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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Even those who oppose Trump know he will win

How easy it is for Trump supporters to see that Trump will slice and dice Hillary in the autumn election. But David Mastio of USA Today deserves credit, because he sees the victory even though he thinks Trump will be the worst president ever.
His victory is easy to grasp who see Trump as the savior of midtown Manhattan, the champion of the hoi polloi, the nemesis of the hoity toity, the man who saved the family farm, and the inspiration to a man to try to make the PGA tour one more time -- which led to a tournament victory at age 38. All of this is true. All of this is in my book.

But when you see Trump as being as bad as Jefferson Davis -- "Everyone agrees about that" -- it is difficult to see the inevitability of a Trump victory.

Mastio understands what the problem is: the media piddled away its credibility over trifling things. Remember when Romney's sons told the story of how their father put the dog's carrier on the roof of the station wagon and the dog got sick? The press turned this warm Chevy Chase moment into an act of animal cruelty.

Now they want me to believe Trump is Hitler.

From Mastio:
But no one is listening anymore. When mild-mannered technocrat Mitt Romney was running for president, Clinton’s obscure Obama-administration colleague Joe Biden told a black audience that Republicans “are going to put ya’ll back in chains.” If you listen to Democrats, every Republican who has run for anything in my lifetime has Klan robes in their closet and secret Confederate memorabilia collection.
When Trump joked that maybe Russian President Vladimir Putin could find Clinton’s missing emails, the Hillary-friendly precincts of Twitter erupted with accusations of #TrumpTreason. In a nationally televised speech, Clinton’s obscure Obama-administration colleague Leon Panetta tut-tutted at an “irresponsible” Trump asking one of our “adversaries to engage in hacking … against the United States of America.”
Of course, foreign data theft is nothing to laugh at. But the pilferage of old yoga schedules and plans for a wedding long-consummated hardly seem the kind of thing to require the involvement of an old CIA director long-retired.
And, well, calling Russia an “adversary” seems unnecessarily dramatic. It wasn’t long-ago that Clinton’s obscure Obama-administration colleague Barack Obama was laughing at the previous wild-eyed lunatic nominated by Republicans as their presidential candidate. Mitt Romney had called Russia a “foe.”
Mastio also gets that Democrats have no credibility.
Before the convention, Hillary Clinton herself launched an attack on Trump that blew past titters and giggles and straight into guffaw territory. Trump is terrifying enough with the power of social media, she intoned, but “imagine if he had not just Twitter and cable news to go after his critics and opponents, but also the IRS."
Yes, imagine a president who would abuse the powers of the IRS. Not to paint Clinton with the unfair and overbroad brush of guilt by association, but the administration in which she served as secretary of State, twice, accidentally, released the private taxpayer information of its political opponents at moments that, perhaps inadvertently, were politically damaging. And then there was the “targeting” of the administration’s Tea Party opponents by the Obama administration IRS while Clinton was coincidentally serving as secretary of State. For non-political reasons no doubt, the Obama administration is still fighting in court to keep the full details of those events from the public eye.
But it is worse. Mastio hears laughter when she speaks.

From my perspective, the media and the Democratic Party reap the whirlwind of the seeds sown in 1998 when they protected Bill Clinton from being thrown out of office for perjury and sexual harassment.

His resignation would have led to a Gore presidency and ended George W. Bush's career. Instead, everyone in Washington pretended it was about sex, and the gap between DC and reality widened. Neither party has been much interested in closing the gap, so Trump will fill it.

Remember how Obama said his presidency marked the moment the seas stopped rising? Mastio sees a tsunami when Trump is elected.

But he also sees Trump being elected because Hillary is a joke and the media's credibility is crap. I tip my Make America Great Again cap to him. It's easy to see what you want to see. Harder to see what is really there.

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  1. "[Clinton's]resignation would have led to a Gore presidency and ended George W. Bush's career."


    This is a profound observation and, IMO, absolutely correct. You are correct, it's amazing how all of us often fail to see what is in plain sight.


  2. Saw the column yesterday.

    Very good insights.

  3. "gap between DC and reality"
    Burke noticed that gap when he looked at the French revolution. We all need to be in full realization mode when we are using abstractions to try and understand the reality of things. It is so easy to fall into that error because abstractions come in so handy in other areas. One thing Burke clearly understood was that the only real thing in politics is the nation and the little platoons that make it up. Everything else is an abstraction. We are inundated with them to the point that it is difficult to sort them out. More on this later.

  4. Another affirmation as to why your site is a daily go to.

    Sam C

  5. He thinks Trump will be worse than Obama and Carter?
    What's he smokin' and ingestin'? Must be miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight strong stuff!
    I read that yesterday, too, and he said, "Clinton’s historic candidacy has a special appeal to the smarter half of the American electorate, and it is backed by both of America’s first black presidents." They think/KNOW they are the "smarter half". "When Trump launches into a spittle-flecked tirade against those #BlackLivesMatter radicals who think police should shoot fewer unarmed black men, the racism is so obvious it might as well have been written in the sky by the Blue Angels." He left out the "/sarc" tag. I'm guessing USA TODAY may not now be a Dem media slave or co-conspirator.

  6. Sounds like this guy read your book.

    The Rule of Law has been dead in this country since the Clinton fiasco. His crimes were far worse than Nixon's. And now, Crooked Cankles getting away with an even worse crime, and the media cheering her on for it may finally be the death knell.

  7. I have never heard of Mastio before, and I gave up my subscription to USA Today years ago. I do like their free crossword puzzles, though. As for Obama's minions in the IRS (and Justice Department), you could have knocked me over with a feather when I read this:

    --Recently unearthed documents reveal that the FBI knew the IRS was unfairly targeting groups because of their conservative politics two years before Congress even heard about the agency’s misconduct.

    The revelation has already added fodder to the conservative case to impeach the current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.--

    Of course our Republican "friends" in Congress will do nothing of the sort.