People actually go to school to earn degrees in the science of politics. They leave school believing they have mastered the way the government works. They believe they have an understanding of political behavior and think they are studied enough to analyze what’s what in the world of politics. Poli Sci students will have to adapt to the evolution that is taking place with all things political because even with their degrees, a paleontologist would probably have a better understanding of the earthquake that has rocked politics as we once knew it.
Paleontologists dig through the dirt and study things long dead. They have to piece together the bones they find like a complicated jigsaw puzzle. With the patience they must practice they would be perfectly suited to make heads and tails out of the new world of politics that is unfolding right in front of us.
Like a snarling Tyrannosaurus Rex, Donald J. Trump exploded onto the political scene in the summer of 2015. The field of potential republican presidents was wide, 15 men and 1 woman had entered the contest and like a T-Rex, Trump went threw them one by one chewing them to pieces and spitting them out.
As spring drew near the field of wannabe leaders had shrunk to 5. If Trump was the king of the terrible lizards then United States senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz were like a couple of vicious velociraptors sometimes battling the Trumpasaurus Rex together and sometimes one on one. Nipping at his heals. Doing everything they could to take the giant down.
Retired Neuro surgeon Ben Carson and Ohio Governor John Kasich played the part of the weasle like mammals that hid in deep holes during the jurrasic era. Pundits, politicians and voters alike largely agreed that the two men should resign their candidacies due to the insignificant results their campaigns were gathering.
As March neared neither of them realistically had a chance to edge out a nomination. Mr. Trump as a presidential candidate is as popular amongst his followers as the real T-Rex is amongst dinosaur lovers. They both tower over their competition. They both strike fear into the minds of their opponents simply by facing them and Trump and the T-Rex both have the ability to take huge bites out of you should you be stupid enough to dare try to tangle with them.
As Super Tuesday neared, many within the GOP had predicted Trump would sail thru the process and eventually win the nomination from the Republican party. An unstoppable force to be reckoned with. A mighty monster that had the panache to redefine politics as usual and turn the election process inside out.
Which ever way it all turns out, one thing is for sure, Donald Trump has secured his place in the history books, not for the empire he built and ran for decades but for changing everything that anyone had ever thought they knew about the ins and outs of Washington. Future generations will study the way he shot to the top of the food chain the way paleontologists study the bones of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.