Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Yesterday, the last news item I read was John Tamny's brilliant piece,
Republicans Should Hope Donald Trump Loses in a Landslide." I had
no dog in this hunt, being in a deep blue state and having decided
long ago that each major candidate was unworthy of a vote. The below at least helped me sleep easier, since I thought Hillary Clinton would, at worst, eke out a
Importantly, none of what's been written so far should be construed as a defense of Clinton. About those deserting her, why did it take more revelations of her casual regard for the law to finally awaken them? To those who care about policy, arguably the biggest indictment of Clinton is that given the chance for months to denounce Bernie Sanders' socialist proposals, Clinton was quiet. As for Elizabeth Warren's arguably more offensive redistributionist views, Clinton recently said "I could listen to Elizabeth Warren go on all day." Interesting about all this is that in a somewhat more normal electoral cycle in which a half clued in Republican would be running against Clinton, her charitably foolish economic statements (or lack thereof) would be debate or ad fodder. But in Trump's case he's proven incapable of dismantling Clinton's policy proposals, and then he doesn't have the team in place to put out the ads. There are so many reasons to not vote for Trump, but his near total lack of policy sense looms very large since it's meant that he's been near totally unable to explain to voters just why Clinton's policy ideas are so unfortunate. Trump doesn't know why they are. He just talks. And talks. The two-minute allotment for answers at debates was awful for Trump. It was because he's got nothing to say. Thinking about all this, and the awful choices, why not let Clinton be the millstone around the Democrats' neck? Why are Republicans so masochistic as to want to be associated with such an unimpressive thinker vying to carry the Republican banner? [bold added]Sadly, she did not win, and, on the abundant evidence Tamny presents in the rest of this article -- the tip of the iceberg, really -- this man is now a millstone around America's neck. As for the GOP, I fear -- but maybe I should hope -- they will wish they had something only as big as Watergate to recover from, in terms of their "brand" and their credibility. The above paragraph would not be that hard to fill out using details from the article, and apply to Trump instead of Clinton.
I have never had so much reason to hope I am wrong, or so little hope that I am.
P.S. For a shorter, a positive take on this election, head over here.