Friday, May 20, 2016

Some Trump Delegates, I Assume, Are Good People

A Trump delegate from Maryland was arrested on a variety of charges including the creation and possession of child pornography.

No surprise there. To paraphrase a self-described great man: When America sends its people to Trump rallies, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Why Demographics Disfavor the Donald

Nothing in politics is guaranteed, so I won't say "Donald Trump will definitely lose the 2016 presidential election," but I will say the demographics are not in his favor; barring another major terrorist attack on U.S. soil or similarly unpredictable black swan event, a Trump victory is extremely unlikely, due to simple demographics.

Remember the 2012 election campaign, when Romney supporters were convinced their candidate would win by a comfortable margin? Although I can't find the link now, at the time I recall a Romney adviser who admitted his boss' campaign strategy was to focus on winning a super-majority of white voters, and ignoring everyone else. Even so, the adviser admitted that due to changing American demographics (the percentage of white voters relative to others drops about 3 percent with each succeeding presidential election), 2012 would be the last time a "white votes only" strategy had any chance of winning the American presidency.

Of course, it did not work. And Romney's campaign merely ignored non-white Americans, whereas  Trump has actively insulted and/or threatened the bulk of them, in addition to polling far worse among women of all colors than Romney ever did.

For all that I dislike Hillary Clinton, I still choose her over a blowhard conspiracy theorist endorsed by the likes of Stormfront and the KKK.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Friendly Advice for the GOP

I spent the past few days on a road trip to St. Louis and back, and drove westward across Indiana on the Sunday before Tuesday's primary, which is how I heard an actual radio ad promoting Ted Cruz. Actually, I only heard part of it, over the reasoned political commentary (read: trumpet-fart noises) I made throughout.

Still, I was genuinely shocked on Tuesday night, when I heard that Ted Cruz dropped out of the race, effectively ceding the nomination to Donald Trump. And I know the GOP movers-n-shakers are now wondering, "What the hell happened? How did we so lose control over our own party that an unprincipled narcissistic opportunist like Donald Trump became our presidential front-runner?"

I think y'all's problem is this: you haven't expressed contempt and/or hatred for enough of your fellow Americans. These past few years, you've ONLY lashed out against secularists, scientists, "liberals," gay people and friends thereof, poor people and friends thereof, sexually active women (willing or otherwise) who don't want to be mommies just yet, immigrants, non-whites, non-Christians and anyone with non-traditional hetero missionary-position sexuality.

In other words: you obviously do not yet hate enough of your fellow Americans to get yourselves elected into the White House. So maybe you could try making your big tent a just little bit bigger? In addition to the aforementioned "threats to campaign against, rather than voters to be courted," try adding a few more planks to your campaign platform: you ought to start lashing out against pet owners, chocolate lovers, folks with seasonal allergies, and people who wear corrective eyeglasses. (Hey, that last bit worked well for the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia; why shouldn't it work for you, too)?
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