Electing Bill the Cat’s Hairball

As Americans recoil in disbelief at the stupidity of their president during the Covid-19 crisis, there seems to be no bottom to his lack of touch with reality and lack of knowledge of basic science.  Indeed, as his supporters grab bottles of Lysol to ingest and sun lamps to shine up their backsides, one wonders if reality will ever dawn on them that their leader is the stupidest person in the room.  Are we doomed to be ruled by people who continue to think that the truth shines out of the Donald’s backside?

Political commentator Thom Hartmann went so far as to quip that he would rather vote for Bill the Cat’s hairball than Donald Trump.  For those of you not pushing sixty to get the joke, I’ll give you some historical comic context so you can get to comic relief. Bill the Cat, or Bill D. Cat, was a fictional cat appearing in the various works of cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, such as my favorite comic strip Bloom County in the 1980s.

Humor aside, what I find even more depressing though is that the political system in America has yet again done what it does best: to provide two incompetent old white men to run for the most powerful office in America and then let the winner run the most powerful country on earth into the ground. It is a discouraging fact that neither Donald Trump nor Joe Biden are reassuring our angst for the upcoming years.  After all, the argument about who was the lesser of two evils to vote for gave us the current fool in chief.

However, this may not be the end of the whole affair.  For you readers of this column (from the examination of my mighty Twitter feed, all 90 of you, LOL) may remember that I have surmised about the political chances and aspirations of a potential Illinois dark horse Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth to be Biden’s running mate.  Can she make a corporate Democratic hairball and sellout palatable?

I can not tell you how surreal it is when you see someone you knew years ago on national television being interviewed by Whoopi Goldberg on the View.  However, this is not the only time I have seen her on such venues.  I saw her interviewed three years ago on the Seth Meyer show as Donald Trump blundered his way through the crisis with North Korea. Anyway, my old ROTC classmate tears apart POTUS and his stupidity in the handling of the Covid-19 crisis on the program and in many other media outlets on any subject.  Basically, whenever the Democrats need Trump’s butt kicked, they call Tammy.

In my previous posts, I summarized Tammy’s various positives and will not do it again. However, let’s just say I think she can relate to most Americans.  Like Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama before her, she has what many Illinois dark horses have: the coveted middle ground where most average Americans want to be. Richard Nixon was not exaggerating when he called them the silent majority.  The ground she occupies is the best and most defendable ground. Along with it comes the positive energy and confidence that all good running mates bring to build a winning electoral coalition by balancing the ticket. 

How this will play out is anyone’s guess.  The times in America are the grimmest since the Great Depression.  However, spoiler alert, she is the brightest light in the Democratic pantheon right now.   Only the Democratic Convention will prove the clarity of my crystal ball, but right now it shines brightly.

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Akiva ben Avraham is a former community college adjunct, US Army intelligence analyst and officer, and a caregiver.
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