I tried. I really tried to make Donald Trump the focus of only a third of my 2016 articles. But he keeps saying and doing stupid things. And this keeps putting him in the news. So I just can’t help but keep writing about him.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave since the conventions, you know they went well for Hillary Clinton. Weeks after her acceptance speech, the Real Clear Politics polling average has the election going 47.8-41 Clinton. Is that skewed, as some have argued all year with shades of the “Unskewed Polls” people from 2012? If so, it’s in Trump’s favor as an obvious outlier, LA Times/USC (two post convention polls having Trump within a single point and the one before that was Trump +7) is counting towards the average. This may be more like an 8-10-point race.
So what has Trump’s response been to this? Admit that maybe insulting too many significant groups was a mistake and apologize? Take the Republican leadership’s advice and restrain himself? I kid, I kid. In fact his latest bombshell is that Clinton is going to cheat her way to victory.
Forget the statistical rarity of voter fraud. Forget that no significant case of voter fraud associated with the Clintons in their four presidential elections has ever made prime time news. With the way things are going, why would Clinton feel a need to cheat? Why take a chance on it becoming an October surprise that outrages the public, turning that big lead topsy-turvy?
Let me give an example. The New England Patriots are viewed by most fans as the Dick Dastardlys and Muttleys of professional sports. Their long list of cheating scandals includes rigging coin tosses, jamming headsets, spying on other teams, and of course, deflating balls. My personal view is that since the Pats couldn’t even get away with deflation for long, the others require too deep a conspiracy. But when do you hear at least the rumor? At the 2014 AFC Championship. When they face the archrival Jets who almost always keep it close. When the Steelers come into Foxborough. Is there anything about cheating when they predictably wipe out San Diego, da Bears, Jacksoville, or Houston? No. Why? Because they don’t have to cheat to win those games. See, right now, Donald Trump is da Bears and Hillary Clinton is da Pats.
Point to ponder: if Trump really is one of the last real men in America, as many of his supporters assert, why can’t he seem to stop bitching and whining when things aren’t going his way?