Boy oh boy! Say that and comments start flying in the windows!
But the funny part is that the authors of these comments often do not argue with my characterizations of Trump. Indeed, they agree that he behaves badly and says stupid stuff. In fact, Mr. Trump's major attribute, for most of them, seems to be that he isn't Hillary Clinton. It's the classic "His brother was worse...." argument.
For those of you not familiar with that story, it is about a young preacher officiating at his first funeral in a new church in a new town. Not knowing the deceased, he solicits anyone in the congregation to give a eulogy or, at least, to say a few words of praise for the man. When he was struck by the deafening silence among the assembled townspeople, he says "Surely, there must be something good to say about this man." whereupon a voice comes from the back of the church saying (you guessed it),"His brother was worse!"
In the current circumstance, of course, that translates to, "He may be a crass, insufferably egocentric bully, but he's not as bad as Hillary". Of course, many will contend that that is a reasonable basis for voting for Mr. Trump in the General Election in November. That fact alone seems to suggest that the upcoming general election will be far closer than anyone had predicted at the start of the campaign season. Indeed, just yesterday, I heard one of the Sunday "Talking Heads"make reference to the extremely high "unfavorables" of both Trump and Clinton and suggest that the election will be a "...race to the bottom". Good point, but it doesn't help me get any closer to a final decision of my own.
I was fully prepared to post the above entry first thing this morning. But then I heard, on radio, the local Trump apologist, Mark Davis, address himself to the candidates' "negatives" and suggest that an actual advantage accrues to Mr. Trump for having the people dislike him to a greater degree than they dislike Ms. Clinton. The advantage comes because, being disliked so much, Trump has FAR GREATER ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT!
Is it just me, or is that the most convoluted piece of logic since John Roberts held that Obamacare is a tax?