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Read the famous psychoanalyst Howard Covitz on all things Trump here. Back to September posts
Monday, Oct. 10, 2016
|Post wins for play on words. Both are being talked about today.|
"The debate showed that Clinton is eminently qualified and Trump is a clown. Why is anyone confused about this?"
AMANDA MARCOTTE ) referencing this:
Repeatedly, Trump spoke about Clinton as if she’s been the Queen of America for 30 years, ruling with what he seems to believe is absolute authority. He held her solely responsible for the Iraq War, not seeming to understand that it was actually President George W. Bush that made the decision to invade — a decision Clinton warned against at the time. He repeatedly blames her for the formation of ISIS.Trump’s sense that Clinton has had almost godlike powers for decades — and simply has declined to use them for good — reached epic proportions during this debate. Take, for instance, this rant:
If she had a problem for 30 years, she’s been doing this, Anderson. I say it all the time. She talks about health care. Why didn’t she do something about it? She talks about taxes. She doesn’t do anything about anything other than talk. With her, it’s all talk and no action.
You crafted a great title. You also hit on something about the psychology of Trump: "Trump’s sense that Clinton has had almost godlike powers” As a psychotherapist who has writing about the diagnosis of Trump without getting unto possible underlying psychodynamics, his perceiving (at an unconscious level) women as godlike is very telling. This very possibly explains why he is so threatened by women that he has to treat them as objects. As my psychoanalyst friend Howard Covitz implied in the title of his blog, it is all about his mother: see
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016
Obviously it doesn’t look like Kellyanne will resign, so 27% of those polled were correct.
But the post debate word of the night is describing Trump’s behavior and his threatening to jail Hillary… she said he wants a:
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016
What do they tell the “Kids for Trump?”
I won’t bore anyone expounding on what is just common sense… except to say that I feel for the kids, not for their parents, and I hope that parents use this as a teaching moment. I believe Democrats will. I have my doubts about the more ardent Trump supporters.
Read and comment here.
I thought I’d get through the day without any news I’d want to write about…. read and comment here please
|Bachmann is representative of the kinds of excuses we will be hearing. Having her on Hardball as the surrogates address this shows how Trump has to scrape the bottom of the barrel to get people to appear on TV for him.|
I’ve added to this “picoton” (above) periodically, wondering why nothing, from bombshell or smaller explosive device, blew up the orange beast. Nothing stuck.While the saying “the straw the breaks the camel’s back” and the shorter “the final straw” goes back in various forms to 1677 it was Dickens who popularized it in “Dombey and Sons” in the 1840’s.It is relevant that Mr. Dombey was very rich and full of pride. He had one woe after another pile on him until a comparatively small sadness broke him:We’ve been counting the bombshells one after another and keep thinking one will finally break Trump and turn a significant number of his less hypnotized supporters away from him.One might be tempted to say “he’s only human” when speculating that they has to be a cumulative effect on him. But he’s not a typical human like Mr. Dombey who had feelings.As many have said, he and his core supporters live in an impermeable bubble. But despite that psychological phenomena of delusion combined with wishful thinking combined with the extreme narcissism of Trump himself something has to seep through the wall of defenses.At some level he has to know that things have gone horrible wrong for him. I am sure he doesn’t dwell on this, and neither do his strong supporters.So what could be the last straw?Like with Mr. Dombey, it could be something comparatively insignificant.
“I don’t know anything about trade agreements. I don’t know anything about China devaluing the yuan. But if you see somebody who’s not behaving like any other human you’ve known, that means something.nThey need an appointment with a psychiatrist. They need a diagnosis and they need a prescription.” David Letterman explaining how he would have taken down Trump.
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
The political implications of a natural disaster coming at a crucial time for Trump and Hillary: Please read, comment, and like on Daily Kos
|October 6, 2016||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Rally||Tim Kaine|
|October 6, 2016||Las Vegas, Nevada||Voter Registration Event||Tim Kaine|
|October 6, 2016||Minneapolis, Minnesota||Early Voting Event||Chelsea Clinton|
|October 6, 2016||Dearborn, Michigan||Rally||Senator Bernie Sanders|
|October 6, 2016||Ann Arbor, Michigan||Rally||Senator Bernie Sanders|
|October 6, 2016||Lansing, Michigan||Rally||Senator Bernie Sanders|
|October 6, 2016||Grand Rapids, Michigan||Rally||Senator Bernie Sanders|
|October 6, 2016||Los Angeles, California||Fundraiser||Senator Al Franken|
|October 7, 2016||Las Vegas, Nevada||Event with Nevada Seniors||Tim Kaine|
|October 7, 2016||Bristol, Pennsylvania||Voter Registration Event||Vice President Joe Biden|
|October 7, 2016||Keene, New Hampshire||Rally||Senator Bernie Sanders|
|October 7, 2016||Nashua, New Hampshire||Rally||Senator Bernie Sanders|
|October 7, 2016||Bangor, Maine||Rally||Senator Bernie Sanders|
|October 7, 2016||Madison, Wisconsin||Early Voting Event||Senator Elizabeth Warren and Russ Feingold|
