Donald Trump Inadvertently Makes The Best Case Ever Against Early Voting

One of the main planks of all Voter ID Suppression Laws is to shrink the number of days or completely eliminate early voting, especially on Sundays when “souls to the polls” efforts at black churches became famous and successful.screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-1-11-51-pm  That’s one of the many ways these laws are specifically designed to shave, on the margins, traditionally black voters. Donald Trump, ironically, has made the best argument of all against early voting: that you really, really, just might want to change your vote the final few weeks or days after you’ve early voted. Sometimes history grabs you by the crotch and everything is upside down. It actually seems possible that on November 4th Donald Trump might shoot someone on Fifth Avenue thinking it’s his last chance to demonstrate his manhood and he shouldn’t be denied those already locked-in early Hillary votes that would swing over to him in such a case.  We need to be fair.  Early voting is not fair.  Right.

A month to go.  The Obama Weather Machine unsuccessfully tried to divert attention by creating an east coast hurricane. Epic fail. Most of the country still focused on new news about the election. “The people that know the industry better than anybody are the people who work in the industry,” Hillary says in leaked documents (thanks, Vlad) referring to Wall Street bigshots.  Not a great moment for her, but hardly worse than Trump bragging that he knows the rigged, corrupt system better than anyone and only he, the Messiah, can fix it. Neither is her comment, “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.”  Don’t weaken because of one line, Bernie Brothers. The American people will have to decide whether that was private suck-up talk or whether Hillary would push not only for not a wall with Mexico, but Welcome Centers every 3 miles along the border…. like you see when you cross into a new state on an interstate highway.screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-12-35-41-pm

The Trump Access Hollywood tape of his admission that he is an out of control, star/rich guy privileged, Tic Tac-swallowing, unsolicited crotch-grabbing sexual predator has such high shock value not only because of the timing, but because we only believe stuff these days if it’s on tape. After all the bad publicity surrounding domestic violence situations in the NFL, only one player lost his career: Ray Rice, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens.  That’s because there was actual video of him dragging his wife out of the elevator.  Other domestic abuse cases against women and children just can’t be so bad, apparently… because there’s no visual evidence.  Resume play, please.

Those of us on the complete other side of Trump Train Tracks start the process of beginning to breathe out.  Not completely yet, but beginning to see what we’ve hoped for with the guy from day one: that eventually the total weight of all of the insanity, the hate, the racism, the fraud of the con man, the unconstitutional ignorance of his very being and knowing nothing about anything plus the entire sordid 40-year public history of Donald Trump would finally collapse on him.  The Russian Winter is approaching and is upon this Hitlerian figure of American History.  One Con Too Many.

 

Hey Republicans: YOU BUILT THAT!

Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 2.01.49 PMForget Mondale, 1984 (won one state + DC, 13 electoral votes to Reagan’s 525, got 40.6% of the vote to Reagan’s 58.8). Forget Goldwater, 1964 (won 6 states to Johnson’s 44+DC, got 38% of the vote to LBJ’s 61%).  Right now Trumpus the Tank Engine is determined to set a new standard for losing a presidential election.  Down there with the 1940 NFL Championship Game, won by the Chicago Bears over the Washington Redskins, 73-0.  Trump wants to make history, and currently seems determined to do so, but not in the way he anticipated after scientifically targeting a surely-shrinking group of blindly loyal followers. As of midweek, he’d triggered talk of a new show on A&E… Celebrity Politician Intervention.

Smart CEO’s underpromise and overdeliver.  Before the Republican convention, this:

“It should be a monumentally magnificent convention and it should be brilliantly staged,” is what Trump told the Washington Post earlier this year. “The convention in Cleveland will be amazing,” is an exact quote of a tweet by Trump himself.

When the chalk dust finally settled, it was a radical case of overpromise and underdeliver.  Apparently Scott Baio, the UFC guy, the wife plagiarizing Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 5.01.03 PMMichelle Obama, and the 75 minute Rebel Yell Acceptance Speech didn’t move the needle the right way:

Two Gallup surveys of 1,000 adults after each convention found that just 36 percent said they were more likely to vote for Trump after watching the GOP proceedings, while 51 percent said they were less likely, a 15 percentage point disadvantage. That was the first time since Gallup began asking the question in 1984 that a candidate has left a convention with a net negative. Previous conventions left candidates with a net positive ranging from a couple percentage points to a 45 point advantage. More below, courtesy Time Magazine:

Forget the ‘Convention Bump.’ Gallup Found People Less Likely to Vote For Donald Trump.

