The GOP’s Date from Hell

For a half century, Republicans pandered to Americans angry about racial integration and other social change – even as GOP elites got rich off the “base” – leading to Donald Trump, the party’s date from hell, says Michael Winship.

By Michael Winship

Republicans, we know what you’re going through. Many of us have been in this kind of relationship before: You meet someone new and he or she seems different, exciting, rebellious, maybe even a little dangerous. You get involved. Your friends say, “What do you see in him/her?” And you reply, “Oh, you just don’t know him/her like I do.”

But as the weeks and months go by, you start to realize he/she isn’t just a little dangerous. He/she is a menace. Time to re-evaluate.

Billionaire businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Billionaire businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

As James Hohmann at The Washington Post’s Daily 202 writes, “Many Republicans who initially rallied around Donald Trump after he clinched the nomination are having second thoughts.”

What’s more, Hohmann’s Post colleagues Ed O’Keefe and David Weigel report that, with less than three weeks left before the Republican Party convention, “The candidate, his family and close supporters are expected to play starring roles. So will most top congressional leaders. But many Republicans who want to distance themselves from Trump’s incendiary rhetoric are refusing to attend. Past corporate sponsors such as Ford, General Electric and JPMorgan Chase have declined to participate.”

Members of the Bush family, including the two ex-presidents, are boycotting. Mitt Romney and John McCain (the last two Republican presidential nominees) won’t be there and neither will other incumbent senators who are in tough reelection fights this year. So GOP, let’s face facts: A lot of your friends are trying to tell you something about your relationship. In fact, a CNN poll conducted June 16-19 found that 48 percent of Republicans now would prefer a different candidate.

Bottom line, GOP, your presumptive nominee is the Date from Hell. As Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus told Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, Trump has “carved out this idea that he’s this earthquake in a box.” Unfortunately, that leaves the rest of us teetering on the fault line, just above the abyss.

Like the proverbial bad boyfriend, chaos ensues wherever Trump goes. Now that he’s about to be the party’s standard-bearer, he expects the Republican National Committee to do a lot of the work — “no national committee in recent memory has been called upon to pick up so much operational slack in a general election,” Leibovich writes — and to pick up the check much of the time, too, even though the committee has millions worth of debt and he’s not holding up his end when it comes to fundraising.

Trump keeps talking about how much money he has and brags about his get-rich-quick schemes but doesn’t deliver. GOP, before you commit in Cleveland, you really should get a prenup — demand to see his tax returns and his bank statements. Otherwise, trust us, you can’t afford this guy.

And that’s not all. Love has blinded you to his many other faults, GOP. He says one thing, then says the opposite and when he’s called out on it claims he was misrepresented. Never admits a mistake. Makes outrageous accusations. Never seems to read anything that doesn’t have his name in it. Spends too much time with his pals on social media. Constantly and narcissistically talks about himself. Intolerant of others and angry all the time. Never takes responsibility — whenever bad stuff happens it’s always someone else’s fault. And he keeps wearing that damned baseball cap.

Best to make a clean break, GOP. Run away from this fellow as fast as humanly possible. Leave skid marks. Maybe you’ll meet someone else. Years from now you’ll be able to laugh about it. And chalk it up as a learning experience.

But you won’t, will you? You wish you knew how to quit him but you keep falling for the con. You think he’s smart because he says he’s rich, hates the same people you hate and makes promises that you love, even though they’ll never be kept and there surely will be tears before bedtime.

The “stupid party” that ex-Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal warned about after the 2012 elections, plagued by the nativism, xenophobia and cynicism Trump represents (to slightly paraphrase President Obama’s words in Ottawa this week) has come to pass.

As the great Charlie Pierce recently wrote at Esquire, “Our politics are not supposed to be vulnerable to this kind of abject farce.” But here you are, GOP, stuck in a dead-end relationship with someone who, when all is said and done, may prove to be the very thing that Trump himself so loves to call other people: a loser.

