The only thing inevitable in politics is crushing disappointment. So you might as well be entertained.
With all the media concern-trolling about the swarming GOP presidential field, it should not escape our attention that you’re getting exactly what you asked for. Voters incessantly complain about the lack of choices in politics. Well, for the first time in a long time, nearly every faction of the American Right is represented in an open primary.
So have at it, democracy lovers. Because—and apologies to befuddled New Yorker cartoonists—not only does this contest feature ethnic diversity (though perhaps not the identity politics that work so well for Democrats), it features a wide range of substantive ideological disagreements, a rarity for any party in any era.
This week, for example, Rand Paul, the country’s first libertarian U.S. senator, claimed that ISIS’s existence and strength was made possible by Republican interventionists. This triggered Bobby Jindal—a first-generation Indian-American, Rhodes Scholar, governor of Louisiana, and likely presidential candidate—to shoot back that, actually, it was the dithering lily-livered weakness from people like Paul that allows ISIS to exist.
And here you were blaming it all on a bunch of Islamists.