It Could All Come Down To This *Open Thread*


And that would be this salient cartoon by the brilliant Branco at Legal Insurrection:


Yes, that is to what we can look forward it seems. And why do I say that? Because of this potential Electoral College map from the Examiner (h/t Facebook friend):

As seen above, Hillary Clinton would dominate Donald Trump on the Electoral College map

[…] Suddenly analysts are beginning to consider the possibility that Trump really could win the Republican Party nomination for president. If so, as the above Electoral College map shows, Democrats may be elated. According to the most recent polling available, Trump would lose against Clinton 119-419 in a theoretical Electoral College matchup. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more Electoral College and polling updates throughout the 2016 presidential election. (Click here to read the rest including how these numbers were derived.)

Uh, yeah. That is PRECISELY what a number of us have been saying repeatedly.

And not for nothing, there is this vast disparity in Electoral College votes despite the issue with Clinton’s emails, the final release of which happens today. I suppose something could change, but I kinda doubt it. I think Branco has it right on that in the cartoon above.  The Hill has that story:

The release comes just ahead of 11 “Super Tuesday” contests, which Clinton hopes will propel her to a commanding lead over Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential race.

Clinton’s campaign has tried to shake off the email controversy, but the monthly releases have fueled fresh headlines about her exclusive use of a private email account while serving as secretary of State.

With the releases now nearing an end, Republicans have seized on the fact that more than 1,800 emails from her machine were eventually classified.

“What we’ve learned in this discovery is that Hillary Clinton trafficked in sensitive information over her unclassified — and, by the way, private — email system,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the former head of the House Oversight Committee, told The Hill on Friday.

Clinton’s presidential campaign and the State Department have both disputed that the emails were classified at the time they were sent. Much of the information in them was classified retroactively, they say.

But the drips and drabs of information from various emails have carried the whiff of wrongdoing for Clinton. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Yes, they most certainly have. But it doesn’t seem to be dissuading Democrats from voting for Hillary Clinton. It seems fairly certain she will be the Democratic Party nominee unless something massive happens. But the email scandal, the Benghazi scandal, her failure as a Secretary of State (Libya, Egypt, and Russia, to name a few disasters under her watch), none of that has imperiled Clinton’s run at this point. So yeah, she may be under the control of the FBI by the time the Inauguration occurs, but if things stand as they are now, it seems certain that Clinton will be the President.

But if the media starts actually doing their homework, as David Cay Johnston asserts, would knock Trump out immediately. Johnston has 21 questions Trump needs to be asked, and he discusses them at length in the video below. I recognize it is from a Democratic site, but that does not negate the history of Trump’s actions. Here is David Cay Johnston laying out a number of concerns about Trump’s history, as well as the rationale behind Sen. Cruz bringing up the Mob (and with good reason) when it comes to Trump:


I hope you watched it, but if not, check out Johnston’s questions for Trump. They are stunning.

But if that isn’t enough to highlight how dangerous it would be to have Trump as the nominee, Paul Miller, professor at UT-Austin and Federalist author, has this critical piece I hope everyone reads in its entirety, “Five Reasons Every American Should Oppose Donald Trump.” I cannot include it all here, but I will give you the top five reasons.  From The Federalist:

1. Donald Trump Admires Tyrants

In December, Trump openly admired Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling him a “strong leader.” Putin is, of course, a dictator who shut down independent media, imprisoned political opponents like Mikhail Khodorkovsky, rigged elections, and almost certainly ordered the murders of opposition figures Alexander Litvinenko and Boris Nemtsov. (Trump went out of his way to deny that anyone has proven Putin’s guilt). Russia is “not free,” according to Freedom House, which catalogs a long list of the Putin regime’s oppressions.


2. Donald Trump Encourages Violence

Last week a protester interrupted a Trump rally. As security escorted him out, Trump told his supporters, “You know what they used to do to guys like that in a place like this? He’d go out in a stretcher.” He added, “I’d like to punch him in the face.”


3. Donald Trump Wants to Police Speech

Last week Trump advocated altering libel laws to enable the government to sue newspapers for “purposely negative and horrible and false articles.” He gave several examples of media outlets he’d like to be able to sue for their coverage of him, including The New York Times and Washington Post.


4. Donald Trump Does Not Believe in Equality Under Law

After the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino last November, Trump made a series of proposals he claimed would enhance homeland security. He proposed to banall Muslims from entering the United States. He called for increased surveillance of mosques. He called for a database to track all Syrian refugees, and did not rule out tracking all Muslims in America.


