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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Glass houses

This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs and someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers, who has said that women don't deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men
-- Hillary Clinton

 

I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family, and I said to myself, I can't do it. I just can't do it. It's inappropriate. It's not nice
-- Donald Trump, discussing his performance on CNN after the debate

 

- Mr. Trump has never treated women the way Hillary Clinton and her husband did when they actively worked to destroy Bill Clinton's accusers
- Hillary Clinton bullied and smeared women like Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky
- Are you blaming Hillary for Bill's infidelities? No, however, she's been an active participant in trying to destroy the women who has come forward with a claim
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Talking points circulated by the Trump Campaign this week, advising supporters on how to bring up former president Bill Clinton’s sex scandals in the wake of Trump’s failure to do so during the first Trump/Clinton Debate

 

Donald Trump bragged about his “restraint.”

His restraint, he says.

Restraint.

Trump boasted of his restraint.

Out loud. Trump actually claimed great restraint, as if that’s a trait he actually has.

 

You’ll pardon me for a moment?

 

OK. Sorry about that. I think I’ve got it under control.

So, Donald Trump says he showed great restraint by not bringing up Bill Clinton’s extramarital affairs during last Monday’s debate.

I mean, he would have, he wanted to, but he managed to restrain himself.

Because it was the the right thing to do.

Because dignity and class and like that, those are the traits Trump is known for.

That’s Donald Trump for you, restrained and modest. Everybody says so. You betcha.  

I …

 

What? Oh, now you need a moment? Sure. It’s a new rug, don’t want any accidents. Take all the time you need.

 

Good? OK.

Now where was I?

Oh, yes, so then, naturally, Trump being Trump he’s spent the last three days telling everybody he can about his heroic manly restraint (it’s huge, folks, YUGE) and openly encouraging his supporters to bring up Bill Clinton’s extramarital affairs.

This is nothing particularly new for Trump. He’s the guy who encouraged Russia to hack Clinton’s email – jokingly, of course, joking, we’re just joking – and coyly suggested gun nuts might win the race for conservatives if they were to, you know, provide some Second Amendment solutions with regards to Hillary Clinton, wink wink, kidding again of course, kidding, because there just isn’t anything funnier than jokes about murdering a woman who annoys you. Especially when you’re trying to prove how you’re not a rampaging hard-on of a misogynist.

Of course he’s also the guy who hid from military service in some rich kid prep school while he encouraged others to go fight and die in a foreign land. 

Prompting his fans to do his dirty work instead of soiling his own hands is pretty much his whole brand.

I digress.

So, Trump boasted of his restraint.

And, being Donald Trump, he then spent three days lamenting that he didn't go after Hillary Clinton by bringing up Bill Clinton's infidelities during the debate. Because Clinton "ambushed" him with Alicia Machado – the former Miss Universe who Trump called "Miss Piggy" for her weight gain.

Trump says he was taking the high road.

But he’s acting like the oafish jock who thinks up a lame comeback … a day after he got humiliated in public by the class brainiac and keeps trying to find a conversation where he can use it. Yeah, why don’t you make like a tree and get out of here? Huh?

Trump was taking the high road by not throwing Bill Clinton’s infidelities in Hillary Clinton’s face? 

Not exactly a bold move from a guy who cheated on his first wife with his second wife and cheated on his second wife with his third wife.

He also seems to think that fat shaming women is OK, so long as you do it in volume and as such he’s spent the last three days publically naming a list of women he considers fat and unattractive as justification for calling a woman fat and unattractive.

 

One day in the distant future students of logic will refer to this as the Trump Tautology.  

 

In the days since the debate, prominent republicans have rushed to Trump's support.

Men such as Newt Gingrich.

Newton Leroy Gingrich, a man who married his high school geometry teacher when he was 18 (and really, no creepy factor there, right, Conservatives? Nooo), then cheated on her (while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer) with the woman who would become his second wife. Then cheated on his second wife with his third wife – while at the same time attempting to impeach Bill Clinton for lying about having an extramarital affair. All of which, somehow says something bad about Hillary Clinton’s character, I guess. Apparently. Nothing to see here, move along, move along.

This tactic was so successful for Newt that it got him booted from office and made Bill Clinton into one of the most popular presidents in recent history.

But, yeah, Trump should listen to this guy, because Newt, he’s what Republicans nowadays consider an intellectual.

And in to further cement his intellectual credentials, Newt just had to weigh in on fat chicks. Last night during the annual Republican Spirit of Lincoln Dinner, SPIRIT OF LINCOLN DINNER BAWAHAHAH …

 

Sorry, won’t happen again.

 

… Newt opined publicly Trump was right about Miss Universe, Alicia Machado. Seems she really was a fatty and Trump had every right to fire her for being a huge giant enormous fat pig. Oink Oink.

But hey, that’s just Newt being Newt – the guy who ditched his older wife dying of cancer for a fresh perky newer model.

It’s not like all of Trump’s …

What?

Who?

Oh. Of course.

Today, Rudy Giuliani chimed in, saying the Bill Clinton “disgraced” the country with his affairs.

Rudy Giuliani, the man who "accidentally" married his cousin despite knowing her his entire life and then petitioned the Roman Catholic Church for a divorce while he was cheating on her with his second wife.  And then – Goddamn but these people are so predictable – Rudy cheated on his second wife with his third wife. But only after having an affair with his communications director in an apartment maintained at New York City taxpayer expense.

 

Maybe it's just me.

 

Gingrich yesterday floated a new conspiracy theory, one that is now raging out of control on social media and in the press, spread by conservatives desperate to salvage something, anything, from Trump's miserable performance on Monday night.

According to Gingrich, the Clinton Campaign for months planned the "Machado Trap."

Yes, that’s right, the Machado Trap.

See according to the theory, during the debate, Trump – classy gentleman that he is – was taking the high road of intellect and reason, going easy on the girl, considerate of her health I guess. Trump was shocked, given his restraint, when Clinton desperate and on the ropes from Trump's well reasoned and deliberate performance sprung her ambush at the last minute. Trump, according to the conspiracy theory, restrained gentleman that he is, was so shocked by Clinton’s unfair sucker punch that it tricked him into accidentally blurting out Rosie O'Donnell's name instead of Monica Lewinsky.

Or something like that.

The details are a little hazy, but the long and short of it is: Clinton tricked Trump into acting like a loutish misogynist.

