Bill Paxton’s “Private Hudson” is a fan-favorite character in 1986’s “Aliens,” an overall great movie. But was he also an omen for the Republican Party’s fate thirty years later?
Don’t look at me like that, I think I’m on to something here. Consider:
The Republicans started the presidential cycle full of confidence and hope. They had many good, respected candidates. The current administration was unpopular, its policies moreso, and the Democrats’ leading candidate to succeed the president was awful. The Republicans had every reason to be confident. To act like “badasses”, even. Just like Hudson:
But things went downhill from there. An alien monster invaded the primary, and one promising candidate after another failed and dropped out until, on the night of the Indiana primary, Ted Cruz and John Kasich ended their campaigns, leaving the field to Trump. The race was seemingly over. Amidst the flaming wreckage of the party’s once-soaring hopes, it was “game over.”
Just as Private Hudson foretold:
I wonder if Trumpkins “mostly come out at night”?
Still, some fight on against Trumpery under the banner of “Never Trump,” refusing to give in and promising a fight to the death at the convention.
Did Private Hudson prophesy their fate, too?
Who needs the Oracle of Delphi when we have Private Hudson?
PS: Yeah, I’m “never Trump,” but the thought of this comparison got me laughing so hard last night, I had to share.