5. Trump Is an American Fascist

The case against Trump, then, is that he is an autocrat in democrat’s clothing, a tyrant in the wings, a bully who admires the “strength” of tyrants and butchers, who finds a free press to be an inconvenience that he intends to tame with legal force once elected, a man who demonizes opponents and romanticizes violence, especially against minorities, who pines for the day when government could have its way with people without the trouble of constitutional law getting in the way. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

There you have it. On top of EVERYTHING we know about Trump are these five major reasons he should not be the RNC Nominee, and most definitely, not the President.

Not for nothing, if Trump IS the nominee, the chances are EXCEEDINGLY good that we will have our second President Clinton. That alone should bring people up short and make them think twice before jumping on the Trump bandwagon. One can hope, anyway…

This is an Open Thread.


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15 Responses to “It Could All Come Down To This *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Following his win at the Nevada caucus, Donald Trump told supporters that he won in almost every voter demographic, and said, quote, “I love the poorly educated.” To which they replied, “Us love you more, Mr. Trunks!” ~ Seth Meyers

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – and there you have it, Marge! A friend put up Trump’s pronouncement at Facebook, and one of his more enmeshed Minions took umbrage, arguing with my FRIEND abt the quote. She made it quite clear to the Trumpkin that it was TRUMP who said it, not HER.

      Oh, boy…

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Hypocrisy thy names are Trump and Trumpkins

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    I Can’t Blame Those Who Will Never Vote For Trump

    By Kurt Schlichter

    I disagree with those conservatives who say they will never, ever, ever, ever vote for Donald Trump should the GOP embrace his special brand of nonsense and nominate him, but I can’t blame them. Hell, I’m about one more round of foolishness away from joining them.

    But not quite yet. Trump is the lesser of the candidates, lesser of the conservatives, but also the lesser of the two ancient socialist evils that the Democrats are eenie meenie miney moeing between. At least Trump pretends to embrace capitalism, of a sort. And at least he doesn’t seem to hate America, just those Americans who aren’t awed by his magnificence.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I generally like Schlicter, but I have to disagree with him. I think Trump will be worse than Clinton even. I do. I have come to that conclusion considering the things he has been saying of late, like his wanting to diminish the First Amendment, his connections to the Mob, and oh-so-many-other-things.

      Neither one of them is an acceptable option, of course, which is why it is so important for the media to do its damn job already before it is too late and educate people as to how loony and dangerous Trump really is…

      • piper Says:

        Sadly agree that T-rump will be worse than Clinton. I loath his despicable behavior toward women along with his hateful comments about us – signs of an abusive man.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I agree with both of you – I too think Trump will be worse than Clinton. What was different about this Schlichter post was that he wasn’t trying to “guilt” or “shame” or “bully” people into voting for Trump. That in and of itself is refreshing.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          True enough – for a change. I had someone – a Trump supporter – tell me today that she has not seen anyone treat others poorly as a result of them not supporting Trump, that maybe it was just the character of those people, not Trump. I was glad that she had not experienced that, but EVERY Trump supporter I have experienced has been a bully and some, including a former friend, abusive to someone he knows personally. Astonishing…

          But yeah – at least Schlichter didn’t try to manipulate or bully anyone. Good point!

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Love the Branco cartoon Rev! Here’s one I liked this morning too:

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Trump treated Christie like a one-night stand

    By William A. Jacobson

    But it appears that The Donald is treating Christie like a one-night stand. At a rally the next day, Trump pointedly pointed for Christie to leave the stage.

    I didn’t realize until today how right I was, because I relied on the visual and missed the key sentence audible on the tape.

    Trump told Christie: “Get on the plane and go home.”

    What a class act that Trump is huh? Not! Never has an act of political opportunism been rewarded quite so fast.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Yes, he surely did, and Christie ACCEPTED it. He took it like the patsy he is. So much for Christie being all tough, huh?

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A friend had this up at Facebook. Ben SHapiro tells it like it is abt Trump:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I love Ben Sharpiro and that is fantastic. I stole it and will spread it far and wide. Not sure it will have an effect on the indoctrinated but I is ammunition to use later when I can say, “I told you so”.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        So glad you like it, Marge! Feel free to spread it everywhere you can!

        And no, not that Trump supporters will care. The one I mentioned above says she doesn’t believe everything she reads or hears, to which I responded with things that had come STRAIGHT from Trump’s mouth. If she isn’t going to believe things that he personally says, it makes me wonder just on what she is basing her support…

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