Newt didn’t describe how his theory accounts for Trump’s “restraint” first inviting and then disinviting Gennifer Flowers to the debate.  You know, if he wasn’t gong to bring it up.

 

But let’s not let details ruin a good conspiracy theory or derail Newt’s promising political comeback, shall we?

 

 

Given Hillary Clinton's aggressive take no prisoners performance, the Trump camp should be damned glad he didn't bring up Bill Clinton's infidelity.

Oh, yes, they should give thanks for his “restraint” indeed.

First, because it was Bill's infidelity and not Hillary's.

And when you're the guy who's got a string of affairs and broken marriages in your wake and who spends a lot of time calling women fat pigs, it might be a tactical mistake to attack a woman for her husband's infidelity. Especially when your campaign already spends a significant fraction of its time telling everybody you’re not a howling misogynist, really truly you’re not.

Second, Clinton would have eaten him alive.

Look how she handled his comments about her email. That was supposed to be Trump’s big moment, his gotcha moment all the pundits would be talking about for days. But instead she brushed his comments aside with the practiced ease of somebody who faced down a congressional witch hunt without breaking a sweat or even raising her voice. And in three days since, nobody has mentioned Trump’s big moment. Nobody. Just as nobody buys into the nonsense Trump somehow wasn’t really a birther, but was engaged in masterful brinksmanship – even his friends think that’s pretty lame.

So, Bill Clinton screwed around?

What? Does Trump honestly think mention of it would, what? reduce Hillary Clinton to a puddle of sobbing lady tears?

Really?

No, of course not. Just as in that list of talking points above, Trump’s Campaign hopes to use Bill Clinton’s infidelity and Hillary’s subsequent decision to salvage her marriage as evidence that Hillary Clinton is some kind of traitor to her sex.

 

Gentlemen, as a fellow man I would suggest to you that might be a bad tactic.

 

And really, don't you think for one damned second Hillary Clinton – Hillary Rodham Goddamned Clinton – wasn't ready for that?

Hell, how could she not be?

Trump thinks he is some master poker player, but you don’t advertise your trump card by inviting it to sit in the front row.

What, you think Clinton didn’t notice the Gennifer Flowers bit?

C’mon. You strain my already sprained credulity.  

Hell, based on the evidence, I'd say she was hoping Trump would bring it up and, like a matador twitching her cape to enrage the dumb bull, she was very likely holding her sword just out of sight.

She’s had twenty years to prepare for that exact attack. She was goading him into it and smiling all the while.

Trump can snort and paw at the ground, but he is lucky, damned lucky, he didn't make the final charge considering his own history.

Clinton would have brought him down like a bad side of beef, bank on it.

But let's say it's true.

Let's say Newt is right. Sure. Let’s give Newt this one. He’s had a shitty couple of decades since he was thrown out of office, let’s be generous.

Let's say Clinton planned that ambush.

Let's say the Clinton campaign looked at Trump, analyzed his weaknesses, his bluster and bravado, his utter inability to ignore a barb or a taunt, his inability to control his ego or his temper or his mouth, his weakness around women, his infidelities.

Let’s say they then designed the Machado Trap with malice aforethought.

And he fell for it.

Even Gingrich admits Trump fell right into it.

Trump as much as admits it himself.  

He fell for it. And for the last three days he’s kept falling for it.

 

Now, can you imagine this guy, a man so easily led into ambush, leading America?

 

In the end, this is what we have:

An unprepared amateur who substitutes bluster and bombast for actual substance and preparation.

Or a professional of intellect and wit who’s been preparing for this moment her entire life.

Those are your choices.

Make of them what you will.

 

I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. And, yes, I did. You know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be President.
-- Hillary Clinton

142 comments:

  1. Funny how lines like that last one during the debate got her called "smug" by Trumpites, but his bluster, interruptions and rudeness were called "confident" and "passionate."

    But there's no double standards being applied in this campaign, right? Oh, right...I'm just trying to "deflect" again....lol

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    1. "None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see." Matthew Henry

      And I might add none so dangerous as those who support an outright sociopath.

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    2. Bill Clinton will not be judged on his amorous dalliances any more than was JFK. The sense of the country is more forgiving than it was even then. We may lip service to hypocrites in Congress and slimy rascals like Newt and Rudy,but we are not ready to let them back into the halls of power. Tell about someone by the company they keep is a good indicator. Jim, you named some of the Trump pack and they are indeed a pack of liars and scoundrels. Good essay.

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    3. Old white boys are still trying to make it about bumping uglies.

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  2. "Let's say the Clinton campaign looked at Trump, analyzed his weaknesses, his bluster and bravado, his utter inability to ignore a barb or a taunt, his inability to control his ego or his temper or his mouth, his weakness around women, his infidelities.

    Let’s say they then designed the Machado Trap with malice aforethought."

    That makes her smart.

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    1. Exactly!

      I mean, uh, no! That's wrong! See, when Trump is in the White House, no one would dare to strategically lay a trap for him to walk right into. No one! Not North Korea, or China, or Russia! They wouldn't dare! They'd be too scared after how Hillary tried it and it backfired...

      Wait, what?

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    2. I don't pray often these days, but I am considering it. Please, Donald Trump, bring up the fact you can't abide any woman with an ounce of fat on her body. Keep bringing it up until the next debate, and bring it up a few times during. The average American woman wears a size 16-18 now. In other words, many of 52% of the electorate aren't thin, and there's nothing wrong with that. Every time Trump runs his mouth about it, though, those women hear the taunts they endured in childhood. They remember every time they were reminded by an ex-husband or boyfriend that they could "lose a few pounds", or every time a frenemy said, "But your face is so pretty." Those women will RUN to their polling places on November 8th, and Donald, I'll laugh as I watch women you would scorn, belittle and emotionally abuse have the ultimate revenge on you.

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    3. Trump also he said "She deserved it" about his Rosie O'Donnell comments. Every woman who has heard that phrase from an abuser can fight back against this one on November 8 (or sooner if early voting is available in your state.

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  3. Well written Jim,well written. I enjoy your articles here and you've hit the nail on thehead....

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  4. Nice work again, Jim. I tried to watch the debate, but after 20-25 min. I was so disgusted I had to turn it off. I did get a laugh out of Dr. Dean's observations though. Could it be that the R. candidate is indeed coke fueled? LOL. Seriously though, if that guy wins, we're all done for.

