You know The Donald's crazed, neigh-obsessive attempt to re-litigate all the....moist Clinton scandals of the 1990s that voters should have cared about at the time but didn't, and are ancient history now? The latest chapter of which is Trump now running web ads practically accusing Mrs. Clinton of murdering Vince Foster? (For the record, my take on the Foster episode is that he blew his own brains out in his White House office, staffers found his corpse, reported it up the chain of command, and Hillary ordered it to be taken out to Ft. Marcy Park for the Naitonal Park "Police" to "find" there. It was an attempt at pre-emptive spin and damage control, not to bury or destroy evidence of foul play. Billary is furtive and sneaky by nature, after all, and do not require heinous deeds to bring out of them what comes so naturally.)
There's no question that Mrs. Clinton was an enabler to her hubby's philandering - also a fine and pleasant Trump pasttime - but you know who else was a strenuous Sick Willie-defender and -enabler at the very same time?
You know who:
Top Donald Trump surrogate and attorney Michael Cohen struggled to explain Tuesday why his boss demonized those who accused Bill Clinton of rape and sexual impropriety in the 1990’s but now believes those accusations, saying that Trump was just “being a good friend” at the time.
“He defended Bill Clinton for years. He said the same allegations that you guys are talking about now were a waste of time, were wrong, were hollow, that Bill Clinton was a terrific guy. That he was a great president, that the impeachment was wrong, that it was a waste of time…” the host of CNN’s New Day [With] Chris Cuomo rattled off.
“He was a private citizen who was friendly with the Clintons and he was trying to protect a friend,” Cohen explained. “Now, it’s a different game. It’s 2016, he is the Republican presidential nominee.” [emphasis added]
Trump was being honest then, in other words, and he's lying now, including about not still being the bosomest of buds with Boris & Natasha. And Cohen just gave us the reason: The 2016 general election.
There are other reasons, of course: Trump is trying to hold his base together, and all they care about is seeing their hero "stick it" to the people they hate, and could not possibly care less about the fact that he's a Manhattan liberal whose volatile, incompetent governance would differ not at all from that of his thunder-thighed opponent. And he does not dare try to campaign on actual issues about which he knows less than nothing, would get humiliated by Mrs. Clinton, and on which he instinctively differs from her little if at all.
So this is what we have to look forward to for the next five and a half months: The shitstorm of all time between the two most loathed figures in American politics today. This is why the 2016 election is likely to sport the lowest-percentage turnout in the modern era, and why it will, frankly, be a struggle for it to consistently hold my interest for the duration.
“Now, it’s a different game. It’s 2016, he is the Republican presidential nominee.”
If politics has been reduced and debased from statecraft to "entertainment," couldn't the threshold at least be kept above tabloid trash?