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Determined to run the table by offending every possible slice of the American electorate and then declaring that each one of those niches (women are a niche?) “love me,” here is the New York Times’ updated Twitter Insult list, as of July 29, that is a bit outdated since it doesn’t include Khizr Khan and Gold Star parents, babies, and the NFL scheduling computer.

The 250 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List

Less than 100 days before election day, and melting down in front of us is what is left of the Republican Party Hardly of Lincoln.  When he said in 1858 that a “house divided against itself cannot stand,” Lincoln was referring to the divisions over slavery, not a political party itself.  But it sure applies right now, and it’s a party establishment against its own voters, many of whom have decided that frustrated anarchy carried out by an ignorant, unprepared, authoritarian one-man-band of bully is better than anything.  It’s like telling your 5-year-old to go to his room.  Time out.  Next thing you know you hear things crashing and breaking he’s so mad at you. It never ends well.  The lack of courage…. the outright fear in the souls of the members of the Republican party unwilling to put the welfare of the country… the world possibly…. above their own elected selves is a sad, mass case of Profiles in Cowardice.  So far, a few corporate executives and retiring members of Congress have stepped off the runaway train.  But very few.

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Finally, a quick math lesson. In 2012, Barack Obama harvested 66 million votes.  Mitt Romney got 61 million. In the 2016 Republican primaries, Donald Trump piled up 14 million votes, which was 45% of the Republican primary vote.  In other words, 55% didn’t like him much.  So, he needs every person who’s already voted for him, plus literally every person who didn’t (17 million).  That gets him to 31 million, if he were perfect in the preliminary Republican category.  He’s got to more than double that to win, assumedly by appealing to lots and lots of folks who don’t dislike him as much as they hate Hillary Clinton.  Good luck with that.  She may be best advised to take a 3 month cruise around the world and let Trump roll.

Another math lesson. Trump seems to start out fast and then fade over time.  His glory days as a developer of real estate are certainly behind him, but you’d never know that from the outward sheen of conspicuous consumption… the airplane and the helicopter with his name on them, the younger wife (latest model…. literally), and a braggadocious, bigger-than-life persona that makes one greatly appreciate the understated elegance of Hugh Hefner.  His boasting about the popularity of his Apprentice shows on NBC was always based on knowing no one would ever look up the raw numbers.  Let’s do it here, and you’ll quickly see the fade over time, and don’t add up to presidential consensus popularity:

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Rebranded as The Celebrity Apprentice, 2008-2015… a slight bump then the final fade out into political obscurity:Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 4.11.23 PM

 

 

It’s not fair to assume Trump’s tv ratings over time are now being reflected in his poll numbers as a presidential candidate.  It’s not fair.  But one can certainly hope.

OJ Simpson: The Killer You Know

What the f–k, dude?

Marcia Clark, recounting her reaction to the revelation that there were tapes of Mark Fuhrman spewing every racial invective ever heard against African-American

S–t gets real in episode 4 of OJ: Made in America, the excellent documentary series from ESPN. Graphic pictures are shown of a nearly-decapitated Nicole Brown Simpson, her body so bloody and disfigured that it barely resembles a human being. Likewise, the butchered lifeless body of Ronald Goldman is shown with deep neck wounds that reveal his vocal chords. Vocal chords that were probably used to scream for his life until there was no life left in him

Beyond the cameras, the circus outside the courthouse, and the Dancing Itos, People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson should have been about those two dead people. Instead it became about anything but. You name it: Rodney King, the LAPD, Fuhrman, gloves, Bruno Maglis…all of the diversions became the story and the victims became forgotten souls, lost in a tidal wave of so much flotsam

OJ: Made in America is likely the best examination of Simpson and the creation of the monster who perpetrated those murders on that June night in 1994. The OJ who came out of the ghetto effectively turned his back on the black community for 30 years before he discovered his African-American identity when he needed to wear it like a cloak against the murder charges he was facing. As OJ is in police custody, following the low-speed chase, as he looks at all the people gathered outside his estate, he is quoted by one police officer on-the-scene as saying “What are all these n—-s doing in Brentwood?”