|October 7, 2016||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Early Voting Event||Senator Elizabeth Warren and Russ Feingold|
|October 7, 2016||Boston, Massachusetts||Fundraiser||Marc Elias|
|October 8, 2016||Raleigh, North Carolina||Fundraiser||Ernest Green, Carlotta Walls LaNier, and Terrence Roberts|
|October 9, 2016||St. Louis, Missouri||Presidential Debate||Hillary Clinton|
|October 9, 2016||Las Vegas, Nevada||Fundraiser||Senator Kirsten Gillibrand|
|October 10, 2016||Denver, Colorado||Get Out the Vote Concert||Tim Kaine & Dave Matthews|
|October 10, 2016||Wisconsin||Organizing Event||Chelsea Clinton|
|October 10, 2016||Chicago, Illinois||Fundraiser||Madeleine Albright and Rick Bayless|
|October 11, 2016||Greensboro, North Carolina||Rally||President Barack Obama|
|October 13, 2016||San Francisco, California||Fundraiser||Hillary Clinton|
|October 13, 2016||Boston, Massachusetts||Fundraiser||Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee|
|October 14, 2016||Cleveland, Ohio||Get Out the Early Vote||President Barack Obama|
|October 14, 2016||Dublin, Ireland||Fundraiser for American Citizens||Elizabeth Frawley Bagley|
|October 15, 2016||Jersey City, New Jersey||Fundraiser||Chelsea Clinton & Mayor Steven Fulop|
|October 15, 2016||Chicago, Illinois||Fundraiser||Chicago for Hillary|
|October 17, 2016||Bathesda, Maryland||Fundraiser||Tim Kaine|
|October 17, 2016||New York City, New York||Fundraiser||Chelsea Clinton|
|October 17, 2016||Dallas, Texas||Fundraiser||LGBT and Allies|
|October 18, 2016||Boston, Massachusetts||Fundraiser||Padma Lakshmi|
|October 19, 2016||Las Vegas, Nevada||Presidential Debate||Hillary Clinton|
|October 19, 2016||Newton, Massachusetts||Debate Watch Party Fundraiser||Jewish Community for Hillary|
|October 23, 2016||Gettsburg, Pennsylvania||Fundraiser||Laura Rosenberger|
|October 23, 2016||Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts||Fundraiser||Former Congressman Barney Frank|
Weds., Oct. 5, 2016
Must Read: The third time The Atlantic has ever endorsed a candidate - and a scathing indictment of Donald Trump
These concerns compel us, for the third time since the magazine’s founding, to endorse a candidate for president. Hillary Rodham Clinton has more than earned, through her service to the country as first lady, as a senator from New York, and as secretary of state, the right to be taken seriously as a White House contender. She has flaws (some legitimately troubling, some exaggerated by her opponents), but she is among the most prepared candidates ever to seek the presidency. We are confident that she understands the role of the United States in the world; we have no doubt that she will apply herself assiduously to the problems confronting this country; and she has demonstrated an aptitude for analysis and hard work.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, has no record of public service and no qualifications for public office. His affect is that of an infomercial huckster; he traffics in conspiracy theories and racist invective; he is appallingly sexist; he is erratic, secretive, and xenophobic; he expresses admiration for authoritarian rulers, and evinces authoritarian tendencies himself. He is easily goaded, a poor quality for someone seeking control of America’s nuclear arsenal. He is an enemy of fact-based discourse; he is ignorant of, and indifferent to, the Constitution; he appears not to read.
It’s not who wins the night, it’s who wins the morning after, and it’s not Trump and Pence
Comments on Daily Kos
If only Trump was this smart:
|Construction of wind turbine at the Mass Maritime Academy, Buzzard’s Bay|
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016
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Monday, Oct. 3, 2016
Waking up to: COMMENT on Daily Kos
A sympathetic utterance by Hillary has one line which out of context is being used against her:I woke up to this story and read the following on the website that broke the story. Talk about bias!
In her remarks, she derisively wrote off Sanders supporters and made other comments that would draw attention when the audio became public.
Sunday, October 2, 2016
“The genius of Donald Trump is to make sure he follows the law ... and politically he has said he is going to change these laws,” Christie said. He added that Trump should only be “taking a bow for the fact that he has said, well before this story came out, that we need to change the tax laws because they are harming the American people every day.”Genius, apparently, was the main adjective that the Trump campaign was using in its talking points to handle the story.
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani used the same descriptor when talking about the candidate.
“My response is, he’s a genius. ... Absolute genius,” Giuliani said. Huffington Post.
If you haven’t watched it yet, here it is.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Waking up to Huffington Post
- Few Republicans were keen on discussing Trump’s debate performance or defending the personal dramas he has reignited. McConnell bluntly swept aside questions about Trump.
- “This is not something that I am going to discuss today,” the Senate leader told one reporter who asked about Trump’s impact on Senate races.
- Pressed by another reporter about why he would not speak about Trump, McConnell replied, “Because I choose not to.”
- When Ryan was asked to comment on Trump’s attacks Tuesday on Machado, the Wisconsin Republican demurred: “I was working out and working this morning. I didn’t watch.”
- Embattled GOP senators found various ways to avoid evaluating Trump’s debate turn.
- “I didn’t see it, guys. I was on an airplane,” Florida’s Marco Rubio told reporters.
- “I have no idea. I’m not a pundit,” Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson said.