You brought it upon yourself through decades of encouraging rage and ignorance, ignoring the realities of economic inequality and social injustice and creating a government and politics of dysfunctional inertia. And you wonder why you can’t meet a decent guy for onc

Michael Winship is the Emmy Award-winning senior writer of Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com, and a former senior writing fellow at the policy and advocacy group Demos. Follow him on Twitter at @MichaelWinship. [This article originally appeared at http://billmoyers.com/story/gops-love-affair-earthquake-box/]

38 comments for “The GOP’s Date from Hell

  1. Zachary Smith
    July 3, 2016 at 23:54

    The essay title of The GOP’s Date from Hell referred of course to Trump, but if you want to get into Trump’s Dates From Hell list, it now contains the name of Indiana’s Mike Pence.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/mike-pence-meets-trump-nothing-was-offered-vp-front-n603271

    This fellow is a dingleberry beyond compare, and would guarantee to me that Trump has as much chance of winning as McCain did when he took Palin as VP. When Romney chose Ryan for the same job.

    I spoke previously of Indiana electing random morons. The latest indication of this is Pence’s signing of a ‘right-to-life’ bill –

    Among other gross things, it requires counseling on “perinatal hospice care” for those who are considering abortions due to lethal fetal abnormalities — like when the kid is going to be born with a brain outside its skull and will only live for 20 minutes of excruciating pain; bans abortions based on sex, race or genetic abnormalities like Down’s Syndrome or Tay-Sachs; requires someone seeking an abortion to watch an ultrasound and listen to a fetal heartbeat 18 hours before obtaining an abortion; and makes it a Level 5 felony to donate fetal tissue or accept donations of fetal tissue.

    A married woman discovers her fetus has a microscopic head? A gene selection virtually guaranteeing later breast/ovarian/testicular cancer for the “unborn”? Tough luck, lady. News reports say the bill the silver-maned Pence signed also requires a burial or cremation of any fetus.

    hXXp://wonkette.com/603646/mean-federal-judge-says-indianas-bad-abortion-law-is-bad-and-it-should-feel-bad

    Once again, Trump’s selection any of the fringe GOP morons tells me he is absolutely not serious about becoming President of the United States. If that happens, he’s in it for the biggest grift of the century and no other reason.

  2. Zachary Smith
    July 3, 2016 at 14:17

    Best to make a clean break, GOP. Run away from this fellow as fast as humanly possible. Leave skid marks. Maybe you’ll meet someone else. Years from now you’ll be able to laugh about it. And chalk it up as a learning experience.

    On the face of it, this isn’t a bad idea at all. Except some truly P.O.ed Trump supporters will stay home – or go vote for Hillary. There just isn’t anybody in the GOP bullpen worth a pewter ****.

    Consider what Gannet’s Indianapolis Star published from George Will recently.

    “{George} Will: Mitch Daniels is president America needs”

    http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2016/06/16/will-mitch-daniels-president-america-needs/85975648/

    Just think of it – a distinguished former Governor of Indiana who followed up on that triumph by going North to West Lafayette where he is presently serving as President of Purdue University.

    Never mind that Indiana has a growing tradition of electing any passing moron with an “(R)” beside his name. That Daniels left DC one step ahead of a Grand Jury. That he began the destruction of Indiana Government. That he is presently hollowing out Purdue after arranging his own new position – despite having no experience in Education. The little guy doesn’t even have a PhD! One of the Very First things he arranged at Purdue was to abolish the department there which forced contractors to do their jobs. Oh, somebody else actually did the deed, but everybody knew Mitch was on his way and what he wanted. When I was at Purdue I was awed by the solid and enduring quality of the infrastructure. Things 75 years old were still as solid as a brick ****house. Probably a thing of the past – unless Private Contractors have recently become 1000% more honest.

    One reason some of my family thought ‘Our Man Mitch’ might get the Presidential nod was that he’d be running against Hillary. It so happens that the fellow we call ‘the little bald-headed weasel’ is very ‘height-challenged’ and HRC is the only candidate shorter than himself. So maybe Will’s idea isn’t such a bad one after all.

  3. AntiCato
    July 3, 2016 at 09:22

    The holier than thou hypocrisy about Trump is truly hilarious, the finest pot calling the kettle black moments in living memory. The majority of the American electorate knows the game is rigged, and does not bother to exercise The Sacred Legacy of Freedom ™, aka the right to cast a meaningless vote that effects no change in national policy.

