each step of the way under the guise of “journalism.”

  10. 16 a4alice
    August 4, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    excellent piece LL. Should be compulsory reading for everyone who is a proclaimed Republican. They built this. Have fun.

  11. August 4, 2015 at 6:30 pm


    • 18 Nena20409
      August 4, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Et Tu, LL? ๐Ÿ™‚
      At least, LK was performing and accidentally exposed his stuff ๐Ÿ˜‰ It wasn’t staged. LK played on undisturbed ๐Ÿ™‚
      Fox does what it does, manipulatively and on purposefully.

  12. 19 Nena20409
    August 4, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    GE TOD.
    LL, you have done it again. Bravo!
    Congrats Tally on your Golden โญ
    The Republican Party sold their Party in 1968………47 yrs later, for a Party that preaches Accountability………when will the GOPers own their dirty Sh*t?
    They have cuddled this form of Ugliness for over 40 yrs………they have won elections and they have managed to Stop USA from truly Growing……..and in spite of them, USA is slowly Moving #FORWARD.
    It will take We The People to put a Nail, Seal their Party Coffin and Bury it once and for all…….Six feet Under.

  13. August 4, 2015 at 6:39 pm
  14. 22 99ts
    August 4, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Donald the Ferret Head

    You have such a wonderful way with words LL

  15. 23 Nena20409
    August 4, 2015 at 6:44 pm


  16. 24 Nena20409
    August 4, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Is it possible to replace that Trump Picture with a Cartoon Caricature?
    That mouth and face are both annoying.
    Trump is unworthy, therefore, he should not be in a Centerfold or Headlining TOD’s Global Village ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. 28 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks LL for yet another wonderful essay. The truth about the lunatics in the GOP asylum…now they can’t hide…it’s out there.

  18. 29 Nena20409
    August 4, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Earlier today.

    The came the ๐Ÿ˜ณ I misspoke, hmm ?

  19. 30 Nena20409
    August 4, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Fox Beauty Kkklown Performers are finally announced.
    Moderators are Wallace, MKelly and Baire(sp)
    Pop Corn, Chicken Wings and Drinks……… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. 32 Nena20409
    August 4, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    The ๐Ÿป got a talking Bear for his Birthday ๐Ÿ™‚
    Sweet ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  21. 33 globalcitizenlinda
    August 4, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Kasich, my rightwing governor (currently pretending to be a moderate and sensible candidate), barely made it;

    be warned, he has a very nasty temper and can be very arrogant when challenged, ……. so watch this space as the campaign progresses

    • 34 tnmtngirl
      August 4, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      gcl, I did not know you live in OH. Where? We lived in northern OH for 18+ years and I still have many friends there. I tend to follow politics there pretty closely so I definitely agree with your assessment of Kasich.

      • 35 globalcitizenlinda
        August 4, 2015 at 7:44 pm

        in the capital – Buckeye here, through and through

        • 36 tnmtngirl
          August 4, 2015 at 7:54 pm

          ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ We were in Lorain/Elyria area–Amherst most of those years. I taught in the Amherst Schools for 15 years.

  22. August 4, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    I am so piss with the media trying to convince us that Donald trump have tap into some people who are angry with the way Washington is doing things. Yes he has tap into some anger, anger from the same people who have been angry for six ad a half years. Since that black man name Barack H. Obama became President of their white United States.

  23. 41 JER
    August 4, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    • 45 globalcitizenlinda
      August 4, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      Senator Warren gave a very robust defense of Planned Parenthood;

      I wish other dems would not be cowered by the anti-choice rightwingers and their echo chamber

  24. 46 a4alice
    August 4, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    what a great pic of VP Joe Biden

  25. August 4, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Email i received earlier…passing it on

    In a few days, the GOP will host their first presidential primary debate. And I know you’re probably thinking: “Why should I tune in to this?”

    The other side is counting on folks like you sitting this one out, so I need you to say that you’ll be watching on Thursday.

    Now, it is true that we already have a pretty good idea of what all ten Republicans on that stage will say. I’m gonna bet that they’ll all promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They’ll all tell us that even though they aren’t scientists, we shouldn’t believe in the science behind climate change. They’ll all want to reverse course on immigration reform and marriage equality. They’re going to deny all of the progress we’ve made together over these past six years.

    But here’s the thing, Sheila: While these Republicans may have bad ideas, they’re still smart politicians. They know how to make policies that will take us in the wrong direction sound like they might actually be pretty good ideas.

    That’s exactly why I’m calling on you to tune in, listen carefully to what the Republican candidates for president say, and then hold them accountable for trying to undo all of the hard work we’ve done to move this country forward. I can’t overstate what an important difference you can make by doing this.

    So, can I count on you to watch the GOP’s debate on Thursday,


    Thanks for doing this.

    Barack Obama

  26. August 4, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    This is one of 32 tweets and I urge all of you to go to @pandagulu, and read all of them. In fact, NW, it would be a great ‘front page’ if you presented all of them at TOD.

    1 …

    30 …

    34 …

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  29. 58 Nena20409
    August 4, 2015 at 8:00 pm

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  32. August 4, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    LL – I vowed not to give this asswipe any more clicks ever, but your piece brings the light of truth into their shame and villainy, so I fb’d it. A few repubs and one radically emo in my family. Sheesh.

  33. 63 Nena20409
    August 4, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Don the Lemon should read and then listen to this before he bloviates once more on CNN tonight.

  34. 65 Nena20409
    August 4, 2015 at 8:48 pm

  35. August 4, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    they created this, LL. you are absolutely right. Couldn’t happen to a more rotten bunch of folks. there is no difference between Trump and the others…he just does not speak in Frank Luntz-approved language, which provides MSM cover for ignoring the dogwhistles.

  36. 67 Nena20409
    August 4, 2015 at 8:52 pm

  37. 68 Nena20409
    August 4, 2015 at 8:54 pm

  38. 69 GGail
    August 4, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Great Post LL! Thanks

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