Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty

Aug. 29, 2016

By Marc Platt

If I were Hillary's campaign I would make these changes...

1. I would do weekly press conferences all the way to the election.
2. I would have reporters on her plane until November. Complete transparency.
3. Release all her medical records just like she did her taxes.
4. Release her emails (if possible) and her paid speech transcripts.
I would do all that and not utter a peep about what Trump releases, or doesn't release. The media and the public will do the rest.
HRC could put this election away and go into January with no unanswered questions. She could hit the ground running and start to govern.
Yes I know there will be things that are unpleasant in some of those items, but it will all be out there and she can change a very important narrative of "Non Transparency."
She could turn the "Different Set of Rules" narrative on its ear. We already know that she is an "Establishment Candidate."
I'll take it one step further. When Donald Trump says "She's for amnesty and sanctuary cities," Hillary Clinton should say "Yes Donald you are right. That is exactly what I am for." She can mention how her policy positions have been out there for many months.
When Trump accuses her of something, she can illuminate exactly what he is accusing her of and say what she really means. Trump will NOT KNOW how to deal with her correctly identifying their differences in a debate.
Aug. 24, 2016
By Marc Platt
This is no ordinary political cycle.
There is no respect among the candidates, voters, pundits, networks and mainstream media. We used to have something called decorum. With the rise of the Trump Movement, it is all out the window.
I can't remember a candidate calling his opponent "A Criminal" never ever in my lifetime. My first recollections of US Presidents is LBJ. I was a little kid, but people didn't call each other names.
This stuff really began during Dubya's rein of "Swiftboating" and dirty tricks. The 2000 GOP Primary included Karl Rove's "Whisper Campaign" in which he led media types to think that John McCain had an illegitimate black daughter. This story was fabricated and ruined McCain's bid for that year's nomination.
Rove continued the next cycle with the false narrative of John Kerry's military service. This is really gruesome politics.
Now we get The Donald and his Twitter, Race-Baiting, Fear-mongering degradation of decency. He calls the Clintons "Criminals" and gets away with it.
This man will not release his tax records, yet insists that Hillary Clinton release her medical records for the Republican's ridiculous claim that she has health issues that would keep her from executing her duties as President.
It has come to this. A no holds bar free for all for an office Trump doesn't even want. This man has NO INTENTION of governing. He would actually have to work for a living.
I have been saying this since August of 2015 when I realized he was never going to run the type of campaign that would actually get into the weeds and go door to door if necessary to get votes.
He won't speak in front of racially diverse groups. The African American, Asians, Latinos and Women seem to hate him as voting blocks. This is an obvious NO GO people.
Donald Trump don't need no stinking badges.
Aug. 13, 2016

By Marc Platt

I have personally taken a lot of heat by taking the stand since last August (2015) that Mr. Trump had no intention of actually doing the job as your next US President. I have written thousands of words explaining that is has all been a sham for his own purposes. Those purposes are known only to him at this point, but I stick with my prognostication and it seems to be true. Most of the world now thinks he is trying to lose.

Maybe we ought to focus on Hillary Rodham Clinton and her likely management style as #45.

Clinton is a workaholic and policy wonk. She gets things done, just ask the many Republican US Senators she worked hand in hand with during her time in the Senate. Ask those same men and women how she helped rebuild New York after 9/11.

She will be able to work with congress. They already like her. Yes they take blowhard stances during election season, but at the end of the day even a right wing zealot like R-Iowa Steve King (one of Trump's biggest establishment supporters) said he could "Work with a President Hillary Clinton." That is saying a lot. Iowa is a state that she may well take in the November election.

As much as I respect President Obama, I am certain the government will function better as a whole with Hillary Clinton. He has been an incredible Chief Executive, but not a good handler of politicians in a personal way. Hillary Clinton is one of the guys. She hangs out with them. She will make deals and they will play ball.

Obama was a political interloper in the mostly-white elitist political beltway. His blackness was always going to be an issue with southerners like Mitch McConnell, who think Obama is snooty and un-deserving of the respect that his office should automatically afford him. This is the main reason I think McConnell is a piece of crap. By not granting President Obama his rightful Supreme Court candidate even a hearing is a national disgrace.

Obama will go down as one of our greatest presidents, but his lack of experience and race made it impossible for political insiders to ever accept him into the club.

Hillary has been there for decades and despite the outward hatred by the right-winged media creature from the Blue Lagoon and the Republican establishment, they know the Clintons will play ball and make deals. This is how the government really works.

