So, I finished up my last day of work as a bedside RN on Monday, and have until the end of the month to relax before starting my new gig as an NP. I pretty much parked my ass on the couch from mid afternoon on and watched hockey and MSNBC between periods. I watched as much of Sarah Palin's endorsement speech as I could tolerate, an interview with Bernie, and subsequent bloviating on what Trump means to the Republican party. The Blackhawks set a new franchise record by winning their 12th straight game and though a correction is inevitable, they are hot to watch right now.
It struck me that Sarah Palin is a pretty striking representation of this character "Effie" from the hunger games. Except for the fact that Palin is kind of a hateful bitch. Both women seem to believe what they are saying to the cores of their being, both have kind of a shrill voice over a PA system, and both seem honored to carry the water of someone they deem a great leader. All candidates and supporters eventually make wise cracks about the others. When Palin speaks, and Trump for that matter, it is inevitable that some piece of the speech must be filled with insults and shit talking about other people. At one point in Palin's speech, she railed on "establishment" candidates and other alleged takers who are living at the trough, of course, she did not see an ounce of irony in that. Regardless of whether one believes what Palin believes or not, I think it's hard to deny that she is the epitome of the word gold digger.
In the interview with Bernie, he echoed something that Howard Dean had said awhile back, which is that Democrats must have a 50 state strategy. I fully agree. For a long time, Democrats have thumbed their nose at any state they don't have a chance of winning, or that doesn't hold much electoral power. There is a lot I don't understand about the South, but there is no denying that there are a lot of working poor people in the South who have been brutalized by our trade policies, signed by both parties, and by trickle down tax plans that have done nothing to better their lives. And that leads back to Trump.
On the end of the day shows, there was a discussion several guests, about Trump and about how Sarah Palin just openly gave the middle finger to the very people who made her what she is. It cannot be said that Republicans have not had a chance to do things their way. They got an entire decade of tax cuts, they got bi partisan support for war mongering, they got support for trade deals that totally destroyed the middle class, and they did not have to do a damn thing about the debt. The majority of people who supported them, IMO, got nothing. These people now equally hate both the Democrats and Republicans and believe that by electing a rich man who talks shit about everyone, they are finally going to get a person who hears their voice. To me, Trump has figured out what these people want to hear, and he is delivering it. Whether he really plans to do anything of value for them remains to be seen.