Monday, May 16, 2016

Donald Trump lays out what he will use against Hillary Clinton in the general election. Essentially everything.

Courtesy of the New York Times:  

Donald J. Trump plans to throw Bill Clinton’s infidelities in Hillary Clinton’s face on live television during the presidential debates this fall, questioning whether she enabled his behavior and sought to discredit the women involved. 

Mr. Trump will try to hold her accountable for security lapses at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and for the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens there. 

And he intends to portray Mrs. Clinton as fundamentally corrupt, invoking everything from her cattle futures trades in the late 1970s to the federal investigation into her email practices as secretary of state. 

Drawing on psychological warfare tactics that Mr. Trump used to defeat “Lyin’ Ted” Cruz, “Little Marco” Rubio and “Low-Energy” Jeb Bush in the Republican primaries, the Trump campaign is mapping out character attacks on the Clintons to try to increase their negative poll ratings and bait them into making political mistakes, according to interviews with Mr. Trump and his advisers.

Not exactly unexpected, and on the plus side with Trump showing his cards so early it gives Hillary plenty of time to prepare.

However on the negative side we still have the disrupting influence of the Sanders' campaign to contend with,

So on the one hand we have every bit of oppositional research the conservatives have been compiling against Hillary, both real and imagined, for the last thirty plus years, combined with Bernie Sanders telling everybody who will listen that the Democratic party is as corrupt as the Republican party.

Donald Trump energizes the conservatives base, and Bernie Sanders disenfranchises the independents and young people.

I used to wonder just how the Republicans could possibly overcome their demographic problems in a general presidential election.

I guess now I have my answer.


  1. Anonymous4:41 PM

    Trump's desperately trying to scare Democrats into nominating Sanders whom he could eviscerate.

    He can try all those lines of attack against Hillary during a debate and I can imagine responses that would cause him to sweat like a pig, melt, and shrivel up. Hillary and her team are smarter than me so I have no doubt she'll show him to be the inept coward that he is.

    1. Anonymous6:29 PM

      She should just stick to facts.... and make fun of of his stubby little sausage fingers. He'll blow up and bring new levels of meaning to 'temper tantrum.'

    2. Anonymous8:58 PM

      Yeah, how about a slam like: "So, Donny, do you think those little stubby fingers will be able to even push The [nuke] Button if they were ever on it?

    3. 66gardeners5:03 AM

      Trump likes to say he has created a political movement that has drawn “millions and millions” of new voters into the GOP. “It’s the biggest thing happening in politics,” Trump has said. “All over the world, they’re talking about it”.....But a Politico analysis of the early 2016 voting data show that, so far, it’s just not true.

      Early statistics show that the majority aren’t actually new to the GOP, but rather they are reliable past voters in general elections. They are only casting ballots in a Republican primary for the first time.

      Shane Goldmacher

    4. Anonymous5:03 AM

      It is a distinction with profound consequences for the fall campaign.

    5. Anonymous5:06 AM

      Trump's contention that Hillary destroyed her husbands past female indiscretions is absurd. Hillary had no responsibility to validate these women who willingly involved themselves with a married man.

    6. 66gardeners5:09 AM

      What has Hillary done that allows you to assert Hillary is not a good candidate for POTUS Ginger?

    7. fromthediagonal9:16 AM

      anon @ 6:29... make that TemperTanTrump which seems to be his constant state of being anyway.

  2. Anonymous4:54 PM

    Trump will further discredit himself with this tactic toward Hillary Clinton in the debate! What a fucking idiot!

    What happened to what he'd actually do as POTUS IF ever elected? He's a mental mess, totally ego driven and knows nothing about the presidency. He's ALL about social media, ratings and nothing else.

    Good luck, Hillary! There are many millions throughout our country that are supporting and planning to vote for you! But, it sure would be fun if you could punch him in his fat, ugly face!!!

    1. Anonymous5:40 PM

      So many horrors if he gets elected. And I am sure--absolutely sure--that he'd leave the White House with pics of Melania posing nude on the bed and the two of them rolling around on the bed. He'd want pics like those GQ mag ones and there is no way he'd not use the White House for more of his trophy pics.

