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Trump V. Clinton; The Fight Of The Century

Updated on August 15, 2016

HillBillary and The Hair

So. The fight is set. Barring tragedy or a dose of smelling salts for our two illustrious political parties, we are looking at Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as our two choices for President in the 2016 election. Wow. And the polls are calling it even right now. Wow Wow Wow... where to begin...

First, let me say, that the Democrats, who ALWAYS bring their knives to the gunfight, have this time brought a turkey to a turkey shoot. Any Democrat with a pulse would beat Donald Trump by 20 points, but instead they choose, arguably, the most despised woman in America. Hillary Clinton has more baggage than a Vanderbilt on the Titanic. Yes, some of that baggage is indeed the product of a vast, right wing conspiracy that has managed over three decades to successfully vilify and denigrate the Clinton name. Much of it is politically motivated and complete bullcrap, but there is some real sleaze there, mainly in the fact that Bill Clinton, as President, put himself in a position where he could be blackmailed for his behavior. That lack of self control and a compromising of the integrity of the office put the Presidency in true jeopardy, and should have forced him to resign, but it didn't. That set the bar for the situation we find ourselves in today.

I voted for Bill Clinton in 1992, but did not vote at all in 1996, because I came to believe that Clinton was a liar and a complete weasel. While I still believe this to be true, history has proven that his Presidency was a huge success. Despite the ensuing scandals of his second term, Clinton was actually running the country at a PROFIT, as his modest tax changes had turned the deficit around and we were paying off (or, at least, not increasing) the national debt. This fact will forever be ignored, forgotten and denied by the Republicans. Their hatred of Clinton will always cloud the realities of the prosperous '90s.

Of course, The Bush administration tanked that progress in short order, but that is for another day. The issue here is that there has been a genuine campaign to discredit Hillary since day one, and much of that has stuck with the Republican base. The constant pounding for years and years from Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, and many others on the conservative right have convinced the voting Republicans that Hillary is evil incarnate, and, in some cases, the end of our Republic and all of humanity as well.

This is, of course, insane. But not nearly as insane as the behavior of the Republican Party and the conservatives themselves. All they had to do, (like the Democrats) was put up some milquetoast, non-threatening candidate this year, and they would probably rally and beat Hillary.

Can Trump beat Hillary with the unlikely combination of dumb-ass white guys and rabid Hillary haters? I think he can. America is so disillusioned, so obfuscated by horrible and irresponsible national journalism that anything is possible. We did, after all, re-elect Bush.

Trumps' campaign began as a national punchline, but he blew through the smokescreen of weak and pointless Republican candidates because he actually called them out for what the party has come to represent; a cold and mean-spirited form of conservatism that doesn't give a crap about anything or anyone who doesn't belong to the white and privileged country club that they have built. It is the ultimate "I got mine" mentality, where conservatives in government eschew the teachings of their Christian god and Jesus and then turn around and solidly vote against EVERYTHING that might possibly help the downtrodden or the needy huddled masses. It is sad and pathetic and just morally wrong. The conservative movement in America in the 21st century has no shame, and now they have a candidate for president that represents that mentality like a knight on a shining hill.

Trump killed them with their own brand, and he can dispatch Hillary just as easily. She is a very ripe target. She is not an engaging or even likable person, she brings a laundry list of scandals and non-scandals and made up scandals to the table, and she is, after all, a woman. Donald Trump came of age in an environment that disrespected women as principle. That environment, though fading, still remains very pervasive in the older, mostly Republican leaning voters.

Obviously, I don't care for either of these candidates, but I do care about the immediate future of this country, while I still am alive and in it. So, If the Democrats had any sense, they would dump Hillary at the convention and draft Joe Biden, and if the Republicans had any sense, they would dump Trump, give up this year, and take a good hard look at themselves and the indefensible road they have chosen.


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      Granville Bennet 15 months ago from Portland Oregon

      Trump is getting bad press now because he deserves it and it was a long time coming. Hillary has been getting bad press for 30 years. It surly cost her the 2008 election. Obama got "soft media" because he hadn't really done anything, bad or otherwise, and he ran a much better campaign.

      I don't think todays media is capable of covering either Trump or Hillary. They are so lost in their own image, so obsessed with ratings, so beaten down by the explosion of social media and so out of touch with facts, that they have lost most of their credibility on both sides.

