We Just Got Three Weeks of Our Lives Back

At 10:07 PM on Wednesday October 19, Donald Trump did a tired and angry America a huge favor by ending the presidential election almost three weeks early.  We just got three weeks of our lives back. Let’s use them wisely.

To sports “manalogize,” Trump had fourth down with 40 yards to go on his own 20 yard line with no time outs and the clock running down.

And that was before the debate began.

At 10:07 PM, he dropped back for a Hail Mary pass. He stood in the end zone and, instead of throwing the ball, he placed it on the ground inviting the swarm of Hillary defenders to pounce on it after running back and forth over his prostrate body with their cleats.

A game that was no longer in doubt became a rout that now threatens the careers of all his elected team mates.

Here are the four libertyPell tweets in the minutes following the single greatest gaffe in presidential debate history.

Bad answer on accepting the result of the election. Likely to be tomorrow’s story #debatenight 10:08PM

He did pretty well at the beginning but the answer on not supporting the election result means he loses the third debate.  #debatenight 10:09PM

He had lost before this but there is no recovery from not supporting the election outcome. Not sure how this gets spun.  #debatenight 10:10PM

Whatever good things he tried to do for himself will be eradicated by the failure to accept election result answer.  #debatenight 10:11 PM

July 4 is our national holiday but a case can be made for January 20, the day we inaugurate presidents with neither soldiers nor tanks in the streets. More than anything else, that differentiates us from other counties.

Call that into question and you lose because you deserve to lose.

Hillary Clinton is among the most corrupt candidates for President in our history. Her campaign is a disgrace and she is ethically deficient. It is her extraordinary good fortune to come up against someone worse, whom she will defeat handily.

In the Spring of 2013, I went the National Press Club to hear about the results of the GOP “autopsy” following the Mitt Romney defeat. The best thing about the event was frosted sugar cookies that looked like red, white and blue elephants. The GOP learned nothing.

gop cookies
The Republican National Committee has failed spectacularly and it deserves the internecine carnage that will follow.

A center right “responsibility” party is a good thing and the country needs one, but these are not the people to run it.

I will vote for Gary Johnson and Bill Weld on Election Day. My vote will make no difference to the outcome in Washington, DC. Hillary will win with more than 90%.

I will vote for them for several reasons.

I have known Bill my entire life and I like and respect him enormously. He is by a wide margin the best candidate in the eight-person field.

I will not vote for Hillary.

I can not vote for Trump.

I hope my tiny little vote contributes to the demise of both the Democratic and Republican parties and ends their duopoly that governs our governing.

They have failed their country for the worst of reasons. They have not tried.

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Haven Pell

At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Without hesitation, Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

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  • Alas, Haven, Bill Weld is not on the ballot for president, and the guy who is atop him on the ticket blew it for me with Aleppo, followed by a Rick Perryesque failure to name a single foreign leader whom he admired. I might have even still voted for the Lubertarian ticket had I been comfortable that a vote for him was a vote taken away from Trump. Keeping the White House safe from that (I will spare you all the derogatory adjectives) man is my single greatest priority this November. Peggy Noonan had it right this morning: there IS no sane Trump.

    • Details, details. True Weld is not on the presidential ballot and also true that an NY resident might have a different electoral calculus than a DC resident.

    • According to Upshot, Texas has somewhere between an 84% and 98% chance of landing in the Republican column so my choice would be the same. Overall Upshot gives Hillary a 93% chance of winning the election. I do understand there are some states in which other factors might weigh more heavily. What a dreadful year.

  • Rejoice Barrett:

    Your to put Bill in charge of the Senate as VP would hasten the end of America’s increasingly disastrous Duopoly .

    If the Libertarians pass 5% of the vote, they get Fed funds just like the R&D’s , an automatic place on all ballots for the next election, and above all, a place in the next Presidential debate.

    That’s the sort of exposure that gave us our last Third Party President- the tall guy that beat Douglas.

  • Please let the fable of the Phoenix not be repeated in Trump’s trumpery.
    In the last debate he burst into flames and was consumed,
    Today he began to rise from his ashes with a reasoned script delivered just hours ago.
    What bizarre twists may come in the remaining days? Be very afraid and hope (as in pray) that he reverts to his default setting. .

  • Bad choices but America can survive Hillary but not Trump. . A few good things might actually get done with Hillary. But the new president quickly will be tested by Putin. The social and economic issues will work themselves out and while important are not crucial at this time. We may be unhappy but can be okay with sluggish economic growth. The wicked long term problems are Climate change, Nuclear proliferation and pandemics. Trump would prove a catastrophic disaster in foreign affairs. Working with other countries or containing them is critical in dealing with the problems threatening the planet. Trump can’t do it. The right choice is obvious.

  • I continue to think that neither party is up to the task of successfully addressing the issues of vast income inequality, economic security and employment security. These are the core issues that have powered the rise of Trump, and his astounding populism.

    If these issues persist, and grow, the American people will continue to cast wildly about for candidates and parties that promise to offer solutions. If no substantial solutions are found, then the very party system we have come to assume may change in unpredictable ways. Woe to the politicians or parties that refuse or fail to somehow mitigate these fundamental problems.

  • In the last 2 comments, the issues have been identified as being tested by Putin, climate change, nuclear proliferation, pandemics, vast income inequality, economic security and employment security. Could it be all of the above?

  • Shucks, The Donald will win narrowly. Then we’ll be entertained for four years.
    National/International politics needs a shake up. NOT a lawyer, he considers lawyers The Help v Boss.
    The Republic can survive either of them but entrenched corruption of the SCOTUS/Constitution might be our doom.
    We should be more concerned that our choices out of 300 million souls devolved to these two degenerates.
    Were the Gvt(s) less in our lives/business, we could ignore them carry on with our commercial/personal lives without concern for their bad behavior/policies. 🙁

    • I would welcome a government that operated in the background drawing little public attention, one that resembled picking up a phone and hearing a dial tone.

      It takes considerable effort to end up with such awful choices.