Friday, October 02, 2020

Who's going to do his hair? (with added note)

Cannon here: I have a few words to say before handing it off to D-Jay. As you no doubt know, Trump has tested positive for the virus. He's in his 70s and reportedly takes Plavix (coronary disease medicine), and thus is within the high-risk category.

The good news: Biden has tested negative

Matt Berman of Buzzfeed wrote the headline that sums it all up: "I Am The Politics Editor And I Have Absolutely No Idea What Happens Next." Well, don't look at me...! Despite my fondness for making overly-bold predictions, I cannot guess how this story will play out.

Right now, we have no way to be certain whether Hope Hicks gave Trump the virus or vice versa. The big obstacle: Team Trump lies incessantly.

Some say that this is all a huge Trumpian trick to get the Orange Oaf out of further debates. That idea is too paranoid even for me

Others predict that Trump will gain sympathy votes. The evidence: Polls suggest that Boris Johnson's popularity increased when the virus hit him. The counter-evidence: A closer look at the polls suggests that Johnson's popularity shot up just before the announcement; his ratings started to slide back down after he got sick.

The right will assail the left if we show any signs of disrespect or schadenfreude. My response: Remember when the rightwingers spread false "Hillary is dying" rumors in 2016? 

Nobody on the right wished her well. Nobody hoped that she would make a speedy recovery from her nameless, imaginary malady. Rightwingers hooted and whooped and bellowed and painted their faces red as they did a tribal victory dance while screeching "DIE BITCH DIE!!" It was all very Le sacre du printemps

If they truly believed that Hillary was sick, they were brutish and disgusting. If they knew all along that their Big Lie was a Big Lie, they were brutish and disgusting. 

So show no mercy. Trump and his minions are thugs. We have no obligation to treat them any better than they treat us. Remember, these are the sickos who spread insane "Biden is a pedo" stories. Brutes deserve brutality.

And now, here's D-Jay. (There's an added note after he has his say.)

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A few posts back, I mentioned that the worst person in the world now – one Donald J. Trump – might also be its luckiest.  Not only has he managed to avoid bankruptcy and jail, he somehow wrangled his way into the White House and was on track to being able to appoint a third Supreme Court justice.

Quite a run, but it might just have come to an end.

Even with the patronage of Vladimir Putin, you can play Russian roulette just so many times before you blow your brains out.

At long last, Trump’s willful disregard of science has finally come around to bite him where it hurts.  It turns out that - no matter how effective it might be on low-information voters already mind-numbed by Fox News and toxic right wing pseudo-Christianity - the bizarre Trumpian version of the power of positive thinking has no effect at all on Covid-19.

I really think that Trump actually believed that the force of his character would allow him to will away the virus.  Turns out, however, that microscopic virus particles couldn’t care less.

The big question, of course, is what this turn of events is going to do to the election – but it can’t be good for team Trump.  If he ends up dead or on a ventilator, it’s pretty much game over, but even if he remains mildly symptomatic (a pretty big if, given his age, weight, poor diet, lack of exercise, and heart issues) how is this going to effect the image of a candidate for whom image is everything – literally everything.

If (heaven forbid) Joe Biden got the virus from Trump’s ceaseless rants at the debate, but were to remain symptom-free, what would fundamentally need to change in his campaign?

Not much.

He could re-isolate himself in his basement and carry on online with his resolutely safety-first Zoom campaign.  Which has worked surprisingly well, and probably would again.

For Trump, however, it’s a far different matter.

He’ll be in lockdown, separated - for the first time in his life – from the squad of paid helpers who do all his real work for him.

For example:

Who’s going to do his hair?

Who’s going to put on his make-up?

Who’s going to man the can of orange tan?

What would he look like on Zoom – without make-up or his $70,000 hair-styling…and will his legendary vanity allow him to appear “au natural,” no matter what the stakes?

So much for his self-styled superman image.

So much for his core argument that we’ve “rounded the turn” on the coronavirus.

So much for a month-long run of stock market surges.

So much for his idiotic claims that he is so much tougher and healthier than Biden.

And even if he can return to campaigning after two weeks in isolation, who in their right mind would want to come to one of his rallies - knowing that they might get a deadly disease from the man himself?  Masks, social-distancing, and a lot less shouting, anyone?

Karma’s a bitch, Donald.  But you’d better get used to it.

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Cannon returns! I just noticed something. This picture, taken today and published in the NYT.

Why is he wearing a heavy overcoat? I live 35 miles away. The weather's fine. Sixty-seven degrees. This morning, I walked the dog wearing only a t-shirt.

Nice coat, though. Style advisers usually say that an overcoat should not go down past the knees. But mine does, and so does Trump's. So we have that in common.


gadfly said...

"Antiplatelets such as clopidogrel (Plavix) can be used to help prevent blood clots. They work by making it more difficult for the platelets in your blood to stick together, which is the first step in the formation of blood clots."

"They’re sometimes prescribed to people who’ve had ischemic strokes or heart attacks. Your doctor will probably have you take them on a regular basis for an extended period as a means of preventing secondary stroke or heart attack."

For those who have forgotten, Donald Trump's mother died of stroke and, of course, we were recently reminded of Trump's mysterious emergency visit to Walter Reed in November 2019. In September 2020, an expose appeared that said Pence was put on alert because of Trump's Walter Reed trip but Mikey didn't remember that - so Trump took to Twitter to deny that he had had a TIA (transient ischemic attack) mini-stroke - despite the fact that media had not mentioned stroke.

gadfly said...

Whole lot of questions, but this whole thing is beginning to stink. Suddenly, Trump with a low-grade fever is about to be fly to Walter Reed as a precaution. But no mention is made of Hope Hick or Melania not being transported to the Army hospital for better treatment. This after we have been assured about how complete and modern the White House medical facilities are as presently equipped.

So, let me give you THE OCTOBER SURPRISE. Perfectly-healthy Trump goes to Walter Reed, where he receives a new vaccine and walks out of the hospital completely cured.

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Bob Harrison said...

I've been posing this question in a few places but I have to receive an answer so I'll try the old faithful of Cannonfire. If tRump and Pence both are incapacitated and Pelosi is sworn in as President, can the two, if they recover, somehow reclaim their positions? I don't read the Constitution that way at all but then I'm not a lawyer. It seems to me that once Pelosi and a Veep are in office, they would be there until term ends in January. Thoughts?

Anonymous said...

I was thinking as he got on the helicopter today that he looked—fat. The overcoat drapes down over the fat.

Anonymous said...

@ Joseph you ask:
Why is he wearing a heavy overcoat? I live 35 miles away. The weather's fine. Sixty-seven degrees.

Perhaps he was fighting off fever chills?