Republicans must have been right

It is now just over a week from the end of the national party conventions, when the general election campaign is supposed to begin. The Republican nominee for president, Donald J. Trump, has spent that week rehashing old disputes with fellow Republicans, attacking the mother of an American soldier who died saving fellow servicemen (a woman who had said nothing against Trump), mused about how some women who are sexually harassed at work might be more comfortable taking another job, predicted that Russia, which had invaded Ukraine months ago, would not invade Ukraine, continued to question the U.S.’s commitment to NATO, refused to endorse the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives in his primary race (because the Speaker’s opponent had supported Trump’s attack on the mother of the slain soldier) and performed yet another dominance ritual over his own vice-presidential running mate.

The only thing Mr. Trump did not do is give any convincing reason why he should be President of the United States. And this was supposed to be the time that he was to “pivot” toward the general election. Mr. Trump’s pivot was about as successfully executed as that of the Austrian Army at Austerlitz.

As a result his opponent’s poll numbers soared from tied or slightly losing to Trump, to a lead of around 7% on average, with some polls showing a lead in the double digits. No candidate has won by such a margin since Ronald Reagan won re-election in 1984. So how, you ask, were the Republicans, who, after all, nominated a man so manifestly unfit to be President that historical numbers of Americans recognize it, right?

Well, as I pointed out this week, about 64% of Republicans believe that it is a serious possibility that Hillary Clinton is in league with Lucifer. Today there is proof.

First the Labor Department issued its monthly jobs report. The number of jobs added as well as its report of rising wages was so unexpected and so strong that the New York Times says it reframes the economic outlook. Of course the result takes away from Mr. Trump his expected argument that the economy was going to hell in a hand basket on the very day he named his council of billionaire Wall Street professionals who were to act as his economic advisers, to help him fight for the little guy against Wall Street professionals and corporations. Second the Atlanta Journal Constitution today released a poll showing that Hillary Clinton was leading Donald Trump in Georgia. Georgia! Where Lester Maddox was once governor. The place where they carved Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson on an acre and half of a mountain. That Georgia.

How can this be unless Hillary Clinton has sold her soul to Lucifer?

Just as those 64% of Repubican voters thought was the case.


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