  3. The National Enq. has ten pages of the Clintons and their escapades over the last three decades. Not a pretty picture. Nothing that I already hadn't read but I wonder what affect this could have on others.

    It will be interesting to see if the D's go with Hillary, or get nervous, and switch to Bernie.

    I'm a democrat who has been reading and watching migrants all over the globe trying to get in our country and totally invading Europe.

    I'm as fed-up as anyone over how these candidates are behaving. And, I mean "all" of them. Trump is probably the worst and I think he's going to be our next president.

    Personally, I don't care anymore...just offering my opinion.

    1. Anonymous5:48 PM

      You read and believe The National Enq?Now that is just sad. Plus the man who owns NE is a good friend of tRump.

    2. Anonymous5:56 PM

      I hope you can get back to caring, 5:24 PM, and I sincerely hope you end up voting in November.

      Your vote counts and we don't want Trump as our next POTUS. You matter as a voter and citizen of the USA!

    3. Anonymous6:27 PM

      Ginger, Trump's best friend owns the National Enquirer. They will print whatever he wants. No one is switching to Bernie; he's already lost. By the way, Ginger, we capitalize it: Democrats. (Theory: If you really were one, you'd know that AND you would not be rhetorically hostile to immigrants.)

    4. Anonymous7:30 PM

      The National Enquirer?! Ok Sarah...

    5. "I'm a democrat "
      Bullshit, Ginger. Your racist, xenophobic comments are always the same. You are no Democrat.

  4. We are in such a low attention/retention span society, I personally don't think that the Bernie/Hill marathon going into the convention will matter. Once it's all flushed out the end of July, those 3 months will be "balls out" crazy with this current nonsense way far away in the rearview mirror. At least for the majority of peeps that don't pay as close of attention to politics as "we" do.

    1. Anonymous6:49 PM

      Yes, it's definitely going to be more crazy than Sara running for VP.

  5. Anonymous5:42 PM

    If Trump manages to win this thing he will owe a big thank you to Bernie.

    1. Anonymous6:34 PM

      Don't forget to thank Baby Jane.

    2. Anonymous6:43 PM

      Don't forget to thank Baby Jane as well.

    3. Anonymous7:53 PM

      He will owe idiot Democrats, that's who. So much writing on the wall, but still we go with the wicked witch of the East.

    4. Anonymous8:55 PM

      7:53, If you think you're referring to HRC, you are geographically challenged. She does not live in the west. #losing

    5. Anonymous5:21 AM

      7:53 we revel in your misery of Hillary's impending election to POTUS

  6. Anonymous5:43 PM

    I actually like that Hillary is laying off with responding to what Trump's saying and I think that when he goes after her when election time nears she will have perfect comebacks, and I so want to see these on the stage during debates. I think he'll come across as so much worse on stage--and people will no longer be able to dismiss what he says--and she will come on as classy and strong as she finally lets him have it. Trump gets away with so much but won't once they are on stage.

  7. Anonymous5:53 PM

    Watch jack Nicholson melt down and reveal his true self in A Few Good Men. Or Humphrey Bogart on the stand in Caine Mutiny. (exact same scene, really). Trump will so the same thing when faced with Hilary in the debate.

  8. Our Lad6:03 PM

    The difference of course being that these were fictional characters who were once capable men. Donald Trump, the fat prick, he could fuck up an anvil.

  9. Anonymous6:32 PM

    Baby Huey must have a lot of skeletons in his closet if he's already freaking out.

  10. Anonymous6:33 PM

    I had a talk about Bill's infidelities with a friend who is normally measured in her remarks and sane. OMG, she went off about it saying Hillary enabled Bill and is responsible. Then she said she didn't have any proof, but her gut feeling is that she had several of the women "disappeared." It was fucking insane, and there was no presenting facts to her.

    1. Anonymous6:50 PM

      Your friend needs a mental health check?

    2. Anonymous7:11 PM

      Wow! It's amazing how easily some sheep are accepting the projections Trump is making about the Clinton marriage. Amazing!

