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.
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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