Future Trump?

It’s entirely conceivable that Trump’s aspirations are to be an American Putin and that his vision of how to achieve that is to be the leader of a cult of personality white nationalist political front. He’s 70, that may be what he envisions for the next 10 years.

Assuming that’s his goal, the question then is whether he can take the Republican Party down that road, and it’s not certain that he can’t, given that the establishment of the party has shown almost no backbone in fighting for the integrity of the Party of Lincoln. The result would be a GOP that is further diminished from its already retreating base as a national party.

If they do find some testicular fortitude and put up a fight, then Trump can take his angry minions and start an America First Party, just to pull a likely name out of the past. Which would result in two conservative parties splitting that vote, and more or less fighting each other in some sections of the country with little to no influence in other places (California is practically a no-go zone for Republicans now).

This possibility would allow the actual Republican Party to welcome back a lot of moderates who were scared off and lurch back to the conservative middle, which is still kind of off to the right by 20th century standards. So not so much antagonism towards gays, but still pretty anti-choice, maybe willing to admit climate change is real and maybe willing to work with Democrats a tad.

But the biggest consequence might be for the Democrats who can be pretty much as progressive as they want for a while as the only viable national party serving the center-left… you know, where the American people actually are.  Like the 30s and 40s, the Dems could have all three branches of government for long enough to make some progress, and set a Supreme Court up to keep an new enlightenment going for a generation.

Just spit balling here.  Trump may just disappear after November 8 and re-emerge with a new wife and a segment on QVC selling Trump Wigs.™

Trump Campaign 2.0 gonna be a doozy

Trump said he didn’t want to pivot, he is who he is, so the more presidential, statesmanlike and responsible candidate move the GOP was hoping for was never gonna happen. But I bet they never saw that further move down the road to racism and nationalism coming.

His new, highly unqualified, campaign manager runs Breitbart News and what we can expect from the fire-breathing, Sarah Palin supporting crap monger is a double down on racism, separatism and unabashedly pushing every crazy anti-Clinton theory they can buy time to push.

Bannon, in phone calls and meetings, has been urging Trump for months to not mount a fall campaign that makes Republican donors and officials comfortable, the aides said. Instead, Bannon has been telling Trump to run more fully as an outsider and an unabashed nationalist.

Trump has listened intently to Bannon and agreed with him, believing that voters will ultimately want a presidential candidate who represents disruption more than a candidate with polished appeal, the aides said.

“Mr. Bannon,” it continued, “once recognized by Bloomberg Politics as the ‘most dangerous political operative in America,’ will oversee the campaign staff and operations in addition to strategic oversight of major campaign initiatives in addition to working with Mr. Manafort.”

Bannon is another nail in the coffin of GOP respectability. It won’t work to get Trump elected.  But it will make for an ugly, nasty disgusting rest of the campaign. Bannon and Trump promise to unleash a venomous European nationalist party campaign of hate, propaganda and potential violence.

I’d applaud this move as pushing the GOP further towards oblivion, but I’m afraid someone’s going to get killed because of these people.

 

Speaking of paydays -Manafort got $12.7 from Ukraine

Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief

Handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Investigators assert that the disbursements were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials.

Is Trump tweeting today?

Hillary’s got a campaign ad up on the Russian connection.

For bonus “hm, what the hell is going on here?” action OllieGarkey of DailyKos notes that Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife Wendi Deng is now dating Putin (according to US Magazine). Also, Deng is friends with Ivanka Trump. It’s all so weird.

 

Only 1 reason anybody would put themselves through this – cha ching!

The Trump surrogates are just as bad as Trump. I swear the question they all need to be asked is how much money Trump has promised them when this is all over. From Manafort on down suitcases of cash will be streaming out of Trump Tower on November 9th like a scene out of Narcos.

Was watching CNN at the time because the Olympics were on MSNBC and heard Trump spokesperson and future millionaire Katrina Pierson deliver a performance so halting, unsure and error riddled that you started… to… feel… sorry… for her.

“Remember, we weren’t even in Afghanistan by this time. Barack Obama went into Afghanistan, creating another problem.”

