Trump’s unstable character can’t be ‘balanced’ by a weak GOP

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Newt Gingrich is mentioned often as a potential running mate for Donald Trump, with Gingrich himself usually doing the mentioning. But last week, he also spoke highly of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee as a possible vice presidential nominee. As Gingrich described him, Corker is a “very stable guy, in some ways would balance Trump.”

Interesting.

Balance is a common criteria in putting together a presidential ticket. If your top nominee is from the Northeast, you might want to pick someone from the West or South. If your presidential candidate is a conservative, you might want somebody from the moderate wing of your party as a running mate.

And as Gingrich suggests, if you nominate Trump to be president, you might want to balance that pick with someone who is, you know, stable.

In addition to being stable, Corker serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is respected as a foreign-policy pragmatist. As vice president, he could be expected to offer competent advice to Trump. The problem is that Trump could also be expected to ignore it. Asked to whom he turns for guidance in foreign policy, Trump has already said that “I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things.”

We saw another example of that trait late last week, when Trump thought it was a good idea to publicly attack the federal judge in his Trump University fraud case, Gonzalo Curiel, as “a Mexican” and thus a “Trump-hater”. The tactic no doubt left Trump’s attorneys horrified, but Trump himself didn’t care.

So there’s that.

Gingrich isn’t the only one trying to help voters cope with the possibility of a President Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for example, backs Trump’s election to the most powerful position on the planet, but you don’t hear him lauding Trump for his experience and wisdom. He also doesn’t praise his party’s nominee for the quality of his policy ideas or character. Even in this day and age, there are still limits to what people will believe.

Instead, McConnell proposes the novel argument of “Hey, how much damage could he really do?”

“What protects us in this country against big mistakes being made is the structure, the Constitution, the institutions,” McConnell said on CBS Sunday Morning. “No matter how unusual a personality may be who gets elected to office, there are constraints in this country. You don’t get to do anything you want to.”

McConnell continued that theme in an interview with Hugh Hewitt on Monday. Acknowledging that Trump may not have bought into the “historical limited government theory”, McConnell argued that it didn’t matter.

“I think Donald Trump will understand when he’s sworn in the limits of his authority. He’ll have a White House counsel,” McConnell said. “There will be others who point out there’s certain things you can do and you can’t do.”

Let’s first acknowledge how much of the argument McConnell concedes. He admits that his party’s nominee respects no boundaries and is liable to go off the deep end, but no worries, he says, we’ve got the system to save us! I’m just not sure that’s as comforting as McConnell might wish. Yes, Trump will have a White House counsel to guide him. But Trump is much more likely to appoint some pliable two-bit real-estate attorney from Queens to the post than someone with the guts to tell him no. People who tell Trump no don’t stick around long.

Bascially, McConnell and Gingrich are asking voters to bet the country’s future on the hope that when the time comes, they and other GOP leaders will have the backbone to stand up to Trump and tell him no. They won’t admit that their chance to take on Trump has already come and gone, and that they surrendered.

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Corey
Corey

“I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things.”


Please consider that statement come November.

ByteMe
ByteMe

Sheetz indeed....

RantNRave
RantNRave

Former Trump University Workers Call it ‘Scheme’ That Preyed on ELDERLY AND UNEDUCATED



They sold the "snake oil" to the  ELDERLY AND


 UNEDUCATED by peddling "this is going to make 


you RICH make you BETTER."


NOW THEY HAVE BUYER'S REMORSE!


Snake Oil Salesman


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD3xhzuTrhA


ByteMe
ByteMe

Trump sheetz coming shortly....

RantNRave
RantNRave

"No one is stopping him, Davey-poo."


Kamchak


I say, "Let Trump do Trump!"


In others words:


Let The Chump screw The Chump 


and it's going to happen!




ByteMe
ByteMe

Trump 2016: Bigger Than Trump University!

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

@ByteMe  Big things.The media should be thanking me.So unfair! To quote me with my words. I have words. Great words. So great you would not believe. So unfair! Even if these words were said by Donald Trump himself. Myself.Haters&losers. Ugly with fat a*ses. Totally not bangable.A 5or6 at best. None of your business losers. I mean loser media.

ByteMe
ByteMe

Trump 2016: Because Putin's Head Coming Over The Horizon Has To Be Met With An Equally Credible Counter-Threat.

ByteMe
ByteMe

Trump 2016: Sarah Palin + 17 Years Of "Experience"

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Kamchak 

Kummy...I wondered what had happened to you.  Galloway's blogs get to you?

(Just whistlin;)

RantNRave
RantNRave

Former Trump U Workers Call it ‘Scheme’ That Preyed on ELDERLY AND UNEDUCATED


Operative word:


 UNEDUCATED


The Chump preyed on the vulnerable like a rabid dog !


