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Saturday, October 08, 2016

Like a hawk from Hell (Plus: Did Hillary REALLY insult black people?)

I'm still predicting a Republican victory, partly because I just want to be different, and partly because of my motto: "Always predict the worst. That way all of your surprises will be happy." By cracky, if a man goes to the trouble of formulating a motto, then he better stick with it to the bitter end, goldurnit.

But, yeah, at the moment things are looking bad for Donnie. A cinematic precedent may be instructive.

As most of you know, the "Max Shreck" character in Batman Returns was based on Donald Trump -- with one big difference: The movie character does not himself run for office. Instead, he uses the Penguin as his puppet. The Penguin's election seems assured until Batman gives Gotham City an earful of a clandestine recording in which Penguin screeches: "You gotta admit, I've played this stinkin' city like a hawk from Hell!"

In other words, Shreck's plan was undone by a hot mic.

Did art presage real life? You tell me.

Tomorrow, I'm going to be out of the house looking for Goatman instead of watching the debate. Maybe Hillary should skip it too. Or maybe she should walk out on stage, refuse to shake Donald's hand, say "This is for all the women in America" -- and spit in his face. Then she should simply walk away. The only ones who would blame her are people who would never vote for her.

We know that the rest of the campaign is going to be all about Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and Gennifer Flowers. That's why this Mediaite piece is so amusing: They found an old Trump interview with Chris Matthews in which Trump defends Bill Clinton's wayward ways.
In 1999, according to this article in the New York Post, he told Chris Matthews he could never run for President because of his history with women. Here is what he said:
People want me to [run for president] all the time … I don’t like it. Can you imagine how controversial I’d be? You think about [Bill Clinton] and the women. How about me with the women? Can you imagine?
When Matthews joked about Monica Lewinsky by saying, “You might be close, but there’s no cigar,” Trump said, “They might like my women better, too.”
Trump was wiser then than he is now.

Look, we all make choices in life, and we all understand that our past decides our future. If you were once a stripper (male or female), you are never going to be president. If you have reported an encounter with Bigfoot -- or Goatman -- you are never going to be president. If you have ever used racial slurs in public, you are never going to be president. If you once wrote an article titled "Karl Marx was totally groovy!" you are never going to be president. And if you're the kind of guy who brags about grabbing the crotches of women you just met...

Oops. I came that close to saying something contrary to my motto, didn't I?

Added note: The smears never stop. The Gateway Pundit offers this headline:
WIKILEAKS BOMBSHELL: Racist Hillary Trashes African Americans – Calls Them Losers
The article is incredibly deceptive. The editors deliberately slice off the header to give readers a false impression of who actually wrote the message in question.

The actual email shows that Hillary wrote no such thing. Instead, the author was someone named Orca100 in the Netherlands. Hillary is not even among the recipients: The message was sent to various European writers for Politico and to someone at Media Matters.

Nor is there any indication that the message has anything to do with Hillary's server. We have, in short, no indication that the message had anything to do with Hillary Clinton.

The email contains a long piece on immigration (apparently written for publication) which goes on to praise the marvelous accomplishments of Jews. "One group of people has long outperformed all other Earthlings by such a bizarrely wide margin that it singlehandedly smashes this all-folks-are-equal myth into millions of smithereens."

Looks to me as though someone at Politico got placed on some sort of oddball mailing list. The original message obviously was written by one of those strange Jewish supremacists (yes, there really are such people) linked to Chabad. For all we know, Orca100 (whoever he or she is) may have been simply passing along an article which he considered outrageous.

Hell, all sortsa strange crap plops into my email inbox. Please don't presume that I agree with that stuff or that I even read it.
I am so angry it's not healthy. I can't even tell why
WikiLeaks is releasing falsified emails not really from Hillary Clinton. -
Well, I guess there really was an October surprise after all, just not what we expected.
This yarn can be spun a 1000 different ways. Why did everyone (MSM, Democrats, other Republican challengers) wait till October to unearth all the dirt on Trump?
All this stuff has been around just waiting for someone to go find it. Why now?
The next president probably will be a Republican, just not Trump. Trump will be out by tomorrow.

Bill Pruitt:

"As a producer on seasons 1 & 2 of #theapprentice I assure you: when it comes to the #trumptapes there are far worse. #justthebegininng"
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I've seen that too, but the same producer is not answering any inquiries -- he won't even say "No comment."

But it looks as though Kellyanne Conway is bailing on Trump. It really IS the Dick Club now. Kellyanne may have odious political ideas, but she is a professional who has earned our respect. Stone and Manafort are dangerous because of their ruthlessness, but they are also has-beens who think that testosterone (and meth? Coke?) can substitute for common sense.
Trump is toast. There remain the details of how he leaves, but his departure will be fast and it will probably be on the face of it "voluntary". There is a clue in Mike Pence's statement in response to the "Grab 'em" video. "We pray for his family and look forward to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart when he goes before the nation tomorrow night."

"We look forward to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart" isn't the usual "We can do it!" and "When I win" rhetoric of US politics. If someone has an opportunity, they may take it or they may not. What Pence means is "I'll wait until the bastard digs himself deeper into the shit, in front of maybe 100 million viewers, and then I'll finish him off to widespread rejoicing."

Last night the Trump campaign removed from the schedule page at its website all notices of Pence events. (Although they've now put two up, both on Monday.)

Pence is doubtless cooperating closely with the RNC. By the middle of Monday the flow of Republican figures who reject Trump will have become an avalanche.

Trump thinks he's got a chance to turn things round in the debate. The Republican leadership are giving him rope. After he fucks up, perhaps they'll even lower the price they're offering him to pull out. Or perhaps the price wasn't very high anyway - maybe it's just a pardon from President Pence, so he can keep his arse out of jail.

It's possible he'll have a "James Forrestal" moment. He's always loved himself so much, and he thinks that that means he's so great, but it could come home to him with a bang that the majority of people think he's a disgusting arsehole whose character makes him totally unfit to hold public office. If he doesn't go full Forrestal, it wouldn't surprise me if he insults Hillary Clinton, calling her a lesbian or ugly or a woman who can't satisfy her husband, perhaps a "misogynist" or even a "rapist". Trump doesn't get WHY most people despise what those two last words denote. One of the moderators will be female, Martha Raddatz; perhaps he'll insult her too. I don't know whether Bill Clinton raped anyone or if he did whether his wife threatened the victim. Saying she did might garner votes for a relatively normal Republican candidate, but it won't net any for Trump. Not once the issue of sexual abuse is on the table. His moronic supporters will love him for laying into Clinton, but the people who become iffy about her and who decide to vote Trump or abstain will be far fewer than those who decide to vote Clinton rather than abstain or vote Trump, so as to do their bit to stop the further progress of this insane scumbag. The debate will be all about Trump, not Clinton. Clinton could be damaged by court-forced State Department document releases between now and the election, but she's unlikely to take any hits at the debate. Trump, though - the debate will finish him.
When I go to the Trump campaign website and watch the campaign video on the front page, I get offered two other videos once it's finished. I haven't watched them yet. The ad for one shows a man in a red cap and carries the hover text "#HEARTLAND4TRUMP". The video has had 243K views.

But the other! The ad shows the words "PROPHECY OF TRUMP - A PROPHECY VIDEO UNLIKE ANYTHING". Its hover text is "TRUMP: THE COMING LANDSLIDE. ~Ancient Prophecy Documentary of Trey Smith", and it's had 869K views!

Gateway Pundit is a nutjob site that should be ignored. Their stock in trade is lies about Democrats and articles about how terrible black people are.
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