Fish | What's up with that: We can make 'the fool on the hill' a lame duck in November
At this point, statements like that have become as common as the general public accepting another mass shooting. Nothing truly bothers us anymore; we idly shrug and accept it and then move on to the next shiny thing that distracts us. It's human nature at this point. It's the new normal, the easiest way to deal with it is to not deal with it. Sure, some of us have higher levels of outrage and we go on about it, but if the choir we are preaching to becomes fatigued with the conversation, well, the conversation is over before anything actionable can get started.
I could sit here and pen another 700 words about how we can stay active and how we can get involved. I could go on and on about how important it is that we all stay diligent until the Orange Menace has been dethroned and Oprah is sworn in. But let me spare you the lecture. The lesson today is about resistance, because when you're up against a man that should be concerning himself with running the country but instead wants to engage in a manhood-measuring contest over button size, how do you fight that? The biggest terrorist in the world has somehow been given nuclear launch codes with enough power to blow up the world, and he happens to be a huge internet troll and he happens to represent you and I.
So what do you do? Two words: Lame duck. Focus less on what that bumbling idiot does. Let him tweet, let him talk about fake news, let him take credit for whatever he wants. Hitting the ball 30 percent of the time might get you into the baseball hall of fame, but only hitting 30 percent with the American people, well, that makes you a one-term president that has only two years to work. Because, after all, he really only has an approval rating that is consistently in the 30s and making claims on social media like "Since taking office, I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Good news — it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!" I can't believe that statements like that are improving things for him. But, while he's at it, he should also take credit for zero deaths due to shark attacks at elementary schools.
Back to the point I was trying to make. The mid-term elections are 10 months away. If we want to lame duck this walking specimen of botulism, our focus should start on the mid terms. There are currently 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats in the Senate (if you include the independents). The math is simple to lame duck 45; the Dems need two seats. Arizona's Jeff Flake already said he's not running, Tennessee's Bob Corker is not running, Utah's Orrin Hatch is not running. All three are Republicans, so those seats are ripe for the picking.
But why stop there? Let's start calling some of the other states. Tell Nevada we're not interested in Dean Heller. Tell Texas we're done with Ted Cruz. Tell Mississippi to say bye bye to Roger Wicker. Ask Nebraska to give Deb Fisher a husker hello to the unemployment line. Finally, a grand ole kick in the seat of the pants to Wyoming's John Barrasso.
So, let the fool on the hill tweet his gibberish because, as the Beatles said, "Nobody wants to know him. They can see that he's just a fool. But he never gives an answer ..." because the fool on the hill is just that. But as of this moment he has a tiny bit of traction, so the perception is that he can get away with it. On Nov. 6, maybe we can stop the tweets and the shame on the nation that this president has brought to us. But we need to avoid getting caught up in the minutiae of social media posts rather than the big picture and focus on the future. What the hell is up with that?
Fish is the opinionated morning jock on Classic Hits 92.7. He offers up his opinion at 7:50 every morning (Monday through Friday). Let's start the revolution. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The opinions expressed by columnists do not necessarily reflect the views of the Brattleboro Reformer.
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