    Trump is an egomaniacal showman but a shrewd businessman. He’s acutely aware of the primacy of image over substance in this failed republic and is having a field day mocking the system. He’s having time of his life, watching the trained seals slap their flippers together when he tosses them their latest fish, while the shrill Greek chorus of pseudo-democratic Liberals bewails the ignorance of the unwashed masses and beats its collective breast over its irrelevance.

    Look at who opposes Trump, which of the media distort just about everything he says or does, and observe who supports Clinton and ignores her endless lies, evasions, and potentially criminal activities, and there you will find what the real issues are. Trump is a member of the ruling elite gone rogue, and his candidacy is the most grievous threat to their hold on power that’s been seen in several generations.

    I have no fear of a Trump Presidency: history shows that when people lose faith in democracy, they clamor for arbitrary rule by a strong leader, and only the bitter experience of such autocracy will awaken them into action. Humans almost never learn important lessons the easy way. A dark night is coming, but its coming is the prelude to the new dawn.

  4. delia ruhe
    July 2, 2016 at 16:27

    Maybe the GOP should consult eHarmony next time they’re looking for presidential candidates.

  5. Patrick Penick
    July 2, 2016 at 01:56

    Thank you for all your work Brad! I will save your comment, looks like tons of great info in there. I liked Bernie because I think we need some change and I have now drank the Trump kool aid. Hillary is a war monger and our country needs to stop that business. Let’s make America great again! Did I really say that? I am noticing the media is really hammering on Trump now–turn off your radios and televisions is all can say. The lies we are constantly hearing do have power and influence–when I just pay attention to RT news and Consortium, my politics change and I am more skeptical of mainstream media–and judging from all the stories they have told us to get us into all these wars and regime changes, they have been lying a whole lot. Thanks again!

  6. July 1, 2016 at 22:15

    Hypocrite. You are probably non-interventionist and in favor of friendship with Russia. Yet you vilify the one candidate who agrees with these foreign policy principles. Shame on you.

  7. david thurman
    July 1, 2016 at 15:32

    it’s awful isn’t it? some choice huh? many pple cannot get enthused by hillary especially in re: to foreign policy, e.g. iraq vote, talked obama into regime change in libya, supported coup d’etat of progressive-democratically elected leader of Honduras, pushed 4 regime change in syria, she pledges allegiance to israel b4 the usa; she supported coup d’etat in ukraine & has gone along w/this neo cold war, total dismissal of “putin’s russia” ideology = very stupid + dangerous imho. She carried over many of the neoCON’s from the Wbush admin. (especially the kagen family), in the state dept. She admires henry kissinger, duh! oh! i ran across something last night i didn’t know … you know it’s common knowledge kissinger first appeared on scene as an advisor to nelson rockefeller, b4 he was sec. of state & nsc advisor under nixon & ford.

    I had heard jfk had him banned from the white house & called him a nut, but i did not learn until reading last eve. that henry kissinger was an aide to allen dulles when he was oss station chief in berlin > that is very, very illuminating; now it all makes sense (i had wondered how he came to be since 1st hearing his voice while i was in high school).

    Isn’t the genesis of much of the current european problems the u.s. invasion of iraq (a despicable state perhaps, but it was at least semi stable b4 we dismissed the army & bombed it to hell), then libya, then syria.
    Haven’t we done these things at the behest of israel? i know iraq was. I think back to poppy bush’s comment at the time of gulf war I in ’91, “Can we finally be done w/the ‘Vietnam Syndrome’?” sure, war economy 4ever, with no blowback.

    But given the probable choice i will have to vote 4 hillary.

