This election…

trump-signAfter the Billy Bush video broke, and then Donald Trump had a fairly successful debate performance, Leavenworth St. wrote the following:

So while he is a master communicator, and these days can seemingly escape any situation…there is almost no way the Democrats have finished with their oppo-dump.

Lo and behold!

Amazingly, by pure coincidence, three women, on the same evening, have accused Trump of sexual assault or otherwise unwanted sexual advances.

What are the odds!?

Sure these women, who have been holding on to these accusations for ten years or more, could have come out with their stories the day Trump rode down the elevator at Trump Tower for his campaign announcement, and killed, or at least severely damaged his campaign at the start.

And they could have come out before any of the primaries started, throwing that process, with the the 17 candidates into disarray.

And they could have come out after Trump started winning primaries, getting rid of him and allowing Republican voters to have that information to vote for another Republican.

And they could have come out before Trump accepted the Republican nomination, giving delegates the opportunity to choose a different nominee, possibly turning that process on its head, but still allowing the information to be used for America.

But no, they waited until we are just 25 days before election day.

Does making this coordinated attack make their accusations less credible?

No, not necessarily. But they do come off as not only political, but being used as an election-trick. The proverbial “October surprise.” Not just against Trump — but against Republicans.

And since the late campaign surprise plan is clearly their strategy, one would also assume that they’re doing it late so that Trump and others will make that claim, fight back…and of course NOT drop out, which would hurt Hillary’s chances.

Because they way this looks is that it isn’t so much an announcement that aimed to hurt and hit back at Donald Trump. If that was the aim, they could have done it any time since Trump’s first announcement.

Instead, these assault allegations are being used specifically to help the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign.

If that doesn’t breed cynicism, its not clear what else would.

 

Foreshadowing

Writer Ben Shapiro tweeted this exchange, between Anderson Cooper and Donald Trump, after the 2nd debate:

It’s almost as if Cooper KNEW that there would be specific allegations about this where he was specifically trying to nail Trump down.

But then Cooper would have had to have that information, collude with the campaign, and then sat on the info he had prior to it coming out yesterday.

But come on! What would be the odds of that happening?

 

Yeesh

Trump will be hammered from all directions on this, and it would seem to be something that would be extremely difficult to bounce back on.

The Billy Bush video was damning enough showing a crass and vulgar Trump, but it was fair to say that this was just asshole and bluster talk in private between two guys, each egging the other on.

Trump’s very bad political problem is that he is now being accused of exactly the things he bragged about doing.

This is right up there with O.J. claiming he’d “never wear those ugly-ass shoes,” then having a photo of him wearing a pair of the Bruno Maglis.

The polls for Trump post video/pre-debate were bad. There are some out today, after the debate, that seem to be better for him.

But now, 25 days out…could he possibly come back?
There would almost have to be something catastrophic occur.

And, oh by the way, you can’t believe this is the last oppo that Hillary and the press have…

 

More

An interesting view how the LOCAL press is handling a campaign by twisting events, and some (maybe contrarian) thoughts on what a potential Hillary landslide could mean…for Congress, coming this afternoon, 1pm-ish CT.

Until then, since the local fishwrap doesn’t seem to be reporting the breaking news, be sure to follow @LeavenworthSt on the Twitter and Like Leavenworth St. on the Facebook so you can get easily updated with every new post.

Because that’s how you keep up to date on the talk of Nebraska politics!

24 comments

  1. Ego will be the downfall. says:

    I believe that Trump’s decision to go scorched earth instead of using a strategic plan the last week will not convince any undecided or swing voters to vote for Trump. The scorched earth mentality does seem to make the Trumpkins happy.

  2. Randall says:

    HA! at the idea that Anderson Cooper was colluding with the Hillary campaign in asking Trump if he actually committed the sexual assault HE BRAGGED ABOUT COMMITTING. And Sweeper says, “but it was fair to say that this was just asshole and bluster talk in private between two guys.” No. The question needed to be asked. It is not “fair to say.”

    Man, y’all got the funniest excuses for supporting this insane person. But 50 Shades of Gray and locker room talk and whatever. Perhaps the reason that all these women came out now is because Trump literally denied on national television what they say he allegedly did to them. Trump has had rape charges (he’s got a fuckin’ hearing in December for this one) and sexual assault claims made against him FOR YEARS. And those things were initially reported on during the primary. But, Trump voters did not give a shit. General Election voters, though, a lot of us really, really do.

    Can’t wait for the GOP autopsy after this election…

  3. Stan says:

    Megyn Kelly at the FIRST debate in August 2015:

    “1) “Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women. You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs’ and ‘disgusting animals.’ …

    Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees.

    Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?””

    It was obvious from the very beginning that Trump had said and done terrible things to women. The GOP is not allowed to pretend to be surprised by these revelations.

