Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty
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."
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.
I want to start with the Democrats and how the media has failed to reveal the true story about Hillary Clinton's "Email" issues. When I hear Morning Joe rail on Clinton day after day, reinforcing Director Jim Comey's blistering non-indictment, I want to tear my hair out.
- Let me start with the FACT that previous Secretary of States Powell and Rice BOTH had their own private accounts.
- HRC never sent or recieved emails that were MARKED classified and then opened or sent those emails.
- HRC received emails that had CLASSIFIED MARKINGS inside the emails. In other words there could have been a sentence with (C) INSIDE the email. This is what Comey and House Republicans are yakking about. They are saying because emails sent and received from her accounts had these (C) markings, she was putting America at risk.
Give me a frigging break. This is complete and utter crap and EVERY news outlet that doesn't point this fact out every time this issue comes up should be reprimanded.
Hillary Clinton has explained and apologized for this for two years. Joe and Mika, as well as other shows and outlets helped bring us The Donald and have gone out of their way to "Be Fair" to both sides by railing on Clinton on this matter. Bernie Sanders completely understands what Secreatary Clinton did and did not do and to his credit, never made this an issue. That shows complete integrity.
This is very wonky stuff and Joe Scarborough, Mika, Mike Barnacle, Chris Matthews, Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer and ALL the Fox "News" people have been remiss in discussing exactly WHAT Clinton did.
The State Department's email server has been hacked SEVERAL times over the years and Comey admitted under oath that Clinton's server was NOT compromized. I am not giving her a pass at all. What she did was wrong, but NOT disqualifying at all.
I have written so much on Trump over the past two years, but will repeat that all media outlets that have raked in fortunes in advertising and ratings bonanzas are what has given America the disgusting Trump candidacy in oodles of free media.
The Morning Joe TV Show was the trailblazer in Trumpness. Their show was in serious trouble until Trump bailed them out in June, 2015. I love the show, but have to point out that they were "H-U-G-E" Trump supporters in the sense that they brought him on all the time and gave him that first real platform that all the other news organizations followed down the rabbit hole the country now finds itself in.
Neither Joe or Mika supports Trump's candidacy as voters. They have been fair about pointing out his deficiencies and racism, but they KNOW they helped move their "Friend" along with a releationship that goes back many years.
We already know Fox News is the platform Trump now uses, because MSNBC and CNN have not been Trump-friendly in the way he insists at this point.
It is a mess.
Hillary Clinton will/would defeat Trump in the end because of demographics and basic math. There are not enough white people in America to elect a xenphobic, racist president.
There are several reporters like MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes and Lawrence O'Donnell who HAVE explained what Clinton did with her emails and have gone into the weeds about Trump's excesses from the start.
I hope after this is all over, the media takes a long look in the mirror and makes a decision on HOW we should cover these long election cycles in the future.