I have said for a long time that there is nothing that can shock me anymore.

I worked in a funeral home for a year, worked the night shift at a hotel for four years and I have worked in newspapers for 25 years.
I’ve seen some things.

But since 2016, the world has been an increasingly weird place.

Anyone who has been paying attention to Donald Trump, who before 2016 spent time being a playboy, literally and figuratively, and spending more time talking to Howard Stern than political operatives, would readily admit that President Donald Trump are three words you didn’t expect to read. Honestly, if there had been five Republican candidates instead of 18, Trump would never have won. The primary being spread so thin allowed him to use his reality television experience and ubiquitous fame to come out on top of a field that split the vote in two many directions.

In the general, Trump was incredibly polarizing. People loved him or hated him. Not too many loved Hillary Clinton. She won the primary because it was “her turn.”
Coaches who pick their quarterback that way end up with losing records - so do political parties.

Trump won and no one has been bored since. There is a lot of showmanship and “wag the dog” style distraction in Trump’s Twitter feed, but there is certainly an attempt to circumvent traditional Presidential communication methods. All of the country’s norms and institutions have been damaged by the first half of Trump’s first term.

For the past twenty months, it has seemed like reality and fiction are intersecting at an alarming rate. The true polar reversal was completed this weekend.
Up is officially down.

As shocking as it is having Donald Trump in the White House, the battle lines being drawn are even more shocking. No one could have predicted 10 years ago that Paris Hilton’s buddy and personal assistant would be helping a President make criminal justice reform decisions. I guess I should have followed Kim Kardashian’s lead and made a sex tape instead of wasting all that time getting a college degree.

Almost 10 years ago, Kanye West had no interest in Kardashian. But he and Taylor Swift were forever bound together after one of West’s first public episodes of idiocy.

While Swift was accepting an Video Music Award in 2009, West seized the stage and famously told swift he was going to let her finish her acceptance speech, but he disagreed with the decision to give her the award.

“Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!” said a man who is obviously emotionally and mentally sound.

Almost a decade later, the two VMA stage-sharers are now political rivals.

Kanye West, a black rapper, is a Make America Great Again cap wearing Trump fan. That makes perfect sense, right? West was even “bullied” by those mean liberals at Saturday Night Live after he wore his MAGA hat as the show went off the air.

The only thing that makes more sense is a white country music crossover star making her political views known for the first time by supporting Democratic candidates in Tennessee.

I can’t wait to see which redneck country star takes on Swift for her expressing her blue views in a red state. Society really needed a second installment of Toby Keith vs. the Dixie Chicks. Maybe this time it will be Ted Nugent lecturing Swift on morality to really convince us that we all simultaneously moved to Bizarro World.

I love hearing MSNBC guests and hosts wringing their hands and wondering how Swift’s new political activity will be received. Many have taken note that conservatives don’t like it when Hollywood gets involved in politics. That’s not true at all. Conservatives love it when Hollywood agrees with them. Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen and Kanye West are all taking advantage of newfound support they gained by taking on the most controversial parts of the Republican political platform and including it in their schtick.

Up is down. Black is white. Wrong isn’t right, but some want you to believe it is.

No matter where you are on the political spectrum, there is no doubt that you haven’t been bored for the past two years and there is no indication that it will change anytime soon.
— Kent Bush is publisher of Shawnee (Oklahoma) News-Star and can be reached at kent.bush@news-star.com.