Monday, May 16, 2016

Hillary's Mouthpieces

I'd been thinking this for some time. Hillary is not Barack Obama as an orator or campaigner, but she has Obama to orate and campaign for her. She also has her husband and Joe Biden and Michelle Obama and whomever her VEEP is and maybe even Al Gore and many others. Who does Trump have for campaign surrogates? We could only hope that Bush or Cheney were out there.

It strikes me that when Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, she will go into the general election with a murderer's row of campaign surrogates–all of whom seem uniquely suited specifically to torment He, Trump.

I knew Trump had been calling Liz Warren "goofy." Yeah, that's kinda weird. Didn't know she had been throwing a tweet-storm back at him, tho. Really like this one.

"There's more enthusiasm for @realDonaldTrump among leaders of the KKK than leaders of the political party he now controls."

And you seem to have a number of columnists on the Right who are likely to sit this election out. At least it looks that way at the moment.  

Inspiring leaders are often those who identify with the weak. They may develop this trait by rising from poverty themselves, as Abraham Lincoln did. Or they may have had their capacity for empathy expanded by suffering, such as Franklin Roosevelt’s struggle with polio. In American history, inspiring leadership has often been informed by religion, which (at its best) universalizes our empathy.

This is the main reason that some of us cannot simply lump it and reluctantly lend our support to Trump. The Republican Party is not engaged in a policy argument; it is debating the purpose of politics. For some Trump opponents, the justice of a political system is determined by its treatment of the vulnerable and weak. In the Catholic tradition, this is called “solidarity.” Whatever you call it, this commitment is inconsistent with a type of politics that beats up on the vulnerable and weak — say, undocumented workers, or Muslims — for political gain.

A win or a loss by Trump and it's going to be interesting to see what becomes of the GOP after this election. 

 Make no mistake. Those who support Trump, no matter how reluctantly, have crossed a moral boundary. They are standing with a leader who encourages prejudice and despises the weak. They are aiding the transformation of a party formed by Lincoln’s blazing vision of equality into a party of white resentment. Those who find this one of the normal, everyday compromises of politics have truly lost their way.

This is not even to mention Trump’s pledge to limit press freedom, or his malicious birtherism, or his dangerous vaccine skepticism, or his economic plans that would bring global recession, or his lack of relevant qualifications, or his temperament of brooding and bragging, egotism and self-pity, or his promise to emancipate the world from American leadership, or his accusation that Ted Cruz’s father was somehow involved with Lee Harvey Freaking Oswald.

Some are trying their best to act as though all this were normal. But we are seeing, in the words of G.K. Chesterton, “lunacy dancing in high places.” None of this requires a vote for Hillary Clinton. But it forbids a vote for Donald Trump.

Well said, Michael Gerson, even if you don't voter for Hillary.

It looks like Herr Donald is going to be a lonely on the campaign trail.

On Capitol Hill, it's clear members would rather not talk Trump. They try hard not to echo his name and grow irritated with reporters asking repeated questions about what he means for the party and for their races.

"I don't know," said Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) of what Trump would have to do to be a better ally to senators. "Mr. Trump will say what he wants to say."

Even major Republican fundraisers are showing signs they will try to ignore Trump and instead focus on saving the Senate. The Koch brothers have indicated they'll invest heavily in preserving the GOP's Senate majority, but may chose to stay on the sidelines of the presidential race all together.

He better be a billionaire.

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