Patterico's Pontifications


Palate Cleanser: Nominees’ Slip Of The Tongue

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:19 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Finally, these two awful people didn’t make me wail and gnash my teeth in frustration and anger, if only for the briefest of moments:

We will likely have to watch the country go to hell in a hand basket with either one of these two clowns in the Oval Office, but at least we got a laugh at their expense first.


Trump to Deliver Major Policy Speech

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:15 am

If that headline doesn’t make you laugh, you haven’t been paying attention. The headline could just as well read: “Trump to Awkwardly Read Off TelePrompTer Set of Positions He Does Not Care About Because They Are Not About How Great He Supposedly Is.” Bloomberg reports:

Donald Trump will propose a temporary moratorium on new financial regulations in an economic speech Monday in Detroit in an effort to draw a stark contrast with the domestic policies of Hillary Clinton, who he says “punishes” the American economy.

A moratorium on financial regulations would be a wonderful thing. I could say the same think about his stated support for the REINS Act, which would place accountability for new regulations back in Congress where it belongs.

Of course, I don’t believe for one moment that he would do any of these things. I don’t think he understands what they are. And if he gets elected, his establishment buddies will tell him what’s what, and he will fall in line — because he doesn’t care about any of this stuff.

Of course, droners in the comments will say for the umpteenth time that Hillary will do terrible things for sure, while we don’t know what Trump would do. What we do know, though, is that whatever Trump does becomes “the Republican position” on the issue. And when “the Republican position” becomes the same as the Democrat position, then the Republican party is no longer useful as a party standing for small government.

It’s Stage One thinking vs. long-term thinking.

I have seen this long-term problem coming since May 3. It will take longer to sink in for some of you. I’ll be here when it does, to say I told you so.

P.S. Penn from Penn and Teller illustrates The Sniveling Coward’s methodology in this video. The embed is small, but you can make it full-screen by clicking on the bottom right.

I think The Donald would pull off the trick a different way. “No, the six of hearts was your card.” And 20% of the audience would clap and say: “That’s right. It was!”

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