We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Anyone who thinks Donald Trump hasn't gorged himself at the trough of crony capitalism or made at killing by buying political influence is kidding themselves. Anyone who thinks Trump is going to clean it up is also kidding themselves. Mitt should have kept his mouth shut. Trump is slowly revealing himself in the debates and on the stump as a candidate who doesn't even know his own positions, and results to petty bullying when challenged. The voters will figure it out eventually.
I read David Stockman's takedown of the 2012 Mitt in your morning links. Stockman is one of those people who can convince me that my opinion is wrong and get me to change it.
Assistant Village Idiot
Did not know about Romney's connections to Full Sail. Intriguing.
1) Trump took advantage of what this country has to offer, which is available to everyone. Just because some of you don't like that he used bankruptcy laws or other means to further his company's success, doesn't mean it is 'illegal' or 'bad.' Just smart.
2) The assumption that political donations bought political influence is the reason I think he has a load of things to pile on Hillary. He can talk about his own experience with Hillary and Bill and how they did treated him differently when the $$ appeared. That is a pure advantage, IMHO. If you don't believe that Cruz, Rubio or Kasich have had the same type of experiences with their own donors, than you are naive. Any large donor will gain influence of some kind.
3) Trump knows all of these big political donors. He's dined with them at events, worked with them and probably beat it out with them across the negotiation table. And, yet, he has taken NO donations from these people. What exactly do you think he owes them once he is president? How exactly will he help out these people who actively campaigned against him and for the other candidates?
Trump is Trump. What that means is, his stumbles are what make him more believable, not less. When a candidate spits out the same talking points and memorized stuff for fear he WILL make a misstep, that is a problem. Why? Because I have no idea who the real person is behind the memorized lines. I am okay with Trump making a few 'foot in his mouth' comments, because that is REAL.
Romney virtually disappeared in October of 2012. He though he had it in the bag, and wanted to appear confidently nonchalant and way too "presidential" to flail away at Obama, even after Candy Crowley kicked his ass and ate his lunch at that debate.
As near as I can tell, the only difference between the last 5 presidents has all been foreign policy (or how much money to funnel to the military industrial complex) Or, in Obama's case - how to screw America as much as possible in the time available (though foreign non-policy).
If Trump actually manages to undo some of the domestic policy of the RepDem establishment I'll be surprised but I think he might actually try. I'm a bit concerned by where he might go with foreign policy, but if he has one that will be better than what we have now (unless it's a Nuke 'em all policy)
I will make the effort to vote in the Republican caucus on Tuesday and see if I will be allowed to vote. First time ever (although I have never missed a primary or general election). The caucus traditionally is conducted like little precinct parties with small handfuls of party activists showing up and voting for the predetermined candidate, so we will see what happens if a large number of people show and it becomes like a real election.
There have been articles the past couple of days that the GOP here is freaking out because of Trump and the fact that people may show up to the caucus to join the Republican Party and vote, and they may not have enough ballots. The anointed candidate of the local party was Jeb Bush, but they have a little problem now.
Anyway, I went and found my Republican Party local membership card (from 1976), and I have my driver's license and went online to verify I am a registered voter.
So we will see. This is kind of like the collapse of the Soviet Union.
If she gets another face lift her skin will split.
But enough of the hominems.
Her analysis (what I could stand to listen to) is about as shallow as her makeup is deep. Well, only half an ad-hominem.
Trump is a slick talking narcissist, much like our president, and he doesn't give a flying f*k about this country, it's all about Trump.
But he can succeed for three reasons:
1) The GOP Establishment (GOPe) wanted a very center to center left candidate with name recognition--a very insider. Jeb Bush was their number 1 pick. Rubio was in the top ten.
2) The GOPe has been alienating their "base" since about the time Reagan got out of office. Shrub wasn't all that much better than his old man with is "Compassionate Conservatism". Conservatism recognizes that compassion is not a legitimate function of government (especially of a government the size of the USG), but of *people*--of individuals and small groups.
3) He has all the money he needs, and he DGaF about you. He can say what he thinks people want to hear, be glib and shallow and let them project what they want on him.
During the early days of the race Jeb sucked all the money out of the room, and Trump all the oxygen.
The GOPe didn't create Trump, but they created a Trump shaped hole and a Trump stepped in.
William O. B'Livion