Republicans who think their problems will go away once Donald Trump has left the national stage haven’t been paying attention this week. Trump’s shifting position on immigration this week perfectly illustrates why the issue is nearly impossible for Republicans. Greg Sargent explains:
Trump’s rhetoric right now reflects a search for a magic formula. He wants to reassure suburban white swing voters — who essentially favor mass assimilation because they see most undocumented immigrants as largely making a positive contribution — that he isn’t proposing to cruelly ship out millions, which would be costly and disruptive to families and communities. So he says, don’t worry, we’re only starting with the bad ones, and the status of the good ones may be subject to negotiation later. In other words, he compassionately recognizes that many of them are good people — they’re not all merely criminals. But he also wants to reassure the hardliners, so he indicates that they all are still subject to removal, which is code for indicating that he is not making mass assimilation the goal.
In the end, though, Trump’s actual position, for now at least, is defined by the latter. The prospective goal is not mass assimilation. It’s shrinkage and removal — beyond just the “bad ones.” There is no straddle that works. There is no magic formula here.
As Democratic pollster Geoff Garin notes, wherever Trump lands on immigration, he’ll be out of step with Americans. Over 60% favor a path to citizenship and oppose his border wall. But Trump’s success in the GOP primary proves that the GOP base are opposed to that. They want mass deportation of all the brown Latinos, no matter if they are good or bad. That garners 30-40% of the GOP vote, enough for Trump to win in a massively crowded field. But that position, expressed with all the hate and vitriol found on Brietbart and Stormfront, is a guaranteed loser in a general election. Hence, the Catch-22 for the GOP, a problem that existed before Trump and will exist after Trump. The only way the GOP will get out of this trap is for them to tell their base to go fuck their racist selves, no matter the electoral consequences in the short term.
NBC News has tracked down Dr. Harold Bornstein, the doctor who signed the completely bizarre letter of health for Donald Trump. It turns out that Dr. Harold Bornstein does exist, and he is like a character out of the Sopranos or Breaking Bad, who treats patients in the back of a strip club. He wrote the letter in 5 minutes while a Trump limousine was waiting outside to pick it up.
Eric Trump: Dad is running because he watches waaaaaay too much Fox News and is haunted by the “PC” boogeymen
Let’s look at the reasons Trump is running according to his idiot son:
“He opens up the paper each morning and sees our nation’s leaders giving a hundred billion dollars to Iran,”
Iranian frozen assets were unfrozen through negotiations, so this is bullshit.
… or he opens the paper and some new school district has just eliminated the ability for its students to say the pledge of allegiance,
Pure BS. Show me this non-existent school district.
…or some fire department in some town is ordered by the mayor to no longer fly the American flag on the back of a fire truck,”
Again, what a load of crap. Please point me to whatever “paper” carried this story.
“Or, he sees the tree on the White House lawn has been renamed ‘Holiday tree’ instead of ‘Christmas tree.’
Nope. Maybe in Bill O’Reilly’s fever dreams, but not in reality.
I could go on and on for hours. Those are the very things that made my father run, and those are the very things he cares about.”
So… he cares about utter nonsense. Got it.
Earlier this week, the Delaware Chapter of the ADA released its annual Legislative Report Card, which evaluates each Representative and Senator’s votes on priority progressive legislation and determines which have acted as Progressive Heros, or, alternatively Progressive Zeros. For the 2nd year in a row, Rep. John Kowalko in the House and Sen. Bryan Townsend were the legislators at the top of the list as the most progressive in Delaware. The full list is inside…
It’s your generic political ad, professionally produced, and it is likely airing only on cable and not over air out of Philadelphia (as that would be prohibitively expensive). Still, airing and producing this ad likely took a good chunk of Barney’s cash on hand.
The ad, though, repeats a false claim that Barney is the only candidate with a plan to protect and expand Social Security.
…at least I think she did. It is hard to tell because, as she eases into retirement, her blog posts are now 95% content free.
Here is the substance: Chris Coons cracked a joke about how unpopular congress is. He had a constituent that stopped getting social security, but he fixed it. Coons also formed a congressional “Chicken Caucus,” with a Republican from Georgia.
That’s, literally, it. I wonder if Delaware Today, Ramone Family of Business, Bonny Anderson, David Deputy, Lisa B. Goodman, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, Norman D. Griffiths, Laird Stabler, Carolyn Swayze, Frances M. West, S.B. & Katy Woo and Bill Wood feel like they are getting their money’s worth.
Here is Matt Flegenheimer’s write-up at The New York Times on Hillary’s speech yesterday, which I consider to be one of her best speeches ever:
In a 31-minute address, building to a controlled simmer, Mrs. Clinton did everything but call Mr. Trump a racist outright — saying he had promoted “racist lie” after “racist lie,” pushed conspiracy theories with “racist undertones” and heartened racists across the country by submitting to an “emerging racist ideology known as the alt-right.” [...]
With Mr. Trump’s rise, Mrs. Clinton has often struck a have-you-no-sense-of-decency theme in her critiques — warning sternly and repeatedly that the arc of his candidacy transcended standard political attack. But her effort on Thursday was remarkable for its exhaustive accounting of Mr. Trump’s controversial racial history in business and in his presidential campaign.
Why has the cost of EpiPen risen over 500% in the last 9 years? Because Mylan and their CEO decided to excessively profit off of the sale of a dirt-cheap medication and relatively cheap delivery technology that routinely saves peoples’ lives, including young children.
Jonathan Chait: “The main difficulty Trump faces in dispelling the impression that he is a racist is that Trump is, in fact, a gigantic racist.”
Meanwhile, the Daily Beast says Donald is in trouble: “Donald Trump used his campaign funds to buy thousands of copies of his own book at retail cost, simultaneously diverting donor money back into his pockets while artificially boosting his sales figures. It’s a tactic that may be illegal, campaign finance experts say.”
Kellyanne Conway is not conventionally attractive, and judging from her politics her soul is a putrid mess as well. I only mention this because Trump puts so much stock in looks, mentions how attractive or unattractive people are all the time, and it must be killing him to have to work with Conway. Also, she is in the news today because she says that polls are “skewed” by the fact that people are embarrassed to tell pollsters that they are voting for Trump.
Progressives have been waiting forever to have one of their own represent Delaware in Congress. The last time a liberal voice represented Delaware in the U.S. House of Representatives was in 1966, when then-Representative Harris McDowell (the state senator’s dad) lost to Bill Roth. For the first time in 50 years, we now have the chance to elect a proven progressive and exceedingly effective legislator to Congress. A person with both intellect and heart. That person is Bryan Townsend.
It was fun going around the Peach Festival shooting videos. Which, by the way is pretty easy. So if you see a candidate, you are hereby deputized as a DL reporter. Just get someone to hold the camera sideways and keep the video to around 2 minutes so you can text it to us.
Now then. Here are some things I wish I had asked, and some surly volunteers who didn’t like me.