Our American Friend: “Too much, or rather, not enough”

Yes! Our American friend is back! The Beaver thoughtfully piled so much wood against the front door of his house that he couldn’t get out until he wrote this for us:


When I suggested to Blazing Cat Fur that I write a “meanwhile, back in the American presidential election” update for its readers, I had little idea how difficult it would be to find a starting point. This is because the election down here continues to move at lightening speed but in ways never seen before. The title of this article is a quote from Nietzsche; it was the best I could do.

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Before 200 reporters Trump let loose with a scathing critique of their dishonesty and partisanship that left the majority of voters cheering. I must try this audience’s patience when I say, yet again, that it was unlike anything we’ve seen before but that’s the truth. I’m certain we’ll see more unprecedented things before the November election.

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Where was a hook, a thread, a narrative for me to pick up on and from there provide an update?

There is none so everyone into the pool: The water’s not only fine, it is frequently hilarious. Yesterday Donald Trump held a press conference ostensibly to provide details about the almost six million dollars he and others raised for America’s veterans only to have it turn into a live action smack down of the Fourth Estate the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Ezra Levant has coined the term “Media Party” and it appears there is one in every first world nation, at a minimum.

Before 200 reporters Trump let loose with a scathing critique of their dishonesty and partisanship that left the majority of voters cheering. I must try this audience’s patience when I say, yet again, that it was unlike anything we’ve seen before but that’s the truth. I’m certain we’ll see more unprecedented things before the November election.

Prior to yesterday’s performance Trump had been busy destroying the reputation of Bill & Hillary Clinton for those too young to remember the 1990’s and the cover given them by our dishonest media. Trump called Bill a rapist and included audio from one of his victims, Juanita Broaddrick, in an Instagram ad. He briefly raised the suicide of a former top level aide, Vince Foster, before suggesting that the idea the Clintons killed him shouldn’t be part of the campaign. Poisoning the well is being raised to an art form. Hillary will emerge from her cocoon later this year only to find the field of battle thoroughly salted.

His critics, of course, continue to be baffled and outmaneuvered at every turn, with every development. I struggle to convey to this audience how drenched in Trump America has become. Yes, this has a certain shelf life but we’re not close to the end of it yet. Does it expire at the end of summer, with autumn being the “this has been fun but now comes the takedown” phase? Does Trump go full on presidential in the last 90 days of the election, closing the deal? I have no way of knowing for sure but it wouldn’t surprise me.

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Polling also has Trump and Clinton tied nationally, something that was never supposed to happen. The prognostications of the most vehement Trump detractors continue to be as wrong now as they have been up until this point. It’s going to take a lot of amnesia to forget what fools otherwise mainstream commentators have made of themselves this cycle.

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Hillary, meanwhile, continues to be beaten by a socialist. She’s had no press conference in 2016 and recently the Inspector General of the State Department issued a devastating report condemning her email practices which were designed to avoid transparency. Next week, June 7th, is the California primary and Crooked Hillary has had to scrub a number of events on the East Coast in order to scurry to California to staunch the bleeding. Polling has the two candidates dead even in the primary race.

Polling also has Trump and Clinton tied nationally, something that was never supposed to happen. The prognostications of the most vehement Trump detractors continue to be as wrong now as they have been up until this point. It’s going to take a lot of amnesia to forget what fools otherwise mainstream commentators have made of themselves this cycle.

National polling is one thing but the presidency is gained state by state. Here, too, there is no comfort for the by now discredited notion that Trump will lose in a landslide. If anything, the polarities look to be reversed. In swing state after swing state, Trump either is tied with Clinton or leads her, sometimes outside the poll’s margin of error. Again, none of this was supposed to happen–ever–let alone at the beginning of June.

Several leading liberal websites and magazines are now openly speculating that Trump will win and going on to wonder what his presidency would look like. This hardly helps the Clinton campaign, which has zero enthusiasm and a candidate that reminds everyone of what they never liked about them in the first place.

Hillary hasn’t worn well on the general public and that isn’t about to change going forward. She has worse negatives than Trump on issues of trust and related attributes. The Donald winning may require America being ready to take a flyer on an uncertain, mixed-bag Trump presidency, but that increasingly seems more likely than a return to an openly dishonest, claustrophobic style of governing the country has outgrown this cycle with a vengeance.


Reality check: Bad Beaver! Bad! (Here’s $50 to spend at the sawmill. We’ll call on you again soon.) Everyone else, stay turned.

For now, just this: Even if Trump did everything right, what difference would it make if he can be overrruled by a Supreme Court that can gut all reforms in favour of the pro-Big Global status quo?

See also: Our American Friend: It’s Over, Over Here (when it became obvious, barring assassination or something, that Trump would be the GOP nominee)

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