“Rules? There are no rules in a knife fight.” Harvey Logan (Ted Cassidy, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”).
If last night’s debate debacle didn’t seal the deal, then I have no idea what will. After everything else he’s done, Donald J. Trump, faux billionaire, a total fraud of a business man, con artist and vulgar misogynist with no ideas whatsoever, ignorant of everything but his own ego, went there.
Before the debate, he brought out, like the empty suit that he is, four women, including Paula Jones, who claim to have been victimized by Bill Clinton. It was yet another circus act by the 21st Century version of P.T. Barnum, another way to victimize himself in this “rigged” election. True to Harvey Logan’s quote, in his world, there are no rules.
So, he went there.
We always knew it was going to come down to this. Bill. Not Hillary or policy differences or personality. It was going to always be about William Jefferson Clinton, Forty-Second President of the United States. This is, and always was the plan against Mrs. HRC. When you alienate 60% of the country just by opening your trap about health care, abortion, minorities, religion, immigration and taxes, you have to have a fall-back position. In order to prevent a second Clinton Presidency, you have to dig up the first. It is the opening line of the final act of this endless campaign, by a campaign that will be lucky to get 40% of the vote.
That Bill Clinton was impeached because he got a blow-job from a 21-year-old woman (which had nothing to do with the Oath of Office or the duties of the Presidency) by a Republican Congress hell-bent on destroying him, but instead damaged themselves in the process. This Hail Mary attempt to revive the days of Ken Starr, Whitewater, Linda Tripp, the Professor and Mary-Ann will fail because Donald Trump is the most undeserving, undisciplined, uncouth, unworthy candidate in the history of this country, yet might end up with roughly the same electoral votes as Mitt Romney in 2012 because forty percent of this country can never vote for a Democrat because “freedom” and “guns.” Also, FOX News and Hate Radio.
The facts are that Oklahoma, Nebraska, Wyoming, the Dakota’s, Kansas, Idaho and Alaska, since 1964, have voted for the Republican nominee every election. The last time a Democrat won a county in Oklahoma was in 1992. Texas last voted for a Democratic nominee in 1976. Conversely, every other state except Minnesota have flipped around since Nixon’s 1972 blow out of George McGovern.
The Republicans knew this was a disaster going in and now they’re running away as fast as they can. John McCain, Condoleezza Rice, among a growing list, have un-endorsed Trump since Friday. Even Paul Ryan has stopped defending him and told fellow GOP House members, per the Huffington Post, “on a conference call Monday that they “all need to do what’s best for you in your district,” according to someone on the call. Ryan said he wouldn’t campaign with Trump for the rest of the election, but added that he wouldn’t withdraw his endorsement of the GOP nominee.
“He made clear to members that his decisions are being driven by what is best for his members, not himself,” the source on the call said. “He is willing to endure political pressure to help protect our majority.”
Lovely, just lovely. So, in other words, jump ship, but make sure to remind everyone that we didn’t want him in the first place.
As has been pointed out since the “I can get away with being crude to women because I’m Donald Trump. And you’re not,” audio surfaced on Friday (which brings to mind Jack McCoy’s infamous line “What ‘Special Laws’ for rich people?”) it is too late to get Trump off the ticket and he has no intention of resigning. Good. I hope he stays on for the next 28 days and goes down in flames. This is the worst election in my memory, save maybe 1968, when Nixon tricked his way into office.
Hillary Clinton was never the target. It was always her husband and the revenge of 1998. But the GOP had best heed the words of Confucius (or James Bond, take your pick) “When plotting revenge, it’s best to dig two graves.”