UPDATE at the end of the post.
Here we are, another weekend, and some Campaign news is encroaching upon the usual Weekend fare.
Yes, one week afte the Republican Primary here in South Carolina, the Democrats have their say on Saturday. At this point, it looks like a runaway for Sec. Hillary Clinton. She has a massive lead on Sen. Sanders at this point. Clinton has also garnered the endorsement of Rep. James Clyburn, no small things for Democrats here.
Meanwhile, with Super Tuesday coming up, the candidates on both sides are hotfooting around trying to make their case to the people. But for now, it seems like a slam dunk that Clinton will win SC. Once the polls are closed, I’ll report in, but at this point, it seems highly likely Clinton will get this win under her belt.
Since I am already discussing the Campaign and candidates, I have to share some of Richard Cohen’s recent Opinion piece in WaPo. He really hits some major characteristics that should be a big red flag for voters. From WaPo (h/t Facebook friend):
I may never forgive Donald Trump for what he said about Mexicans. I may never forgive him for what he said about Muslims or that smutty crack he made about Megyn Kelly. I may never forgive him for his lies and his bravado and his nasty personalizing of political differences. I may never forgive him for all these things, but I draw the line at Serge Kovaleski, the reporter with a congenital condition that limits mobility . Trump mocked him. I will neverforgive him for that.
This happened in November, and I’m sure you know about it, but it has been left in the dust kicked up by further Trump outrages that include a denial that he ever did what in fact he did. He twisted his body in approximation of Kovaleski’s. Trump not only denied doing it, but he denied knowing about Kovaleski’s condition, despite having been interviewed by him on several occasions.
Trump’s other outrages arguably had an element of political calculation to them. The stuff about Mexicans, about immigrants in general, and about Muslims was popular among his supporters. It’s not that I think these insults were disingenuous — the man’s bigotry was evident when he insistently questioned whether Barack Obama was a natural-born American — but they applied to large groups, momentarily unpopular, and no single person either had to bear a stigma or feel the hurt. Trump came closest to showing his innate cruelty with his remark that John McCain, who spent five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, was no hero. Trump has an adolescent’s contempt for the suffering of others.
I appreciate the point Cohen is trying to make, though I have zero doubt that the impact of McCain’s years’ of torture are with him still. Cohen seems to forget that McCain’s arms aren’t the same post-captivity/torture. Like Kovaleski’s “condition,” it is a daily thing. But I take his point, and understand that he is coming from a place of righteous indignation at the treatment of a friend by some spoiled Richie Rich-type who has no filter or compassion “for the sufferings of others…”
Cohen raises many good points, and I hope some fence-sitters might just take note. Hey, we gotta have some hope, don’t we?
Okay, enough political talk for me now. And since we were discussing SC earlier in the post, I want to return back to my state. Now, some of you may recall that a while back, SC was in the news for another reason. That was the brutal abuse of a sweet Pitbull, Caitlyn, by a criminal who taped her mouth shut. I won’t put that photo up again, but I did want to share a photo from the Charleston Animal Society of what this sweet girl looks like now:
And as you see in the blurb above, her abuser is facing a Federal charge. If he is convicted of that, he should be off the streets for a while. At least Caitlyn is in a good place, has recovered not just physically, but emotionally too, as her foster parents report. Oh, and her foster parents will be her forever parents once the case of Caitlyn’s abuse has been tried. How wonderful is that recovery? She is one happy pup, that Caitlyn…
Speaking of happy pups, check out this adorable video making the rounds of a dog and his friend, a river otter:
How freakin’ adorable is THAT?! Oh my gosh, so much cuteness.
Oh, one last thing before I forget. Two weeks from today, Suzy and I will be boarding the NCL Sun in Santiago (Valparaiso), Chile, for a two week cruise around Cape Horn, the Beagle Channel, Falkland Islands, and so much more. As I think I have mentioned before, we will be seeing PENGUINS – several different varieties including Rockhopper penguins – and glaciers as well:
We will actually be leaving a couple of days before the cruise since it is an all-night flight, and a massive time change. (And thank heavens we have the BEST pet/house sitters in the world so we CAN go on trips like this. They love our pets like their own. It is a real gift to be able to go out of the country, know that our house is safe, and our animals are well cared for in our absence.)
Internet access is limited on the ship. They do have it, but it is expensive so the most I will be doing is checking/clearing email. But you know what is coming next: if anyone has a burning desire to write a post in my absence, I would be delighted to put it up. I know that a lot will be going on with the Primaries while we are gone. Just wanted to put that out there!
This is your Weekend Open Thread!
UPDATE: As expected, Clinton is CRUSHING Sanders in SC. The polls closed not long ago, and the race was called PDQ for Clinton. From The Hill:
Hillary Clinton has been projected as the winner of South Carolina’s primary, giving her what looks to be a decisive victory in a key state days before Super Tuesday.
Several news organizations declared Clinton as the winner just after polls closed at 7 p.m. NBC News said it was projecting an “overwhelming” victory for Clinton based on exit polls.
South Carolina was seen as a test of Clinton’s strength with African American voters, who were expected to side with her over Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Clinton has won three of four contests against Sanders, but South Carolina is her biggest win and support from black voters could carry over to Alabama, Texas, Georgia and a few other states voting on Tuesday. The win is also a significant reversal from 2008, when Clinton lost the state by 28 points to Barack Obama. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
And there you have it – Clinton is on a roll…