There’s a presidential debate tomorrow

How low will the red menace go? (More from Spocko at Digby):

I see where Trump has already suggested inviting Gennifer Flowers to the debate, So now I expect Holt to bring up the Lewinsky affair.  Holt might use the “some people say…” formula because “it’s out there” and will define it as a “character” issue.  If he doesn’t, Trump might bring it up via the Clinton Foundation then wondering, “What role will Bill play if elected? Then ending with a, “Well, if you can’t control your husband… how are you going to be able to control anything?” comment.

This is classic right wing projection attack model. Trump’s the one with problems with his foundation and with relinquishing control of his business, but she will be the one having to defend her’s.

In general the idea is to position Hillary as the Cuckolded President. If questioned about what he means with his “If you can’t control your husband” comment he will say, “I was talking about control of the Clinton FOUNDATION, not about what your husband did while in the White House!”

If Trump brings up the Lewinsky affair, and I think he will, he will do it by defending and forgiving her. He will acknowledge he’s no saint, people have a right to privacy, etc. BUT, his point will be made. This interaction will be seen as a “character” debate about her. Not about the thrice married man who cheated on his wife.  

It will be a big “OMG, HE WENT THERE!”moment. How she responds will be all the media will want to talk about, as well as the audacity of Trump bringing it up.

Let’s face it. He’s going to go there. And since American TV people care more about ratings than about the fate of the country, he’s going to get away with it.

What’s that, you say? You don’t think NBC will allow that?

Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that “perhaps” he would put Flowers, the former model who once had an affair with Bill Clinton, in the debate audience. An assistant to Flowers told BuzzFeed News she would accept the invitation.

Gennifer Flowers, the former model who had an extramarital affair with Bill Clinton in the 1980s, says she’ll accept an invitation from Donald Trump to sit in the front row of Monday’s presidential debate, according to an assistant.

The prospect of Flowers attending the debate was raised on Saturday when Trump tweeted that he would put her in the audience, if billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sat in the front row.

“If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Jennifer Flowers right alongside of him!” Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon.

An assistant to Flowers told BuzzFeed News in the past she had declined such invitations, not wanting to be a “sideshow,” but said she would forward the invite to Flowers.

In an email to BuzzFeed News, Judy Stell, her personal assistant then confirmed she would be attending.

Sure. The post-debate discussion will be that the thrice married model for the Hairclub for Men dared to bring up a sexual encounter that has nothing to do with this century or the fate of the free world, but that’s not the point. He’s going to get away with it, just like he’s gotten away with every scumbag move he’s pulled off so far.

Like his African American town hall on Sept. 21:

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He got away with that! As outrageous as this is, he got away with it. And he knows he will get away with every outrageous thing he does. He said so!

The prodigal Ted returns to the land of the craven

During the GOP presidential campaign, the ochre weasel did the following against his opponent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Just as bad):

1. Trump retweeted an unflattering photo of Cruz’s wife, Heidi, juxtaposed with his wife, Melania.

2. Trump threatened to “spill the beans” on Heidi Cruz.

3. Trump suggested that Cruz’s father may have been involved in the Kennedy assassination.

4. Trump breathed life into the Cruz “birther” conspiracy. (Ted was born in Canada)

5. Trump said he wouldn’t even accept Cruz’s endorsement.

6. Trump attacked Cruz’s faith.

So, during the Nuremberg Rally that took place in Cleveland this summer, Cruz did this::

He didn’t outright endorse the neon peacock, and as a result pissed off the Pump Truppets in the crowd. Given the list above, you can see that anyone with integrity would do the same.

But “Ted Cruz” and “integrity” aren’t words you would normally use in a full sentence. Time passes. Broken hearts heal. And the abused seeks forgiveness from the abuser.

After a bitter primary battle that culminated with Ted Cruz being booed off the stage at the Republican National Convention, the Texas senator says he will vote for Donald Trump.

Way to go, Ted. You didn’t let us down. We knew you didn’t have it in you.

Guess who’s responsible for racism!

Do prominent Trump supporters not understand it’s a bad idea to talk to the British media?

Is this really in the Guardian?

