It’s Reagan Versus Carter All Over Again!

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The year was 1980. The media – there were just three TV channels back then, all liberal – hammered the Republican candidate for being too rightwing and too untested to be given the codes to the nuclear missiles.

But Americans were deeply dissatisfied with the way things were going. Middle-Eastern terrorists were making fools of us, too many people were unemployed at home, and the president turned down the White House heating and wore a sweater to save energy.

As the Ayatollahs continued to literally hold America hostage, President Jimmy Carter’s once-insurmountable lead in the polls evaporated until the two candidates were tied:
1980 Pre-convention

Then came the Republican convention in the middle of July in a rust-belt city. The theme was “Let’s Make America Great Again.” Dissenting Republicans were silenced. Reagan got a large convention bounce, and enjoyed a yuge lead:
1980 Post-GOP-Convention

The lead didn’t last long. The Democrat convention in August gave Mr. Nice Guy, Carter, a bounce. Carter’s socialist rival asked Democrats to unite, saying, “For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

After that, the two candidates were basically tied, and Carter used the power of incumbency to steadily move ahead:
1980 pre-debate

If the election had been held at that point, Carter might have won.

But the election wasn’t held at that point.

There was a debate between the two candidates on October 28th. Third parties were excluded. At the debate, Carter tried to put Reagan away by going after him, to which Reagan riposted, “There you go again.”

Carter made another error by talking about how, when he’d asked his daughter what the most important issue was, she’d replied “nuclear weapons.” Mr. Nice Guy seemed more like a PTA parent than the leader of a great nation.

Following the debate, Reagan began to surge. The final Gallup poll showed him up by 3. He won by 10, perhaps because Reagan voters didn’t want to tell pollsters who they were voting for.
1980

Here’s the debate that saved the world. I’m sure Donald Trump and his advisers will watch it carefully, as will Hillary Clinton and her minions. You should too!

Bonus Quote of the Day

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Hyper-liberal journalist Glenn Greenwald, in ultra-partisan, ultra-liberal Slate:

The U.S. media is essentially 100 percent united, vehemently, against Trump, and preventing him from being elected president. I don’t have an actual problem with that because I share the premises on which it is based about why he poses such extreme dangers.

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But this gets back to the point I was trying to make earlier, which is, if you are someone who wants to stop Trump or Brexit, your goal should be to communicate effectively with the people who believe it is in their interest to support Trump or Brexit. I think in general there is no effort on the part of media elites to communicate with those people and do anything other than tell them that they are primitive, racist, and stupid. And if the message being sent is that you are primitive, racist, and stupid, and not that you have been fucked over in ways that are really bad and need to be rectified, of course those people are not going to be receptive to the message coming from the people who view them with contempt and scorn. I think that is why Brexit won, and I think that is the real danger of Trump winning.

Video: Watch Bill Get Some Shut-eye as His Wife Speaks

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Smashmouth Versus Nice

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Back in the day, journolist Dana Milbank wrote an entire book about how being combative beats being nice in presidential elections. I have a feeling he’ll forget all about that book for the next three months.

Colbert Getting Beaten by Kimmel Re-runs Now

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Hillary’s Given Up on the Male Vote

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This is the most chick-y political event I can remember.

UPDATE: Chelsea looks hot! Must have taken a team of professionals. Now if only she’d stop talking… She’s putting me to sleep, and I need to see if the Hildebeest will have a coughing fit.

UPDATE: At least she’s not wearing gray. The strategy here is to give voters a choice: Do you want be part of the “in” crowd of Katy Perry, Morgan Freeman, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, or are you angry enough to be with Trump? The Democrats are making the best of a bad hand. They might even get a nice convention bump if Hillary doesn’t have a coughing fit. Unfortunately for the Democrats, this election will not be decided by Hillary or Trump. It will be decided by ISIS, Julian Assange, and thugs who resist arrest.

Video: DNC Speaker Threatens Donald Trump

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“Donald Trump, you need to get out the way. And, if he doesn’t, we need to take him out of the way.”

If Only Our Leaders Were Like This

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The Hungarian Prime Minister on “refugees”:

“Hungary does not need a single migrant for the economy to work, or the population to sustain itself, or for the country to have a future.”

The Prime Minister has expressed his support for Donald Trump.

In Case You Missed It

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Video of the Day

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The 120 times Obama referred to himself yesterday:

How Donald Trump Messed with the Democrats’ Convention

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DNC Ratings Plummeting

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Nobody wants to watch gray people with gray hair and gray ties, against a gray background, telling us how gray “great” things are.