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    1. His sniffing was out of control and vastly annoying. Trump had to pout his lips with every sniff. Who does that, really? And why? How the hell does it help clear sinuses? Coke didn't come to my mind, but starting some sympathy for #PoorTrump's illness and obvious exhaustion did.

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  5. I find him totally unacceptable as a human being much less a qualified candidate for office. And as contemptible as this is it pales in comparison to his remarks in Florida where he called to the crowd for a show of hands as to who was not a "conservative Christian" so they could remove them from the rally. So if you were a Jew or Mormon or Muslim or anything other than a "conservative Christian" you were not welcome. If that's not a clear signal as to what this "movement" is all about I don't know what would be.

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    1. Herr Trump's remarks in Florida reek of Sieg Heil. It is beginning.

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    2. Reading a review of a new book about Hitler, I was struck by how easy it was to insert Trump's name instead of Hitler into the synopsis. I agree that we may be seeing another perfect storm...and it floors me. Too many people forget that Hitler rose out of a democracy. Silence is not an option. My mother-in-law lived through this once as a child and I can only imagine her horror right now.

      That a Dominionist got as close as he did to the R nomination should be a real wake-up call, as well.


      - Hayley

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  6. Once again, you prove yourself the master carpenter by hitting nail squarely and driving it clean, in one whack!

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  7. My FB feed today just depresses me. to borrow from The Walking Dead, Drumpf and Media are Carol, telling us to "look at the flowers" and lefties, seeing the gun in hand, are turning right around looking. "flowers? there's flowers? where?"

    We are all kept looking for the flowers instead of talking about anything important towards the job.

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  8. THANK YOU for moderating comments here and on Facebook. I am certain it takes lots of time. And you must encounter a great deal of ugliness and nastiness. Thank you for sparing us so much of it. There is so much hate and vileness and ugly fingerprinting between genders, age groups, religions, ethnicities, family members and people in general in this election. Thank you for standing as a buffer against spreading more of it into our lives. Now, if we could only use you as a gag against some candidate's public remarks and their hate spewing followers......

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  9. With my editor's head on: 'bluster and bombast' or 'bombastic rhetoric/ word salad/ blether'.
    And thank you :-)

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  10. Given the choice between "smug" (Clinton) and "asinine" (Trump), I'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who thinks of the latter as an actual job skill attached to the presidency of the USA.

    As a female who spent decades in a profession staffed and literally designed for males*, the not-so-subtle sexism of this election is staggering. I literally had thought for years that I'd seen it all, from the innuendo and crude asides to the ceilings made not just of glass but bullet-proof Lexan®. Nothing in my personal history has prepared me for the level of blatant sexism promoted and CONDONED by the candidates on the Right and the all-too-willing media shills.

    (*Try being 5'-6" tall in structures where everything is designed for someone 6'-0" tall. It gets old very quickly. Grab that? Ooops, it's 6" out of reach....)

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    1. Try being a 5', 87 lb. female Air Force officer. In 1977. Until 1994.
      Murder.

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    2. Robyn, you have my admiration for your stamina. Not many could have stuck it out that long.

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  11. That 'new rug' bit - you are just brilliant ! Thank you ! (loved the rest)

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  12. Agree with everything here, except Alicia Machado won Miss UNIVERSE, not USA. She just now became an American citizen, ready to vote for Hillary. She's originally from Venezuela.

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  13. "showed great restraint by not brining up Bill Clinton" Near the top?

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    1. Well sure, then he'd really have been in a pickle.

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  14. "One day in the distant future students of logic will refer to this as the Trump Tautology."

    More credit perhaps than he deserves. I think history will offer him little more than a footnote barely larger than Palin's. Then again the Trump Tautology would be fitting and completely invisible to his followers.

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  15. As usual, you're entirely accurate in your observations, Jim, and suitably colorful in communicating them. Too bad those who most need those observations can't see color. Any way, I just happen to have a blue pencil here, so a coupla things: "...strain my already sprained credibility" is a great line, but I think you mean "credulity", Chief. Also, in the fourth to last paragraph, before the great Hill quote from the debate, the noun is "bombast" and is a better fit than the adjectival form "bombastic."

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  16. Hillary prepared for the debate and Trump didn't. His playground bully tactics worked with the rest of the bullies during the Republican debates and didn't work here. We had one bully and one person waiting him out, not responding and continuing her train of thought when the interruption was done. That non-response drives bullies nuts. And we all saw it.


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    1. Absolutely right. I was cheering her for that.

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    2. Here in Baldwin County Alabama one of the big wig Republicans actually said that Trump won the debate because ... when you shoot from the hip with the truth, you don't need to prepare. I've given up on most of the people in my state, they have no grasp of reality.

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  17. This article was in the LA Times this morning. What a piece of work this so-called "man" is!http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-na-pol-trump-women/#nt=oft12aH-1la1

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  18. I have no words. You took them all. I love it when a man takes on other men for being jerks toward women. You got it right, Jim Wright.

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  19. Thanks again for the entertaining read ,truly one of the best things I can do with my time

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  20. It looks like no one has stood up to Trump before, and now he's a huge raging amygdaloidal cretin going all shoutycrackers on whomever he perceives to disrespect his fragile ego. Pity that someone didn't do this to him years ago. He might have actually learned something useful.

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    1. "shoutycrackers" -- I'm stealing that word and hoping it goes into the OED new words selection next year.

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    2. I'm borrowing your phrasing: "raging amygdaloidal cretin" and "shoutycrackers" are too good not to share.

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    3. I love that those words are included in the same sentence.

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    4. Actually, someone apparently *did* do this to him years ago; Barack Obama. On FRONTLINE this week (the episode entitled "The Choice 2016"), during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in April of 2011, Obama totally humiliated Trump, primarily over his birtherism; it is thought by some that this was the motivating factor in Trump's decision to run for President.

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    5. I remember he looked to be seething; didn't he leave early also?

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    6. "Shoutycrackers" and "raging amygdaloidal cretin" must be spread about the internet with greatest possible speed. In reference to Trump, they are both apt.

      Jim Wright, I adore your posts. The are sharp, clever and spot on,

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    7. OMG. "shoutycrackers". Stealing because it's amazingly descriptive, and funny.

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  21. "Gentlemen, as a fellow man I would suggest to you that might be a bad tactic."