      Donald Trump is the LAST one who should be talking about infidelity in marriage. He screwed around too and has been married multiple times. He's no fine example of purity!

      Men have affairs because sex can get stale at home! And, most affairs take place in their mid-life cycle. i.e. the term 'mid-life crisis'!

      Many folks divorce after an affair. And, there are many that decide to repair their marriages and renew various things that have aged out! It's good to refocus on the relationship!

      Many have done exactly as have the Clintons. Good for all of them!

      Women stray too, don't forget!

      Look at the long-term marriages around you - there are many! And, I'll wager that one or the other of the spouses had had a sexual experience outside of their long marriages!

      Some will say that it actually enhanced and/or saved their marriage!!

    3. Anonymous5:23 AM

      6:33 so you have imaginary "friends" just like chump

    4. Anonymous5:24 AM

      So when does Trump's past indiscretions with women come into your "friends" radar 6:33?

  11. Anonymous6:34 PM

    So they plan to take a page out of Lee Atwater's dirty playbook, and then some.

    "In 1988," Mr. Atwater said, "fighting Dukakis, I said that I 'would strip the bark off the little bastard' and 'make Willie Horton his running mate.' I am sorry for both statements: the first for its naked cruelty, the second because it makes me sound racist, which I am not." Reputation as 'Ugly Campaigner'

    Since being stricken last year, Mr. Atwater has apologized on several occasions for many of the campaign tactics he once employed and for which he was criticized. But rarely has he spoken in such detail or with such candor as in the interview for the first-person Life article.

    "In part because of our successful manipulation of his campaign themes, George Bush won handily," Mr. Atwater said. He conceded that throughout his political career "a reputation as a fierce and ugly campaigner has dogged me."

    "While I didn't invent negative politics," he said, "I am one of its most ardent practitioners."

    Paul Manafort is x1000 nastier than Atwater. It's going to be a very ugly ride to November.

    1. Anonymous7:10 PM

      "Paul Manafort is x1000 nastier than Atwater. It's going to be a very ugly ride to November."
      Yup,he's as nasty as they come.
      And the ride is gonna get bumpy and ugly...
      And Hillary wants Bill in charge of the economy?

      "As Woodward recounts, Clinton stated only weeks after winning the election that “we’re Eisenhower Republicans here…. We stand for lower deficits, free trade, and the bond market. Isn’t that great?” Clinton further conceded that with his new policy focus, “we help the bond market, and we hurt the people who voted us in.”
      How could Clinton have undergone such a lightening-fast reversal? The answer is straightforward, and explained with candor by Robert Rubin, who had been co-chair of Goldman Sachs before becoming Clinton’s Treasury secretary. Even before the inauguration, Rubin explained to more populist members of the incoming administration that the rich “are running the economy and make the decisions about the economy.”
      I don't know about you guys,but I wanna see those transcripts from Hillary's Goldman-Sachs speeches...

    2. Anonymous8:58 PM

      7:10 - I don't give a rat's ass about those GS speeches. I say good for her for making them. She got paid a lot less for them than some of the men did; that does not seem fair to me.

      Now, where are Bernie's taxes? #losing

    3. Anonymous3:24 AM

      The nasty, incompetant W and his puppet master Cheney get paid to give speeches. Even the bland Laura Bush commands $100,000 per speech, plus travel expenses. PayMe was paid handsomemely for giving her screeches. Which one would YOU pay to listen to?

    4. 66gardeners5:30 AM

      When George W. Bush declined President Barack Obama’s invitation to a ceremony at New York City’s Ground Zero after Osama bin Laden was killed, the former president cited his desire to keep a low public profile.

      But Bush has been high profile on the private, paid speaking circuit: he has raked in millions of dollars since he left office by making scores of speeches that typically earn him six figures a pop.

      In the week after Obama’s Ground Zero event, the nation’s 43rd president made time for three separate speeches to hedge fund executives, a Swiss bank sanctioned for keeping secret bank accounts, and a pro golf event underwritten by the accounting firm involved in the Tyco International financial scandal.

  12. Anonymous6:41 PM

    This is so textbook my university studies; sorry to bring it up again. Word association, and pound it in over and over until people believe it.

