Best-selling author and Hugo Award winner that he is, John Scalzi still maintains his fine blog, Whatever, and today on that fine blog he’s ranked the 14 Republican Presidential candidates according to how likely it is he would vote for any one of them, which by the way, is not at all likely, but still...He’s tanked them from, more or less, “Wouldn’t Vote for Him/Her to Save My Life” to “Ok, Maybe If the Future of the Universe Depended On It.” Trump, it turns out, doesn’t rank as his top Never In a Million Years Candidate. That distinction goes to Mike Huckabee for hard to argue with reasons. Trump comes in at Number 11. That is, there are 10 others Scalzi would vote for before he’d vote for Trump, and three, including Huckabee, he ranks worse than Trump. So Trump doesn’t win at either end of the scale and he’d hate that. You know how he always has to win. But Scalzi does give the Donald the best summing up:
The GOP establishment would like you to believe Trump was their summer fling, who in September didn’t take the hint that it was over, followed the GOP back home, and now drives by its house every hour to peer through the window, and texts at 4 am asking if the GOP wants to go to the local Waffle House just to talk.
But in reality, it’s terribly unfair to Trump to suggest this has not been an entirely consensual affair. Fact is, the GOP has been actively looking for a populist demagogue for years, one it could control with money. The GOP’s problem is that Trump has money — as he’s very happy to tell you, as often as you would like to hear and then again a few dozen more times after that — and he’s apparently perfectly happy to go full fascist, when the GOP knows you never go full fascist, you just hint and wink. But Trump’s looking at his supporters and seeing that they, at least, are ready for him to go full fascist, and Trump didn’t get where he is in American culture by being subtle, now, did he?
To see who gets Scalzi’s vote for who’d get his vote if he had to vote for one of these people, you need to read his whole post, In Which I Select a Current GOP Presidential Candidate to Vote For, 2015 Edition.
I’m with him on this one, for the same sad, sorrowful reasons.