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It’s Trump’s character, stupid

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He looked terrible, didn’t he? I mean Mueller. Not tanned and relaxed the way a retired guy ought to be, but tired, dragged out and mentally confused. Yesterday was not a good day for Robert Mueller.

Since I never thought the Special Counsel would be the White Knight who would save America by indicting Donald Trump, I wasn’t disappointed by Mueller’s non-performance. My take is that we’re going to have to leave it to History for a final judgment on why Mueller went so light on Trump and his cohorts, and why Mueller dodged 200 questions with refusals to answer, refusals that bordered on absurdity.

(By the way, having watched lots and lots of Congressional hearings in my day, I think that if any other witness had been so hostile, he would have been slapped with a Contempt of Congress citation.)

Republicans “won” the hearings in the sense that no new information came out. Mueller certainly didn’t say what many people wanted him to: “I would have indicted Trump if the Department of Justice guidelines had permitted me to.” So Trump took his little “victory lap.”

But Democrats are far from out. We still have the major conclusions: Mueller did NOT exonerate Trump. There WAS massive Russian interference in the election on Trump’s behalf. Trump DID try to obstruct justice on multiple occasions. What Democrats have to do now, of course, is to keep these issues alive before an American public that may be growing weary of this whole thing. They also have to keep the media interested, beyond the usual outlets of what Trump calls “fake news”: the New York Times, Washington Post, and MSNBC.

And House Democrats still have multiple hearings to conduct, although that’s going to be hard given Trump’s refusal to allow his stooges to respond to subpoenas and their penchant to lie when they do submit to questions. But I’d be lying if I claimed that any of the House hearings will result in anything substantial. I’ll be happy if they do, but I’m not holding my breath.

So where do we go from here? The overwhelming fact—which none of us can lose sight of—is that we must defeat Trump next year. We simply have to. I will urge every voter I know to not lose heart because the Mueller thing seems to have fizzled out. We still have something big going for us, and that is that a majority of Americans loathe Donald Trump and think that his personality is disgusting. You remember James Carville’s sign in Clinton election headquarters back in 1992? “It’s the economy stupid”? Well, in 2020 “It’s Trump’s character, stupid.” I’ve said it all along: Democrats should NOT focus merely on issues, as some candidates allege. They have to remind voters over and over and over again: “This is a reprehensible human being. A sexual predator, a pathological liar, a racist and a bigot. You wouldn’t leave your teenaged daughter alone with him for five minutes, and you know it!”

That argument won’t work with the knuckleheads who constitute Trump’s base. I don’t care about them; they’re a lost cause. They’ve sold their souls to the devil. They can go to hell.

But the Character issue will work with suburban moms, who care about decency and civility, and it may even persuade a handful of evangelicals, even though the majority of them have proven, by their devotion to Trump, that they love him more than they love Jesus Christ, and are willing to piss on Christ’s teachings. (Actually, the next time you meet a “Christian” who professes to support Trump, laugh in their face, remind them of their utter hypocrisy, and walk away.)

As for the issues themselves: climate change is not a winner for Democrats. Sorry. Neither is legalizing marijuana (sorry, Kamala). Protecting abortion is. Other winners for Democrats are raising taxes on billionaires. Democrats are going to have to handle LGBTQ rights carefully. I would not make a huge issue out of it. We’ve come a long way in the last ten years, but our victories are tenuous; a wrong move, or a series of wrong moves, could turn large chunks of the public against us. Immigration is also tricky. Democrats are going to have to come up with an answer to Trump’s accusation that we’re in favor of open borders. Democrat’s aren’t, of course; but if you can’t come up with an immediate answer to the following question, you can see Democrats’ problem:

What is the Democratic solution for stemming the flood of immigrants at the southern border?

This question should not require a long-winded answer. The public can’t deal with long-winded answers. The answer should be contained in a single sentence—and it needs to be persuasive.

Democrats also need to have a persuasive answer to Rust Belt workers, whom progress is leaving behind. Everybody—Republicans and Democrats—knows that the coal mines, steel mills and manufacturing plants aren’t coming back. They’re gone forever. Democrats sometimes tell the truth about this, and they go down to defeat. Democrats sometimes hem and haw about it. Trump lies about it, and wins.

But in the end, “It’s Trump’s character, stupid.” That’s how we’ll beat the bastard.

  1. “Since I never thought the Special Counsel would be the White Knight who would save America by indicting Donald Trump, I wasn’t disappointed by Mueller’s non-performance.” It seems that a large portion of the Left knew he was the savior to take down Trump so congratulations for claiming to be part of the minority with this opinion.

