Remarks And Asides, Post-Election Edition

Good riddance: Little Marco Rubio be gone and he blamed the Almighty for his be-gone-ness. He said it wasn’t “God’s plan that he be president in 2016 or maybe ever.” It was, however, God’s plan that he get called out for his phoniness, as Vox’s Zack Beauchamp did on Wednesday. After Rubio falsely claimed last night that he took the high road by appealing to people’s best instincts during the campaign, Beauchamp ratted him out:

He portrayed an America that has never been in greater danger, led by a nefarious president who intentionally undermines his own country. He refused to rule out bringing back torture, and suggested Trump’s scheme for monitoring American Muslims at mosques didn’t go far enough.

Maybe someone should ask Little Marco if it would be part of God’s plan, should Donald Drumpf become president of Christian America. If so, then we are being led by a nefarious God who intentionally undermines his own country by bringing back torture.

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Speaking of torture, this is one way to get what you want:

Donald Trump Warns There Could Be Riots If He Isn’t GOP Nominee

Some of the folks rioting may be Democrats.

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Speaking of riotous Democrats, Obama’s former campaign manager, David Plouffe, tried to put the kibosh on that idea:

Democrats should not be popping champagne corks since Donald Trump is doing so well.

Plouffe rightly thinks Drumpf’s unpredictability will present a problem for Hillary and that Obama’s coalition of young folks, women, African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians “should not be taken for granted.” He said the coalition has “got to be earned.” Sure it does. But let’s think about this thang: If Hillary can’t count on young people, women, African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians to enthusiastically vote against a misogynistic racist with a fondness for authoritarian dictators, then those young people, women, African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians deserve a Drumpfing.

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Speakling of taking a Drumpfing, Fox “News” had to cancel its upcoming GOP debate because Drumpf is tired of never answering “the same question.” Newly-anointed establishment guy, John Kasich, said if Drumpf wasn’t showing up, he wasn’t either. All of which left us with master-debater Lyin’ Ted Cruz. He said he would go solo and buff his own banana, if anyone would watch. No takers, even at Fox.

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Speaking of going solo, Drumpf told MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski this morning that his “primary consultant” on foreign affairs was his own bad-ass self. “I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain,” he told Mika, who happens to also be a big fan of Drumpf’s very good brain.

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Speaking of ratings-crazy journalists working for greedy and irresponsible corporate media conglomerates—those who have made Drumpf what he is today—I saw CNN’s Jake Tapper this afternoon do a million-dollar segment on Drumpf’s new 15-second barking Hillary video that he posted to Instagram for free. It’s no mystery why we must worry about the prospect of a former reality TV star—an ignorant, distemperate, gold-plated authoritarian—becoming president. Serious television journalism has morphed into versions of Entertainment Tonight.

Fortunately, there is some glimmer of hope out there. Drumpf’s media-abetted shtick is even too much for Jerry Springer, who said on CNN yesterday that his own goofy show is a “circus” and “stupid,” and he wouldn’t “want someone who’s been on my show to be president of the United States.” When Jerry Springer is the voice of reason on CNN, the world is definitely all Drumpfed up.

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Finally, speaking of enabling journalists, yesterday Mark Halperin, a fixture on MSNBC, told his journalist friends on the set that Drumpf is “one of the two most talented presidential candidates any of us have covered.” Today, that talented presidential candidate, who knows nuttin’ about nuttin’ except self-promotion, thanked Mr. Halperin on air for his kind words. Rest in peace, television journalism, rest in peace.

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  1. Needless to say, but I’ll say it anyway, a year ago nobody would have imagined the primaries would become what they have become.

    What I conclude from the rise of Trump is that the electorate is more shallow and more manipulable than previously believed. Demagoguery, braggadocio, lying, and dissembling are INCREDIBLY effective, even when someone using them brags about it in books. The effect is HUGE. Sigh. A pertinent question is, on what percentage of the electorate do these tactics work? Does The Donald have a ceiling of less than 50%? I sure as hell hope so, but I’m beginning to wonder.

    Maybe someone should check on what the high schools are teaching these days. Has “civics” been replaced by episodes of “The Apprentice”? It wouldn’t surprise me.

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    • Jim,

      Your worries about the Drumpf phenomenon we are seeing are legitimate. I wouldn’t have thought so six months ago, but it is possible he could be the GOP nominee. And that’s pretty damned scary in itself, not to mention that he could be president. While I don’t think the American electorate, at least a majority of voters, is going to pull the lever for such a know-nothing buffoon, the fact that he has come this far tells us something about our family, friends, and neighbors.

      I’m still not convinced he will get the nomination. It is likely, but far from certain. But that he is on the verge of getting it should scare the hell out of all of us.

      Duane

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  2. But really, is Trump significantly more scary than Cruz?

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    • They both equally scare the hell out of me, Helen.

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    • They both are scary but for different reasons. Drumpf is scary because of his ignorance, bigotry, and unpredictability. Cruz is scary because of his intelligence, bigotry, and predictability. We don’t know what Drumpf would do, which is absolutely frightening. But we know what Cruz, with a GOP-controlled Congress would do, which is also absolutely frightening. Like Jim, I’m equally scared.

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