Who among us could stand to have their each and every private utterance displayed on a klieg lit national billboard? Donald Trump’s most recently revealed transgression is causing an affected coast-to-coast hyperventilation at an intensity that for some more sensitive souls may result in a medical problem. Upon close inspection there is nothing in the Trump/Bush ‘tape’ that is untoward or unusual about what two heterosexual men may banter about the opposite sex in their private moments – the so-called locker room conversation. Its extension beyond that illuminates the gender hypocrisy that now runs rampant in the land.
This morning at breakfast Jo Ann looked up from the paper and said, “I’m not a bit surprised or insulted by hearing that Trump said those things in private to another man and close associate. I have always known that men at times talk like that among their peers.” What turns out to be the hypocrisy is that today we think nothing of politically correct women casually refer to men’s external plumbing in graphic terms when assessing their initiative, courage, and sexual prowess. Today all such remarks can and continue to be given voice on/in the media with not a second thought. But let such remarks be reciprocated about women, and all manner of histrionics are unleashed across the land, spreading like angry wasps pouring out of an inadvertently bumped hive.
So it’s not clear whether the lamestream and Team Clinton can build this latest into a campaign knockout punch for Trump, or not. The chorus of Republican politicos is not helping by piling on as they try to shield their down ticket chances against what they perceive as the roiling mob of angry voters. But for me the purposive legion of Hillary’s iniquities since her first unethical conduct during the Watergate investigation, and now unfolding in a flow of revelations about how she values voters, colleagues, staff, national weal and security, and competence in her profession (law, legislation, diplomacy, …) trumps Trump’s iniquities in a landslide. Her existential ambition to let nothing block her road to rule sets the new gold standard in the American political establishment which Trump has yet to match.
[9oct16 update] As we await this evening's greatest show on earth and review the shocked, I say shocked, response of self-flagellation competition carried out in the GOP, RR must record that in the Rebane household we are forced to conclude that such Republicans are simply acting prissy - a most appropriate term that denotes conduct '
Now to restore a bit of decorum, I want to give you the words of Congressman Tom McClintock (here) to demonstrate that not all Republicans ran for the hills when Team Hillary unleashed the carefully timed locker room monologue. And there's more to be said about the notion that those of us seeking a third party candidate now have its poster child in Donald J. Trump. The trouble with the developing split in the Republican party is that the Prissy Prude Faction may be left to start a third party if The Donald and Reince make off with the GOP. Vaya con Dios!
[12oct16 update] The Great Divide, of which we speak often in these pages, cuts our ideological populations in more ways than may be imagined. As often reported here and experienced over the years, the Left specializes in impeding ALL free speech with which they do not agree. During this election season, as in the past, signs promoting conservetarian issues and Republican candidates have been confiscated or defaced. Yesterday the NC Republican Women Federated spent considerable effort with volunteers emplacing about 100 election signs. Today they have either been stolen or defaced with a big red X. These actions describe the Left in much more meaningful terms than do ideological differences. And not only do such people live among us, our country is steadily advancing toward a new form of governance in which they will rule us with impunity as we have already witnessed during the last eight years.
[later] We have heard for years liberals maintain that voter fraud, especially of the leftwing kind, is nothing but the unfounded figment of rightwing imaginations. All that in the face of documented evidence which supposedly has not been litigated. However, what the lamestream has assiduously suppressed is the conviction and dissolution of Acorn pursuant to its 2012 election stuffing of ballot boxes, as a result of which scores of Acorn employees were convicted with many serving jail time. One wonders why everyone did not know that. This sordid affair is being reprised today as the Indiana State Police raids the offices of Acorn’s phoenix 'Patriot Majority USA' that early evidence shows is carrying on the dirty work of its existential parent. They are a different breed indeed.