    Would that they take it. On second thought, what the hell. Sound advice but I don't think anyone's home in the clown car known as the remnants of the Republican Party. For some unknown reason a Rolling Stones ear worm is calling to me.

    Uh huh shattered, uh huh shattered
    Love and hope and sex and dreams
    Are still surviving on the street
    Look at me, I'm in tatters!
    I'm a shattered
    Shattered
    Uh-huh, this town's full of money grabbers
    Go ahead, bite the Big Apple, don't mind the maggots, huh
    Sha oobie, my brain's been battered
    My friends they come around they
    Flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter
    Pile it up, pile it up, pile high on the platter




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  22. I always love your pithy commentary. And you do it such WO fashion. I would have loved to have served with you. Could have taught me a thing or two early on in my JO career. Keep up the GREAT work!

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  23. "I'd say she was hoping Trump would bring it up and, like a matador twitching her cape to enrage the dumb bull, she was very likely holding her sword just out of sight.

    She’s had twenty years to prepare for that exact attack. She was goading him into it and smiling all the while."

    This woman is the most well prepared candidate I have seen in 50 years of voting. I have no doubt she has a response ready for when (not if) Trump finally is stupid enough to start talking about infidelity.

    "Clinton would have brought him down like a bad side of beef, bank on it." Yes, exactly. And he will walk right into it, leading with his mouth.

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  24. What's that saying - "plowboys shouldn't draw on shootists"? Think I've heard that around here somewhere...

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  25. I'd love to see you as a Presidential candidate, but it's obvious that you are much too rational to want the job.

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    1. There have been a few election cycles that felt like no one smart enough for the job was willing to run for president.
      And then Obama. And we're all better for it. I would never wish the job of POTUS on someone who doesn't want it, but those who do want the job, and those who will hold the job for as long as Jim is writing, would be wise to keep up with what he writes; I don't think anyone who considers themselves well informed on U.S. politics can afford not to follow Jim's work.

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  26. I, like Anonymous, above, also thank you so very much for moderating the responses to all the thoughtful, substantial, historical, psychologically and socially (and all the other kinds of) relevant writings you share with us. The relentless appalling crap is ubiquitous. You bring so much clarity --hilarity, too -- intelligence, wit and sanity with the written word -- I am very grateful.

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  27. Well looky here, GOD reached out His hand and provided this opportunity to comment on a Jim Wright post! Now if only His Mighty Self would rearrange the stars to read "Dump Trump", that would be a miracle.

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  28. I wish he would have said what he's been congratulating himself for not saying. Hillary would have left a smoking hole in the ground.

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  29. Of COURSE they planned it as a trap! And the orange yam walked right into it.

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  30. Brilliant, biting sarcasm and analysis as always. Thank you.

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  31. As ever, well-written and, from my perspective, very accurate. Sadly, and per usual, it doesn't matter - those who should be appalled by this juvenile behavior won't be. They continue to be over-offended by the EMAILS and BENGHAZI because, as well all SHOULD know, we should be far more upset about that than Trump's lies at the rate - what was it - of every three minutes, his misogyny, his failure to pay those who work for him, his failed businesses, etc., etc. And, heck, it's ok for those men to have affairs because they are fine, upstanding men. Women should always be (and have always been) held to a different "standard." When he does bring this up at the next debate - a town hall - I hope all the women in the audience stand up and start throwing stones.

    Note: 2nd paragraph about Guiliani, 3rd line, I think you want it to say "And" rather than "A."

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    1. Yesterday I was sitting at a table with dome friends and could hear the conversation at the next table where some woman was holding forth regarding the debate. She said that all the polls said Trump had won, and that everyone will be voting for him! I almost said, and what demensional were you inhabiting when you heard this? But it is useless to try. Even if you played a video of what he said they would DENY it! Or, explain how what you heard wasn't really what was meant! The only hope is the Undecided saw what was real, and will vote for Hillary.

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    2. I saw a cartoon that said if Trump's fans like him so much because he "says what he means," then why do they have to go back later and say, "oh, what he REALLY meant was ..."

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  32. An excellent and entertaining piece. I love corrida analogy.
    Unfortunately, "professional intellect who's been preparing for this moment her entire life", is exactly why many people are voting for the serial-philandering, blustering bombast who doesn't have two live brain cells to rub together to spark a complete thought. I'm waiting for someone to say she's the bully for picking on him when he's obviously not up to the challenge.

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  33. I suspect Hillary was standing there, thinking, say it, Donald, just say it. Announce that my husband had affairs. Go ahead, I'm ready.

    The Alicia Machado ad was out and about the next morning. According to some reports the Clinton camp had it ready weeks ago. I have visions of the Clinton camp watching the debate, and someone saying, "he took the bait! Release the ad!" Someone punches a button, and out it goes. It was just their good luck that Trump kept talking about it the next day.

    And according to other reports, Clinton has another fifty ads, ready to go. She prepared for the debate (which he thought he didn't need to do) and she prepared for the campaign, and she prepared for the presidency.

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    1. Release the kracken is more like it

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  34. Normally, when I roll my eyes, it's a voluntary movement. I'm aware that I'm disgusted to the point that I roll my eyes in annoyance.
    When you said that Newt was what passed for intellectual for Repubs, my eyes INVOLUNTARILY rolled so hard I'm pretty sure I saw my brain.
    It all boils down to the tangerine terror got his ass kicked seven ways to Sunday---and it was kicked, by a GIRL. Yeah, Notorious HRC. I'm with her!

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    1. Oh, Lordy, I needed that belly laugh! Thank you.

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  35. Just a big fat "thank you" from me. And has anyone mentioned how slim and attractive Mr. Trump is himself? Or would that be going too far?

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    1. Check the next cover of the New Yorker. Plump trump as beauty contestant crying for winning Miss Congeniality

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  36. I was praying out loud for the first time ever that The Cheeto would bring that Knife to Her Gunfight. That would have been epic. But have faith, he will next time. He can't help himself.

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  37. Thanks for hitting the nail on the head - again. I'm continually amazed at the number of people who tell me they don't like HRC but when I ask them to describe what it is they don't like about her, first they respond to me with shock that I would dare to ask them such a silly question then they say stuff like ... well, you know, it's how she looks, how she laughs, how she smirks, how she dresses, how she waves her hands around and also she's too loud. (Oddly these are the exact same reasons the exact same people say they hate Elizabeth Warren. Hmmmm). And OMG - emails! E-MAILS!! I don't know what about e-mails but Lock Her UP! BENGHAZI !

