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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

Friday, September 30, 2016


So, we wake to find that Donald Trump's stumpy little fingers were busy tweeting up a storm last night.  Some people took Lester Holt to task for allowing Trump to filibuster the debate, but frankly, the worst thing you can do for Hillary is make Donald shut up.

Clinton's line at the convention - "You shouldn't give nuclear weapons to someone you can bait with a tweet" - is turning into the overall campaign strategy.  At the end of the debate, Clinton dropped the Alicia Machado bait and Trump ran with it.  Because he is such a narcissist, he can't allow any challenge to go without a response.  And once he starts digging, the fucker can't put down his shovel.

There are two more debates, providing Trump shows up.  The next one, critically, is a Town Hall style debate where people will be asking questions directly of the candidates.  I think we can be certain that Trump will try and hammer Clinton over her husband's infidelity.  I think we can be certain that Clinton will be ready to respond to those attacks.

Finally, I think we can be certain that Clinton has another Alicia Machado up her sleeve.  Maybe it's his Cuban dealing, which she hopes will peel off enough Cuban votes in Florida to solidify her slim lead in that state. Maybe it's one of the numerous people he's bilked out of their rightful compensation for doing work for him.  Maybe it's new information on his taxes or "charity".

As I said back in June when the race was close to tied: Trump is a target-rich environment.  You can just lob a hand grenade in his general direction and you will hit something.  And what is probably more important, you can get Trump to respond in a way that is almost certain to damage himself.

What a putz.

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