She is evil, but so much less evil than he is, that I will hold my nose and vote for her, much as I voted for Ralph Nader and John Anderson: because the process matters. None of the John Anderson or Ralph Nader opponents terrified me, so I could afford to let my ballot convey my outrage.
2016 is different. Trump is an impossible choice for me; his divisiveness, his misogyny, his refusal to take responsibility for his own actions stop me before I even consider the fact that he's not proposed a single real plan. Building a great wall, standing shoulder to shoulder with the NRA (haven't heard him renewing his pledge to change their thinking on Can't Fly/Can't Buy), replacing ObamaCare with something better. He won't say what he's going to do on foreign policy, because he doesn't want to alert our enemies. It seems that he views the American people the same way. It seems that we can't be trusted with the information.
This is one way in which government cannot be run like a business. In business, personality is trumped by capital. In business, holding your cards close gives you an advantage. But government shouldn't be a Win/Lose proposition, where I profit and you don't. That's tyranny.
I've seen nothing that shows me a warmer side of Donald Trump. I have to believe that if it existed his campaign would have brought it to my attention. I don't think he has one. For example, I direct you to his comments about Bill Clinton's ill-fated get-together with Loretta Lynch, the one where the conversation revolved around golf and grandchildren.... or so they said. Mr. Trump couldn't believe it either:
"I love my grandchildren, but if I talk about them for more than nine or 10 seconds, after that, what are you going to say?"As anyone who has read a FlapJilly post knows, I am the living, breathing proof of the fact that it is possible to spend well more than 9 or 10 seconds talking about my one grandchild. If I had 8, like Mr. Trump, I could spend all day. But, it's more than the soundbite. It's the off-handed way he dismisses the possibility that he would spend time doting over his family.
Shall I be crass and say he could probably spend all day discussing the relative beauty of his wives and his daughters? Probably not, because then you'd think of Bill Clinton, whose behavior on and off the political screen is not something I'm anticipating with glee. And there I go again, about to rant and rave about Hillary when I know I shouldn't give anyone another reason not to like her.
We need her because we cannot have Trump. #Settling4Hillary is a call to arms, I guess. She may be wrong, but she is #WrongWithinNormalParameters. He is just wrong.