    Some days I find being a citizen of this country downright embarrassing.

    JZinFL

    p.s. so very sorry to hear about ShopKat. Hate it when the fur people take their leave.

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    1. This is what I hear when I ask that question. Those Clintons had so many people killed, you wouldn't believe it. If I don't care who I'm talking to I say "and who was convicted of anything? and then Bill was elected President TWICE".

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  38. I seem to recall a saying about not letting your battleship mouth overload your rowboat ass. Which applies to Trump perfectly.

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  39. Jim,

    Alicia Machado was crowned Miss Universe as Miss Venezuela rather than Miss USA.

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  40. "she beat him like hillary clinton beating donald trump in a televised debate."

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  41. Do you think there may be parallel realities? My conservative friends seem to know every detail about George Soros but they've never heard of the Koch brothers. They know all about Benghazi but never heard of all the US embassy bombings during the Bush administration or about the 240 Marines killed in their barracks or the Iran-Contra affair - and the list goes on. And I just talked to friend on the day after the debate who knows with absolute certainty that HRC has either epilepsy or Parkinsons becasue they saw a video clip of her having some sort of seizures. And the kicker is this friend of mine has been a god-damned emergency room RN for the past 40 years. And then there was the audience on the Dr. OZ show who actually cheered with great approval on hearing what Trump's Testosterone level was (btw it was borderline low which is the usual plight of 70 year old men). They appauded. Take that in, won't you. They cheered! Because he has testosterone. And the folks I watched the debate with thought HRC looked like she was "failing" and "running out of gas" to which I replied I just wasn't picking up on that. They said I just didn't want to admit it was because I'm liberal. Yep, I'm living in a parallel universe. I'm sure of it. Jim, I suspect you don't need (or even appreciate) readers suggesting topics for you but the echo chamber casued by only being exposed to like-minded political views is going to be, if not the dowfall of this nation at least something that casuses us great harm.

    JZinFL (again)

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  42. Having been recently and unjustly n referred to as a pig recently I wouldn't let a misogynist like that back into my life let alone vote for one for President. His vile comments are infectious...people losing their common decency because their belief in him rationalizes their own bad behavior. It's reprehensible.

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  43. Once again Jim, you soooo get it!!!

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  44. I am reminded: Lois McMaster Bujold has a female character who is informed by a slimy type that her husband had a relationship with another man. She tells him "My husband used to be bisexual. Now he's monogamous." Only attitude to take.

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  45. I was shocked he didn't break his arm patting himself on the back for showing all that restraint. Great piece as always!

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  46. Bravo! Like HRC, you hit it out of the park on this one.

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  47. "Trump can snort and paw at the ground"

    while I know you were going for a bull here, I wish you would have used sniff instead of snort, so much more apropos

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    1. Actually, "snort" is appropriate for the bull metaphor. And it goes with his snorts and sniffs during the debate.

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  48. Nailed it again. I so enjoy reading your take on these things. It often aligns with my own so perfectly. That The Dipshidiot Newt and Rudy have the audacity to point the finger at someone's else's infidelity is beyond ridiculous (and Hillary was not the equivalent of them - she was the recipient! But that's between her and Bill). And you can guaran-damn-tee she was ready should The Dipshidiot go down that road. She came prepared! I hate when people say that like it's a bad thing. I want my president freakin' prepared!! Hillary reeled him in masterfully. #imwithher-->

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  49. I love your writings! You say whay I think and can articulate it! Thank you!

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    1. ^^ what she said...my husband was/is convinced this is the death knell of ole' Donald and I reminded him Trumpette's don't hear, nor care about facts. Read him some of the comments in Twittersphere and he was shocked that people still "can't see it". Thank you for your writing. I open Twitter first thing to see what you've posted even before I check the news. I'm torn between amusement and jealousy. Amused by your posts and writing and jealous of your skill. Thanks!

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  50. Donald lost that debate, he brought spray-tan to a knife fight. His little interruptions only made him look like a child.

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  51. Okay, Trump. Go ahead. Suggest to the women (and decent men) of America that a wronged wife is terrible if she doesn't fall all over herself to be warm and friendly and supportive of her husband's mistresses.

    While also apparently believing that on the other hand, it was perfectly okay for you to have affairs and cheat on your (multiple) wives.

    Let us know how that brilliant plan goes, you repellent gasbag.

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  52. I am convinced Hillary is ready for them to bring up "the women". She's to focused not to know it's not going to happen. Cannot wait to see her knock them down. And why isn't anyone halloring from the rafters that Hillary did what 16 of Trump's opponents couldn't do. She beat him in the debate fair and square.

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  53. Bravo. Once again you've brilliantly put into words what I was only thinking about around the edges.

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  54. When they first mentioned it, they tried to spend that he "read" the room and realized it would be a bad move. Nope, I think his son, daughter or Pence told him not to fire that shot. Also, eluding to not saying it is not restraint. It's a passive aggressive move that let's Hillary know she was right to prepare for him to bring it up. She's expecting it now. His campaign realized she cannot be shaken. Through all the interruptions, blustering and lies, she still presented her platform in a clear and concise manner.

    What they are trying to deflect from is Trump's ignorance. Hillary pulled his pants down and smacked his behind well. I laughed so hard when he was asked about changing the US's nuclear protocols. He didn't answer the questions and couldn't answer the question because he has no clue what the protocols are. Everyone of his answers was regurgitation of his stump speech. On live tv for the world to see, he showed he's clueless. The hens are coming home to roost. There's no way to hide this. His plan was to float through the general election. If he wins, he can appoint people and let them make all his decisions. They will give him prompt speeches and keep him out of the press room as much as possible. That's not going to work anymore. He's been exposed. Everyone knows the emporer's new clothes are a hoax. The question now is, how can anyone still vote for him?

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  55. Watching from across the ocean, I am somewhat staggered;

    For 25 years republicans have made Hillary Clinton one the most, if not the most investigated person in the US, including 11 hour session of interrogation, and various violations of the Hatch act, to take her down.
    Amount of evidence that would hold up in court of actual wrongdoing=0

    On the other side. you have an individual who refuses to comply with a simple credit check to ensure he is not in Putins pocket, and who has 3500 lawsuits for fraud, one of child rape, and 1-2 of bribing public officials to drop criminal cases against him, and that is just at this very moment.