Donald Trump’s campaign chair in a prominent Ohio county has claimed there was “no racism” during the 1960s and said black people who have not succeeded over the past half-century only have themselves to blame.

Kathy Miller, who is white and chair of the Republican nominee’s campaign in Mahoning County, made the remarks during a taped interview with the Guardian’s Anywhere but Washington series of election videos. …

Miller added: “I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected. We never had problems like this … Now, with the people with the guns, and shooting up neighborhoods, and not being responsible citizens, that’s a big change, and I think that’s the philosophy that Obama has perpetuated on America.”

Miller dismissed the suggestion that Trump was exploiting racist or prejudiced views among some voters as “the media making stuff up.” Instead, she said of the Republican nominee: “He’s very willing to talk about issues that have never been discussed publicly.”

When it was pointed out that some people might find her remarks offensive, Miller replied: “I don’t care, it’s the truth.”

Holy fuck! It’s the same thing the North Carolina congressman said. It’s a damned talking point for the Pump Truppets.

Don’t they realize that when they’re talking to people they don’t know, they’re supposed to use their inside voice? Because there’s no doubt they’ve been interviewed by their local media and they’ve said the exact same thing, but it wasn’t reported because “both sides!”

Oh, and Hillary! Only 50 percent are deplorable? You’re way off!

A GQ columnist loses his mind

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A neon pig. The resemblance is uncanny.

Drew Margary has a few words for people who support the presidential candidate he calls “a disgusting neon pig.”

The old saw is that people get the politicians they deserve, and I’ll be crestfallen if Trump wins and proves this to be true once more. If you vote for him, you’re not making America great again. You are killing it. You are telling the world that America isn’t worth it. You are telling the world that all of our big talk about freedom and unity and ideals is just a load of shit, and that you would prefer a smoldering dystopia where freedom is just a flimsy cover for evildoing, led by a man who believes that strength is measured only in killing people. You are handing the most important job on Earth to Napoleon from Animal Farm. And you are revealing your breathtaking ignorance to everyone except for yourself. I can’t believe you can’t see this. I want you to see this. I wanna shine a big fucking light in your face and scream at you that Trump isn’t even qualified to be human, much less President. How are you gonna change the system if you elect some corrupt idiot who has no clue how to DO IT, huh? Can’t you see this? Haven’t you heard this asshole talk? THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?

This was the calm part of the essay, which has the headline: If You Vote For Trump, Then Screw You.

One observation: Of course, he’s not going to get through to the neon pig’s supporters. He used a big word in the first sentence of this paragraph (“Crestfallen? Does that mean he dropped a tube of toothpaste?) and made an obscure literary reference (because in that crowd every literary reference is obscure) in the middle. Trump supporters don’t believe in that “liberal fancy pants book learnin’.” Besides, they’re wondering why Barack Obama wasn’t in the Oval Office doing his job on Sept. 11, 2001.

Follow the leader: GOP congressman goes into Trump mode

Since the GOP nominee for president constantly gets away with saying stupid shit, other members of the party see no reason to not say stupid shit. Case in point:

A United States representative from North Carolina said in a television interview on Thursday that protesters in Charlotte “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not,” and then hours later recanted and apologized.

The representative, Robert Pittenger, a Republican whose district includes parts of Charlotte, was interviewed on a British Broadcasting Corporation show, BBC Newsnight, when he made the comment.

And, of course, he gave a non-apology apology:

So, when you translate this, he’s saying, “Maybe I offended someone, so I’ll apologize to that person. But I know the people who voted me into office feel the same way I do, so they don’t need an apology.”

He doesn’t care about peace and calm. He just wants Charlotte’s non-whites to shut up.

And because his constituents are most likely further to the right than he is, he’s going to be reelected in November.

Let’s take a look at his BBC comment:

So he quotes Martin Luther King, then he plays the government puts blacks in bondage through welfare, and police shootings are no reason to protest.

Since TV people in the U.S. are incompetent and would have let him get away with this, as Matt Lauer proved in the “Commander-in-Chief Forum,” as Chris Wallace proved when he said his job isn’t to fact check someone who lies to him and as Chuck Todd proves every Sunday on “Meet the Press,” we should have the BBC interview American politicians. At least they don’t back down.