The host followed up:

“You’re saying Barack Obama took the country into Afghanistan post-2009?” Pierson said, “That was Obama’s war, yes.”

Interesting Conversations – “I’m Voting for Hillary but God I hate her”

Has anyone really done less to be hated so much as Hillary Clinton? Not just mistrusted, or merely not someone’s cup of tea, I mean visceral hatred – from Democrats!  Now I preferred the set of policies propounded by Bernie Sanders, but these people make me look like a Hillary apologist when I am forced, out of fairness, to defend her against the collection of zombie lies and unfounded allegations that go back 30 years.

Had a conversation with a middle-aged male relative who is uber-liberal. He loves, loves, loves Obama, wishes he could vote for him again.  Wanted Bernie, but not just for the policies, this liberal Democrat who lived through the 90’s was eager to express just how much torture it would be to hold his nose and vote for Secretary Clinton.

Okay, why?

The first thing he cited was how she made $100,000 on a $1,000 investment. Which was one of those where there’s smoke there’s fire “controversies” that was trumped up and spread throughout the Whitewater/Newt Gingrich/Starr Investigation era. I thought we’d heard the last of that golden chestnut, but no.  This person was rational enough to know that the Clintons didn’t have Vince Foster murdered and didn’t really leave trail of bodies all over Arkansas, but just fucking barely.  Like all Clinton haters (although they’re usually Republicans) he had a story from a friend of a friend who knows a Secret Service person, who knows someone who can tell you what a slimebag Bill Clinton is and… wait for it… Hillary enables him. Boom!!

That none of those stories have ever been corroborated, despite the Clintons being the most heavily scrutinized people in world history except for maybe Princess Diana, does not deter them in the slightest from continuing to spread them.

The fact that nobody who actually knows Hillary Clinton has ever turned on her, she has friends that go back to elementary school, no intimate has ever turned on her and written a tell-all and everybody who’s ever worked with her has nice things to say about her, including Republicans, just elicited this response: “they’re scared.”

Scared of what?  You grant that they aren’t actually murderers like some on the delusional right believe.  So what are they scared of?  It’s just an inability to grant that they’re humans.

Now I wanted to talk about policies I disagreed with, but he couldn’t be less interested. Policy disagreements, sure. But these are horrible people, you must understand that!

Well I’m sorry.  What I saw in the 90s was the indefatigable persecution, for political purposes, of a President and a First Lady (and yes the First Daughter was attacked as well).

Nothing either of the Clintons have ever been accused of, that could be corroborated, rises above the level of common political manipulation and poor judgment. Hiring contributors?  Pardoning contributors?  Some unforced errors there. Even lying about sex. It was stupid, but not the massive crime wave or malfeasance the right wing noise machine kept claiming was around every corner.  Truthfully, the actual conspiracy among anti-Clinton forces always undercut the alleged Clinton conspiracies with their hyperbolic screaming about much worse offenses.

In the 21st century we have Benghazi and private e-mail servers as stand-ins for actual policy disagreements. The politics of personal destruction that Newt Gingrich made an art form is more popular than ever despite it’s diminishing returns.  How did that work out for old Newtie?

There is no unblemished 30 year career in public service. Period. But there’s still 30 years of public service!

What I see is 30 years of smoke and no fire, and sometimes not even real smoke, often just imagined smoke from people who have an axe to grind saying they smell smoke when there’s none.

Only the Clintons could be investigated for a real estate deal in which they lost money. And the fact that they’re so particularly and venomously hated, as a cottage industry, is pointed to as part of that smoke that must indicate fire somewhere.

It takes a more conspiratorial mind than mine to keep sniffing the air and smelling smoke when that house should have burned down 10 times over already.

Maybe the fire is just “scared.”

Again, not defending co-opting disastrous Republican policies and claiming victory that made for a disappointing presidency, as far as I’m concerned. And not defending coziness to Wall Street and a congenital need to court approval from the elite while claiming progressive bonafides.  Just get tired of conspiracy thinking and cynicism.