For Trump, the only issue is Trump

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After the FBI’s harsh and justified criticism of her email security failures, Hillary Clinton’s campaign strategists would love nothing more than to shift the campaign spotlight back to Donald Trump.

And oddly enough, Trump is just as eager for that as they are. With Clinton hitting a rough patch in her campaign this week, Trump decided to make news of his own by launching a bizarre defense of Saddam Hussein’s terror-fighting abilities.

“He had a perfect opportunity to shame every Democrat for standing blindly beside a completely untrustworthy candidate,” one frustrated GOP operative complained to The Hill. “Instead of demanding they answer for her total lack of integrity, he’s praising Saddam Hussein. It’s embarrassing. He has no regard for down-ballot Republicans.”

No, he doesn’t. But the only surprise in that is that people continue to be surprised by it, and continue to act as if somehow that is going to change. It won’t. He can’t. In a speech last night in Ohio, Trump again spent just a few minutes on “Crooked Hillary”, dutifully reading off a script, before repeating his Hussein statements and segueing into a long, heartfelt diatribe about how unfairly he is being treated by the media.

Because, why talk about her — “Boring!” — when he can talk about him? If the conversation isn’t about him, he’ll invent something controversial to say to make it about him again. That’s the dynamic in which he’s comfortable, so that’s the dynamic that he creates, time and time again.  We all live in a me-centric world to some degree, but I’ve never seen anybody in public or private life as obsessed by himself as Trump.

For example, Trump’s warm-up act at last night’s speech in Ohio was Newt Gingrich. Knowing the way to the great man’s heart, Gingrich was highly laudatory, slathering on the praise, which Trump clearly enjoyed.

“We like Newt, and I’ll tell you why,” Trump told the crowd later. “…. In one form or another, Newt is going to be involved in our government. He’s smart, he’s tough.  He gets it. And he says that I’m the biggest thing he’s ever seen in the history of politics.”

Like I said, Newt knows his audience.

 

 

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John Hayes
John Hayes

The real question about Mr. Tump can he make informed level headed decisions every day as our president?

Airdale
Airdale

For a guy that loves to talk about himself like the Donald you would think he would want his tax return published so he could brag about it.  Look how rich I am.  Look how much I gave to charity.  Look how much tax I had to pay because I earn so much.


The Donald.  Is that as in Duck?


You gotta know he is a quack.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

The trigger happy thug with the badge is always right.

honested
honested

chump met with cruz today.


I bet that was a real laugh riot.

gotalife
gotalife

@honested cruz killed his career. That is a great thing.
 He will speak at their convention.

BabyCakesATL
BabyCakesATL

From what we know so far, Philando Castile is a normal law-abiding citizen who was murdered for simply observing his 2nd Amendment rights while seated as a passenger during a routine traffic violation.  Does this mean the NRA and the guns-for-everyone activists will publicly stand with others calling for justice?  I'm not holding my breath...

kitty72
kitty72

@BabyCakesATL  I read he told the police he had a gun and a carry license. They still shot him. We all know why.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@BabyCakesATL Don't hold it


Mr Castile is someone the NRA would rather use as an object of fear


Good for business.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Petraeus showed a notebook containing highly classified information—names of agents, code words, and ongoing tactical operations in the U.S. war in Afghanistan—to Paula Broadwell, who was writing a book about him. Later, when the FBI asked him if he had done this, he initially said he hadn’t. The first act might have been a misdemeanor or a felony; the second, lying to an FBI agent, is usually a felony. For reasons that are still mysterious, Petraeus was charged with a misdemeanor.


So no. Not the same thing at all.


http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/war_stories/2016/07/hillary_s_email_scandal_was_overhyped.html


The Hillary email scandal has been brewing for a long time. Like the Benghazi scandal, this one has fizzled out, and one can imagine the frustration of reporters and politicians who had been savoring a climax that just didn’t come through. The Timespublished three front-page stories and two more on the inside that said basically nothing that everyone didn’t already know: Yes, the Clintons are slippery, they have an unpleasant record of doing things their way, they have a problem when it comes to trustworthiness. Beyond that, there’s nothing here, folks, move along.

honested
honested

@Hedley_Lammar 

You know, if Congress was busy doing their JOB (long days, detailed evaluation of legislation, concern for the best interest of the Citizens) they might not have time to conduct endless 'investigations' over nothing but piffle.

