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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, October 19, 2016


So, Trump once again proves he doesn't give a shit about democratic institutions.  This is because he is a combination of a cranky old fart writing threads in the Yahoo! comment thread and the fucking legacy kid who doesn't bother to do his homework in US history, because Daddy will loan him a few million bucks to get his company up and running.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Clinton nailed the policy stuff. Shocker.  Trump was once again exposed as a no-nothing hack.  Shocker.

But Trump has been dancing around this question of whether he would concede if he loses (which he will).  He can't do that.  And the Democrats will spend the next 72 hours hanging that statement around the neck of every Republican they can.

Finally, there is another woman coming forward with charges that Trump assaulted her.  Here's what I think the plan was/is:

1) Use the first debate to goad Trump into making self-defeating statements (Alicia Machado).

2) Release damaging video tapes that your opposition research team had on Trump.

3) Make the second debate about those tapes.

4) Manage the third debate by working to your strengths: steely strength and policy mastery.

5) Start a steady barrage of oppo research from now until election day.

Obviously the news media - well, OK, the Washington Post - has been finding stories about Trump on their own, but a lot of these hit pieces come from opposition research.  Given the trajectory of the campaign - Clinton winning bigly - the debate was the last chance Trump could use to turn it around.  He didn't.

Now that he's drowning, you throw him the anchor.  When the Billy Bush tape leaked, the rumor was that there was a worse one out there.  If that's true, you don't release that until after the last debate for two reasons.  One, you don't want to give Trump a chance to respond.  Two, you save it in case Clinton has a terrible performance.

My guess is that the fusillade of attacks on Trump isn't nearly done yet.  We've got 20 freaking days to go.

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