Spinal Tap was a popular rock band that was planning to do another nationwide tour hoping to capture the past years glories. Unfortunately the music and fans had gone on leaving the band behind. Fewer and fewer people showed up for their concerts leaving them in a land of irrelevancy. Throughout their demise they bickered behind the scenes, pointed fingers at each other for the dismal reception they received, but it was common knowledge that never seemed to penetrate the group as it looked for scapegoats they were simply washed up.
They did though hold on to a few Kool Aid followers who wouldn’t accept reality. I thought of this when I saw the Boston Herald’s headline today something to the effect that Trump did OK in OK. Only those who lives are informed by the Herald and Fox News would believe that.
At least Fox News recognized that the turnout for Trump’s comeback had fizzled with the failure of people to show up. Commentators there noted the lack of attendees but said despite that it sounded like there was a standing room only crowd. We have now reached the point where the noise of a crowd is a substitute for actual people.
The Hate Fest in Tulsa was the first of the final tour of the Trump shows. The preliminaries had the usual reference to Hillary Clinton with the attendees chanting “lock her up, lock her up!” If that’s not a sign of playing a tune that has seen its day I don’t know what is.
Then the lap dog appeared. The most uninspiring speaker in America who has the charisma of an ice cube. I thought the preliminary act was suppose to warm the audience up? He put them to sleep as a scan of the sparse audience showed yawns and total disinterest.
Seeing so few people there after we were told over a million tickets had been requested was astonishing. Before the event began they were taking down the stage to handle the expected but no show overflow crowd. Someone suggested that Trump’s Silent Majority was in fact an Invisible Majority.
I suppose in one sense the Boston Herald was partially right. It wasn’t that Trump was OK in OK it was the OK people were OK in OK having the basic sense to avoid going into a Coronavirus incubator to support an act that has seen its day.
The the dying final act came out onto the stage. The half, if that, filled stadium came to life. Imagine that some of these folk had camped out for days prior to the event to get into a place that was so empty. The main event acted as if there were 13,909 there initially but eventually recognized the lack of attendees suggesting they were scared off by protestors even though they were peaceful and his supporters were carrying AK-15s and the police did a fine job making sure anyone who wanted to attend could do so.
His speech started of inspiring Americans by talking about himself and his ramp problem and his running ten feet at the end of the ramp asking his Hamlin-like followers not to believe what their lying eyes showed them and to live in his make believe world. Then to the mighty cheers of his followers he showed that he could drink a glass of water with one hand bravely taking not one but two sips.
That pretty much was the highlight. The rest was the usual, usual. The faithful walked out sullenly and silently somewhat disappointed realizing they were duped. You can be sure behind the scenes like with Spinal Tap there was much finger pointing.