Trump in Nevada: 'I Love the Poorly Educated'


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vpdt7omPoa0


ByteMe
ByteMe

Trump 2016: Put the "Ugly" back into "Ugly Americans"

KUTGF
KUTGF

Take America back from those who have stolen it.
Protect America from those who want to destroy it.
Restore the principles that these usurpers betrayed....

Unfortunately, the Republican Party isn’t alone in using these messages.

Right-wing extremist groups use them as well, and to very specific ends: to define the conditions under which antigovernment violence becomes legitimate in their worldview.

I have spent nearly 15 years studying how the risk of violence grows within societies around the world, and running programs designed to stem the tide. I have seen rhetoric like this used to mobilize violence in countries like Iraq and Kenya.

This same dynamic, I argue, is taking shape within American society now. If it continues, it represents a greater threat than anything we face from terrorist groups outside our own borders....http://www.rawstory.com/2016/06/in-america-domestic-extremists-are-a-much-bigger-risk-than-foreign-terrorists/
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Let the RWer denial commence..... 

ByteMe
ByteMe

@KUTGF It's an effective message for the paranoid and habitually disaffected.

The ironic part is that they promise to "fix it" to get elected and then do nothing of the sort.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

What's that about a Mercatus Center study? 

http://mercatus.org/charles-koch

Charles Koch is a member of the Mercatus Center's Board of Directors. He is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Koch Industries, Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in America. Under his leadership, Koch Industries has been transformed into a dynamic and diverse group of companies engaged in trading, investment and operations worldwide.

honested
honested

@Donnie_Pinko 

Which is why I immediately ignore anything from Mercatus, Cato, or any other of the koch tentacles.

Are there people who believe that crap?

KUTGF
KUTGF

A gun lobbyist suggested firearms owners should start shooting if a Democrat wins the presidential election and nominates a U.S. Supreme Court justice with whom they disagree.

Larry Pratt, the executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America and former Virginia lawmaker, warned that Second Amendment rights could be threatened if liberals gain a majority on the high court, reported Right Wing Watch.
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Oh how them "patriots" do hate democracy.  Majority rule is okay with "patriots" only when the majority agrees with them.  And the Constitution only comprised only of the 2d amendment apparently. 

honested
honested

@KUTGF 

Apparently, mr. pratt doesn't realize that 'liberals' realized the danger we were in during the shrub administration and became heavily armed for just such a situation.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@KUTGF I fear for the Big Chicken if the Home Guard leaves it unprotected to go hunt libruls.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@ByteMe @KUTGF  To borrow from The Fools, Psycho Chicken lyrics:

He's clucking a lot, but he's not saying anything,

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

And in other news, dog bites man:

"The ten most financially sound states in the country are all heavily Republican, while all but one of the ten worst states are heavily Democratic. That’s according to a ranking of states in a new report from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University The report — “Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition” — used official government data to measure the states’ ability to pay short-term bills and meet longer-term obligations, such as public pensions or health care costs, using five separate measures."

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@SFM_Scootter @Philo_Farnsworth

Who would know? Philo hasn't bothered to give a link to this excerpt, and I don't really feel like googling it, so I'll just assume it's heavily edited to conform to his own bias, for now.

Peachs
Peachs

@Kamchak I just can't understand how this keeps happening and the press stands down.  This is the strangest election I have ever seen. Trump is like a kid playing on the expressway and no one is stopping him...

Peachs
Peachs

Trump really let loose on ABC yesterday.  This sleaze, calling a honest questioning reporter, a sleaze, it just gets more bizarre as we go.

td1234
td1234

@Visual_Cortex Why do you hate Americans to believe that other countries interest should be placed in front of the interest of the US? 

Peachs
Peachs

@Citizen-of-the-World @Peachs Trump in the White House, he represents everything foreigners think we are and hate.  If he gets elected maybe we are the ugly Americans...

Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234 

our interest comes ahead of any other interest. 

And there's your sign.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234 

A sign that you should never be in charge of foreign policy decisions.

Just sayin'.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Citizen-of-the-World @Peachs  If Sarkozy, as expected, wins the French Presidential election next June, it could lead to an interesting state dinner with Trump. Carla Bruni (aka Madame Sarkozy) had to issue a press release back in 1991 calling Trump a liar and that reports that she and Donald had dated were plants by Trump for publicity

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@td1234 @Visual_Cortex So I guess it is difficult, no, impossible for you to understand that we can still influence world events by not being Me Me Me? The US is always right? We should not entertain others views.


Citizen-of-the-World
Citizen-of-the-World

@Peachs Trump's habitual name-calling takes our level of discourse to record lows. I can imagine him as our president after meeting with another head of state ... "Yeah, I met with so and so. What a loser. And his wife, a real uggo. We do not want to enter into diplomatic relations with them, or any kind of relations, if you get what I mean. Believe me."

Paul42
Paul42

@Philo_Farnsworth

Why do you keep alleging that the world disrespects us because of Pres Obama?  

Consistency does not seem to be a strong suit.