“Hillary’s ‘Woman Card’ Wont’ Work Because She’s Too Scary”
by Scott Adams
“Once the contest became Trump versus Clinton, Trump had the early fear advantage because Clinton was talking about her policies and experiences while Trump was talking about rapists, terrorists, and ISIS drowning people in cages. If that matchup had stayed the same, Trump would have coasted to victory. We saw him briefly pull ahead earlier in the summer.
Then Clinton went “full fear” in her messaging, cleverly framing Trump himself as the biggest risk to humanity. While Trump was scaring the public about crimes and atrocities that might affect some of us, Clinton was talking about Trump’s “temperament” leading to nuclear war, and his “dog whistles” leading to a new American racism. That would affect all of us. You can’t top that kind of fear message. And so we saw Clinton’s poll number zoom ahead of Trump’s later in the summer.
Then came the Wikileaks. And Project Veritas. And the FBI’s latest announcement about the emails on Weiner’s computer. We watched Clinton physically collapse in public. Individually, none of that news was big enough to make a difference. But collectively it framed Clinton as a drinker in dubious health, who hired bullies to start violence at Trump rallies, and runs a Mafia-like shadow-government called The Clinton Foundation, funded in part by companies that benefit from war. Add that to Clinton’s confrontational language about Russia, and suddenly Clinton looks as dangerous as Trump. The fear persuasion was approaching a tie.
Then the Access Hollywood tape dropped. Our brains forgot about fear for awhile and concentrated on the appalling things Trump said and– according to several women– actually did. Voters abandoned Trump and put his poll numbers in a big hole.
But here’s the catch. You might be disgusted by Trump’s interactions with women. You might think he is a terrible role model. You might think it is an insult to the women you know and love to even consider such a person for President of the United States. You might think a dozen different bad things about Trump. But – and here is the important part – you probably are not afraid he will try to kiss you personally, or grab your p*ssy. And given his busy schedule, there is not much chance he will get around to acting inappropriate with anyone you know. Fear-wise, Trump’s interactions with women don’t have much impact on you as an individual. Your brain took a vacation from “Trump has a bad temperament and might destroy the Earth” to “Trump is a p*ssy-grabber.” The new frame is the less scary version of Trump, albeit icky.
Quite by accident, the Access Hollywood tape took the scare off of Trump. It made you think of Trump as an ordinary flawed human and not Hitler planning the Holocaust. Clinton’s new messaging this week is focused on Trump’s views on women. She wants you to think a President Trump would take the country backwards in terms of how men treat women. Her persuaders are doing a good job of piecing together evidence and producing ads. But there is one problem.
It doesn’t scare anyone.
That’s the funny part… I’m starting to see some of the MSNBC hosts backing away from the sycophantic cheerleading. Morning Joe’s got a couple of hosts who aren’t going with the script…
I’m thinking that they’re seeing some things that we aren’t– and they’re starting to distance themselves from BOTH Hillary and Obama. If it were going Hillary’s way, or even a toss-up, they’d still be pulling strong for Hillary. But to go out on a limb like this and say it was a bad idea, and Hillary shouldn’t have been nominated… wow. Just…. wow.”
Months ago, while perusing the news as usual, I noticed how totally the Huffington Post had turned into an anti-Trump, pro-Hillary propaganda organ. From their posts you’d think Shilly was a combination of the Second Coming of the Virgin Mary and Mother Theresa, a paragon of truth, purity, and virtue, compassion and empathy, hoping only to ease the suffering of the less fortunate through her wisdom, experience, and deeply caring commitment to service. Since this post is accenting Hillary’s sexist gambit regarding women- hoping they’ll all be so indignantly outraged at Trump’s alleged indiscretions, and flock to the polls in righteous rage to avenge the soiled honor of collective Womanhood perhaps- I wondered who exactly was approving all this clearly biased “reporting” at the Huffington Post. Well, what to my wondering eyes doth appear, but the Editorial Board of the Huffington Post, in all their glory:
Oh my… I hadn’t realized just how bad things are, Arianna, so very sorry. On the entire planet you couldn’t find a qualified male, or a person of color of either gender, not even one, to work for you? Tough times, indeed… but that explains it all, doesn’t it? No bias here, move along… right?