By the way, all you Hillaryhaters, if you are an idealist, remember she was as idealistic as you when she started out, only better at it. She is tarnished by having to work in the real world and make compromises with reality. That doesn’t make her evil. She has a hard core of goodness, and if you give her a Democratic Congress, you will be surprised at how good she can be.

The above advice is taken from a comment by a Susan Anderson from Boston to an op-ed by Lindy West, “Donald and Billy on the Bus” in the NYT on October 9, 2016.

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

My goal, from now until the election, is to wake from this extended nightmare. There is no other explanation for us to be having this conversation, in which a minor shift in style or tone could put Donald Trump in the Oval Office. In my nightmare, tomorrow’s headline will read, “Trump doesn’t call Hillary a fat old lying cow with scrofula, soars in post-debate polls.”

If he doesn’t praise Putin or insult the mother of a dead soldier, will Trump get points? If Hillary grimaces or coughs or wears an unflattering outfit, will pundits declare her the loser? Is the bar really set so low that candidates must dig their way under it?

Conservatives got us here, having so beaten up our honorable two-party system that Donald Trump seems qualified to carry the Republican banner. They feign embarrassment while they watch Trump exemplify the ignorance, the blatant appeal to wealth and the denial of reality that characterized their game plan from the moment Obama took office.

Most people don’t follow politics all that closely. They see a headline, pick up the tone and talk among themselves. Conservatives commandeered the discourse and made income inequality holy, and healthcare for all an abomination. They rendered many of us stupid and susceptible.

So in a way Trump is your baby, Mr. Brooks, a veritable Rosemary’s baby, the evil spawn of ignorance and innocence. We may have to live with him, but you’ll have to change his diapers.

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

Here’s a path for a Trump victory: large numbers of Deplorables shamble zombie-like to the polls. They’re clearly in need of brains, but somehow they manage to find their way to voting booths and pull the lever for Trump.

The problem is not in our political stars, but in ourselves. If there’s even a possible path to a Trump victory, we’ve already lost. It’s not that Hillary Clinton is the ideal candidate, but she’s a realistic candidate. Her secretive personality is off-putting to some, but it’s not because she isn’t prepared to be president. She’s been preparing for decades. She’s done her homework.

In contrast, Trump never showed up for class. He’s an incurious, intellectually weak, grandiose, self-promoting ignoramus who ironically flaunts his ignorance. Somehow these failings make him rise in the polls.

We’ve been coasting along since the last world war thinking that we were exceptional. We made education affordable for returning GIs, built up the middle class, came to grips with racism, sent rockets to the moon and recognized the rights of women, minorities and gays.

Trump is a rude awakening. He took root in soil fertilized by conservative fear and loathing, and has blossomed into a toxic weed. Even if he loses, his inexplicable popularity will leave us with a sense of foreboding, a realization that we’re only one election away from the abyss. If he wins… Après Trump, le déluge.

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Bruce Rozenblit is a trusted commenter Kansas City, MO

All correct and absolutely none of these remedies will be implemented until the Democratic party controls both houses of Congress and the White House. In fact just today, Norman Orntsein of the American Enterprise Institute had an editorial published in the Washington Post prescribing these same remedies and chastising the Republicans for their ongoing obstructionism. He wants the Republicans to come around and do their jobs and move the nation forward. He gets it. They don’t.

Ornstien wants the federal government to spend money on many of the things that President Obama wants to do to stimulate the economy which is precisely why the GOP led Congress wont. They wont do anything that Obama wants. Ornstein cites their intentional and orchestrated obstruction as the motivation.

So there you have it from one of their own. Unfortunately, now that he has made his proclamation of common sense that embraces reality, he will be rejected as a traitor. That’s why nothing will get better until the Congress turns blue. You ever read the paper Paul Ryan? Put your Ayn Rand books down for a minute and join us. There is a world out here you might want to discover.

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

For all the talk of moral journeys and bending arcs, for all the work it took to bring this country to a point where race and gender don’t matter, we’ve got Donald Trump nipping at Hillary’s heels and making a mockery of everything this country stands for.

The poise and intelligence of Barack Obama count for nothing with Republicans, who have demonized and insulted him from the day he was elected. His endorsement of Hillary Clinton means nothing to them. Even a Republican like Paul Ryan who can’t stomach Donald Trump has joined the chorus of Republicans who are demonizing Clinton.

Hillary’s foolish use of a private email server pales in comparison to Trump’s sleazy deceit, profound ignorance, vulgar tone and narcissistic self-aggrandizement. Yet Republicans are suddenly outraged by the fact that Hillary committed no crime. The system is rigged, shouts Trump.

In a way, Trump is right. That anyone with his utter lack of presidential qualities could be so close to achieving the presidency means that something is seriously wrong, either with the rules, the swarming media coverage or the people who think he’s a good idea. Clearly qualifications don’t matter.

The security of our country and our standing in the world are at stake. But even as we speak, the man who would be the first Emperor of America is being fitted for invisible clothes.

