Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart have given up their shows, but lovers of comedy need not despair—the Republican Presidential circus is in full swing. Every four years the clown parade swells—now it’s become a virtual Mister America pageant of slick talking heads all parroting the most banal clichés and bromides. Any halfwit capable of speaking from the same shopworn script in front of a conservative super-PAC revival or a news camera can enter the contest, and George W. Bush forever lowered the bar to near-moron level.
There are 16 famous to fairly recognizable names among a total of 33 declared candidates. At press time the bigmoney legacy candidate, Jeb Bush, is frequently being upstaged by the far more entertaining Donald Trump. Even though Trump’s clown hair is enough to disqualify him in many people’s eyes, he’s performing a valuable service: blurting out the obnoxious soul of the GOP without any of the usual camouflage, while alienating the crucial Hispanic vote with racist stereotypes.