Until the election/coronation, Bumpspot will operate in crisis mode. We will be blog tweeting from our Sandalwood bunker, deep in the heart of Trump country. As we approach America’s election Armageddon, consider Bumpspot to be your FiveThirtyEight, RealClear Politics, HuffPost Pollster and TheUpshot all rolled into one.
Who’s leading you ask?
We answer: The low energy emailing queen of Whitewater, Benghazi and Clinton Foundation fame has a slight popular vote (or less unpopular vote) lead over the amoeba. She is also leading (for now) in most of the key Electoral College states and in knowing how to allow a few of her worst decisions to stay front and center through the entire election cycle. Yes, she has apologized in a sort of defensive it-depends-what-the-definition-of-is-is Clintonesque sort of way. That’s fine. It is, after all, a Clinton family tradition to cut their good works with a dose of scandal. And who really cares if she often seems to wonder what she’s apologizing for or when her apology-sort of, denial-sort of train pulled into the station?
Maybe it brings the Clinton family closer together as they parse the truth, blame others for their moral failings and try to invent fables for their next best selling book and series of nicely paid undisclosed speeches.
Who else but a Clinton would have so few thought bubbles that she’d think it made sense to not only use her own personal email account for government emails but to actually set up her own personal server? And to try to excuse her action by saying it was much simpler to have one email account with one device but to, according to the FBI, actually use 11 different BlackBerry devices over her term in future money making? Who else but a Clinton could manage to turn an A-rated charitable foundation that has literally improved and saved thousands of lives around the world into an influence-peddling albatross? Who else could match a substantive and accomplished public career against a narcissistic nativist whose major public service to date has been outing so many like-minded racists and bigots, and not have, oh, 90 percent of the sentient vote?
I’m angry. I’m disappointed. We are one strategic email dump closer to a Donaldo Mussolini. Let us all hope and pray that if John Oliver can’t save us, America’s collective common sense will.
How can we elect someone whose major contribution to public service is that he has never served? Trump is an artful populist who knows how to press the right grievance buttons. He uses his intellectual vapidness and policy ignorance to his advantage: Oh, just ignore what Trump said. He’s not part of the system. He’ll shake things up. Shifting positions? So what? He needs to leave himself room to get enough votes. Once he’s elected then he’ll do what we want.
Right. Only when Trump is through shaking and shifting we’ll all be left with a broken America. Anyone who chooses to vote for America’s human enigma wrapped inside of a riddle shouldn’t be surprised if what they get is far different than what they thought they bought. That’s what happens if you vote for someone whose only core beliefs are the ones he thinks will get him elected.