    • Dennis Merwood
      July 1, 2016 at 18:20

      Dave,
      I have a wonderful daughter who is a medical Doctor. Her writing style is identical to yours. With complete disregard for correct capitalization, proper punctuation, whole sentences, and formal spelling. I’ve wailed and gnashed my teeth at her 4ever(!) about this. My guess is that this old codger is going to get the same response from you as I get from my Doctor daughter. Dad, get a life! LOL
      Dennis

    • david thurman
      July 1, 2016 at 22:17

      Dennis,
      You got me, all good points. Actually I had just written that as an email reply to a friend, after reading the article and replies I thought it could fit, so I simply copy/pasted it and added, ‘But given the probable choice i will have to vote 4 hillary,’ at the end. I wasn’t thinking of publishing at the time of writing, I was focussed on the content, getting the facts right.
      Thanks, davide

    • dahoit
      July 2, 2016 at 10:43

      How the hell could any rational human vote for the career screwup with not one positive thing on her resume,in the last 20 years,instead a litany of disaster after disaster.
      They have stories about masochists as you,but I never believed them till now.

    • Patrick Penick
      July 2, 2016 at 02:05

      David, I don’t understand you choice to vote for Hillary. Is Trump that bad? He likes social security, he respects Putin, he does not want to get involved in the Middle East while H is still talking about a no fly zone in Syria. And, Trump respects the 2nd Amendment–a week and a half ago or so Hillary was interviewed by Stephanopolous and she refused to agree that the 2nd amendment guarantees citizens the right to bear arms. Also Hillary supported Gaza bombing. How can you vote for her? I don’t know much about Trump, but can his negatives be as bad as hers?

    • dahoit
      July 2, 2016 at 10:44

      He’s been molded by MSM propaganda,as she is the Zionists tool for more evil and destruction,and her foibles are kept on the down low.
      Another sheep for slaughter.

  8. David Smith
    July 1, 2016 at 15:08

    Brad Benson thanks for taking the time to post this excellent comment with the very valuable links. Michael Winship is an absurdity, so absurd I generally decline to comment on his ultra-absurd articles. Winship’s value is as a case study in the talking points used by “pseudo-left propaganda”, one of the Mockingbird brand of fine mind control products.

    • Brad Benson
      July 1, 2016 at 18:20

      Thank you. They had it marked for moderation for most of the day. I posted it early this morning.

      I’m curious, when did you first see it here? As in…when something is marked for moderation here, is it visible until “moderated” or is it invisible?

    • David Smith
      July 2, 2016 at 07:16

      Brad, it was invisible for at least four hours. This has happened before to others. If a comment has many “links” it gets delayed. I think Mr. Parry has to be sure the “links” do not go to a “virus infected attachment”, which is they way hackers get into your computer.

  9. bobzz
    July 1, 2016 at 15:05

    I understand that people want writers to say what they want to read, but the one that is making the effort to write gets to say what s/he wants to say. That Parry did not mention Hillary in this piece does not mean he endorses her. I cannot recall a single piece wherein Parry did; rather, in more than one piece he criticized her as a warmonger. Just type ‘Hillary’ in the search engine. Take issue with Parry for what he wrote, not for what he did not write.

    • Brad Owen
      July 1, 2016 at 16:03

      We need another article: the double-date from hell. I think the D’s and R’s are going to crash & burn soon, following the Federalists and Whigs into the Dumpster. The Greens and Libertarians will probably become the two new parties that the 1%er Oligarchy will strive to capture. May it take them a few decades to accomplish this (I’m already looking a couple steps ahead) so the 99% can have a brief respite from their predations.

    • bobzz
      July 2, 2016 at 09:13

      Oh brother. It was Winship, not Parry who wrote the piece. By the time i got to the end of it and all the comments I forgot who wrote it. That said, I still agree with Winship. Trump is awful, but I agree with the commenters that Hillary is a known quantity, and she is ‘awfuller’. I do not know how Winship feels about Hillary; maybe he likes her, maybe he doesn’t. I comment on what he wrote, not what he didn’t. Were he to actually write a supportive piece about Hillary, then I could criticize it.

