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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

The Full-On Creep is Full-On Display!

One other difference between Nixon & Trump (see previous post) - we didn't know that Nixon was a paranoid, vindictive, alcoholic, madman, creep with an "enemies list" until after his landslide win in 1972, the Watergate scandal rolled out, and we finally got to listen to the tapes. We may have suspected all of the above, and certainly that was the gist of HST's reporting, but Nixon hid behind a mask of pragmatism and competence. The reality of Nixon's venality outstripped HST's imaginings.

Not so for Trump. Every bad quality he possesses has been on grand display from the first. We know that Trump sees enemies in every corner (these "enemies" are just average Americans who don't support him), and he even tweets about them“Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!”

Not so cool. Not so funny. Not so normal. The full-on creep is full-on display! Remember how Obama told us there is no Red America, No Blue America, that he was President for all of us. Big difference right there.

Let's hear it from that other Boss, Bruce Springsteen:  “I’ve felt disgust before, but never the kind of fear that you feel now,” he said. “It’s as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility? I think he’s going to make as big a mess as he can, and I don’t know what that’s going to mean,” he continued, “but we’ll find out shortly.”

“When you let that genie out of the bottle — bigotry, racism, intolerance… they don’t go back in the bottle that easily if they go back in at all,” he said. “Whether it’s a rise in hate crimes, people feeling they have license to speak and behave in ways that previously were considered un-American and are un-American. That’s what he’s appealing to. My fears are that those things find a place in ordinary, civil society.”

By the way, Sam Wang over at Princeton Election Consortium tells us it is "polarization" between Democrats & Republicans that has destroyed our abilities to make rational distinctions. Folks are so blinded by political polarization that many of our citizens thought that Hillary Clinton was worse, or at least no better than Trump. They can't see the difference! Which from my perspective, over on the Left side of the equation, is totally, completely ridiculous.

And maybe the danger now is that Trump has such lowered expectations that whatever havoc he wreaks is already being integrated in our worldview. Could this be true: "Today, majorities of Americans do not express confidence in Trump’s ability to prevent major scandals, use military force wisely, or handle an international crisis. Trump’s extreme low scores in these domains are concerning for the coming year."

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