For some reason—and it may just be my advancing curmudgeonhood—I’ve gotten peeved at the proliferation of anti-Trump posts on my Facebook feed. As I’ve said repeatedly, I despise what Trump stands for and consider the man not only unqualified to be President, but deeply egocentric, ignorant about governance, and even unbalanced. If you don’t believe that, read the New Yorker article (free) about Tony Schwartz, the guy who ghost-wrote Trump’s bestseller The Art of the Deal. After spending weeks with Trump, Schwartz discovered what an egomaniac he is, how short Trump’s attention span is, and concludes that there’s no way any sane person should vote for the man. I agree.
Still, the endless proliferation of Trump mockery on social media seems to be overkill, especially now that his chances are waning. (I’ve made five bets that Trump will lose, including with Julia Galef and reader Lou Jost; I call those “sucker bets.”) And sometimes the Trump-bashing sounds like virtue signaling. (In the video below, Rubin is tired of the acrimony, too: see his statement from 6:40-7:38). So on every anti-Triump post by a Facebook “friend” who knows me, I’ve commented by posting a photo of a kitten. As I’ve said repeatedly, I will be voting for Hillary Clinton, but I’m not happy about it. And I’ve explained why. I cannot believe that in a country of nearly 320 million people, we can’t find a Democrat to get behind with enthusiasm.
Here’s a new video by Dave Rubin—an incipient curmudgeon whom I greatly admire—about who he’s supporting for President. He agrees with me about both Hillary and Trump—that is, they’re both problematic candidates, and the fact that they are the best we can do in the U.S. bespeaks a deeply flawed electoral system.
The video works up to Rubin’s announcement of whom he’ll be supporting as President. I won’t give you a spoiler, but you can hear the answer at 9:48. I doubt that many readers will agree, but listen to the whole 14-minute video and weigh in below.
As for the “throwing his voting away” accusation, Rubin deals with it at 11:00. But his answer doesn’t really make sense: his “support” is apparently something he intends to convey to pollsters—to get his candidate into a national debate (a creditable aim). But he doesn’t explain who, once his candidate fails, as will happen, Rubin will actually vote for. He says he’ll decide that later. Ten to one it won’t be Trump!
After I wrote most of this post, I discovered that reader Heather Hastie put up the same video, and gives her take on Rubin’s message in a post at Heather’s Homilies.