  10. Joe Tedesky
    July 1, 2016 at 14:35

    Brad, I am impressed too how much thought and effort it was for you to post these links and comments, such as you did here. I’m not a Trump supporter, or a trashier. What does concern me is when such subjects, as U.S. involvement in NATO is brought up, or like talking to Putin is being suggested, that these very seriously needed discussed subjects become part of the media’s portrayal of the Donald Trump’s clown show. I mean he is the gift that just keeps on giving. Instead of hearing from Stephen Cohen on Russia, we hear the media loudly laugh out loud at something Trump made mention of while making his overly bombastic gestures, which never seem to disappoint. Whether Trump is being misquoted or not isn’t the issue, as much as the narrative which the media has so cleverly outwitted the public with that counts, and all due to Donald’s crazy nature. Hillary could not have it to be made anymore easier for her to take the White House, than to have Trump as her rival, and a media who knows how to carry out their orders, which is to get Hillary elected no matter what the cost. Great posting Brad, I will be referencing these links for myself, and will make sure to recommend to others to do the same. Take care Brad, rest those keyboard fingers after a job well done…now carry on shipmate. JT

    • Brad Benson
      July 1, 2016 at 18:17

      Thank you for your kind words. If you really want to see an example of how the MSM twists things, read the transcript of Trump’s interview with the Washington Post and then read the articles that the WAPO published about the interview. They are in total contradiction.

    • Joe Tedesky
      July 2, 2016 at 01:53

      Brad, we live in a day and age of sound bites. Don’t you agree. I have sit and seriously listened to Donald Trump, and the trick is, is to not look at the hair and gestures, but to seriously listen to the man for what comes out of his mouth. Granted he reminds me of a fifties Union business agent running for office, but he does have his moments when he makes a lot of sense. Listen to him, like you should listen to anyone talking.

      It’s what happens after the interview where the media magic starts to come alive. Sound bites is the game, and Donald knows how to play it, but the in the tank media magicians know how to cleverly turn all of his words that around, that you think he said it, when he didn’t…go back and listen to the interview tape. An example would be when Matthews got Trump to say, how we should punish women who have abortions. The media is still talking about it.

      I would advise Trump, that in the general election, that he quit tweeting at night, and not as much during the day. Do a Gypsy Rose Lee, and make the public pan for it. Okay, who am I to advise Donald Trump, he just maybe our times biggest promoter, possibly. I just think that if Trump even stands a chance, that he should sedate himself a bit, and especially think real hard before spilling his guts out only to have it amped up to volume 12, or twisted to a point which would make Chubby Checker blush. Then again, Trump is sitting somewhere neat running for president, and I’m here typing on this thing in my kitchen…. Oh, wait I think I’m getting a call from James Carville…later!

  11. exiled off mainstreet
    July 1, 2016 at 12:23

    Trump may be the date from hell, but the harpy is a documented war criminal based on her Libya role whose Syria policies might lead to nuclear war with Russia. Her Libya debacle includes supporting Jihadis who conducted a mass liquidation of Africans Khaddafi had settled in Libya. Meanwhile, the Clinton record of corruption based on the hundred million in disguised bribes for speeches given and the Clinton foundation sets a standard.
    Trump, for all his unattractive qualities, has taken the right position on the “Trade” pacts which actually cede the rule of law to corrupt corporate tribunals, and takes a more reasonable foreign policy view. Survival trumps political correctness every time.

    • Joe Tedesky
      July 1, 2016 at 14:55

      And there in lies the problem. I mean, how can you vote for a racist? Another way of looking at him, is how can we not vote for a candidate who would talk to Putin, or pull out of NATO? I sometimes lately have been wondering to if Trump’s candidacy couldn’t be a master plan to undermine the electorates needs. That by unloading every issue onto the Trump platform, that this would mean a death sentence to some really good solutions, that our corporate masters don’t want to implement in the least bit. If only we could vote for Trump, with a list of do’s and don’t’s which we could apply as needed. Like do you really want to waterboard Muslim families every time there is a terrorist attack somewhere in the Western world? Probably a Trump would be better than a Hillary, I guess. I mean Trump at least may talk to Putin, and maybe he would do something right in regard to our country’s Middle East fiasco, which has been going on for far to long. Hillary on the other hand, is like an open book, and every chapter is filled with chaos, and deception, and someone always gets killed. Let’s face it the choices we have aren’t encouraging towards us getting a good government, but without a doubt we will see what we will get from all of this campaigning, and I hope at least we will all survive it, one way or the other.

