What William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal did for discourse in America was unprecedented. They proved there was a time not so long ago we relished hearing both sides of political arguments. And there is a time -- call it the present -- when a hunger for authenticity seems to be driving both parties in unexpected directions.
Once the voting public begins to accept Kasich as a serious and viable candidate, which is likely, serious money will start to flow into Kasich's coffers. And serious media will pay more attention to him. And he could emerge as the serious contender to Trump, who is viewed largely as a popular figure, but not a serious contender for the GOP party nomination.
Well, that was entertaining, wasn't it? We refer, of course, to the grand spectacle of the first Republican presidential debates, held last night on Fox News. Since this is all anyone's talking about in the political world today, we are going to follow suit and devote most of this column to our reactions.
In Cleveland, as LeBron says, "nothing is given, everything is earned," so earning respect here will require something beyond defaming Mexican immigrants as "rapists" (Trump), claiming U.S. foreign policy would march Israelis "to the door of the oven" (Huckabee), or comparing Wisconsin labor protestors to ISIS terrorists (Walker).
In normal years, this would be the official kickoff to the political Silly Season. This year, however, is not normal, as instead we're right at the kickoff of Presidential Debate Season, and the votes are already in -- the silly subject we're all going to obsess over this year is named Donald Trump.