    Insanity, is what it is. Admittedly, he has his fans on this side as well, so pretty please, bring him down, hard.

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    1. And isn't it odd that the other side of the ocean knows all about these things, yet the average American hasn't the slightest idea about any of this. Especially the child rape investigation. Our "liberal media" at work...

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    2. This is because, as I think I've said before in these comments, the US elections are the most important in the world, and 99,97 % of us can't bloody vote. So whenever election season comes around - and especially this one - even if we can't actually stop you from deciding to smash our collective junk in a steel drawer at 100 slams per minute, we can at least really, really hope you won't. And prepare as best we can for it if you do take the plunge.

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  56. I've been watching Andy Griffith on Netflix and today one of the episodes was when Ellie (Eleanor Donahue) ran for town council and it caused civil war between the men an women of Mayberry. It struck me not very much has really changed.

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  57. Outstanding post once again, Jim.

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  58. Eventually, Trump will go there (Bill's infidelity). He won't be able to help it, and it will be Hillary's fault when he does. Her fault that her husband was unfaithful to her, her fault Trump mentions it, her fault she stayed with him. Because on some level, Donald does believe that when he does bring it up, she will fall apart and he can declare her unfit to be president. He's wrong, but he does not believe he can be wrong. That is going to be something to see.

    I was sorry to hear about Shop Cat. Sir Walter Scott once said that it was a good thing that dogs did not live as long as people - we'd never survive the loss. Cats too.

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  59. Eventually, Trump will go there (Bill's infidelity). He won't be able to help it, and it will be Hillary's fault when he does. Her fault that her husband was unfaithful to her, her fault Trump mentions it, her fault she stayed with him. Because on some level, Donald does believe that when he does bring it up, she will fall apart and he can declare her unfit to be president. He's wrong, but he does not believe he can be wrong. That is going to be something to see.

    I was sorry to hear about Shop Cat. Sir Walter Scott once said that it was a good thing that dogs did not live as long as people - we'd never survive the loss. Cats too.

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  60. #jillnothill. So you support the corporate puppet, bought and paid for? NEVER!!! Sure Hitler reborn is a horror and would be a disaster as President but don't presume for one minute Shillary will be much better.

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    1. Hmmmm.... A mentally unbalanced, racist, woman-hating, gay hating, shit-stirring fascist, who hints that people should kill his opponent, who invites the Russians to hack American citizens, who can't understand why we don't use nuclear weapons, who has never read a book, who can't concentrate on anything for more than a minute or so, who doesn't pay tax, who brags about screwing over the people who work for him, who knows nothing about the world, who has no discernable polices, who denies climate change, who lies constantly and then lies about lying, who wants to undermine NATO, who admires Putin, who won't publish his tax returns, who insults everyone, who raises rabbles and encourages them to engage in violence...

      Or a steady policy wonk from the deep establishment who promises, basically, more of the status quo.

      I agree HRC ain't the most inspiring candidate ever to come down the pike, but then not many candidates are inspiring, and many who start out seemingly just the same old same old turn out to be better than average. But to choose Trump over HRC isn't just stone irresponsible, it's either willfully ignorant of the danger into which he would pitch the entire world, or else utterly nihilistic. If you can't tell the difference between bad and much much worse then you either aren't paying attention or you just don't give a shit. So which is it?

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    2. In many very important respects, Hillary Clinton will be vastly better than Trump -- She would sign a bill providing for full transparency of donors to any organization engaging in any form of political activity; she would nominate people to the Supreme Court who would overturn Citizens United and who would not overturn Roe v Wade; she would not sign a bill overturning the Johnson amendment (look it up); she will try to obtain tax reform that closes loopholes and she won't sign bills giving more huge tax cuts to the 1%; she can actually find Aleppo on a map and has foreign policy experience and she would not randomly use nukes because she felt that someone somewhere slighted her. They are not even close.

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  61. It is a prime example of the simple-mindedness and the male ego at play in Trump's expectation that mentioning Bill Clinton's extra-marital affairs will get under Hillary Clinton's skin. A couple of score years ago, I became the ex-wife of a serial philanderer. I put some effort into trying to repair the marriage but he wasn't willing so I ended it and never looked back. When life hands you tough decisions, even heartache, you have two choices. If you hang onto the grievances and the pain, those will control your life. If you choose to let go of them, you have freedom to make new choices, a new life. I did that, Hillary Clinton did that. We are better women for making that decision.

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  62. I wish I was half so articulate when battling the "morans" hiding behind their keyboards. I take them on less than I used to because my blood pressure can't handle it, so this level of piercing insight is heartening.

    As for Newt'n'Rudy, well, I can't resist pointing out every chance I get that they fulminated against the threat of same-sex marriage all the while screwing around on their wives-- as most of them are wont to do.

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  63. I rather hope they did. I further hope they have ('scuse me) binders of potential traps, just waiting. It's called planning, and strategy, and paying attention.

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  64. After last night's tweet-storm regarding Ms. Machado; I can't help but see Trump as that 400 pounder in the basement at 3 a.m. tapping his brilliant bon mots into the ether, feeling so empowered.
    Jim, you are the man. Thank you for this post.

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  65. Hey Jim: We know that Hillary is just goading and baiting Trump in advance of Debate #2. At which, she will beat him (figuratively) like a rented mule. He has no impulse control, he is a narcissist, a misogynist, a bigot and a racist. And he has no ability to maintain a stream of coherent thought for 120 consecutive seconds.

    So I am going to enjoy listening to Trump's surrogates try to 'splain Trump's behavior and try to blame it on Hillary and then I am going to enjoy watching her knee cap him at their Town Hall event in a couple of weeks. The only question is whether, after she humiliates him again on national TV before tens of millions of viewers, he will have the balls--or lack of shame--to show up for the 3rd and final debate.

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  66. I image you saw this....but apropos....http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/9/30/1576223/-Donald-Trump-sneaks-out-of-bed-to-attack-Alicia-Machado-and-tell-America-to-watch-a-sex-tape?detail=facebook

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  67. I am a little bothered by this aspect of Hillary's comment: "This is a man who ... has said that women don't deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men."

    Is she suggesting that a woman (or man) who does an inferior job should get the same pay as someone who does a better job at the same position/level? I think she needs to clarify that statement.

    However, the rest of the post, spot on. What's egregious about Rudy ("9/11!") Guiliani is that he announced his separation from his second wife at a press conference, before he told her, and then he paraded his mistress about town as though she were NYC's first lady before he was divorced.

