70 long, dark nights for America: Banging one’s head against the wall

by awindram

Seventy long, dark nights to go.

Trump’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow.

Clinton’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “From the first days of his campaign, Donald Trump has painted Mexicans as ‘rapists’ and criminals.”

Daily election article of interest: Trump to meet Mexican President on Wednesday

Tonight’s news – breaking just before I sweat through another campaign centered nightmare – is that Trump will be flying into Mexico tomorrow for a meeting with Enrique Peña Nieto, the Mexican President.

Even if we haven’t fully articulated it, we have all at various points in this election thought about the numerous D-words that seem most appropriate in discussing Trump, tomorrow we’ll see a completely different, less rude D-word used about him by most of the cable news talking heads – namely, diplomacy.

Is he demonstrating it?

Can he ever possess it?

Is this the first flowering of a  new statesman-like side to him?

The answer to all those should, of course, be no, but such succinct answers aren’t really much use for 24 hour news stations desperately trying to attract viewers.

They will almost certainly just be an awkward photo op between the two men and that will be it. It’s a shame, really. With the way politics is at the moment, and the undoubtedly charged feelings between the two men, perhaps they could don Luche Libre masks and settle everything in the wrestling ring. Being “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency” according to Doctor Borenstein, Trump should win this bout without any problems. He’s already farcically turned the election into something resembling a wrestling match, with himself as the heel, that doing it for real on the global stage seems the logical next step. CNN could turn it into a pay-per-view event; they’d make a fortune.

Oh, and to keep things interesting – loser has to pay for the wall.