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You never realise how much you miss Flapjacks until he comes back.

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Trump supporters are the single biggest argument in favour of IQ tests before voting.

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Erik Lund said on March 4th, 2016 at 9:42 am

@William Kendall.

Voting for Trump is certainly something that dumb people do, but it is also a strategy familiar from that old family classic, Monopoly.

It goes like this:
Big Brother: “I know I’ve got hotels on the blues and greens and oranges, but you still have money, so you have to keep on playing until you land on Boardwalk.”

. . And then the losers grab the board and throw it at big brother. It won’t change the game, but, with luck, it’ll make big brother less insufferable next time.

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The biggest problem with the GOP’s attacks on Trump is that they have no credibility to their outrage. They’ve taken most of the positions he’s taken, right down to the big crazy wall across Mexico; they’ve just been slightly more restrained in the way they’ve said them. That means that any attack they make is mostly going to be about the nuances of their positions vs Trump’s positions, and if you’re arguing nuance in politics you’ve already lost.

The Mitt Romney speech is the whole mess in a nutshell–Romney can’t get enough distance to attack Trump, because he _is_ Trump. He just has more tact and less charisma. He’s standing up there saying, “Well, yes, heartless capitalism is good, yes, letting the brown people into the country is bad, yes, Obamacare will doom America, yes to all of Trump’s actual positions…but saying it the way he does is uncouth!” It doesn’t sell, especially not to people who think “couth” is a kind of malt liquor.

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Ross Cutler said on March 4th, 2016 at 3:21 pm

So then given that there are obvious and easy policy positions Clinton could take, and given that she is politically savvy and has many well paid managers telling her all of these strategies, doesn’t it then follow that she will clearly win the general election? If we get to general election time, when the polls about the two of them start to be a little credible, if those polls show that Trump is at all close she takes the economic populist turn and she’s got it in the bag.

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Darren K said on March 4th, 2016 at 5:49 pm

Oh Flapjacks, how I’ve missed you.

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Christian Hansen said on March 4th, 2016 at 9:50 pm

What are the chances that Romney actually comes in with an RKO out of nowhere and runs against Trump in the General Election? People have talked about it almost wistfully, but it just seems so far-fetched that the Republican Party would shoot themselves in the foot like that given what is at stake in this election (A GOP prez with control over congress and SC seats to fill: what party would give that up?)

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Well, even if Romney could come in this late, as I recall the right wingers weren’t that enthusiastic about him in 2012. It was really only a combination of the evangelical vote being split and his tons of money that even let him win the primary. By contrast there’s a lot of the Republican base that is extremely enthusiastic about Trump, even while the party elites find him distasteful.

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Sisyphus said on March 8th, 2016 at 9:48 am

@Ross Cutler, that line of thinking is what got anthropomorphic internet comment section Donald Trump within striking distance of the GOP nomination. Everyone kept thinking he would flame out. Everyone assumed that Bush or Walker or maybe even Fiorina had it in the bag.

Complacency mixed with ignorance, fear, and a big dollop of the racist undertones of American society are a pretty good recipe for the ambulatory topee life support system that is Donald Trump.

So, even if the GOP don’t implode with a contested convention or a third party run, and somehow shrieking circus peanut Donald Trump is their nominee, the rest of the country can’t be complacent. Best case scenario, semi-sentient spray tan Donald Trump’s unshakable base is around 35% plus about half of the republican voters who can’t bring themselves to vote for Hillary, for a grand total of, maybe, 45% of the vote come November (which is still and indictment of the United States), and Hillary manages to mobilize 55%. But I still think this election is going to be sickeningly close.

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Unsurpassed Travesty said on March 8th, 2016 at 9:37 pm

Romney entering the race at this point would end only in his utter humiliation and more of the same for the RNC. Not that I’d mind Romney being publicly humiliated again, of course.

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I was just thinking about Flapjacks a day or two before you posted this, MGK. Nice timing!

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You really can’t make up crazy shit about Trump that isn’t crazier than the shit he already spews. If you floated a rumor that if elected, he plans to introduce primae noctis, not only would most of the public think it was something not entirely out of character for him, but a decent sized portion of his supporters would think it was a good idea.

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Bagger Vance said on April 15th, 2016 at 5:58 pm

Sure, Trump is the crazy one this election cycle. “She might be politically cynical but she’s not that cynical.” LOL

Hard to believe America doesn’t have a TV show where Canadians sit around critiquing our elections, although NPR is getting pretty close.

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