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    1. I was taken aback as well when she made that statement. I am hoping she misspoke meaning that "This is a man who has said women don't deserve equal pay WHEN THEY DO AS GOOD AS JOB as men.

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    2. Hillary Clinton has a been a powerful woman in what is traditionally a man's world for her entire adult life. Lawyer, politician, she has fought against the glass ceiling at every turn. Her thoughts on this subject are very clear and a matter of record and I think you both can rest assured that she meant women deserve equal pay for equal work. She been fighting for equal rights her entire life.

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    3. I, too, think that sentence looks awkward when written, but it was spoken, not written, so you have to look at her overall, consistent stance on equal pay.

      There should have been a better way to point out that some people (people like, apparently, Trump) feel that ANY work a woman performs will, of course, be inferior that that performed by a man, but if they are doing the same job to the standards expected, they should get the same pay, if one or the other is doing a better job, that person should be eligible for a raise at review time, regardless of gender. (Of course, I just WROTE a paragraph, and it would have taken three or four times as long to say something like that as compared to what she did say.)

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    4. Since women have always had to do a better job than men to get a lower amount of pay, Trump was implying (rather inelegantly) that women have never done a job as well as any man has done. And he didn't believe that any woman would ever do a job as well as a man.

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  68. So glad we "dodged that bullet" and Monica wasn't mentioned. That Trump sure is classy...not. I tell people he has my vote for Whiner of the Century, I cannot understand anyone voting for this guy who whines all the time, I always hoped his supporters would have a V-8 moment and realize he has no plans, doesn't pay taxes, rips off everyone he can -- no one even blinks that the donations are paying his corporations for use of HIS plane, his meeting venues, etc.

    Anyway back in the day I was all supportive if HRC walked out on Bill. However then I thought she didn't stop loving him and at that time she was FLOTUS and leaving him would devastate anything he was trying to do as POTUS -- the GOP would pounce and later blame them both for bringing "shame" to the country and world -- it never matters what the Clinton's do -- the GOP will make it evil either way. She chose to stay and that is her decision - Trump's ex-wives all signed agreements never to say a word against him in order to get hefty alimony checks. He doesn't believe in freedom of expression with ex-wives or employees - including those in his campaign. They are not allowed to speak about any Trump family member or risk being sued. Marlene

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  69. Trump suffers from diarrhea of the mouth and constipation of a clue.

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  70. It is almost worth all the shit that's going on just to be able to read your thoughts on it. Your writing is delightful, and you are so wise. (I even overlook the taking the Lord's name in vain because - well, hey, it's YOUR effing blog!!!) I'm so glad that Bob the Wonder Poodle insisted that all his followers start following your facebook page. I follow you, but apparently your friend list is full. But, that's ok. I'm happy to be a devoted follower.

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  71. The followers of Putin's Orange Poodle seem to think that he deserves special accolades for restraint because he didn't rush across the stage and physically assault Hillary for insulting him. Does he also get extra credit for not peeing on his podium to mark it as his territory? Let's be real here. If Trump hadn't been born to money, he'd be the scary homeless guy pushing his Safeway Winnabago down the sidewalk while muttering about his enemies and shouting at the people who look at him.

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  72. "One day in the distant future students of logic will refer to this as the Trump Tautology. " - I certainly hope not, because I'm expecting his name, thoughts and image to be committed to the dust bin of history without a second look back, this would imply that peopel continue to pay attention to him. Which, after all, is what he really wants.

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    1. It is my great fear that we will continue to see the name of Trump in the form of his children, who plan on using his campaign as a springboard for their own political careers in the future. I have heard a rumor that one of his sons is considering a run for Governor of New York. Hopefully The Donald will be so thoroughly defeated that they will never consider showing their face in public again.

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  73. Howinhell did The Donald and/or somebody in his team NOT SEE this coming at least a month ago? Is it just me? I'm so special to Hillary's campaign those emails were sent to just me? Somehow I don't think so. And I heard about Ms. Machado at least a month ago. And maybe more. If Trump really and truly did not see this coming a month ago, then he and his staff are simply and totally incompetent idiots who just don't know how politics works. No, he was simply trying to use this as proof of just how civil he can be. The fact that is isn't working in his favor is the result of his inability to be civil.

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  74. The audacity of dopes.

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  75. Booyah!

    Even though I'm quite clear that you won't read this post, I didn't have to read much beyond understanding than you think "Clinton is better than Trump" to agree with everything you said. (I did read what you had to say to people who don't get that, am scared he might actually be elected, so I did what I've never done online and donated $20 so that you can keep feeding your kids with cheese sandwiches!

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  76. I'm just going to let these events speak for themselves.

    Trump Dec 2004 on Imus morning Show - Context a Statutory Rape case.

    “By the way, did you see what she looked like?” asked Trump.
    “Not bad,” replied host Don Imus.
    “Not bad? Yeah, I’d say so,” said Trump. “I know a lot of guys who are trying to date her right now, Don.”
    “So do you think this 14-year-old kid is scarred forever? He might have put the moves on her. It might have given him confidence, actually,” Trump added.

    Trump March 2007 @ Learning Center, San Fancisco Calif.

    “I had a case, it’s very interesting, a beautiful girl who was 17 or 18, and applied to be a waitress. So beautiful. She’s like a world-class beauty,” said Trump. “My people came, they said, ‘Mr. Trump, she has no experience.’ So I interviewed her anyway because she was so pretty. And I said, ‘Let me ask you, do you have any experience?’ She goes, ‘No sir.’ I said, ‘When can you start?’”

    ((The girl was 17 in 2008 where she wound up promoting Trump's vodka brand in the nude. Trump later claimed she was a party crasher.))

    Trump 2014 Issue of New York Magazine

    Epstein likes to tell people that he's a loner, a man who's never touched alcohol or drugs, and one whose nightlife is far from energetic. And yet if you talk to Donald Trump, a different Epstein emerges. "I've known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,'' Trump booms from a speakerphone. "He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life."

    ((Jeffery Epstien was convicted in 2008 and is a Registered Sex Offender))

    Trump 2016 Calif Courts, NY Courts

    Suit filed in CA Courts alleging Statutory Rape, Defendants Trump and Epstien. Suit withdrawn to be refiled with additional witnesses.
    Suit refiled in NY Courts alleging Statutory Rape, Defendants Trump and Epstien.