    • dahoit
      July 2, 2016 at 10:32

      Racists?We are all racists Joe,even you,even black people,Asians or whomever.
      It is a human construct to be wary of the other.
      It’s acting out that racism that’s the issue,as our minds are our own.

  12. Joe Tedesky
    July 1, 2016 at 12:01

    Dear Mr Winship, as much as I agree with you, on many things, I must warn you that now is not the time to gloat. Gloating would be great if Democrats had a suitable candidate, to give them reason to gloat. Making fun of a Donald Trump Republican presidential candidate would be a funny thing to laugh at indeed, if it were not that his closest rival for that office is none other than our country’s dreaded Queen of Chaos. Now, if the Democrats had Bernie Sanders, or especially if we were comparing Trump up against say Jill Stein, then yeah let’s laugh until our laughter turns to tears of joy, but when throwing Hillary up against this ridiculous rich buffoon, well there is nothing to laugh about here, and the tears that we spill are not tears of joy, but tears of sorrow. In fact, in a very serious way, our beloved nation is probably about to go through it’s most trying times, and then some. Having Hillary, or by some fat chance the Donald, doesn’t seem like anything to jump up and down about. I fear we will all know this rather soon when, after one of these (probably Hillary) narcissistic wannabes gets into the White House, and we will all be the worst off than ever before for it. It is a shame, that at such a crucial time in this world’s history, that America the exceptional nation that it is, provides this planet with such incompetent, and selfish leaders. We could have done better. I could go on, but then we would be talking about campaign finance reform, and everything that’s too big to fail.

    Andrew Levine gets it right:

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/01/hillary-ordinarily-awful-or-uncommonly-awful/

    • rosemerry
      July 1, 2016 at 12:31

      Exactly how I feel. How can the Dems pretend their candidate is anything other than a disaster.

    • Joe Tedesky
      July 1, 2016 at 15:08

      Money & promotion!

    • Brad Benson
      July 1, 2016 at 12:48

      Sadly, Trump is going to win in a landslide and he’s going to do it with my help. I will not vote for another war criminal.

    • Joe Tedesky
      July 1, 2016 at 15:04

      In some strange way Brad that makes sense…go for it!

      I on the other hand: “If it’s Hill, I’m with Jill!”

      sorry just had to make my pick known, but by all means vote for the candidate who represents your views the best.

    • dahoit
      July 2, 2016 at 10:29

      Yes,Trump is an unknown,but his enemies are our enemies.
      I think he’ll win big too.
      The Graun poll had Trump in front btw,I guess the criminals were pissed.

  13. M.
    July 1, 2016 at 09:58

    Loved it!

  14. Brad Benson
    July 1, 2016 at 09:56

    Why should my comment above be awaiting moderation? I’ve produced the links to back it up and I’ve used no foul language. Nor have I attacked the author for anything other than his ill-conceived opinions and his unwarranted, but clearly apparent, respect for a variety of un-indicted US WAR CRIMINALS.

  15. Abe
    July 1, 2016 at 08:32

    The Hidden Billionaires behind Trump:
    The Foreclosure King, The Three-Headed Dog from Hell and Goldman Sachs
    http://www.gregpalast.com/the-hidden-billionaires-behind-trumpthe-foreclosure-king-the-three-headed-dog-from-hell-and-goldman-sachs/

    Trump desperately needs to get his tiny hands on some cash to fund his presidential campaign. On TV, Trump may play the role of a gazillionaire, but the reality of his reality TV persona is that it’s all paid for with other people’s money. His self-funding pledge is going the way of all Trump’s promises — down the gilded crapper.

    On The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: Election Crimes Bulletin, investigative journalist Greg Palast focuses on where and how Trump is going to get his campaign funds — and the deal he’s made with Wall Street’s devils in order to get it:

    “Trump has stopped talking about this carried interest loophole. Clinton was forced into saying she’d close the loophole because of some guy named Senator Sanders — remember him? Sanders said he would close the loophole right away, and so Hillary had to jump in and say she’d close it too. Whether she will or not, we’ll see; because Obama promised that, and then, he didn’t even propose it after he got re-elected. He didn’t even propose closing the loophole!