  4. HTH says:

    Sweeper… you are pro-Trump to the point of blindness. Cooper knew because Trump admitted to it. Only hacks like you accept his “locker room banter” BS. Take off the tin-foil hat and try to see things objectively, rather than through your hate-tinted glasses.

    HTH

  5. Ed Stevens says:

    Wondering idly where all this liberal moral consternation was when Bill Clinton was orgy-ing his way through the halls of gubmint back in the nineties? “It’s just sex – no big thang”, “just Bubba bein’ Bubba”, etc., etc. But a guy mouths off during a buddy chat and suddenly he’s Beelzebub wrapped up in Jack the Ripper and tied with a ribbon of Vlad the Impaler. C’mon folks … I’m OK with your moral condemnation, but I do insist on consistency.

    Once more – I’m no great Trump fan, but Trump will be (if elected) an embarrassing inconvenience; Hilary will be a knife to the heart of the republic.

    Or, for the biblically inclined, allow me to paraphrase the Book of Proverbs, Chaper 20, Verse 1:
    “Trump is a mocker, but Hilary is raging and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”

    • Randall says:

      “Mouths off during a buddy chat”

      This is why the Trump is facing a monumental defeat at the hands of women. And why the GOP will lose millennial women (and most likely men), creating an electoral problem that they may never recover from. You act like it is this one thing that has led liberals to find Trump appalling. Or moderates, for that matter. It’s not like he was winning (or even close) before the tape dropped. He was down 6 with no ground game.

      And here’s the thing: Bill Clinton is gross, too. But I also don’t believe that he should be assumed guilty for sexual assaults he hasn’t been convicted of. But he ain’t running for president. And for the record, I don’t think Trump should be assumed guilty either, and I think that those who believe that should rightly face charges of hypocrisy. And I’ll admit, I was a child in the 90s, so I don’t truly know what the media coverage was like, but the fact that I know exactly who Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, and Kathleen Willey are give me the suspicion that these allegations have been well-litigated in the press. Correct me if I’m wrong.

      But it comes down to this: Trump long history of degrading comments (including clear admission of sexual assault, or as y’all call it “bro talk”) and treatment toward women, minorities, and pretty much everyone, coupled with his egotistical, uninformed unhingedness is why this sticks. You just can’t get around that.

      • Sparkles says:

        No two politicians in the history of our nation have been more meticulously investigated and litigated than Bill and Hillary Clinton.
        No derangement syndrome has so thoroughly enveloped and consumed an entire generation of a political party.

        May, 24, 2016 – New York Times
        “Kenneth Starr, Who Tried to Bury Bill Clinton, Now Only Praises Him”
        ..the former Whitewater independent counsel, whose Javert-like pursuit of Mr. Clinton in the 1990s helped bring a new intensity to partisan warfare and led to the impeachment of a president for only the second time in the nation’s history.

  6. Blinders off says:

    Scorched earth? Hillary sat there listening, doing nothing, while her employees were raped and murdered. She has exhibited brain damage and ill health. Her husband is accused of rape, admitted sexual abuse at work and she serially defends that. What’s to scorch? Her reputation? The woman’s first choice of law firm was the only Communist firm in the country. Are you frigging kidding?

    But sure, Trump can be beaten. Anyone can. But just for a moment let’s take stock.

    The Media hates the flaccid GOP and hates Trump who has called out Media bias all along. He also disregarded Jeb “please applaud me” Bush which prompted Jeb’s family to prove it is pseudo-Republican, showing exactly why the GOP is flaccid by the GOP Bushes endorsing the Democrat.

    From the start, Trump pointed out that Political Correctness is a veneer of fake dignity covering an entire rotten system. He clearly said the Fourth Estate is intensely biased, the Democratic Party has functionally wrong solutions for leading to national success, that the Republican Party is rotten inside, that the royal dynasties of Bush/Clinton are un-American, and that the Clintons are crooks. All that is not only factually correct, but by Trump pounding on PC for an entire year, that has resulted in the political and media establishment going after Trump without the pretense they usually use to cover their tracks. This establishment rot is being played out this year in technicolor for November voters.

    This isn’t going to be a choice between parties. Perhaps not even between candidates. This is a real time evaluation of individual voter’s ability to tell PC schmooze from reality. — To have the most cuckolded abetting wife in human history go after anyone on “sex” is amazing! — Once again, The Donald invites that PC indignation to rise against him only to have voters see through it. Will it work this time? It has so far.

    Frankly, you have to be stupid to think America will much change under Hillary or Donald. What is at stake here isn’t America. It’s a shitload of political and monetary personal rice bowls. The Donkey profits from its Clinton parasites. The Elephant profits from its Bush tumors. The rotten party system is based on the rot. This is a wonderful election. Its not about choosing, its about waking up.

  7. Sparkles says:

    1) Trump is proven by his own words to be a shockingly vulgar misogynist. He quite literally brags that his stature allows him to commit acts of sexual assault.