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      CJ Kelly 15 months ago from Auburn, WA

      While I agree on your second point, I disagree with you on the media. It is the type of media coverage. CNN is now doing investigative pieces on Trump. WA Post has almost 20 reporters digging up dirt. NYT has almost a dozen stories a week on his "scandals."

      Yes, for ratings, the networks gave him free air time, leaving him on during speeches. That has now stopped since the end of the primaries. The tone of the coverage, especially on CNN, has radically changed. Hordes of pundits now appears to criticize Trump as a racist, etc. They are right. Granted, his spokespeople look like complete morons and sycophants. When David Gergen is sitting next to one of his supporters, it is laughable.

      Now that it is down to just HRC and Trump, the coverage will swing in her direction. She will receive the same great coverage (soft media) that Obama received in 2008.

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      Granville Bennet 15 months ago from Portland Oregon

      My first response would be to lions44. What "media" are you talking about? The media that has given Trump millions of dollars of free airtime over the last 9 months? The major network media that has rolled over and done nothing but please the corporate masters for the last 30 years? The radio media that has virtually no voice on the left wing since the demise of Air America? The American media LOVES Donald Trump. With the exception of the prime time lineup on MSNBC, the media, (including CNN) has given us Trump on a platter. Newspaper media (with a few obvious exceptions) across the country is so conglomerated and watered down now that their impact is minimal. Trump would not have gotten off the escalator without the fawning media attention he has gotten, so I don't buy that argument at all.

      Your real problem is that yes, your party HAS been hijacked. It has been hijacked by the teabagger nutjobs like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman and red state extremists. There is no room left for moderation in the modern Republican party. Saint Reagan would be laughed off the stage if he were running today.

      I don't care for Hillary either, but she can only be a disaster for the right if they lose the power to fillibuster, and I don't see that happening. If she wins, she will face all of the obstruction that Obama has, if not more. So, they will fight her on every front and nothing will get done.

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      Wild Bill 15 months ago

      Austinstar said: "I would be a bitch too if I had to put up with all the Republican B.S."

      You WOULD be bitch? lmao! That is like the sun saying it will only shine in the day.

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      Austinstar 15 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      MBP - you said, "Clinton was actually running the country at a PROFIT, as his modest tax changes had turned the deficit around and we were paying off (or, at least, not increasing) the national debt. This fact will forever be ignored, forgotten and denied by the Republicans. Their hatred of Clinton will always cloud the realities of the prosperous '90s."

      YES! This and a TON of other facts about Democrats and Hillary are just forgotten and ignored by the Republicans.

      Even after 20 years of all the sh!t being flung at her and Bill, Hillary is STILL STANDING!

      She can take it and she can dish it out. She may be a bitch, but bitches get stuff done.

      I would be a bitch too if I had to put up with all the Republican B.S.

      As for DJDrumph - Get REAL! He is so fake he thinks his orange skin tone is a "tan". He can't tell the truth about anything. He has zero experience with law except in suing everyone and being sued. He didn't make his millions by being a good businessman - his daddy gave him the money. He calls Hillary, "crooked", yet he is being sued under RICO laws for bilking people out of hard earned money. He doesn't even know what the Republican platform actually is, much less has a plan to "make America great again" - When did it stop being the greatest country on Earth???

      His base is composed of people whose hatred of non-whites is eating them alive. That is not going to get him elected to office. He has alienated every voting block there is to alienate. He's a snake oil salesman.

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      whonunuwho 15 months ago from United States

      I usually don't comment about politics that much, but this is a shameful time in this country and one which we must pray never comes again. Looks like we may lose any way we turn.

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      Vink 15 months ago from India

      Unfortunately, this fight for the presidency is in between two candidates who are really not fit to be the president of United States.

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      CJ Kelly 15 months ago from Auburn, WA

      Good analysis. But I completely disagree. The wildcard (or the Dems "Trump" card; yeah I did it), is the media. The Republican candidate always has 2 opponents: the Dem candidate and press. I"m not a conspiracy theorist, it's just reality.

      I'm not a Trump guy either, just a Republican who can count. Hillary is starting with 340 EVs on Election morning. He has to win Ohio, PA, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. It's not happening. He's imploding. So my hope lies in 2020. I want to go to my next local party convention and throw these folks out on the @#%$@#. My party has been hijacked

      Hillary will be a disaster. I expect economic issues to tear HRC's admin apart along with the next world crisis. Quite frankly, I don't think she's physically up to the job. But we'll see.