    If the media is not going to call him out on it, who's going to? They won't, they're all about sound bites and sensationalism.

    I have said from the start that this is the one thing that $arah had right. She's known for years that they're "lamestream," but what the hell does she care? Not for this country nor its citizens, that's for damned sure, and neither does he.

    I am mortified.

    1. Anonymous7:27 PM

      Investigative journalism is dead. Period.

      Heck, I don't even know if our votes count anymore, it's all about money. Delegates, super delegates, electoral I trust my vote to count anymore? No, I do not, but I still exercise my right to do so.

    2. Anonymous8:59 PM

      I just read a prediction that HRC will win Kentucky and Oregon tomorrow, from someone who has predicted every primary outcome correctly thus far.

    3. Anonymous5:14 AM

      I live in Oregon and wouldn't be so sure of that.

    4. Anonymous5:32 AM

      People with critical thinking skills needs to stay informed. It is not that hard to do with the internet

  13. Anonymous6:47 PM

    Donald Trump in his glass house throwing stones? Is that all he has to try and counter the firepower that Hillary will have, even with the avaricious media favoring Trump? How is a lunatic like Trump going to be able to defend the same GOP policies that America has rejected since 2008?

    Fasten your seatbelts... it's going to be a bumpy election.

  14. Anonymous6:48 PM

    Trump has no substance what so ever and negative campaigning has showed to be very effective, remember 'swift boat'.

    We need to have Hillary's back so that bastard tRump never get's anywhere near the WH.

    Very very very disappointed with Sanders. What in the hell does he think he is up to?

  15. Anonymous6:54 PM

    Hey Donald don't think Melania was a virgin when you met her and married her? That European girl needed a green card and you know what European girls will do to get one. So Donald how many guys do you think are sitting back saying, "I tapped that and I didn't have to give her a million dollars"?

  16. Anonymous6:58 PM

    Sanders is not a Democrat. I absolutely hate what he is doing to our party. He should have run as what he claims he is - an independent - in the first place! Oh my, but he and Catastrophe Jane love their names chanted.

    1. Anonymous9:07 AM

      In 2000, the Democrats blamed Nader for running in the general election as a third party candidate and said it wouldn't have happened if he'd run as a Democrat in the primary.

      In 2016, when Bernie Sanders does just that, you hate what he's doing. Bernie's doing what the Democrats wanted, but you call him and and his wife names.

  17. Anonymous6:58 PM

    I think Sanders is working for the Republicans to defeat Hillary! Makes me sick to my stomach! People can be such ignorant followers!

  18. Dinty7:17 PM

    Slightly OT: We probably could have avoided this whole Trump thing if they'd only been able to perform this procedure sooner:

  19. Anonymous7:27 PM

    I wish Hillary were as quick on her feet as Obama with quick witted replies. If Trump mentions Bill's 'woman' problems, Hillary should come back with something like "Is that the kind of thing that keeps you up at night Don?" or some such...

    1. Anonymous8:04 PM

      No one will ever equate President Obama for his grace, class, humor, and comedic timing in my lifetime.

    2. Anonymous9:00 PM

      There's only one PBO!

  20. Anonymous8:23 PM

    Reince Priebus Is Like a Hostage ‘Actually Trying to Get Stockholm Syndrome!’

  21. Anonymous9:08 PM

    Now, let me get this straight. Trump will use everything in Hillary's past against her, but nothing in his past matters? His serial affairs, his failed businesses (Guess what? If he bails just before his holdings fail, that doesn't absolve him.) I call bullshit!

  22. Anonymous9:09 PM

    Hopefully everyone will have a chance to read the letter that the NV Democrats have sent to the DNC against the Sanders campaign.

    Also, they have the recording of the death threats made against the Democratic chair of NV at a different link. It's going national. And Briggs, from the Sanders campaign, blamed the victims. Awful!!!!!

    1. Anonymous5:48 AM

      It's a silly, cry-baby letter that the attorney who wrote it should be ridiculed, not taken seriously.