    [Sources: Snopes, Daily Show, Imus Transcripts, New Your Magazine, CA Court Filings, NY Court Filings.]

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  77. Trump supporters are moaning that Clinton set him up. Yes she led him to a pit, BUT HE CHOSE TO JUMP IN. And didn't always need to be lead. Sometimes she just pointed at the hole, and he went and jumped in on his own. Sometimes she only had to hand him the shovel, and he dug his own hole. And then there were times he found his own shovel...

    His supporters moaned about the whole format. Now imagine it isn't a TV format. Imagine him face to face in actual negotiations- the 'grewat deal maker'. Imagine him with a certain frumpy hausfrau. Merkel will eviscerate him. You'll need a clean up crew and 3 body bags.

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  78. After the debate, I really, REALLY, appreciated Sady Doyle's (@sadydoyle) tweet:

    "I see Hillary has come dressed in the blood of men who have underestimated her."

    Trump vastly overestimates his abilities and intelligence while vastly underestimating his opponents'. Hillary knows how to use that to her advantage.

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  79. I dislike many things about both Clintons. That being said, I also have to say I agree with everything you wrote. Thanks for another great post, Jim.

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  80. Hi, this is Sumi R. And yes, I cried...with laughter, especially at the 'invite your trump card to sit in the front row' line. Not only for the pun, but for how beautifully it encapsulates the level of Kleverness and Kunning (spelled to match his Klass) the orange guy brings to the table/podium.

    On some deep level, Trump is still convinced he can win this election with WWF tactics. And if we let him, a faked presidency is what we'll get--although I fear the flying bodies will be all too real.

    Thanks for another very enjoyable read.

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  81. I guess its OK, in GOP world, to have an affair, so long as you take the newer, younger sex partner as your wife. But working out the problems in a marriage is folly.

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  82. I've been amazed at the knots "character" voters twist themselves in to in order to justify Drumpf over HRC.
    Thank you for framing it in a way I never could.

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  83. Hillary Clinton is bringing a book to a bar fight. I don't even think that Trumps response should get any attention. The angry attention he gets feeds the determination and hatred of his supporters. Of course it is ridiculous, we don't even need to say it. An eye roll and face slap is all the response that he should get. Before we get all angry at everyone else, I think the anger, clearly, needs to be solely directed at the Media. This is the media's fault. This is not Jill Steins fault, not Bernie Sanders fault., not even Gary Johnson's fault although I dont think he is sober enough to be president. If you are high all the time.....well that is another argument for another article. The media bares the burden of responsibility for this. Having said that, Trump is aiming his arguments at emotion, Hillary is aiming her argument at the intellectual level. Emotion always resonates before reason. Everyday of the week and twice on Sunday. Of course we want our candidates to prepare and be qualified, but qualifications is not how Trump got here. He got here because of his ball busting attitude. I feel like this is all a bet and he bet someone that he could win the Presidency solely on doing everything that your not supposed to do. She can prepare and loose. Or she can trade jabs with him, and still loose, simply because he is more charismatic than she is. I am not voting for either of them. I know that that is not a popular stance on this forum, but that is my choice. Thank you for your post :)

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  84. Jim,

    I follow you on FB. I can't comment there, but often you have me in stitches from your commentary. Keep it up. I'm a fan for life now. Keep telling it like it is!

    KatyBird

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  85. As a neighbour to the north, I don't get to vote, but I'm counting on you guys please don't vote for Trump. I really think he is a dangerous person to thrust on the world.
    Elaine on Vancouver Island BC Canada

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  86. Sometimes I hope for more cat posts, but then you rip one of these off the press and I am once again angry that I can't twist words in art as you do. Goddammit man.

    I keep asking permission to post on FB but......I'll settle for here.

    Carl Grossman, Houston TX

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  87. What is it about these guys? They projectile pundit every vile, base canard they themselves commit.

    Also, et tu squirrel. That's all I got, just glad to be able to comment here (after moderation). I would like to comment on Facebook like some of my friends, but settle for liking and linking.

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  88. With all the fracas going on right now over Donald Trump's recorded quotes and ham handed apology, I have heard speculation on replacing him on the Republican ticket, and some people think it's too late because voting has already started. It's worth remembering that we are not voting directly for the candidate we want, but for electors to cast their ballots when the Electoral College meets. I don't really know if that Republican nominee has to be Donald Trump.

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    1. The status of a Republican candidate is determined by the RNC. There are written rules covering various contingencies. For example, if a candidate were to die or for some other reason be unable to serve, a new one would be chosen by the RNC, or by a full convention if there were time.

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  89. For the debate tomorow: Hillary, when it comes up -- and it will come up -- say this, and then shut up: "For all his faults, I love my husband, my first and only husband and the father of our most wonderful child, who is now a wonderful mother herself. For all my faults, my husband loves me, his first and only wife. What's next?"

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  90. I share your concern and will certainly NOT vote for trump.

    Under normal circumstances, it's perfectly reasonable to give the conservatives a crack at running the country every few years. After all, there are two sides to every political issue.

    However, there are no normal circumstances in this election. Trump could VERY POSSIBLY lead us into a nuclear war. Voting for this man would not only be DANGEROUS, but immoral as well. NEVER...

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    1. I have come to the conclusion that why these (especially evangelicals) are DESPERATE for the Trumpeter to win IS they actually WANT America and the world to go up in flames in a nuclear holocaust, because they realize Jesus is not, ever going to come back .... And they are pissed.

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    2. well....when Jesus does come back these evangelicals are going to have a whole lot to teach Him about christianity, apparently He had it all screwed up.

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  91. Another great post highlighting the hypocrisy of the "traditional family values" Party which now is wholeheartedly supporting a man on his third marriage who boasts about sexually assaulting women and ogling teenaged pageant contestants. A man who judges women by their looks and how much he would like to sleep with them. A man who talked about moving on a married woman "like a bitch" while he was on his third marriage. The contest between Secretary Clinton and Trump shouldn't even be as close as it is in the polls.

    Trump has displayed much restraint in only one area: acting like a decent, mature human being.

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  92. That essay should be delivered as stand-up-comedy ala George Carlin! I haven't laughed that much in a long time.
    But, alas, this not comedic. It is the reality of this extremely long, and insane, Presidential campaign.
    Given this reality, we still need a good laugh now and then.

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