Morning Reads – Tuesday, December 1, 2015

It’s the first day of December. Did you manage to find your damn elf last night so you can go all police state on your tikes? (We did.)



  1. saltycracker says:

    Think football or train wreck: When folks go to cheer Trump they are watching concussions, when they go to cheer Hillary they are there for a piece of the class action spoils.

  2. gcp says:

    “to hear Trump bombast and bully” A bully is a kid that beats up another kid and takes his lunch. Trumpet is merely an entertainer and nothing more.

    • Teri says:

      Trump is absolutely a bully. He uses his position to intimidate and to belittle. Any middle schooler can tell you that bullying goes beyond knocking a kid down and taking his lunch money, and Trump has far transcended the meanest eighth-grader (an eighth grade girl even – boys are physical but female bullies are often diabolical).

      The synonyms for bully (as a verb) are to persecute, oppress, tyrannize, browbeat, harass, torment, intimidate, strong-arm, dominate… that about sums up Trump. He’s a mouthpiece for people who feel that they have had no seat at the table. He’s their bullhorn. It’s horrifying. Chidi mentioned yesterday that he wants to know what will happen to Trump when all this is over; I’m too superstitious (read: I’m a Catholic from New Orleans) to speak of his defeat with such certainty.

        • Teri says:

          Anyone who doesn’t agree with him or let him get his way. So you’re agreeing that he does browbeat, harass, torment, intimidate, and attempt to strong-arm and dominate? That’s his MO. It’s basically the premise of his book and his TV show. Heck, that’s his Twitter feed.

          • gcp says:

            I don’t agree with any of your characterizations. Please give me some names of victims and how does he “browbeat, harass….”?

            Trumpet is not a government official nor is he a criminal (as far as we know) so he has no legal authority greater than any other citizen.

            • Teri says:

              You don’t need to be a government official to be a bully. For recent examples of someone he’s tried to bully (browbeat, harass, whatever), scroll his Twitter feed. Cokie Roberts, Bill Kristol, the entire news team at MSNBC, the entire staff of the NY Times, everyone who is also running for president – we clearly don’t agree on what a bully is, and my eyes hurt from having to read the garbage Trump spews, but, yes, he’s a bully. The only thing he’s good for is proving my kids with an example of how one should never behave in public.

              • gcp says:

                He criticizes and makes fun of people but he does it in a public forum. Most of us criticize and make fun of others but we don’t have a large public forum.

                • benevolus says:

                  He’s in a position of authority in his business and it’s easy to believe he bullies there, and he is applying for another job with large authority, so even if you think he can’t really bully now, what about if he gets the job?

      • Jon Lester says:

        I don’t think he’s funny anymore, but I did enjoy Donald’s takedown of Erick Erickson. I don’t care that Erick co-founded Peach Pundit in better times; Donald gave him what he asked for and needed.

  3. D_in_ATL says:

    Trump is going to be the nominee. And what’s more, the rest of the GOP field and leadership is going to have to decide if they will pledge fealty to him. It’s going to be a riot and I’m pretty sure the party as it is won’t recover from it.

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