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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


I was reading through Vox's description of the latest Clinton Scandal.  This one is pretty typical.  There is smoke, but not much fire.  A Clinton Foundation donor was given a seat on an unpaid nuclear security advisory board, despite not being very well qualified.  He seems to have been something of a foreign policy enthusiast, and this stuff interested him.  The Clintons gave him a seat so he could have some (very discrete) bragging rights.  Nothing illegal, but reeks of the sort of log-rolling the Clintons are known for.  And the response is typically Clintonian: attack, hide, bunker down.

It's Machine Politics in the age of Super PACs.

Meanwhile, we are being confronted with really vetting Trump for the first time.  What is truly remarkable is that in the frenetic scrum of the GOP primaries, no one thought to seize on the mountains of shit that Donald Trump had his tiny little hands in.

There is Trump University, of course.  There is Trump's routine business practice of stiffing people who worked for him or made deals with him and then suing the pants off of them for asking for what they were promised.

Finally (or not really finally, there's so much more) there is the fact that Trump himself is a compulsive liar.  Nowhere is this more evident than in his statements about his wealth.  His Cash-on-Hand statement to the FEC was embarrassing, befitting more a rural House race than a campaign for the Presidency.  Trump has said he could self-finance, but it's also clear he can't and/or won't.  He won't reveal his tax returns, because it's pretty clear that he's not nearly as wealthy as he says he is.  He claims to be worth billions, but it's pretty clear he's worth less than a $100 million.

Now, we have some interesting claims of something VERY weird going on in New Hampshire.

It will be interesting to see if the media can gin up false equivalencies with stuff like this:

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