With the sound of that epic intro music still ringing in your ears here are the Republican nominees…
Please clap. Stannis inspired no great love in the people, though he did have some fervant supporters. Similarly Jeb was, for all intents and purposes, the rightful heir to the throne. Or, at the very least, the rightful heir to the Republican Party’s nomination. A series of disastrous defeats left us wondering how it could have all gone so terribly wrong when both Jeb! and Stannis! seemed to have such an overwhelming advantage at the outset.
Game of Thrones quote: “The nomination is mine. By right. All those that deny that are my foes.” “The whole realm denies it, from Alaska to Trump Wall.”
He was an outsider, a rebel, and didn’t play by the rules. But of course when it came time to rule, he was pretty terrible. In spite of his questionable governance Robert Baratheon remained a popular leader with the people thanks to his policy of running up debts and making the Braavosi/Lannisters pay. I mean, it’s hard to hate a guy who just tells you what you want to hear… Wait, are we still talking about King Robert?
Game of Thrones quote: “Obama gave wise and prudent advice. But I fear Trump doesn’t always listen…”
One of them is a religious fanatic who uses the language of faith to further their political agenda. The other is a red priestess from Asshai. It is fairly obvious at this point in the contest that neither Cruz nor Melisandre stand much chance of winning their respective battles. Melisandre is hated by those within her group who are not followers of her specific religion and likewise Cruz is “the most hated man in the Senate.”
Game of Thrones quote: Cruz explains his inspiring election platform “We all must choose, man or woman, young or old, lord or peasant, our choices are the same. We choose light or we choose darkness. We choose good or we choose evil. We choose the true god or the false.”
Look up the dictionary definition of smarmy and you wouldn’t be surprised to see one of these faces beaming back at you. Cersei thinks of herself extremely highly, and carries around an arrogance that is completely unjustified. Rubio’s swagger in the early primaries was similarly premature and the veil of intelligence was lifted by Chris Christie in a single notorious exchange. The question is whether his push for power this time has permanently dented his future prospects. Short-sighted political moves are Cersei’s speciality.
Game of Thrones quote: “We don’t distrust you because you’re a Latino, we distrust you because you’re not as smart as you think you are” Republican base to Rubio
His appearance confused many. What was his point? What was he doing amidst so many other louder characters? Just… Why? Poor soft-spoken Ben Carson was not meant for the rough and tumble world of the Republican nomination. Olly, too, had a tough start to life.
Game of Thrones quote: “Who?”
The south’s favored son never really got his campaign rolling, even if he seemed to have the political connections to go all the way, or at least challenge his closest rival. In the end he was lost in a sea of more interesting and exciting characters, a small footnote in a series of remarkable political upsets. But then again, who could plan for Trump or a demon baby birthed by a red priestess?
Game of Thrones quote: Trump : You think a few bolts of cloth will make you President?
Graham: No. The men holding those bolts of cloth will make me President.
Trump: We shall see, Lindsey. Come the dawn, we shall see.
Cruz: Look to your sins, Lindsey Graham. The Republican nominations are dark and full of terrors.
Treated by disdain by most they act like a mass of unorganized savages. Even when it is in their best interests to compromise and work together they manage it only under the leadership of Mance Rayder. Sadly there is no such figure in America today, or at least none that Congress feels it need support despite their deepening unpopularity. Congress might be responsible for much pillaging… Sorry, I meant the Wildlings might be responsible for much pillaging near the Wall but tends to be the scapegoat for all that is wrong in the realm. Much like Congress.
Game of Thrones quote: “I met some of congress when I was a boy. They were fair thieves but bad hagglers. One made off with our cabin girl. All in all, they seemed like any other men, some fair, some foul.”