      The phrasing is overly dramatic and exaggerated:

      "penchant for extra-parliamentary behavior - indeed, actual violence -"
      "explosive situation"
      "shock troops"

      Its pro-Clinton bias is clear by assigning motivation Mr. Schrager can't really know:
      "surprised and angered at being out-organized..."
      "became a way for the Sanders campaign to take advantage of the disruption"

      It's 5th grade level tattle-tale silliness.

    2. Anonymous9:18 AM

      standing up to bullies is not tattle-tale silliness

  23. Anonymous9:12 PM - Recordings of the death threats in NV made against the Democratic chair

  24. Enjay in MT9:43 PM

    I've said it before and I'll keep saying it - this election is going to get down & dirty all the way up to November 8th. tRrump is going to pound HRC down & bury her with all her baggage (and she has a ton of it).

    On the other hand, she'll be in the trenches chucking back tRump's business failures, bankruptcy history, broken promises, womanizing and taxes. And that is before she starts reminding conservative voters just how much tRump represents their values. Was it "one man - one woman" or "one man - one woman at a time?" No, he didn't follow that either. Which of his 3 wives was he "mostly faithful" to?

    I see a lot of "Bernie should drop out". Perhaps he should, but there are still a handful of states, believe it is 10, with blue voters who would like to have a choice. No, he CAN'T win, but he CAN represent millions of voters at the convention where platform issues are decided.

  25. Anonymous11:09 PM

    President Obama will stump for Hillary. Many moderate Rs will vote for her instead of Trump as they did for Obama. Military and Americans living overseas won't want Trump representing them or be commander-in-chief. She'll have the vote of all progressive women. It'll be an ugly election cycle. Since Koch and GOP own the news media...Dems and Hillary supporters need to keep social media full of Hillary's positives. Arguing with ignorant people or slamming Trump won't help people change their minds.

    Unfortunately - Bernie never corrected lies about Hillary. It'll be a miracle if he stumps for her. I liked him fine when he started his campaign. Lost all respect for him. I'm amazed that some of my friends haven't seen through his facade.

  26. Anonymous1:03 AM

    meanwhile Hillary is preparing the rump roasting. 4 failed marriages, dozens of failed businesses. Tiny fingers, forced miltary school, behavior problems, hair problems, skin problems, women problems, daddy problems, IRS, FEC, FAA, Scotland, uk, mommy problems, bully, mean ugly liar, hateful, Just for starters. And then theres the dirt and the dirty dirt coming. Yes Hillary will have more than enough to piss don off but good. Her team will be mean. To the point, and throw don a powerful message.

    1. Anonymous9:19 AM

      Rump Roasting! LOL

  27. Caroll Thompson1:39 AM

    I just heard that a Hillary Super Pac (the same Super pac that helped Obama and is not helping Hillary) is running 6.5 million of ads against Trump in swing states starting on Wednesday. Hillary and her supporters are not waiting around or playing around.

    As for Bernie, the primaries end in three weeks time and Bernie is on the losing end. So, we shall see if this is all about ideas or this is all about Bernie. Hillary ran all the way to California in 2008 before suspending her campaign, so we shall see what Sanders does.

    1. Anonymous4:50 AM

      Let's not try to re-write history. Clinton didn't "suspend her campaign" "after the CA primary" in 2008. She *conceded* to Obama 3 days after All the primaries were finished and after a meeting with the DNC and Obama. She wasn't obligated to concede before the convention.

      She and Obama were in the same situation she and Sanders are in this year: neither he nor Clinton will have enough pledged delegates 2,383 to have won the nomination outright without the votes of the superdelegates.

      There's no reason for Bernie not to take this to convention. Concluding that if he does it shows it's been about Bernie, not about ideas is just sour grapes that Bernie won't layup for the candidate you like.

    2. Anonymous6:28 AM

      "There's no reason for Bernie not to take this to convention."

      Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton defended staying in the Democratic nominating contest on Friday by pointing out that her husband had not wrapped up the nomination until June 1992, adding, “We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California.”

  28. Anonymous5:23 AM

    And, Hillary Clinton has not called for Sanders (and Jane) to get out of the race!

    Although, I think he should!!! Berne isn't the candidate I once thought he could have been.

