Today is Super Tuesday and it is Trump's moment. That at least, at this point, should be undeniable. There has been a lot of handwringing and naysaying about that, but today makes the conclusion inescapable. And the truly fascinating thing is that it is for reasons that really have nothing in particular to do with the Donald. Rather, the disgust that a large segment of Americans hold for the political establishment of their country is simply personified by Trump. For in Trump, we are not looking in dismay solely at one particular man - we are also seeing millions who are fulfilling their need to project on him the role they have chosen for him to play.
That role is to cause the collapse of discourse in the Republican party. The breakdown of civility. The demise of right-mindedness. The destruction of reason. The downfall of principle. Just as many Republicans hoped they would finally find someone to nominate, who could restore the country by defeating the remnants of the broken society President Obama was seen as leaving behind, the thing that turned out to be broken was their own party. The candidacy for the highest office in the land, on behalf of the party, is now being claimed by an imbecile who spews out non-sensical self-absorbed racist and misogynist mind candy that millions of his voters - or perhaps, better described as his followers - anxiously eat up. And no one seems able to stop them.
So much has been written in the last few weeks about Trump: how downright horrible, awful, despicable, egregious and dishonorable the man is - and it's all more or less true. The quality I would like to note here, however, has to do with how he sees himself as a winner. It reminds me of the excellent 2006 movie, Little Miss Sunshine, written by Michael Arndt. I heard Michael speak about the story last Fall and he described how in the journey she undertakes, the hero Olive's fervent desire and quest is to live up to her motivational speaking father's expectations. Her father, in several scenes, makes clear that he divides the world into winners and losers. The story tells us that this not always - in fact, rarely - the best way to divide the world. But the temptation of people who insist on seeing the world this way, such as Donald Trump, and those who self-identify as losers, such as the people voting for him, turns out to be a supremely obscene, dysfunctional charlatan-&-masses relationship. Thus, Donald Trump.
To the rest of the world, concerned as you may be about the absurd predicament half of America's two party system now finds itself in, with one of those two parties about to be captured by a person exemplifying virtually all of the worst aspects of humanity - the very diametric opposite of an upright, sensible and modest person - perhaps there are only two resolutions: Either the other party's candidate wins, or the world turns its back on America while America turns its back on its own moral universe.
As to how either of these resolutions ultimately plays out in the affairs of the 21st century, only Days of Future Past know the answer.