Patterico's Pontifications

5/31/2016

Mitch McConnell on Endorsing Trump

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:33 am

This pretty much says it all:

Even so, McConnell matter-of-factly endorsed Trump when it was clear the real-estate mogul would win the nomination, a stark contrast to the continuing deliberations by House Speaker Paul Ryan. McConnell sees no political percentage in Republicans trying to disassociate themselves from the presumptive nominee by saying they won’t vote for him.

“I think that would be a mistake,” McConnell says, “because, obviously, you would like the people who are voting for your candidate for president to vote for you.”

With this guy, it’s all about getting people to vote for you. What you have to do in order to get that vote is almost completely irrelevant. (Perhaps the word “almost” doesn’t even belong in the previous sentence.)

Donald Trump is the culmination of this philosophy: a man who stands for absolutely nothing (except, in Trump’s case, selling the perception that he is a Tough Guy).

He and McConnell are made for each other.

Article: “Shady accounting underpins Trump’s wealth”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:25 am

Ben White at Politico (cached link; no links for bullies):

Donald Trump claims a net worth of more than $10 billion and an income of $557 million. But he appears to get there only by overvaluing properties and ignoring his expenses.

POLITICO spoke with more than a dozen financial experts and Trump’s fellow multimillionaires about the presumptive Republican nominee’s financial statement. Their conclusion: The real estate magnate’s bottom line — what he actually puts in his own pocket — could be much lower than he suggests. Some financial analysts said this, and a very low tax rate, is why Trump won’t release his tax returns.

. . . .

The case against Trump’s accounting of his wealth: His businesses apparently generate a lot of revenue but may not put much cash in his pocket; he assigns himself a net worth that is impossible to verify and may be based in part on fantasy; and he is selling assets and increasing debt in ways that suggest a man scrambling for ready cash.

This, of course, will change no minds, nor is my posting of it an attempt to try. His supporters will ignore it, while we skeptics already assume that any word out of the man’s mouth is a self-serving lie. Anyway, we’re not his audience. It’s the boobs who are “persuaded” by interminable repetition of lies who are his target audience. Turns out there are a lot of them. Are there enough? Time will tell.

Trump, Master Persuader!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:26 am

Let me give you a lesson in how Donald Trump is the Master Persuader. Kudos to Scott Adams of the Dilbert blog for pointing out Trump’s genius as a communicator.

“Do you think — honestly, honestly, honestly — do you think Hillary looks presidential?” The crowd answered in unison as Trump smirked: “Noooo!”

“I don’t think so,” Trump continued, shaking his head. “And I’m not going to say it because I’m not allowed to say it because I want to be politically correct, so I refuse to say that I cannot stand her screaming into the microphone all of the time.”

You see Trump’s genius at work here. See, if someone is upset by this Linguistic Kill Shot, and accuses him of being politically incorrect, he can deny having said it, pointing to his explicit denial: “I refuse to say it.” Trump wins! But if someone enjoys listening to Trump making fun of Hillary, then they will recognize what Trump is really saying, and applaud. Trump wins!

I admire his good, solid sense. It’s precisely what they lack on Capitol Hill.

5/30/2016

Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:49 pm

Well, there goes that opportunity for a protest vote.

Memorial Day 2016

Filed under: General — JVW @ 11:00 am

[guest post by JVW]

In a year which has seen a great deal of sniping back-and-forth, both inter-party and intra-party, this is a day to pause and remember those who have nobly sacrificed on behalf of us all. The observance of the holiday dates back to the end of our Civil War, when freshly-bloomed spring flowers would be placed upon the graves of fallen soldiers. May 30 was chosen as the first officially recognized “Decoration Day” by a Union Army Veteran’s group, largely because May 30 was not the anniversary date of any particularly memorable battle and was thus neutral, though many Southern states continued to observe different dates for honoring their war dead.