    “But Trump has now got to make amends to all these billionaires he’s having lunch with. So he’s agreed to wash their cars — with his tongue! So no more talk about greedy hedge fund managers who are just a bunch of gamblers. That’s his term. Rather he’s finding them to be upstanding citizens.” says Palast.

  16. Brian
    July 1, 2016 at 07:25

    Not my favorite news source anymore ;)

    • Rikhard Ravindra Tanskanen
      July 1, 2016 at 13:30

      The Washington Post, The New York Times, or Consortium News?

    • July 2, 2016 at 02:52

      2chez . Is this an alternative news source or MSM. It must be summer

    • Bart Gruzalski
      July 2, 2016 at 03:51

      THIS REPLY WAS INTENDED TO BE A REPLY TO BRIAN’S BRILLIANT COMMENT WHICH WASTED NO WORDS. HIS COMMENT WAS THE FIRST ONE AND LOOKS LIKE THIS: Brian
      July 1, 2016 at 7:25 am
      ———————————————–
      Brian, you should be an Oxfordian philosopher. Such dry and brilliant and well uttered understatement punctuated with a sidewise smiley face whose left eye is tearing. The smiley face punctuation wasn’t necessary but it is a magnificent (I’m only drinking milk and water) coup de grâce.

      Unfortunately, or fortunately maybe, I’ve just had a long and difficult day away from the computer screen. It was fun too, actually a lot of fun, but my dear friends and my wife kept hammering me for being, in their eyes, a little too excitable to be talking to live people It is true that I have said a few things out loud when I read this bit of Clintonian refuse [refuse as a noun]. I’m too tired to say what I want to say as clearly as I can say it when I’m saying it right. But I did learn how to get a quick take on a person’s politics. I’d say “I’m going to say three names and all I’d like you to do is to say a number between 10 and 1— with number 10 being a big positive, 4 to 6 fairly fair, and 1 for the bottom of the barrow.” Interestingly all but one of the young people, and absolutely all of the young women, dumped on Trump. Just like the national polls are telling us ………. Clearly way past my bedtime. Even though I’m a receding hairline grey bearded wrinkled basketball center, I couldn’t stare the young women out of their disgust for Hillary. “Hillary was a pathological liar,” “a woman who suffers from bouts of confusion,” “remember those thick glasses suggesting some brain damage from her fall?” “Remember all bossiness?” In the Dao De Ching, Lao Tsu tells us that the person who is fully aware, fully in touch with reality, that such a being “he has his yes, and he has his no.” The young women certainly had their granite unmovable disgust for the fat lady in the pants suit (no credit for me, I saw someone on my computer say it’s not over until the fat lady in the pants suit sings.) eisgt

      I knew that Carl Bernstein in “A Woman in Charge” speculated that Clinton became a pathological liar to deal with whatever she had to say about Bill’s revolving master bedroom entrance.
      BUT while I still have a couple of wits awake, I want to say that I cannot believe Bill Moyers would ever stand behind your BS. All you have is your cute attempt to work in the romance analogy, but you never even get it off the ground. Your remarks about Trump echo the thoughtless bombast that Hillary and now Elizabeth Warren are promulgating. I lost all respect for Hillary when she supported sending 30, 000 troops into the Afghan Valley of Death, and now I’ve lost all respect for Elizabeth Warren. I haven’t lost all respect for you since I never had any. I read that “Michael Winship Re-Elected WGA East President For Final Time,” saw that you were unopposed……………..
      I’m going to stop and perhaps submit a whole article that uses you and Hillary and Liz Warren as examples of how not to choose or reject a candidate. I will send an email to Moyers and I urge everyone to report you for a cutesy and inane attack on Trump. I’ve got credentials too but you know, your piece, as this my reply, either stand or sag on their own merit. I’m too sleepy to look up Bill Moyers’ email contact. I’ll do it in about ten hours. If anyone should get it first, please put it in a Reply.
      THANKS.
      AND CONGRATULATIONS TO BRIAN—“me hat off to ye.”

    • July 3, 2016 at 02:04

      Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

      Cold War Climate to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

      http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2016/07/02/trump-better-choice-by-far-alan-sabrosky/

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