I have been referring to post-American electoral politics as “kabuki theater”. But I found an even better word – in fact, the perfect word.
The word is:
This comes from the world of… professional wrestling. Here is the definition from wiki…
KAYFABE: kayfabe /ˈkeɪfeɪb/ is the portrayal of staged events within the industry as “real” or “true,” specifically the portrayal of competition, rivalries, and relationships between participants as being genuine and not of a staged or pre-determined nature of any kind. Kayfabe has also evolved to become a code word of sorts for maintaining this “reality” within the direct or indirect presence of the general public.
Now tell me that isn’t a perfect descriptor of this utter farce.
Words have meaning, folks, and it is always best to use the word that most precisely and accurately matches the concept that one is trying to convey or discuss. Therefore, since the perfect word for the farce before us exists, we should start using it.
Post-American electoral politics, especially national-level politics is KAYFABE. In fact, it is even more KAYFABEY than professional wrestling.
Because offstage, remember, FRONT ROW AT THE “WEDDING”. Where the dead parents would have been seated.