Later, as The Juice is on his “Thank You, My Brothers Tour” following the not guilty verdict, OJ attends services at an AME Church (probably for the first time) and gets a bite to eat at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. While dining at Roscoe’s, he tells his agent Mike Gilbert “When in the hell have you ever seen me here?”

Say it loud, indeed

Gilbert, for my money, is the star of the series (along with Clark, whose biting wit barely masks palpable, understandable contempt) because of his insight, particularly in the last two episodes. Gilbert happens upon Simpson at his house one night as The Juice is drinking beer and smoking pot and asks his friend what happened that night. OJ asks Gilbert what he thinks happened on that fateful night. Gilbert says that he feels Simpson committed the murders. Then OJ tells Gilbert Nicole would still be alive he she hadn’t come to the door with a knife in her hand. Chilling

Gilbert also details OJ’s descent into the life of a frat boy, when Simpson leaves Brentwood for south Florida. Juice lived the South Beach life hard with all-nighters, strip club visits, and threesomes with women sporting no tan lines, That debauchery leads to Vegas and Vegas leads to OJ’s downfall

Ezra Edelman produced and directed the series and deserves a great deal of credit for interviewing practically everyone who ever knew Simpson or had anything to do with the trial. He even gets a sit down with the reclusive (at least, this century) F. Lee Bailey. Edelman deserves multiple Emmy Awards™ and, probably, a Peabody™, but I was a little annoyed that he decided to use interviews that gave credence to the idea that OJ’s punishment in Nevada was “get back” for his acquittal in People v. Simpson

Edelman also hits the “Made in America” theme hard as he shows Simpson lowering the American flag on his Brentwood property as he vacates it on his way to South Beach. Even this becomes a show as Gilbert is instructed to act as though he an intruder on Simpson’s estate and OJ works up fake tears, as he raises and lowers the flag, ultimately a prisoner to his Hollywood showbiz surroundings

God bless America

All five episodes of OJ: Made in America are now streaming on the Watch ESPN app

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“Premeditated” Counts Not Just In Murder Sentences, But In Super Bowl Post-Game Judgements

Just about everyone has piled on Cam Newton for his pathetic non-performance in sulking away his disgust in the press room after the Super Bowl.  Even those who qualify their criticism with irrelevancies like “he’s only 26,” as if he’d automatically act differently… more mature and sportsmanlike at 27, 28, or 31, are disappointed in his behavior.  One thing that we all can agree on though, is that Cam Newton did not plan to act the way he did…. that his few minutes of petulance and truculence (my favorite Howard Cosell-ism!) were totally spontaneous…. surely Cam didn’t have those kind of non-answers rehearsed and ready to go…. (here’s a more entertaining version of the moment)

Which brings us to Peyton Manning, winning Super Bowl Quarterback for the second time… the King of Preparation, who set the bar for Inexcusable, Premeditated Shilling at the highest level ever seen, by twice specifically mentioning the brand name Budweiser in post-game interview situations, against league rules and common decency. Fox Business: Manning twice said he planned to drink Budweiser during postgame festivities – first during an on-field interview with CBS reporter Tracy Wolfson, and again while onstage for the presentation of the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Those two mentions of the Budweiser name generated an estimated $3.2 million in advertising value for Anheuser-Busch, according to Apex Analytics, a sponsorship metrics firm. Companies paid $5 million for 30 seconds of commercial time.  UPDATE from the Denver Post: By Monday morning, the value of Peyton Manning’s two mentions of Budweiser after the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 had zoomed to $13.9 million, according to a firm that analyzes the value of brands.  By Friday those mentions may be worth $100 million! “I’ll take some time to reflect. I’ve got a couple of priorities first,” he told Screen shot 2016-02-09 at 11.42.30 AMCBS’s Tracy Wolfson. “I want to go kiss my wife and my kids. I want to go hug my family. I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight, Tracy, I promise you that.”