After the First World War most states adopted May 30 as the official date and the Decoration Day holiday gradually became known as Memorial Day. In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which permanently placed Memorial Day on the final Monday in May. Though it has also come to signify the beginning of summer and the end of the school year (when I was growing up, the high schools in my town held graduation on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend), and though it has been crassly co-opted by Memorial Day sales, running races, golf tournaments, swimming pool openings, and merchandising opportunities for Major League Baseball, it is nevertheless an appropriate moment to pause and reflect on those who have made the supreme sacrifice in service of our country.

If you would like to remember a fallen family member or friend, please feel free to do so in the comments.

– JVW

5/29/2016

Bill Kristol: A Man Can Dream (UPDATE)

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:27 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Because what this election season needs is even more crazy.

Editor of The Weekly Standard, Bill #NeverTrump Kristol, who has been attempting to convince select individuals to run as third-party spoilers, announced this afternoon that we’re in for a shakeup:

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Not clear, however, is a chance at what??

Trump responded in pure Trumpian-fashion to Kristol’s tease threat announcement:

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–Dana

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: It seems Trump will get a convenient scapegoat. This frees Ted Cruz to refuse to endorse Trump without being Goat Number One. We’ll see what the name is.

UPDATE #2: Here’s Bill Kristol’s latest:

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Trump on the Judge in His Fraud Trial: He’s Mexican

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:59 am

He’s not, actually. But why worry about facts? WSJ:

“What happens is the judge, who happens to be, we believe, Mexican, which is great. I think that’s fine,” Mr. Trump said.

Judge Curiel was born in Indiana.

Why bring it up at all?

You know why.

Trump Won’t Debate Sanders

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:29 am

He said he would — if they put up enough charity money. Then the networks pledged a million and he said it’s gotta be ten million. Then a savvy company got its name in the news by pledging ten million. D’oh! Never saw that coming, did you, moron? Now Lewandowski and the giant pile of hair on his head say Trump won’t waste his time. The joke is, yet again, on anyone who believes anything Donald Trump ever says. Chump suckers.

5/28/2016

This Date in History

Filed under: General — JVW @ 9:19 pm

[guest post by JVW]

(1) The greatest movie ever made about high school, Dazed and Confused, was set 40 years ago today on May 28, 1976. Wooderson would be something like 63 today, and Mitch Kramer would be 54.

(2) Twenty years ago today, May 28, 1996, Bill and Hillary! Clinton’s buddies Jim and Susan McDougal along with Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker were convicted of fraud and conspiracy charges related to their participation in the Whitewater Development Corporation. Ah, those ethical and honest Clintons.

Truly a momentous day.

– JVW

5/27/2016

Trump: That Lyin’ Ted Sure Does Lie a Lot

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:03 pm

I’m told we need to unify the Republican party. I don’t care because I’m no longer a member. But those of you who think so might want to get the message to one Donald J. Trump.

“But when I watched her [Hillary Clinton’s] speech last night it was so sad, because everything she said was, like, a lie,” he said later. “I wonder if I could start, instead of saying ‘Crooked Hillary,’ which is a very accurate description, I wonder if I could say — you know, remember lyin’, lyin’ — I won’t say ‘Lyin Ted’ — I refuse to say it.”

“Lyin’ Ted,” Mr. Trump said. “Holds that Bible high, puts it down and then he lies. Lyin’ Ted. Well, I’m going to retire that from Ted — I’m not going to call Ted that anymore.

Isn’t that nice. He’s going to retire it, even as he repeats it three times.

Those who very much believed in Ted Cruz who are still Republicans are going to be pretty alienated by this kind of crap. They may decide to join those of us who have left the party. Heckuva job, dipstick.

P.S. Cruz is hardly the only Republican Trump has been criticizing lately. He’s hit Susana Martinez, Mitt Romney, and Jeb Bush, among others. But he’s still praising Vladimir Putin.

I respect Putin. He’s a strong leader, I can tell you that. Not like what we have.

See 1:37:15.

What’s the difference? Martinez, Romney, Bush, and Cruz have all criticized him. Putin praised him. It’s really that simple with this idiot. And yes. He is an idiot. Any guy running for President who never heard of the Gang of Eight bill is an uninformed idiot. Period. End of story.

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