Procrastination Sunday

I need to pull a rough draft of an article together today. I dragged my feet for days, and I really should have about tidy 800 words by now. I’ll add another 500 tomorrow from info that I get from interviews. What do I have? Ten unread .pdf files, vague plans, and a lede with too many prepositions.

And instead of plowing through the .pdf files and forging through the always cursed first draft, I’m playing dumb video games and ordering bathing suits from Lands End. I’m should just go and get a job at the GAP. I’m very good at folding sweaters. But before that happens, I’ll blog for a bit.

Okay, I want predictions about 2016. Is Trump really going to get the nomination? What does Sarah Palin do for his ticket? Could we really have a Sanders-Trump election? Will Bloomberg jump in as an independent? Give me answers.

29 thoughts on “Procrastination Sunday

  1. Trump won’t get the Republican nomination. I think Clinton will edge out Sanders. But it sure is entertaining to watch from up here in Canada.

  2. I want to know which candidate rational republicans (the only ones I know used to comment at 11D) are supporting in the primary and what they’ll do if Trump wins the republican nomination.

    I think we still have caucuses in my state and I probably won’t go out to try to support Clinton in the caucus (unless I think she’s really in danger by the time our caucus runs around). But, if Sanders wins the nomination, I’ll definitely vote for him.

    The Bloomberg flirtation in the news is interesting. I think Bloomberg would have an effect on the election. But, I also think he doens’t really want to run for president, which is an awfully hard job with little reward (unless you win).

    1. I’m a fairly rational Republican so I’ll jump in, but unfortunately, I don’t have an answer. I don’t know what I’m going to do. So far, I’ve been watching from a distance…just noting news headlines and discussing with dh who listens to NPR several hours a day (he always votes Republican also).

      I don’t care for Trump because of his lack of skill and experience in foreign matters, his arrogance, his approach to running this country like a business (you have to have a little common sense and compassion), and how it appears completely immature in so many ways. His comments about ‘never needing forgiveness’ (from God), Two Corinthians, and the train wreck of Palin literally make me sick to my stomach.

      Cruz? I don’t like how he’d use his Christianity while in office. I’m fine with a born-again Christian being president, but not to that extreme. I’m uncomfortable with the Texas billionaires that fund him (can’t remember their names and don’t have time to Google. Fascinating articles online though). This is a guy who said climate change has been made up by scientists. Sigh.

      Rubio? Don’t know enough about him. He says one of the first things he’ll do is eliminate the Common Core. Well, I’m a public school teacher and dog-gone-it, we just spend a boatload of money and an infinite amount of time being trained and now incorporating CCSS.

      I’ll admit I’m hard to please. I’m pro-life, pro-gun control, pro-education unions, and somewhat of an environmentalist. Elections are never easy for me.

      1. So you are basically a liberal who is ani-abortion? The rate of abortion went up under Regan and Bush 1, down under Clinton and Obama. You can goggle that.

  3. I do not expect either Trump or Sanders to get the nomination. I would predict Clinton vs. Rubio, with Rubio winning. I doubt that Bloomberg would get any significant support against any opponents, as I detect no untapped market for 73 year old secular Jewish liberals from New York who have strong ties to Wall Street and whose signature national issue is gun control. The combination of the last two seems like a recipe for alienating 90% of the country.

  4. I don’t know who will win, but one of my friends accidentally went on a date with Ted Cruz (she thought it was a law-school colleague catch-up thing) and thinks he is odd and unpleasant.

    I’m hoping Trump and Cruz wipe each other out and it’s anybody else.

    1. I was wondering the other day if Cruz has any friends? Has anyone found a report of a friend? There’s his wife, but anyone else?

      1. I count his wife, ’cause I have no reason to believe she’s not his friend. I see nothing to suggest that he would have been her only choice for a husband.

  5. Clinton will certainly win. Knowing that is the outcome of all of this political dramedy, I’ve decided not to pay any attention to the daily machinations of these buffoons. Picture me with my fingers in my ears going LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA until November 8 at which point I’ll shuffle off to my local voting place and resignedly cast my vote for Clinton.