    “My take is that we’re going to have to leave it to History for a final judgment on why Mueller went so light on Trump and his cohorts, and why Mueller dodged 200 questions with refusals to answer, refusals that bordered on absurdity.” Probably because he was not the lead in writing it out and he had little substance that was beneficial for any indictment charge.

    “(By the way, having watched lots and lots of Congressional hearings in my day, I think that if any other witness had been so hostile, he would have been slapped with a Contempt of Congress citation.)” I don’t have enough history to agree or disagree, but it did seem to me that he was not cooperating and answering a lot of questions that were definitely within his “purview” and he should have definitely known.

    “Republicans “won” the hearings in the sense that no new information came out. Mueller certainly didn’t say what many people wanted him to: “I would have indicted Trump if the Department of Justice guidelines had permitted me to.” So Trump took his little “victory lap.”” After 2 years and about $25M of taxpayer dollars spent that some makes sense. At least they took their time to say there’s no there, there. He did not say that because the 400+ pages proved that he did not have evidence to do so…

    “We still have the major conclusions: Mueller did NOT exonerate Trump.” Well, yes because that is not his job. In America we are innocent until proven guilty so if he is innocent and the “incriminating evidence” proves nothing then you remain as you were before, innocent.

    “Trump DID try to obstruct justice on multiple occasions.” Please elaborate.

    “And House Democrats still have multiple hearings to conduct…” I hope it proves as fruitful and cheap as the previous Mueller report!

    “So where do we go from here? The overwhelming fact—which none of us can lose sight of—is that we must defeat Trump next year.” Why is this subjective fact a “fact.”

    “I will urge every voter I know to not lose heart because the Mueller thing..”to quote President Trump we could characterize this as a witch hunt.

    “a majority of Americans loathe Donald Trump and think that his personality is disgusting.” Maybe, but not sure if there is actual evidence. Last time I checked personality is different than policy.

    Well, in 2020 “It’s Trump’s character, stupid.” Well, the economy has reached historic highs as a result of many of his policies (potentially some credit to Obama, but can’t definitely give credit to either at this stage)

    “Democrats should NOT focus merely on issues, as some candidates allege…“This is a reprehensible human being. A sexual predator, a pathological liar, a racist and a bigot.” A classic Leftist policy is if you don’t have a strong argument or policy yourself you should attack the invidual and label them as a racist/bigot any other offensive term.

    “That argument won’t work with the knuckleheads who constitute Trump’s base.” The “deplorables”?

    “I don’t care about them; they’re a lost cause. They’ve sold their souls to the devil. They can go to hell.” Sounds like the hope, compassionate, uplifting, unifying and non-divisive belief that will make our country better!

    “But the Character issue will work with suburban moms, who care about decency and civility, and it may even persuade a handful of evangelicals”(referenced by you as scum that you despise in your past article and one of the two groups that you hate)

    “even though the majority of them have proven, by their devotion to Trump, that they love him more than they love Jesus Christ, and are willing to piss on Christ’s teachings.” Wow, not sure how that came about.

    “(Actually, the next time you meet a “Christian” who professes to support Trump, laugh in their face, remind them of their utter hypocrisy, and walk away.)” Great discussion technique.

    “Other winners for Democrats are raising taxes on billionaires.” Nothing like punishing the ultra successful.

    “Democrats are going to have to come up with an answer to Trump’s accusation that we’re in favor of open borders. Democrat’s aren’t, of course;” You might want to study AOC’s rhetoric a little closer…

    “What is the Democratic solution for stemming the flood of immigrants at the southern border?” Probably not free healthcare, education and more for them.

    “But in the end, “It’s Trump’s character, stupid.” That’s how we’ll beat the bastard.” Great way to end by cursing at your opponent and YOUR PRESIDENT.

  2. I actually managed to read through “B”‘s turgid defense of trump without throwing up. Here’s my simple reply: he is NOT my president.

  3. I just think we should all respect the office of the President of the United States as American citizens – regardless if we disagree with the person in that role.

  4. “B” whoever you are, I don’t know how old you are. But I have lived through every President since Harry Truman, and I have studied the Presidents before him. I have always respected our Presidents. That’s because every President in my lifetime has been worthy of respect…until now. We have a pig in the White House. A disgusting moral failure. A criminal, a bully, a sociopath. He is NOT my President. Perhaps he is yours. Perhaps, if you had lived in Nazi Germany, you would have used the same argument to explain your devotion to Hitler. When this deviate, trump, is gone from the Presidency, I will once again respect the Presidency. Your respect for this utter failure says very sad things about your own moral character, or lack thereof.

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