President Obama made in his recent interview with Politico's Glenn Thrush an amazing remark which has gone largely, if not completely, unnoticed. He stated
Well, my hope — not just for me or the Democratic Party but for the Republican Party and for America – is that this is an expression of frustration, anger that folks like Trump and, to some degree, Cruz are exploiting. It’s real within the Republican Party and the Republican base, but that after this venting, Republican voters will settle down and say, “Who do we want actually sitting behind the desk, making decisions that are critical to our future?”
Hopefully, he argues, Republican voters will settle down and say "Who do we want actually sitting behind the desk, making decisions that are critical to our future?"
The answer, for most of us Democrats- though not for President Obama- is "none of the above."
On the matters of Muslims and immigration, Donald Trump has laid down a marker, expressing views more intolerant than even his rivals hold. Of course, no GOP presidential hopeful has advocated a path to citizenship, whether opposing or supporting legalization, the latter option useful to having Mexican immigrants work cheaply with no opportunity for public benefits or voting privileges. There is no GOP candidate who supports the Iran deal, with only John Kasich signaling he might not as President immediately terminate it.
No Republican dare say he (or she) holds anything other than an absolutist view of the Second Amendment. Chris Christie, once the favorite "moderate" in the media and with President Obama, believes prohibiting carjackers or gangbangers from owning or purchasing a firearm is "stupid."
No GOP presidential contender prefers a more equitable tax system, one which do anything other than exacerbate income inequality. None.
Nor has anyone suggested that one of the nation's leading providers of health care services to women, Planned Parenthood, continue to receive government funding. None. "Folks like Trump and, to some degree, Cruz," the President argues, are uniquely dangerous, a remark which probably (and justifiably) has disappointed the other leading Republican candidate, Marco Rubio.
Obviously, no one has outdone Carly Fiorina on Planned Parenthood, who insists she saw on videos, found by independent analysis to be thoroughly manipulated, what isn't there. (This at one time was called "delusional.") Now that several state investigations have cleared the organization and a grand jury in Houston, Texas has refused to indict it
“I think it’s pretty clear that we now know what goes on in Planned Parenthood clinics,” Carly Fiorina said, reacting to the indictments on Monday. Fiorina, an outspoken promoter of deceptively edited videos by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) — whose two leaders the Houston jury incited on charges of “tampering with a governmental record” and “the purchase and sale of human organs” — has staked her campaign on the lie she told a September debate audience: The videos showed “a fully formed fetus on the table its heart beating its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.”
Despite the grand jury’s two month investigation finding no evidence of such a scene, Fiorina stuck to the script. “Here’s what I know: Planned Parenthood has been trafficking in body parts. Planned Parenthood has been altering late-term abortion techniques to this specific purpose of harvesting body parts,” she told CNN
Have I mentioned how loathsome Carly Fiorina is? In all fairness, however, none of her rivals has admitted being wrong about the videos, Planned Parenthood, or contraception. She is merely the worst in a truly appalling group of individuals. Yet, when President Obama surveys a field of candidates united in trying to instill fear among Americans, he says there is nothing to fear except a Donald Trump (or perhaps a Ted Cruz) presidency. That's Democratic President Obama, lest we forget, or pay attention to the last seven years.