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HORIST: The world of politics has gone (expletive deleted) crazy.

HORIST: The world of politics has gone (expletive deleted) crazy.

Maybe it all started with Donald Trump.  Up to 2016, politics had an established rather traditional trajectory.  Maybe that is because it had been controlled by the so-called “establishment” for decades.

That changed on November 8, 2016 when a person who had “no path to the presidency” was elected President of the United States.  By all contemporary measures, Trump should not have been elected.  He was not even likely to win the Republican nomination.  Most Americans did not want him as their President and an even larger number did not expect him to be their President.  But he won.  How crazy is that?

That campaign shattered all norms and resulted in the most serious attack on an entrenched Washington establishment – Democrat and Republican —  since the Civil War.  What gives Trump his strength today is not winning in 2016, but what he has done in terms of conservative governance.  He has been a pleasant surprise for those who voted for him with apprehension.

The most obvious consequence of the 2016 election was the sudden rise of “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” It was a political malady that created the unprecedented #neverTrump Resistance Movement that coalesced Democrats, liberals, major news services and even some establishment-type Republicans into an obsessive and irrational … and crazy … army of obstructionist zombies.

For almost three years, Democrats attempted to prove that Russian meddling in the 2016 election was synonymous with Trump, members of his family and campaign staffers conspiring with Vladimir Putin – even after Special Counsel Robert Mueller completely debunked that accusation against the Trump folks.

Democrats then undertook the most partisan impeach process in American history – and the first without any underlying statutory crime.  Even a lot of Democrats thought that was a crazy idea.

With all that history, I suppose one should not be surprised to see the 2020 presidential campaign go completely off the rails.  Like the world on the other side of the looking glass, nothing seems to make sense anymore.

The frontrunner for the Democrat presidential nomination is a guy who Hillary Clinton says “nobody likes” – a guy who has served in Congress for 13 years without notable accomplishments other than the ability to get the voters in Vermont to keep re-electing him.  Senator Bernie Sanders is a guy who has viciously railed against millionaires and billionaires even as he became one of them while in public service.  In a recent debate, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested that was crazy.

Should independent-socialist Sanders win the Democrat nomination, he will be the first in history to be the standard bearer of a political party he refuses to join when not running for President.

As an alternative to America’s opportunity society, Sanders proposes an impossible socialist model of governance – with trillions of dollars of supposed “freebies” — that should have prevented him from getting any political traction outside of Vermont.  Instead of being relegated to the margins of political reality, Sanders is – at least for now – the Democrat frontrunner.  Maybe there is a reason he is referred to as “Crazy Bernie.”

And guess who said that FOX News is fair and more balanced than MSNBC (besides me).  None other than radical leftist Sanders.

Hitherto well-liked former Vice President Joe Biden – who, by experience, powerful friends and countless political chits, should be, and once was, the odds-on favorite – is fluttering and sputtering as he attempts to get off the ground.  In early primaries, he has even fallen behind an obscure mayor of a small town in Indiana.  The very idea that Buttigieg is leaping from the obscurity of South Bend to become a credible presidential candidate is more than crazy.  It is just plain nuts.

The only person seemed to be in a position to threaten Sanders, is a hitherto Republican multibillionaire from New York City who has managed to crudely insult every interest group that composes the Democrat base.

Michael Bloomberg has proposed throwing young black males against the wall to be frisked for no other reason than they are young black males – who he claims commit all the crime, anyway.  If you want to know who committed a crime in New York City, you just need to xerox “young black male” as the description of the suspect.

Bloomberg expressed his belief that the abolition of the highly racist policy of redlining was the reason for the housing crash that led to the so-called Great Recession of 2008.  No one has seen redlining as a good thing since Democrats invented it in the early 20th Century.

It is hard to imagine that a candidate with a rather extensive record of treating women badly – resulting in a number of lawsuits ending in payoffs and non-disclosure agreements – would have traction among Democrat feminists post the #MeToo Movement.  No, not Trump … Bloomberg.  I suppose if feminists could rally around such sexual predators as President Clinton and the late Senator Ted Kennedy, they can forgive anything except being a Republican.

Should Bloomberg be successful, he would be the first Republican to carry the Democratic Party banner to the General Election.  Democrats seem to be lacking a farm team these days.  Maybe that is because the Big Apple mayor views farming as an occupation of the less intelligent.  Bloomberg’s only advantage is that he is crazy rich.

Elsewhere, there is now a feud developing between two of the left’s wealthiest fat cats.  Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and uber left-winger George Soros.  Seems like Soros is calling for Zuckerberg to step down – or be ousted – from the company he founded.  Stepping down is extremely likely and being ousted is impossible.  So, why the crazy feud?

If all that is not crazy enough, consider this.  Pete Buttigieg – as the first openly gay candidate for President of the United States – is being excoriated on television by a Christian pastor for both the mayor’s gayness and his support of abortion.  That may not come as a surprise but for the fact that the pastor is  Rhyan Glezman, Buttigieg’s brother-in-law.  That’s right, his brother-in-law.  What particularly upset Glezman was Mayor Pete suggesting that you cannot support Trump and be a good Christian.  Do we need to wonder who Glezman is supporting?  Now THAT is crazy.

It is a crazy world when the defining issues are Klobuchar remembering the name of the Mexican president.  Biden stuttering – if that is what it is. Bloomberg spending billions of dollars to make himself President of the United States.  A male couple residing in the Oval Office.  Proposing programs that cost more than the entire federal budget.

If it is true that those the gods would destroy, they first make crazy, the Democratic Party is in serious trouble – maybe even the entire nation.  Maybe time to change the national motto from e pluribus unum to non compos mentis.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. lowell

    One simple question. How did he get elected if “Most Americans did not want him as their President”?

  2. PattikwelderIII

    Really liked what you had to say!! Thank you, Texas❤️‍

  3. Larry Horist

    Just look at the numbers. I am a Trump voter and glad he is President — as
    you would know from my commentaries. But I am not mindless of facts.. Trump won the nomination by win winner-take-primaries with less than 50 percent of the vote. He got majorities in the later primaries because everyone else dropped out. And he did not win the popular vote. We have had presidents in the past that won with pluralities … not majorities. Clinton comes to mind.

  4. DAV

    Obomma has already changed ‘e pluribus unum’ into ‘e pluribus, pluribus’ which is no unity at all. THAT is his legacy; division.

  5. DAV

    I pledge allegiance to the United REPUBLICANS of America !!!