pray for rain

My Dad was a Boston Braves fan (which explains why I’ve always disliked the BoSox), and I learned the line “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain.” Bottom line was that the Braves were not all that good mid-century; they had not won the World Series since 1914 and needed all the help they could get to win at all.

Well, we Republicans are now in the praying for rain mode. Evidence of this is the media’s infatuation with The Donald.

We’ve had our equivalents of Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain (Bob Dole and John McCain come immediately to mind): good men but not able to take us to the Big Dance in the fall.

So, now that we are faced with an eminently beatable left-winger in Obama, our field of presidential contenders seems to be made up of old reliables and a few guys no one’s ever heard of.

Enter The Donald, who may be a fool, but he’s a conservative-talking fool. At least for now.

As Jonah Goldberg explains today, Trump is anything but a doctrinaire conservative. Likewise, the Club for Growth slams The Donald for being, well, not just not conservative, but liberal:

“Donald Trump for President? You’ve got to be joking,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Donald Trump has advocated for massive tax increases that display a stunning lack of knowledge of how to create jobs. His love for a socialist-style universal health care system and his alarming obsession with protectionist policies are automatic disqualifiers among free-market conservatives. This publicity stunt will sputter and disappear just as quickly as the ‘The Apprentice’ is losing viewers.”

We’ll see how soon The Donald’s nascent campaign dies from Sudden Campaign Death Syndrome.

I’m guessing it will be sometime just after the Iowa caucuses. As much as I love the politically incorrect things that Trump throws out there, we’ve already got an incompetent president. We don’t need to follow up with a clown.

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