There is nothing quite so delicious as watching deserving, prominent Republicans fall into a hole -- more like an abyss -- of biblical proportions. And it's particularly satisfying when they turn on each other with such fury and fire. This has been a good week.
"Lucifer in the flesh," former House Speaker John Boehner called Ted Cruz during an interview with the Stanford Daily. "I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life."
Now Senator Lucifer is taking his pal Carly on the road -- an unmistakable act of desperation. But is she actually likeable? And does she like him? Judging by her little song Wednesday, Fiorina is more interested in hanging with his daughters. I'm just grateful the presumptuous team didn't sing a duet at their joint news conference. There are some things candidates should do alone -- or not -- but that's for another blog.
Boehner, (who told the Stanford Daily he doesn't mind if you call him "boner, beaner, jackass") was also asked who he'd support in the general election. It's confirmed: the tan one will be voting for the orange one if he's the nominee. Has anyone called George Hamilton?
But there is additional former Republican House Speaker news this week, of course. Not to be forgotten is Dennis Hastert, who was sentenced to 15 months in prison in the hush money case against him. This basically qualifies as a pass for his despicable criminal acts against children. But because of the statute of limitations on such crimes, he will not serve time for sexually abusing children. (This is the same problem courts face when dealing with pedophile priests, and must be corrected.)
Former members of Congress wrote letters to the court on Hastert's behalf. "He is a good man that loves the Lord," wrote former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. "He gets his integrity and values from Him. He doesn't deserve what he is going through. I ask that you consider the man that is before you and give him leniency where you can."
Isn't that special?
And last, but never least, the presumptive nominee. That's Donald Trump of course, who had a spectacular showing in all five primaries. It brought to mind the Daily Mirror headline after Bush was re-elected. "How can 59054087 people be so dumb?"
Fortunately, I don't think he'll ever come anywhere close to that number. And I'm already looking forward to his shellacking by a woman. Yes, a card-carrying woman.
If Trump really gets in a gender war with Hillary Clinton, and she continues to turn his insults into positive policy statements, we've got a winner, or in this debacle of a presidential race, a savior. Campaigning has never been Clinton's strong suit, but standing up to bullies is. And standing up to Donald Trump on the debate stage is going to be a terrific show. Clinton is decidedly up for the task.
And I'm willing to bet that there are many Republicans who will hold their noses and secretly vote for what they perceive to be the devil they know versus the devil they don't.
So Trump may not be in the doomed or the damned category yet with his victories and his presumptive status. But come November, I predict he's going to be staring into that abyss with all of the other Republicans who dragged their entire party into the depths.