    The GOP response –
    ‘It’s clearly just a well planned, nefarious Dem oppo dump! Those damn Dems!!’

    2) After a lifetime of bragging about his sexual conquests, Trump denies on a nationally televised debate that he has made the types of craven sexual advances and sexual assaults that he boasted of on that tape.
    Days after this brazen denial, women around the nation to whom Trump has perpetrated – the exact acts that Trump bragged about on the tape – turn to the press to tell their stories.

    The GOP response –
    – ‘Damn it!! Those Dirty Dems did it again!! This is clearly another carefully orchestrated oppo dump!!! Every, TeeVee station, every member of the lamestream media and every looney liberal reporter is in on the fix against the brave, noble, savior of our nation, Donald Trump!!!’

    Meanwhile, in an effort to sway the election in favor of Trump, Russian intelligence agencies have hacked the DNC and several prominent member’s of Clinton’s campaign. The thousands of emails they have stolen have been funneled to Julian Assange (WikiLeaks), an avowed foe of Hillary Clinton, for a deliberately methodic attack on Hillary Clinton and her campaign team.
    Here’s the headline from today’s Wall Street Journal –
    FBI Suspects Russia in Hack of John Podesta Emails
    Top Russian officials meanwhile shifted away from denying a role in separate hacking of the Democratic National Committee

    As the article continues it provides a quote that is as good as an admission of guilt –
    “Everyone is saying, ‘Who did it?’” Mr. Putin said at an investor forum in Moscow. “But does it matter that much? It’s what’s inside the information that matters.”

    And here’s a headline from today’s CBS News –
    “Trump Ally Roger Stone Admits ‘Back-Channel’ Tie To WikiLeaks”

    And in spite of the Donalds recent disavowal of ties to Russia, June 17, 2016, Wash Post –
    “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Trump’s son, Donald Jr., told a real estate conference in 2008. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

    Just imagine if HRC or Barack Obama were to have been found colluding with a foreign nation – in this case a most dangerous foreign nation – in a blatant effort to sway the election of an American President.
    The extreme right would literally call for armed protests and fevered demonstrations in streets throughout America.

    As legions of respected Republican leaders and and Military professionals have stated – Donald Trump is not only spectacularly unfit for the office, he is a danger to the security and welfare of our nation.

    • bynd says:

      ‘Damn it!! Those Dirty Dems did it again!!

      Meanwhile, in an effort to sway the election in favor of Trump, Russian intelligence agencies have hacked the DNC and several prominent member’s of Clinton’s campaign.

      That could be the best chuckle of the day!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Trump’s small, wandering hands are getting him into big trouble. He’s like “Thing” on “The Addams Family,” just not as funny.

    • Sparkles says:

      Trump is the offspring of the unholy coupling of “Thing” and Cousin Itt on the Addams family.

      And from the “did you know’ files –
      There is a PAC that calls itself “Americans Against Insecure Billionaires With tiny hands PAC”
      Their web site is donaldtrumphastinyhands.com

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      Perfect article about the coward that is Deb Fischer. In contrast to our Junior Senator, Deb stands for absolutely nothing. She can’t even hold a position on Trump for longer than a weekend. She’s spineless as they come and will not be getting any support from me ever again. I did wholeheartedly support her during her original run for Senate, but no more.

      • Anonymous says:

        Jennifer Rubin of Wa-Po, major suck up to Ben Sasse, that Jennifer Rubin? Now why would she be writing just about Deb Fischer and not throw in Jeff Fortenberry for good measure? Could it be the Sasse lovers want to get back at Deb for a Resolution at the State GOP Convention that slapped him for his Third Party lunacy? Rubin has written nothing but fawning pieces about Sasse for months. I smell a connection here.

    • Intersted Observer says:

      That article has been read by many in the Valentine area today. Lots of calls, texts and emails discussing it.

  9. Brian T. Osborn says:

    God grief, Sweeper! Have you no sense of decency? You have become an apologist for a man without morals. You have become the champion of all that is the very worst in America today. I have no doubts that you would leave your own wife alone in a room with Donald Trump, so that he could grab her pussy, just so you could have a photo-op with him.
    You bought him. You own him. And we will always remember that about you.

  10. Anonymous says:

    To anyone who thinks this is any kind of set up or conspiracy: Did you not know who Donald Trump was? He’s been a public figure for decades during which time he’s cheated on wives, left one with kids for a super model, talked at length with Howard Stern in lewd terms about women (including his own daughter), and appeared in Playboy videos. Being a lecherous cretin has been part of his brand since the 80’s. This is why his candidacy was considered a joke from the beginning, and anyone trying to act like this is some unfair hit job now is just being willfully naive about how politics works.
    You chose the unfiltered, offensive reality TV star who married a supermodel 24 years his junior after 2 divorces and runs a beauty pageant – what did you think you were getting?!

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