    He'll never be elected POTUS - too old and it's ALL about Bernie (and Jane!).

    Plus, all the free stuff he wants to provide Americans - as POTUS - would increase our taxes.

    He'd have to go through our obstructionist U.S. Congress for the approvals. It's not something he would just snap his fingers for as POTUS and it would be done.

    Congress OK's or disapproves the spending factor!!! Look at how everything President Obama has tried to do has been blocked by the majority Republican Congress.

    Hopefully, we'll see the makeup of Congress changed after the November elections....where many of the Republicans up for reelection lose their seats and Democrats replace them (or Independents).

    Keeping my fingers crossed and will vote for Hillary Clinton.

    1. Anonymous9:10 AM

      "He's too old" is a poor reason when Clinton's only 4 years younger with a more troubling health history, including a brain injury and thyroid disease.

  29. Anonymous7:31 AM

    The party risks losing Sanders voters--some of them first time voters-- because of its blindness to the reality that many Sanders voters will not vote for Hilary unless the party adopts strong policies for economic improvement for people--not banks and corporations--policies such as Sanders suggests.

    Bernie Sanders is getting votes from people who see the right wing of the Democratic party that controls the party, which Hilary and Bill Clinton helped create, is beholden to and has been acting on behalf of corporate and banking powers.

    It is a great mistake to insult Sanders and discount the wishes of the millions of voters who support his policies. These voters have serious issues with Clinton and the takeover of the party by the Clintons and their allies.

    If Sanders' voters are disenfranchised it will be by the Democratic party's leadership itself that has blindly backed Clinton and New Democrats at the expense of voters who don't support the aims and legacy of the New Democrats, and thereby reject the party's swing to Republican lite over twenty years ago.

    Bernie Sanders should be offered a cabinet position at least and the policies his voters are backing should be incorporated into the Democratic platform, if the Democratic party wants to really change and serve the people, and if it is to be credible at all to voters who don’t trust its Wall St. wing embodied in Hilary’s candidacy.

    Again, if Sanders' voters are disenfranchised it will be by the Democratic party's leadership who vilify Bernie Sanders at the cost of losing voters who want economic improvement for the people not the oligarchs. Why do party leaders continue on this unproductive path of blaming Sanders and his supporters? Because embracing Bernie Sanders and his policies would mean the Democratic leadership would have to really change course away from doing the bidding of the moneyed interests; admitting Sanders is right would be a painful admission that the party took a wrong turn and needs redirection. I don’t expect that much humility and wisdom from party leaders but miracles happen.

    1. Anonymous7:57 AM

      Thank you for the insightful post.

    2. Anonymous9:12 AM

      +7 7:31

      I think they're setting up the "blame Bernie and his supporters" meme because they don't think Clinton can win.

      The latest Sanders smear, the "look out at the convention" letter from Nevada is textbook dirty trickstering.

  30. Anonymous7:59 AM

    Why Hillary Clinton

    ...In any event, the alternative to Clinton in November is not Sanders, but the ignorant, xenophobic, chronically offensive, Putin-loving moron Donald Trump. She is as fit to be president as Trump is not. The gap is daunting — the wrong result would be dangerous to America and the world. But to win Clinton must address her own weaknesses as a candidate, reflected in uncomfortably high negatives, and rooted in difficulties which cannot be wished away.

    Some derive from 25 years of being pounded with lies, distortions and half-truths, rooted in a pervasive double standard. In a way, this Darwinian experience is oddly reassuring. Hillary Clinton is tough — if she hasn’t cracked by now, she never will.

    But other problems are self-inflicted.

  31. Anonymous8:01 AM

    Donald Trump Is Not Expanding the GOP

  32. Anita Winecooler5:14 PM

    Hillary came out with an ad, all women with blood coming out of places, and the women are using Trump's own words, one after the other. She's not even mentioning Bill's infidelities, and why should she? She's the one running.
    Trump's bullshit is going to backfire, he's got some dirty dealings and infidelities in his background. He couldn't manage to save one wedding? Is that Ivana, Marla, Melania's fault? No, it's on him. Serial philanderer calling the kettle black.


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