This week Richard Posner, the conservative icon and intellectual on the Seventh Circuit, shocked many by saying that he was estranged from the Republican Party and becoming less conservative due to the “goofy” direction that the GOP has taken in recent years. As if on cue, the Sarasota Republican Party has decided that this year’s “statesman of the year” is none other than Donald Trump. That’s right, according to the Sarasota GOP, Donald Trump is the greatest statesman this year. Some would call it “goofy,” some would say “delusional.” I am honestly curious is GOP leadership in Sarasota are just out to sell tickets at any cost to their own credibility or whether they honestly believe this widely ridiculed character is a statesman in some parallel universe.
Tickets will be sold for $150 for general admission or $1,000 for a private meeting with Trump.
Of course, prior world statesmen including the 2011 recipient former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (given the award by that other Benjamin Disraeli of world leaders, Herman Cain). Unfortunately for the GOP, the party is split with members who embrace clownish figures like Trump and serious folk who believe deeply in the principles that once shaped the GOP under leaders like Goldwater and others. The Sarasota GOP appear to prefer the model of Trump to true statesmen like Nelson Rockefeller. It is signs of brain death for a party. As many of you know, I have equal contempt for both parties and their abandonment of principle. However, it is hard to imagine a greater self-indictment than this award.
What is clear is that the goofy factor is not improving this week for Judge Posner.
33 thoughts on “Trump Selected As “Statesman of the Year””
Why won’t Florida and Texas just secede already?
He has somehow gained the moniker: The Donald. What with the photo and all when I look at his photo and then Romney it struck me that we have been calling Romney “Mitt” when we should be calling him: The Willard. For now on, I am denominating the RepuliCon candidate as such on this blog.
“Instead of a fence along the Mexican border, put photos of this schmuck every twenty five feet.”
No, not a good idea. We have to maintain diplomatic relations with Mexico, not provoke them into invading Arizona and Texas. Oh wait…..never mind.
1, July 10, 2012 at 12:41 am
Florida is officially intellectually bankrupt.
well, it gets really really hot here….
Instead of a fence along the Mexican border, put photos of this schmuck every twenty five feet.
Your comments about J. Posner and the Sarasota GOP are priceless. Much as I was similarly struck by these events, I could not have voiced my opinion better (and also caused readers to chuckle at how you phrased it).
Right you are Elaine!
I stand happily corrected.
Your point about Sarasota and the circus is well-taken. Isn’t it and its evirons the Carney Capitol of the U.S. also?
It is important to remember that Sarasota is also home to the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, and their famous clown college.
How much will Reversible Mittens have to pay: $150 or $1000 or …?
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