Monday, September 5, 2016

Political Ponderings

Hey there! 

It's Labor Day here in America so if you're a mom on the verge of giving birth, kudos on your special day. 

Well I was surprised to find out I have three special fans of the blog. Give it up for Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.




Thanks, Trump kids! I'm feeling the love! I'm feeling the warmth! 

Meanwhile, Daddy Trump went to Detroit to talk to black people. It was explained to Donald that if he was going to reach out to African American voters, he might actually, you know, maybe need to talk to them. 

Word was he tried to mitigate that level of contact by originally agreeing to only meet with certain black leaders who would ask Donald Trump questions written in advance by Trump's staff. 

Black leader: "Mr. Trump, will you do amazing awesome things for African Americans or super awesome things?"

Donald Trump: "That's a tough question but I can assure you that I can be both AMAZING and SUPER awesome at the same time. Black people are going to be super amazingly awesomed by what I will do as President. It will be yuge!" 

It seems that when news of those plans slipped out, it was decided that Donald needed to having closer contact with more black people than he anticipated. After the idea of going through the drive thru at a local Popeye's was dismissed (Trump is a KFC man), it ultimately came down to Trump speaking to a church full of African American voters on a Saturday. 

Speaking to people in a church on a Saturday was confusing to Trump. "I didn't know black people were Jewish," Trump wondered, then he remembered Sammy Davis Jr. who is black and Jewish. A suggestion by Donald to invite Sammy Davis Jr. to a campaign event is pending until someone can break it to Donald that Sammy Davis Jr died way back in 1990. 

Anyway, the event in Detroit went relatively OK with a surprisingly humble and subdued Trump speaking to the gathering that did not quite fill up the church. Those who were in attendance greeted Trump warmly and listened politely but have little cause to expect this visit represents a significant change for Trump. Describing the difference between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Detroit resident 
Chuck Westbrook said, “Her track record is so long with black people,” mentioning her work for children in the 1970s. “Donald Trump hasn’t done anything for black people in 30 years.”

By the way, whazzup with Hillary Clinton? We get the occasional story of some new found batch of emails found in a shoebox in a cabin in Montana or some murkiness around Clinton Foundation ties with Skynet or some damn thing. But for the woman herself, she seems to be keeping a low profile. 

Part of it is the best person to make the case for a Hillary Clinton presidency is Donald Trump and probably the worst person to promote a Hillary Clinton White House is Hillary Clinton. If Donald is determined to go up in flames and he's bringing his own matches AND gasoline, best just stay out of his way. But at some point, Hillary's got to make a better argument to vote for her other than "I'm not Trump". Granted, given that it's Trump we're talking about, that should be reason enough.  

But Trump supporters have dug in their heels and are sticking by the Donald through all his self-destructive impulses. Meanwhile, I don't think Clinton supporters are as passionate for Hillary as Trump supporters are for Donald. Hillary Clinton is going to have a come out and be herself. She is going to have to remind people not just why Trump should NOT be President but why she should be.  

OK, that's that for today. Tomorrow, I take a look at late night television on the 1 year anniversary of the Late Show With Stephen Colbert.  

Until next time...



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