94 long, dark nights for America: Everything personal is political

by awindram

Ninety-four long, dark nights to go.

Trump’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “Crooked Hillary said loudly, and for the world to see, that she “SHORT CIRCUITED” when answering a question on her e-mails. Very dangerous! Anybody whose mind “SHORT CIRCUITS” is not fit to be our president! Look up the word “BRAINWASHED.”

Clinton’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “Why do Trump’s foreign policy ideas read like a Putin wish list?”

Daily election article of interest: Trump’s Slump Deepens in the Polls

I’m reading Simon Sebag Montefiore’s history of the Romanovs and this passage evoked a certain Presidential candidate: “In an autocracy, the traits of character are magnified, everything personal is political … personal life, played out at court, was inevitably an extension of politics: “Your destiny,” wrote the Roman historian Cassius Dio about Augustus, “is to live as in a theatre where your audience is the whole world.”

Everything personal is political, but for Trump everything political is personal. Consider his feud with the Khans, a Muslim gold star family, who spoke movingly at the Democratic convention about their son, Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in service. Trump would have been well advised to keep his counsel following the Khan’s repudiation of him; it would have been the right thing, both ethically and strategically, to do, but instead his own insecurities required him to bite back. It has seemed over the course of this campaign that the normal political rules did not apply to Trump, actions that would have proven beyond the pale for more conventional candidates seemingly having no effect on him, his attack on the Khans, however, seems to be the moment that signals a decisive shift in how many Americans perceive him. Even Christie and Giuliani, Trumpian lickspittles to their core, but also politicians who know how to win difficult elections can see what a disastrous move this has been. If Trump wants to continue as his own attack dog, Paul Manafort should be encouraged to invest in a muzzle for his candiate.