Locker room banter caught on tape! Oh, my! What next, bathroom noises from the candidates? It is a diversion from revelations about scandals, real and actual episodes of governance malfeasance, though. Arnold Cusmariu says “Republicans need to remember that history is full of examples of what happens when battlefield commanders overreact at the first sign of trouble and make stupid decisions” and explains why he thinks The Democrats are in mega-panic mode. What’s up? “The usual MSM suspects are having a great time beating the drums against Trump, kicking up as much dust as possible over an essentially silly faux pas.”
Adriana Cohen: Clintons playing prude the height of hypocrisy.
Just imagine if every American’s private conversations were secretly taped over the course of their lives — without their knowledge or consent — and then they were released to the public in a political smear campaign just weeks before the election.
No one would be able to run for public office.
Donald Trump is under fire now for having some locker-room type “guy talk” on a bus 11 years ago. Even though what he said was crude, it means little in the big scheme of things. After all, he didn’t break the law. Because if cheating on one’s spouse — or just discussing the possibility — were a crime, nearly half the country would be behind bars.
But now we have the Clinton camp — and the media who carry water for the Democrats — feigning outrage over Trump’s private comments, comments he made more than a decade ago.
Consider Hillary’s unspeakable hypocrisy in light of her own husband’s wandering ways, and the sexting shenanigans of her best friend Huma Abedin’s hubby, Anthony Weiner.
Not surprisingly, after the Trump hot mic recording was released, Hillary tweeted, “This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president.”
I’m sure that like Claude Rains in “Casablanca,” she was shocked, shocked to hear such saucy language coming from her Republican rival.
As for moral preening, consider Clarice Feldman on The Republican White Togas at Work for the Queen of Sleaze.
Years ago I wrote of my contempt for the white togaed squishes of the right who flee the grounds of the forum when jackals attack their allies in order to keep their garb free of stain. …
Just as evidence of the Clinton corruption is once again made manifest in the release of more of her emails and a closer look at the late revised Clinton foundation filings, they flee Trump because of a suspiciously timed tape of an eleven-year-old conversation with GHW Bush’s nephew, Billy Bush. If, like a toddler, you are easily distracted by shining objects. you’ll fall for it. If you’re a grownup who realizes the fate of the world and this country depend on your vote you won’t.
I used to be a Democrat so nothing shocks me, but Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, and others quickly virtue-signaled, in effect playing for Hillary.
Mitt’s response was the most perfervid. He claimed the taped words “demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world”. I cannot improve upon the responses of my online friends “daddy” and James D” to this nonsense.
In any event, GW Bush admitted he and his dad used the same sort of talk in private, and Vernon Jordan said when they were golfing he and Bill Clinton did, too.
I doubt that Americans are so addlepated as to pick an incompetent, thoroughly corrupt globalist over an often-vulgar man who loves his country and has accomplished a great deal. I think this leak came so early in the month because Clinton and her allies fear this is true.
The latest flash polls indicate that Feldman may be right. The locker room tape doesn’t seem to make as much of an impact on the voter as it does on the Established Politicians.
UPDATE: John Hinderaker asks Is it time to jump ship?
it can be useful to ask, What would the Democrats do? Here there is no need to speculate: we saw what they did in the 1990s. They circled the wagons and defended their man to the hilt, using whatever smears and lies were helpful, even though he was credibly accused of rape and multiple instances of sexual harassment. Indeed, that is what the Democrats are doing now with Hillary Clinton, as revelations much more material to her performance in office than the Trump video have come out over the past year or two. See, generally, Clinton Cash. Republicans are always held to a higher standard than Democrats, but why? Maybe this is as good a time as any to reject the double standard and fight fire with fire.
The topic certainly has the discussion going. D.C. McAllister says America, You Have No Right to Judge Donald Trump. His point is that “The creep of moral relativism in America has been steady for many decades … The notion that there is objective truth or absolute morality has been universally panned to the point that everything is tolerated except standards of right and wrong. We reap what we sow, so why the hubbub?
NeverTrumpers descended in holier-than-thou glee as they declared how noble and right they’ve always been not to support such a despicable man. And the left has been howling like puritanical wolves, condemning him for his immorality and sexist treatment of women.
I find this reaction to Trump’s private conversation rather ironic. It’s ironic coming from a secular culture that long ago declared objective morality dead. It’s ironic coming from politicos and media bottom-feeders who defended the abusive and disgusting behavior of Bill Clinton, not when he was a private citizen but when he was a sitting president.
They—the GOP political elites now chiding Trump voters about virtue—made a deal with the Devil long ago to secure political influence and power. By abandoning the moral foundations that would have prevented the rise of Trump, they have no basis on which to even whisper about the immorality of Trump.
Perhaps other voters are just getting tired of obnoxious, better than thou, moral preening and the expression of hubris. Perhaps the voter sees nasty political tactics for what they are. Perhaps there is reason not to give up on the voter. At least, not yet.