I have many half-formulated posts germinating in my thoughts, and may not have a chance to write them out. But as I ponder those essays, one key problem keeps nagging at me: Why is Trump down only three-to-eight points in national polls?
He has run no ads, many leading Republicans have turned against him, and his campaign has been a massive collection of gaffes. In spite of all of that, he keeps inching upward.
No other candidate in American history has received such disastrous press. No other candidate has displayed such immaturity, such deceit, such underhandedness, such impulsiveness. No other candidate has been so lacking in talent, erudition, education, experience, patience, tolerance, taste or intellectual curiosity.
The man has ties to both the Mafia and Putin's Russia. He has lied about his taxes, his wealth, and his alleged charity. (If you want real
dirt, look at the Trump Foundation, not the Clinton Foundation). His health report is clearly bogus. He changes his stances at whim. He lies incessantly
. He treats women as sex objects. He speaks to minorities condescendingly. He espouses torture. His instincts are thoroughly authoritarian. His claims to respect the Bible, a book he obviously knows nothing about. He has wedded himself to absurd conspiracy theories. His skin is thinner than onionskin. He has absolutely no concept of what's in the Constitution
and seems uninterested in reading that text -- probably because he plans to use any plausible excuse to bypass its constraints.
Why isn't Hillary Clinton twenty or thirty points ahead of this disgusting, vile, oafish ambulatory tumor? Why isn't she crushing
I know that you've been keeping an eye on those electoral maps that seem to show many safely blue states -- the same maps that I check several times a day. Ostriches, it's time for you to yank your heads out of that cerulean sand: If Trump inches up just two or three points more in the national polls, many of those pale blue states will start to go pink again. Two or three points beyond that
, and he wins.
Hillary Clinton's ads and her rhetoric have been weak tea. She has mounted the kind of campaign one would expect if she were running against a normal political opponent such as John McCain or Mitt Romney. Her advertising should reflect the unique danger of the current situation.
For example: Trump, as a major landlord, has a documented and easily-provable history of discriminating against people of color. His campaign is run by Steve Bannon, the man who transformed the Breitbart website into a cesspool of white supremacism. Eight years ago, any Republican with a strong link to a human bacillus like Bannon would have had no chance for national office.
Why would she hesitate to say "Trump is a racist"? She should use those exact words. No adverbial qualifiers.
Trump is the candidate of Breitbart, of the Alt Right movement
. Breitbart is a fascist
site. The Alt Right movement
is a fascist movement
. It's time for us to use that term without apology or shame, because no other description fits -- and any academic who disagrees can go to that circle of hell where the devil stows pseudo-scholarly hair-splitters.
Why won't Hillary launch a hard-hitting series of ads attacking Trump's racism and fascism -- using that term again and again and again
, doubling down, quadrupling down, billioning
Why not a series of ads devoted to exposing the copious evidence that Trump is working hand-in-hand with Vladimir Putin?
Why not a series of ads devoted to exposing Trump's ties to the Mafia?
Why not a series of ads devoted to exposing the victims of this man's refusal to pay laborers for their labor?
Why not a series titled "TRUMP LIES"?
A couple of posts down, I listed just some of the many, many outrageous falsehoods this man has promulgated. The Clinton campaign should produce dozens
of ads devoted to these many lies. The ads should not look slick or expensively-produced, but they should move fast. Lots of fast, hard cuts. The images should land like a punch in the face. The ads should devastate
. The series should seem endless
. The public should feel as though they cannot turn on their teevees without seeing a brand new set of Trump lies: Wham wham wham WHAM
Why hold back? Why don't Democrats call him "LYING DONALD TRUMP" repeatedly?
Why isn't Donald Trump being portrayed as world-historical disaster comparable to Hitler or Stalin?
Why is Hillary Clinton taking the high road? Why is she treating Donald Trump as though he were just another Republican with whom she has policy disagreements? Trump has no policies; he's not intelligent
enough to formulate a coherent set of policies. All he has is egomania and the will to dominate.
Why doesn't Hillary Clinton make crystal clear that Donald Trump is subhuman fascist filth