As always, irrelevancies must be put forth to deflect and justify.  The Washington Post headlined it like this:

Peyton Manning kept mentioning Budweiser and apparently wasn’t being paid for it

So, should we be led to believe this was just a happy accident that he mentioned Budweiser?  That a guy who actually owns a stake in two Budweiser distributorships merely casually spit out the name twice as he did?  That because he wasn’t specifically being paid to do it that he wasn’t shilling for his own financial self-interest?  That it doesn’t violate NFL rules.  Fox Business: The NFL forbids its active players from promoting alcohol brands. “Even if Manning has no current connection to Budweiser, it’s quite possible that he’s got a deal in the works— as a spokesperson, distributor or brand ambassador – that because of the NFL’s restrictions on promoting alcoholic beverages, he can’t officially announce until retirement,” said Bob Dorfman, an expert on sports sponsorships and executive creative director at Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco. “So the mentions yesterday were a calculated ‘teaser.’”   That the NFL itself can have alcoholic league-wide sponsorship worth tens of millions and individual players can’t is a subject for another day.  But the rules be the rules, Peyton.

Here’s the definition of plugola, which is the first cousin of payola: Incidental advertising on radio or television that is not purchased like regular advertising.

Do I personally care that Manning did what he did?  No, of course not. But he’s been doing it for years and getting away with it…. because he’s Peyton Manning.  Here he is doing it two years ago a few weeks before the Broncos got swamped in the Super Bowl by Seattle:

Maybe the next A-B spinoff product to follow Peyton’s retirement will be Bud Light HGH…. as in human growth hormone.  Sorry to be so truculent about the subject.  But before we do a full pile-on to Cam Newton for 3 minutes of self-defeating behavior, let us remember the Double Standard of Outrage and Hypocrisy that knows no boundaries.

 

 

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In Early 1967, We Were All In Favor Of An All-Out Effort To Land On the Moon… Right? Wrong.

A very smart man, Coach Vince Lombardi was undoubtedly more concerned with winning football titles than when we would be putting men on the moon.  He may have personally cared about the US space program, but I couldn’t find any on-the-record remarks from him about the subject.  I bring it up only as an excuse to knock out a myth about the first Super Bowl and the false narrative that all Americans were gung-ho about beating the Ruskies to the moon as soon as possible, no matter the cost.  Are the two things really connected?  Hell no, but when you run through a NY Times archive of that day’s paper to read about the first Super Bowl….. you get a bonus!  You are reminded that Republicans are ALWAYS against progress, they ALWAYS have an excuse that involves spending, and they have been and continue to be against the New Deal, the Great Society, and of course, today, Obamacare.  Oppose it, derail it, defund it, kill it.  It’s all the same to them if it helps people and a Democratic president suggested it.Screen shot 2016-02-05 at 4.38.25 PM

I hear Joe McCarthy has already been put on retainer to return from the dead to lead a possible presidential campaign against self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist (a redundant term to Joe, of course) Bernie Sanders should he get the nomination.  But let’s start with football……

I’ve always heard that “you know, they didn’t even call it the Super Bowl until the third one, when Joe Namath and the Jets beat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in 1969, the first two years they simply called it the AFL–NFL World Championship Game.”  But in the New York Times’ front page writeup about the Lombardi-led Packers 35-10 win over Kansas City on January 15, 1967 in that first game, the final paragraph reads:

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Of course, the Times may have retroactively changed the article all these years later, just as the Honolulu newspapers later magically inserted the “birth” announcement of Barack Obama into their archives long after 1961:

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Meanwhile, back to Super Bowl Sunday back in 1967 and that NY Times front page, which also featured this piece:Screen shot 2016-02-05 at 4.11.22 PM

It’s what they do.  It’s who Republicans are.  Nothing much has changed, but hostility to President Johnson, who, by then was the embattled Vietnam president, knew no domestic bounds even on our striving to land on the moon before the Soviet Union.  From the article, check out this 1967 variation on Hillary Clinton’s famous “what difference does it make?” remark to the Benghazi committee:Screen shot 2016-02-05 at 3.16.56 PM

Everett Dirksen is considered to be a highly thought-of senator.  His flippancy about not caring when we finally might make it to the moon was, if anything, consistent.  Dirksen is famous for having said, on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, “A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money.”

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