We always hear the right complain how Democrats are big spenders, when it is they who get us into these senseless wars and put it on a credit card. Democrats have been pussies for too long when it comes to pointing this fact out. The gloves need to come off and Democrats need to hit them harder on their lack of grace and weak social policies. Hillary Clinton will shame them into doing the right thing.

It is the Democrats who have taken the old Republican playbook of "American Exceptialism" and made it their own this 2016 cycle.

Believe it or not my friends, next January, for the first time since Bill Clinton left office it will return to the old school business as usual. Of course, we will only hear in the media how hated HRC and her family is, but she will restore order politically and they will get shit done.

This Clinton administration will be more progressive than the last one. Bernie and Liz are going to keep close tabs on Madam President. Bill will have to be on his best behavior this time. You will see Chelsea step up and probably take some political post at some point during HRC's administration.

As for Trump, he will go back to doing Comedy Central Celebrity Roasts or whatever else will keep him in the spotlight.

In the end Donald J. Trump did everything possible to get Hillary Clinton elected by his ineptness as a general election candidate...So... A toast to Donald Trump...He DID "Make America Great Again."



Jul. 23, 2016

By Marc Platt

When Nixon used his "Law & Order" theme in 1968, he actually had a basis (The Alger Hiss, Red Scare Communist Hunter) for being able to scare the mostly-white voting public.
Nixon also had been VP during less-turbulent times (1950's), so he could get away with trying to return the country to better days.
What has Trump done in his entire career to make people think he has their back? Built hotels (that are now empty or out of business), golf courses (that 95% of America can't afford to go to), fronted phony university and assorted other failed scams.
He will lose so bad, you will be amazed at his "Losingness." He will take the US Senate down and also damage the stranglehold the the GOP has on the House of Representatives. State legislatures now have a chance to swing back toward the Democrats, who took their eyes off the when in 2010 the census data shifted. The days of Gerrymandering may be over soon.
In the end, I will thank Donald J. Trump for engineering this course correction of America.
He may well be right when he says "Only I can fix it."
Jul. 20, 2016

Commentary by
Marc Platt

Do we really know ANY successful businessmen and women like we think we know Donald J. Trump? Can we do a psychological assessment that truly nails down what motivates successful people in American society?

I have been adamant that Trump really does not want to be President of the USA since he got into the race. I have felt his motivations were purely monetary and branding issues which could launch the next big scam, or whatever he really had cooking.

I will put on my cheap psychology cap once again as I try to piece the Trump puzzle together now that he has made it to Cleveland and successfully been nominated by his party to represent the GOP in November against Hillary Clinton.

Trump has repeatedly told friends for years that he wanted to try "That big thing" when asked if he wanted to run for governor of New York, or any other political endeavor. RUNNING for President is a lot different than BEING US President. He is very good at running for this office. I will give him that, but he is far lacking in several key areas that are necessary to actually win an election to govern ALL of America.

Trump has wanted so badly to be invited into the club, that he has been willing to risk the country's future by hijacking a political party to make his point.

Building walls, banning Muslims, carpet bombing Middle East Regions to eliminate "Radical Islamic Terrorists" and throwing Hillary Clinton in jail for mismanagement of her State Department emails is the basis of his campaign. Not a lot of positive hope and change for America and teh rest of the world.

I buried the lead on purpose.

Now let me get to my point. Trump is going to lose. He is going to lose this general election in such a huge way, it defies imagination why he would even want to subject himself to "The Loser" label that he will be tagged with after the November 8th general election. The sheep following him over the cliff will all lose in ways they can't comprehend at this point because they didn't stop him when they could.

Paul Ryan will NEVER be forgiven by his base and the more moderate elements in his party for letting this sham campaign put his house members in a tight spot. Just watch how the reality of minority voters NOT EVER supporting this man affects the down ballot candidates.

Mitch McConnell will lose his grasp on the US Senate and Hillary Clinton will be very wary of working with him after the crap he has pulled in this cycle, especially his disrespect for President Obama's duty and authority to replace Scalia with his own nominee Judge Garland.

The Republican Party will have to completely remake itself when then lose all these elections in a wave election cycle. This is an election the GOP should have won. You rarely see a third term, especially in a divided country, but Trump is so far underwater with various voter groups like women, Asians, latins and Millennials. There are not enough old white guys in the country to elect Trump and he knows it. His polls remain around 40-42% while Hillary Clinton's poll numbers fluctuate with the email issues, etc...

I do NOT expect Trump to get a large bump after this disastrous RNC with death, hate and plagiarism charges alsong with campaign disunity running rampant.

Donald J. Trump will bleed out if he sticks around and take the GOP with him. Take that to the bank.