No longer entertained, just disappointed



GOP Presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Donald Trump participated in the March 3 debate, and copy editor Rekemeyer is no longer entertained


I am a (strong) Independent (woman), so when I watch the Democratic and GOP debates, I watch them mostly for the entertainment. The GOP debates, particularly, are perfect if you’re a comedian and need some good jokes; they never fail to give two to three hours of some wonderful material to work with.

However, this last GOP debate on March 3 rattled something in me.

Donald Trump, being Donald Trump, had to address something that Marco Rubio had said at one of his rallies. He just had to address it. He just had to. Had to.

The reason I put so much emphasis on it is because Trump, indeed, did NOT have to address it. He could not let it slide. He had to bring up something that was said at a Rubio rally, rather than just be the bigger man and let it go.

What is it I’m talking about?

Trump’s penis size.

Yes. If you did not watch the debate, Trump’s penis was indeed a topic under discussion for about 30 seconds. Something that is argued about between junior high boys in a locker room during gym class was a topic between a 44-year-old and a 69-year-old (and let’s just pretend Trump’s suggestive age number has something to do with it). And perhaps one of the two could be the next leader of our country.

It was after this that I realized that I’m not just watching a bunch of child-like men argue at each other… I’m legitimately watching children argue at each other. And I say ‘at’ each other versus ‘with’ each other because, in all honesty, when Trump, Rubio and Cruz break out in their “unintelligible yelling” (actual subtitles for the Feb. 25 CNN debate) are they arguing about politics or just insulting each other?

It’s just not funny anymore. It was cute for a while, with Trump giving his opponents fun names like Little Marco and Lying Ted, most likely to compensate for something (I’m assuming it’s his lack of political knowledge). However, there comes a time when stuff stops being cute and it starts becoming idiotic and pointless.

When you watch the Democratic debates, you can tell that there is a huge difference in how the two parties are debating. I have yet to hear Bernie Sanders call Hillary Clinton “Hag Hillary,” or Clinton calling him “Senile Sanders.”

Now, I may not agree with everything the Democrats envision, but it does not take more than a fourth grade education to see that Sanders and Clinton are holding a proper, civil debate where actual issues are under discussion, no one is throwing insults and no one is trying to defend their possibly tiny penis (I’m looking at you, Clinton).

After Thursday’s GOP debate, I find it hard to believe that there were conservatives watching that at one point didn’t think to themselves, “These are our candidates?” Because I know that if I was a traditional conservative, I would be crapping myself every debate worried that one of these guys could potentially be running our country.

Let’s get down on a similar level, even if you are a hardcore Trump supporter as if the candidates weren’t part of a Republican party. I want you to re-watch the most recent GOP debate. Would you still want to support any of these candidates?

Something tells me that the answer would be no. But because they are Republican, you’d be willing to let it slide.

If Democrats were saying some of the comments that Trump has said in the past, they would be socially crucified. But because someone like Trump says it, it’s all fine and dandy.

No, it’s not. Until Trump, Rubio and Cruz present a debate that actually uses thought-provoking arguments and clear plans (no more of that “I know people you’ve never heard of that are better than all of them” stuff, Mr. Trump) I’m not going to entertain the thought of voting for either of them.

However, there is one man who is probably the best-suited of the Republicans, yet is in the shadows: John Kasich.

Kasich is the one candidate who I’ve yet to hear throw an insult or participate in the childish banter that happens during the debates. He was clearly the only adult on that stage Thursday night, and really the only one I didn’t want to set on fire.

So my friends, if you’re still entertained by these debates, you need start thinking seriously. Try to search for that incredibly small part that says, “I need to reconsider.” You know, that tiny, little prickly feeling that says, “Do I want a child running the country?” It may be a very short feeling, a feeling that comes and is gone in an instant, maybe you barely feel it, but trust me, it’s there.

In other news, Cruz wins Kansas caucus with Trump coming up short.