American politics is fascinating to watch. It can be depressing but it can also be so uplifting.
Depressing is when we see Donald Trump bluster his way to become the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party, making him a very possible next president of the most powerful country in the world. Depressing is when you see him get away, even thrive, on racist, irrational attacks and bullying of others. Depressing is when you have his closest contender, the Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton not having the personality, the rhetoric or the ability to strip the Donald of his deceit and bluster.
Depressing it must have been for Americans when Senator McCarthy was on the ascendent with his with hunts in the 1950s. Like the Donald blustered, he lied, he bullied and he intimidated and instead of being called out his rise seemed unassailable. No one, it seemed could take him on and stop the juggernaut of hatred and spite.
But then it happened. In a congressional hearing into alleged Communist activities into the army, the army’s chief counsel stood up to McCarthy by delivering the now immortal lines: “Senator, may we not drop this? We know he belonged to the Lawyers Guild. Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator. You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”
His missive hit the mark and all but stopped the McCarthy dominance on its tracks. All of a sudden, the Emperor had no clothes. McCarthy’s career collapsed soon after that.
Something similar to Welch’s deflation of McCarthy is now taking place in America to the Trump ascendency. Now, finally, there is someone with the conviction, the integrity and the rhetorical skills to deflate the Trump balloon.
It is a joy watching Senator Elisabeth Warren, who is likely to be Hillary’s running mate (just think of that a 2-woman ticket to the White House!) eviscerate Trump. Like the spoilt brat he is Trump has retaliated by calling Warren Pocahontas in reference to the native American ancestry she is supposed to have.
But you get the feeling that this time, against this particular person Trump has met his Welch. Unspun’s bet is that Warren will I’ve Trump a beating that his fat privileged ass won’t recover from.
A light seeming shines out of the depth of despair. And that’s why American politics is so fascinating and uplifting as well.
Watch Warren lace into Trump here and the parallels with Welch start to make sense: