Oct 10, 201602:19 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
‘Just words’ — four Doomsday scenarios
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Where to start?
First off, Donald Trump was surprisingly good at Sunday night’s debate. He teed off on Hillary’s whopper about her two faces of Eve routine with her Wall Street paymasters. Hillary claimed, laughably, that her public positions on issues versus her real, private positions are somehow patterned after Abe Lincoln.
“Honest Abe never lied. That’s the biggest difference between Abraham Lincoln and you,” Trump retorted.
In any other election, the WikiLeaks reveal of the Beast’s Wall Street speeches, proving conclusively that Hillary will say anything, would have doomed her. The woman is a chronic liar. But Donald has more baggage than a Pullman porter.
Trump would have been better off if he had directly confronted the question posed to him at the very beginning, with a fresh new apology. Say it was just two guys on a bus trying to one-up each other with ever-taller tales of conquest.
The Republican National Committee confronts a Doomsday scenario.
Except, of course, that one does not have to reach back 11 years. We knew all of this when he went after Megyn Kelly in August 2015. His treatment of women was the very first question posed to Trump at the very first debate. Instead of leaving it there, Trump piled on with “blood coming out of her eyes, her whatever.” Or Carly Fiorina, “that face.” Is anyone surprised?
The rest, the mocking disabled people, ridiculing prisoners of war, a ban on Muslims, the “Mexican judge,” the Gold Star parents — well, they’re just words, right? Then why debate? Why advertise? Why tweet? The Constitution? Just words. And, as we know, Donald Trump has the best words and some of them begin with the letter P (only one of which is “presidential.”)
Over the weekend, Paul Ryan disinvited Trump from the annual GOP jamboree in Elkhorn. He announced this morning he won’t campaign with Trump or defend him. It may not be a divorce but it certainly is a separation. He joins people like New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk (both facing tough re-election campaigns) who have withdrawn their endorsements. The governor of Nebraska just canceled a Trump fundraiser. That state’s Ben Sasse, a U.S. Senator, was an original Never Trump.
Will there be enough lifeboats? There are four scenarios to avoid disaster:
1) Invoke Rule 8 of the Republican National Committee. Chairman Reince Priebus could call a special meeting in five days and invoke Rule 9, which permits the 168 members:
To fill any and all vacancies which may occur by reason of death, declination, or otherwise of the Republican candidate for President of the United States or the Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States, as nominated by the national convention … for the purpose of filling any such vacancies.
Or 16 committee members from 16 states could call the meeting. This is being pushed by the Free the Delegates coalition, which attempted to free up delegates to vote their conscience at the convention. The problem is the language talks about filling a vacancy. Trump has said he won’t step down. You can believe that. Coalition attorney Beau Correll last night told Never Trumpers that Robert’s Rules of Order allows the RNC to resolve the “ambiguity.” Sorry, but the word “vacancy” is unambiguous.
But Priebus is calling a conference call of the RNC for this Monday evening. Stay tuned.
Another complication: early voting has started.