  6. I voted for Obama twice. I can appreciate Hillary’s resume, however, major Clinton fatigue has set in for me.

    I would vote for Kasich. He is the only rational and reasonable sounding one in the group. The rest of that field is just nauseating. There are days where I still can’t believe these are the only choices we have. I hope the SC is wholly satisfied with the cesspool that our political system has become, thanks in no small part to Citizens United.

    I think it will be Trump vs. Clinton; the people who voted for Obama not because they loved him but because they were scared to death of Palin will come off the bench to make sure Trump does not succeed.

      1. Yes. He closed the state office where I had my first job. Shoved out great people and ended a line of work that had been successful and productive for a generation. Still, I agree with Purple’s assessment of the rest of the field.

    1. I find it absolutely baffling that anyone attributes this election to Citizens United. All of the insurgents are doing well without superpac cash, and all the establishment candidates are struggling despite boatloads of it. The big money is trying, and except maybe for Clinton largely failing, to get its way.

      1. The big money worked in previous cycles to undermine the traditional party mechanisms (especially in the Republican Party), which is how actual sanity became a disqualification in the Republican primary.

      2. The argument goes that big money weakened the traditional party mechanisms, especially in the Republican Party. That’s why actual sanity is now a disqualification in the Republican primary.

      3. But I don’t see how that makes sense. The big money backed Romney, and Cantor, and McConnell. According to the people dissecting the Trump voters, if anything, they’re pissed off that the big money backed guys they think sold them out.

        Besides, if anything weakened the party mechanisms, it was McCain Feingold. That dramatically reduced party fundraising. But that was a long time ago now.

      4. McCain Feingold after parts were overturned by the Supreme Court. That is, the idea was to cut the role of money in politics, including parties and non-party sources. But the Supreme Court overturned that other half. 2007 wasn’t very long ago. Institutions that have been around for ages are fairly robust and take some effort to destroy.

        Even Trump hasn’t killed the Republican Party yet.

  7. It’s so weird to me to see predictions of Clinton winning the Democratic nomination. Where is she going to get the votes? It’s nothin’ but wall-to-wall Sanders supporters out here.

    1. I think the Clinton voters are the silent majority. I know I’m part of that majority, and so are my mom and sisters and several friends and colleagues, mostly women ages 30+. Do I love Bernie? Sure! But he’s just not going to be president. I love how they found the least electable Democrat to primary Hillary, and the boys are still so determined not to vote for a girl that they fall all over Bernie.

  8. Clinton voters were supposedly the silent majority in 2008, and Obama was supposedly the least electable Democrat. Sanders is getting the most attention from rank-and-file folks around here because of his economic views. That’s why I’m supporting him.

    I don’t blame upper-middle-class voters for preferring Clinton; her economic policies are better for them. I may end up having to.go.to.the polls and hold my nose and cast a vote.for.her too, as yet another “lesser of two.evils”. But while I.still have a chance to vote for someone who actually supports my economic interests (which in this over-a-decade-long abysmal economy is front&center), I’m going to. Clinton isn’t the better candidate for the working class—and that’s a shame, because I’d love to vote for a woman who prioritizes working class women.

  9. I’m a 30+ woman, and I’m also a Sanders supporter, as are all my friends, male and female. I would love to vote for a woman candidate, but she would have to be one I want to actually be president. I agree with Sanders’s policy positions over Clinton’s, and ultimately I vote the candidate who best represents me. I’ll vote for Hillary in the general, but I won’t be very excited about it.

    As a self-identified feminist, I also get cranky when people tell me that my support for Sanders is internalized sexism. I’ve heard so much sexism along those lines from women who ought to know better that it’s actively turning me off the Clinton campaign. I’m a woman, but I’m also a rational person with strongly held political views, and I support the candidate that best matches those. I don’t vote for the candidate I’d prefer to get a drink with, or whom I’d prefer to date, or whom I’d prefer to boss me around, or the one I think makes me look cool with men. There are real policy differences between Clinton and Sanders, and it’s possible for people to prefer one over the other based on those policies.

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