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

Yes, it’s fun to visit the poverty zoo. Some of the little ones are so cute. They scamper around, clearly uncomfortable with the basics of the modern economy, but they delight us in the way they clamber over the obstacles of broken families, poverty, drug abuse and lack of basic needs. Darn if some of them don’t actually manage to eke out a meager existence.

Sometimes, amid the millions who don’t make it, you’ll meet a one or two people in Albuquerque who will make your day. In a grim, soulless world that makes drug addiction commonplace and yet a crime, it’s a treat to see the few who somehow manage to get through the gauntlet.

Fortunately, there are local community volunteers to deal with crushing childhood anxiety, depression and unprocessed grief. Sure, it’s hit or miss, but if not for those volunteers, government would have to step in and provide actual social services and qualified counselors.

It’s good that we look for small moments of connection. The alternative would involve reining in rampant unfettered capitalism, and asking the poor, put-upon 0.1 percent to pony up a few bucks to save children’s lives.

Little girls in Texas with nowhere else to go will sit in a circle and get tongue twisters instead of sex education. With no access to family planning services, they’ll have lots of unwanted babies who will then sit in other circles, and around and around it goes.

Who can say Rubber Republican Baby Buggy Bumpers six times real fast?

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston 1 day ago

Trump isn’t illiterate. He’s anti-literate. He’s the spokesman for the party with nothing to say about the reality of climate change, along with several other topics, such as taxation, international relations, immigration policy, law enforcement and abortion, just for starters.

I’d say he makes it up as he goes along, but you can’t make this stuff up. He has an unreal view of the real world, full of snap judgments and unashamed to wax philosophic on topics he’s clearly never spent a second thinking about.

Most politicians talk about building bridges. They want to connect people together, to achieve accommodation and balance. But Trump’s a fan of building walls to keep out not only rising seas and illegal immigrants but the rest of the real world as well.

Nero merely fiddled while Rome burned, but Trump will lead an orchestra of the ignorant, each harping on some conspiracy theory or denying some reality for personal gain.

Maybe we’ll get lucky, and the rising sea levels will put out the forest fires. With Trump at the helm, that may be the best we can hope for.

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gemli is a trusted commenter from Boston — 15 hours ago

Liberal thinking emerges from enlightenment. It’s the realization that we’re all in the same boat, regardless of gender or skin color or sexual identity. It’s the opposite of tribalism, and the religions we create to justify rewarding the chosen few and sending undesirables to hell.

The 20th century saw an awakening of the idea that everyone deserved a decent life. Robber barons were cast out by unions, the old were granted financial security in retirement and women wrested their right to vote from a male-dominated society. The self-evident superiority of one race over another was shown to be based on ignorance. Sexuality was found not to be a choice, but a natural part of biology that existed along a spectrum.

Nothing lasts forever. For the last twenty years there has been a backlash against liberalism from a bitter contingent of conservatives who miss the good old days. They recall the old tribal imperatives when they wrap themselves in the flag and clutch a Bible to their chests. They deny science in favor of revealed truths that come from their God. They proclaim exceptionalism even as we sink on every scale by which it is measured.

Mr. Douthat thinks there is good to be found in the reactionary slide that gave us Trump and Cruz. He thinks calling this bitter philosophy by another name will make it palatable, and we can profit from its “insights.”

Conservatism isn’t something we embrace. It’s something we recover from. Let the healing begin.

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I came across this astute comment this morning after reading Paul Krugman’s Op-Ed, Health Care Reform Lives!

“Reality Based” from Flyover Country

America had a sixty vote Democratic Senate majority for only about sixty days early in the Obama administration. It was never veto-proof because one of them was one Joseph Lieberman, who opposed any universal system, as did every Republican.

It is the height of foolishness that many “progressives” are still blaming Obama for the lack of a universal system. And electing Bernie Sanders without a Democratic, veto-proof Congress will accomplish exactly nothing. A Democratic congress is virtually impossible due to the Republican gerrymandered congressional districts. They have replaced the power of the ballot with the power of money. Thank you, Republican Supreme Court.

Thank you “Reality Based” from “Flyover Country”.

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Carly Fiorina, whose very presence makes large, thriving companies wither and die, and whose ignorance of politics is her greatest strength, is running for president of the United States. She may not know much, such as whether a video of a fetus has anything to do with Planned Parenthood, but she knows that she is passionate about the right to life. True, she also thinks vaccination is optional, but she is complex. But as long as the fetus is a burden for the woman, she will defend its right to life as an unwanted child, to be raised by a woman who is unready, unwilling or unable to be a mother.

Women who take advantage of Planned Parenthood’s medical services are often poor, so naturally they are in the Republican’s crosshairs. But Republicans are fair. In trying to destroy Obamacare, they’re making it clear that they’re not singling out single mothers. They want all desperate, poor and sick people to suffer.

Republican candidates are competing for the coveted position of being the hardest on women. They want them invaded, probed, and psychologically tormented for daring to exercise their right to an abortion. They are having none of it, not abortion, not contraception, not gay marriage, nothing that involves s-e-x. Their religion tells them that everything below the belt is the devil’s playground. They’re so preoccupied by that region that we need a name for this combination of fundamentalist fervor and fear of the naughty bits. I’m suggesting Evangenitals.

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