Monday, October 10, 2016

Donald Trump, the problem that keeps on giving

Following Trump's epic implosion over the weekend and the second debate, Chris Cillizza published a brief Q and A with former Romney chief strategist Stuart Stevens, who has never been a Trump supporter. 

Steven's thinks Trump's nomination is a "catastrophic mistake" for the GOP.   Here's a taste of his reasoning,
I go back to these two basic numbers: in 1980, Ronald Reagan won a sweeping landslide of 44 states with 56 percent of the white vote. In 2012, Romney lost while getting 59 percent of white voters -- and a higher percentage of white voters turned out in 2012. White voters with high school or less are Trump's strongest area. Every four years they comprise just under 4 percent less of the electorate. Betting the future on those voters is like losing $5 on every sale and hoping to make it up in volume.
You can be for or against the future but the future doesn't really care. It's going to happen.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Donald Trump all alone at the top of the ticket

Donald Trump isn't voluntarily quitting anything. And let's not pretend any of this is news.

Trump has been denigrating women on Howard Stern and in widely available Playboy videos since the 90s. Everyone who endorsed Trump knew who he was.

And for the Christian conservative Trumpers out there, I never understood Jesus to be an 'ends justifies the means' kind of guy, but you insist you know him better, so I'll defer.

But going forward, Trump now faces the very practical problem of local Republicans asking he not visit their state and refusing to appear with him if he visits anyway -- and he has to visit anyway doesn't he? So now everywhere he goes, the headline will be all about who isn't appearing with him.

Donald Trump, Groper in Chief

This is a good time remember these Trump stories of abusing women were well know long before the 2016 election cycle got under way. Trump's ex Ivana had accused Trump under oath of raping her  and another had accused him, again under oath, of sexual assault and attempted rape.

In today's NYT's  Nick Kristof recalls is the most recent account of the later.
Harth and her longtime boyfriend were in meetings with Trump to forge a business partnership. “He was relentless,” Harth recalled in an interview, describing how on Dec. 12, 1992, he took the couple to dinner and a club — and then situated himself beside Harth and ran his hands up her skirt, to her crotch. “I didn’t know how to handle it. I would go away from him and say I have to go to the restroom. It was the escape route.”

Friday, October 07, 2016

Donald Trump caught on tape

I came home from dinner out tonight to discover this huge story broke and I completely missed it.

The truth is everyone knew there was a very high likelihood something like this would surface.  This is who Donald Trump is and this is a big reason why the so-called establishment Republicans wanted nothing to do with him. 
Donald Trump bragged in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone, saying that “when you’re a star, they let you do it,” according to a video obtained by The Washington Post.