Like I say, is there any expectation Donald Trump actually competes in a primary? No, there’s not / ought not be. So whatever polls he’s leading are bull-loney, ya know, rejectable because the premise is bull. Now he’s done. Hopefully.
On the linguistic matter here with ‘hero’… There’s some features of my political and literary makeup that keep me a little more restrained in throwing the word ‘hero’ around in the vernacular of ‘supporting our troops’ like society does so much. It’s too easy in some ways, maybe not nuanced enough (for me and my pedantic brain)….
But McCain is a war hero, alrighty? It’s obvious, beyond obvious. It’s a truth. Now, that can be denied, because anything can be denied. But to do so, to reject that and say he ‘sat out the war’ by being shot out of his jet and being nearly killed in his parachute landing and spending 6 years in prison… That’s an excessively contrarian and counterintuitive bit of logic that speaks to the believer’s residence in the fever swamps of partisan nuttery.
Worth mentioning: with this, the fever swamp in question was Al Franken and Salon / Air America. http://reason.com/blog/2015/07/18/donald-trump-offends-mccain-fans-with-ol I imagine this was taken for a kind of counterintuitive brilliance at the time. http://www.salon.com/2000/01/10/voices/
Other thing: I alluded to some bemusement before that we’re still talking about what candidates did during Vietnam. Trump, like many, had college deferments. I’m getting more outraged in hindsight what a BS, classist deal the ‘college deferment’ was.
Other other thing. John McCain’s mom is still alive. She’s 103. That’s cool.
Other Other Other thing. We’ve never had good terrestrial radio reception here in the valley, so streaming has been a nice thing in recent years. So, I stream KTLK in Sunday, did all day yesterday. Rush re-runs from during the week. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/07/6-reasons-why-its-hard-for-the-gop-to-discredit-donald-trump/398951/ He’s jumped the shark / gone senile if he thinks badmouthing Trump now creates a potential for discord that can’t be rectified if he wins the nomination. Hey Rush: HES NOT GOING TO BE THE NOMINEE. I heard the same thing Friedersdorf heard, and the dipshittery is almost too much to bear.
Jots with dots 7/20
GC: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/20/obama-looks-to-ban-social-security-recipients-from-owning-guns/ I’d be opposed. You just can’t say we’re going to start doing that… if rights are to be abridged, that has to be adjudicated and the process needs to be codified.
I agree with this counterintuitive notion: www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/its-not-dixies-fault/2015/07/17/7bf77a2e-2bd6-11e5-bd33-395c05608059_story.html