If the did so, they wouldn't have to spend time cleaning the egg off their faces when nothing is left but piffle.

rimsky
rimsky

Donald Trump’s private meeting Thursday with Senate Republicans — designed to foster greater party unity ahead of the national convention in Cleveland — grew combative as the presumptive presidential nominee admonished three senators who have been critical of his candidacy and predicted they would lose their reelection bids, according to two Republican officials with direct knowledge of the exchanges.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/07/07/trump-meets-with-hill-republicans-as-controversy-over-star-of-david-tweet-continues/?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-low_trump-caphill-1035am:homepage/story

Go Get them Donnie.  I am 110% behind you on this one.

kitty72
kitty72

@rimsky  There are days I still think he is a DNC plant. lol

gotalife
gotalife

They thought they could run on emails.


All three of them.


It is a buffet of melt downs.

elgrunir
elgrunir

@gotalife " It is a buffet of melt downs."  Sounds yummy; I'll have tuna.

Kamchak
Kamchak

The case is closed, yet heads explode.

gotalife
gotalife

Fallon is owning wolf on the case closed.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@rimsky 

The only possible conclusion: this is how the powers that be want things.

elgrunir
elgrunir

Dear Everyone,

I won’t be around much; today I’m quitting the introductory rate because I can’t afford the regular monthly rate.

There are four “freebies” offered per month, so for the time being, that’s what I’ll have.I’ll try to come around when there’s plenty of action.

elgrunir
elgrunir

The limerick count stands at 908.  My  goal is 1000.

kitty72
kitty72

@elgrunir  We will miss you, elgrunir. I ended up paying the rate, too. I read the paper but it is mostly for the blog. :)

gotalife
gotalife

I wonder how many millions have been paid to their families for police killings.


The pattern is very troubling.

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

Doomy. Really? Private parties? When y'all rail against the lamestream media? Looks like one can dish, but not take.

rimsky
rimsky

Minn. governor says race played role in fatal police shooting during traffic stop/////

I hope the law punishes the right people.

Starik
Starik

Police brutality, and police racism exists, and it's a problem we need to address...With thousands of police departments, many do not select recruits and train them well. When police get in trouble, there is a strong inclination for prosecutors to let them off the hook.  Understandable, but not ethical. That's the problem. The only racial issue is the issue of crime among young blacks. Nobody wants to acknowledge that problem.


We need effective citizen review boards everywhere.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Starik there is a strong inclination for prosecutors to let them off the hook. 


The blue line.

rimsky
rimsky

Ok cons can we get to the Gretchen Carlson's suit against Roger Ailes?

honested
honested

@JeffreyEav 

I'm much more interested in chump's taxes.

Anybody who would work for ailes should expect piglike behavior. Doesn't excuse him, just what should be expected.

While we're discussing 'expected' every American for decades has 'expected' the major party Candidates to release their tax forms.

Does chump think he has a different set of rules?

Penses
Penses

"Either way the guy laying prone on his back did not deserve to be shot by police. And we are seeing this over and over and over."


Agreed. But it happens to whites also, all of the time. It is therefore primarily a police brutality issue rather than a racial one.

Penses
Penses

@Hedley_Lammar @Penses It's not reported on national news (go figure). But if you search for local news stories, you will find many.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Penses   But it happens to whites also, all of the time


If so that is wrong too. But I sure dont see as much of that.

Starik
Starik

@JeffreyEav Considering the Ferguson situation, where the policeman proved to be innocent of wrongdoing, lets wait for the investigation.  A person on his back can shoot a person who isn't. Was there a gun?  Did the officer think there was a gun? 


Bad police shootings of whites do happen.  I can think of three in the last year. 

Penses
Penses

@Hedley_Lammar @Penses Not when one adjusts for factors like crime rate, as Doomy has been trying to pound into your dense skull.

Penses
Penses

@honested @Penses @Hedley_Lammar Pro tip: ignore the SOURCE of an argument, but NOT the evidence and logic offered in support of it. Follow them wherever they lead.

honested
honested

@Hedley_Lammar @Penses 

But that would suggest some improper considerations for budget priorities......

And maybe some modifications in revenue policy.............

So we cannot discuss it.

Penses
Penses

@Hedley_Lammar @Penses I would say culture, which is related to economics. There are two black cultures in America. There is a predominantly white biker culture. Etc., etc.

kitty72
kitty72

@Penses  Can you find some examples since you made the claim? Thanks. :)

Penses
Penses

@kitty72 @Penses I can and have before on this blog. Just do a Google search on whites killed by police (or some such thing). You'll find a lot of local stories.