It’s debatable whether three non-politicians can survive

How many times must candidates do the same failed thing before realizing Einstein’s definition of insanity is true?

The quote attributed to Albert Einstein is “the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.”

The continued attempts to try and discredit each other does not give anyone insight into whether a candidate will make a good president. But the media doesn’t care about that, it cares about getting candidates to argue so the ratings go up. Meanwhile, establishment candidates are going insane as three non-politicians run circles around them.

I must admit I enjoy watching the political ruling class go crazy as Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina lead in the primary polls. And more telling, they have no clue how to stop them and can only go back to the same old tired playbook.

The irony is the failure of the establishment candidates to go off playbook is the reason the three amigos are surging in the polls. Any casual observer can see this but ruling has no clue. They are thrown off their game. They are on script in an unscripted show. And they cannot figure out how to get the audience to go back to listening to the script.

Whether you love or hate him, Trump is to thank for the chaos. He has changed the conversation and the rules. The cloistered fools are no longer safe inside the bubble of their political circles. My God, they may even have to talk like real people and share actual thoughts versus their bumper sticker position “jewels.”

The media loves to say Trump has no substance so why is everyone being forced to talk about substantive topics like immigration reform? The media, especially the farce of a news network called CNN, tries its hardest to stay away from substance by focusing on sophomoric questions. I am almost expecting the media to start playing spin-the-bottle or truth-or-dare with its insistence to ask questions about what so-and-so said versus actual questions.

How about starting the debate ”How would you handle Iran?” and give each candidate two minutes. Then after that 22 minutes ask “How would you reform immigration” and give each candidate two minutes to respond. After 44 minutes the viewing public would have two substantive answers and no silly name-calling games.

But the media is trying to get Trump to implode, and waiting for Fiorina and Dr. Carson to fade into the sunset. Chances are it will eventually happen because few people are able to rise above the political machinery and survive.

I suspect Dr. Carson has far too many ethics to sell his soul to the establishment to survive and will eventually bow out. Of course, he will do it with the style and grace he has shown throughout the campaign and something totally foreign to “real politicians.” And that is a loss for the nation.

Fiorina doesn’t have the legs to climb much higher. I mean that figuratively and not literally in case I offend anyone about her appearance. She is riding a wave that will eventually end. She is surging in the primary polls but at three percent in national polls there really isn’t much hope.

Will Trump implode is the next question. And this is where the insanity comes into play. Every time they attack or try to trip him up he says something “controversial. Rather than sink he rises in the polls and the political class cannot figure out why.

Maybe, just maybe, the American people – the ones who go to work each day and are not part of the political process – like political correct free speak?  Maybe the 60 percent of Americans who do not exercise their right to vote actually like what he’s saying. And maybe those 60 percent of the population will come out and vote next year?

Or, maybe not.

As much as I like the way Trump is sticking it to the political class and as much as I adore is ability to not be politically correct and get away with it, there comes a time when we look in the mirror and make decisions.

I don’t care about the one-liners, the one-upmanship, or the non-issues the media pretends everyone cares about. I care about whether the next president we elect can lead this nation back from the abyss the current occupant has created. Whomever proves to be the right person for that job will get my vote. Whether it’s a showman, retired doctor or former CEO remains to be seen.

About Armando Diana

A freelance writer for more than 30 years I covered the political scene in New Jersey which can prepare anyone for national politics. I have no fancy political degrees and I'm definitely not a lawyer - I am a common person who is fed up with politics. I want leaders focused on doing what is right for the country, not for them.
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