Posted May 25, 2016on:
Good morning Widdershins. I hope your Wednesday is a good one.
Listen, usually I try to weave a thread through these posts so they seem moderately coherent. I’m not even gonna try today. It isn’t because I feel defeated or deflated. There’s just so much stuff swirling around in the political toilet bowl, the only unifying thread is outrageousness. Accordingly, my cardiologist insists I do something other than sit around and seethe so I’m going to write about “stuff”.
Let’s begin with a question: Have you heard any newsperson, of any flavor, ask Donald Trump, as they have and continue to do with Hillary, “Why don’t people like you?”
Trump’s negatives are higher than Hillary’s. Hillary’s negatives are the product of thirty plus years of coordinated conservative assault. Trump’s negatives are the self-inflicted product of his orange-infused brain and his logorrhea.
To my knowledge I have yet to see anyone pose the question to Trump, “Why don’t people like you?” The shamelessness of the news media to have no qualms about asking Hillary about her trustworthiness or her “likeability” is the opening gambit in the media’s game of taking an electric sander and leveling the race.
How can you have a race when there is no race? You sabotage one of the competitors. Here’s an excellent article by Vox on this very issue.
Another thing that is overlooked is this: Of everything Donald Trump has claimed or said up until now, 76% of it has been mostly false, false, or pants on fire lies according to Politifact. A seven month review of his tweets reveals a scary picture of recurrent negativity and attacks.
But you know what – you know who gets the most negative press coverage? Not the guy who has only told the truth 2% of the time, it is Hillary who gets the most negative press coverage. It is described like this:
Consider what Trump will do when he’s behind, being bested by a woman, at risk of national humiliation, struggling to unite a party that is connected to him only through a shared hatred of Clinton. The mind boggles.
Will the Washington press corps chase after ridiculous personal attacks and conspiracy theories regarding Hillary Clinton, whispered into their ears by right-wing hacks?
Have you met the Washington press corps? They have been doing that since the early 1990s. Clinton rules mean guilty until proven innocent, then and now. The Washington media is a machine that transforms crap about Clintons into headlines, and Trump is a bottomless supply of crap.
This brings me to the Blue Nation Review piece on the false equivalency between Hillary and Trump. There is no equivalency between someone willing to call the Clintons murderers on the one hand and a serious political candidate on the other. The news media, for the sake of ratings, have climbed into the Trump sewer with some Calgon and Jean Nate and has decided it is a bubble bath of similar or equal quality to real journalism.
And what is most annoying is that the calendar works for Trump and is suspended for Hillary. For instance, Trump belches up Vince Foster’s suicide as part of a Clinton hobby killing from 23 years ago, but any mention of Trump’s shenanigans and exploits of the 1990s is automatically disqualified as ancient history. Perhaps some intrepid newsperson with a working calendar will notice.
This brings me to my last point and it is best illustrated by the fact even Kathleen Parker writes about it. My point is this: With Trump beginning the campaign by calling the Clintons murderers and narrating by Instagram the Lewinsky scandal, where does he go from here? It’s like Handel beginning Messiah right out of the gate with the Hallelujah Chorus. Where do you go from there?
Where does Trump go from here? He can only go deeper in the annals of the National Enquirer for more and more outrageousness, but hopefully voters will develop immunity to the sight and smell of the Trump sewer. Think of it as living next to a railroad track (as I did in college) – the first few weeks were quite unpleasant, but after a time you didn’t even notice. It’ll be like that since it’s Hillary’s destiny to defeat Trump and silence the right-wing dullards who fear her.
What’s on your mind today?
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