Archive for August 17th, 2016


Let’s see. Donald Trump is I guess pulling the older women are not fit to serve card by saying Secretary Hillary Clinton lacks “stamina.” Let’s see. She has been going non-stop since 1991. As Secretary of State she traveled to a kazillion countries while Trump has to go home and sleep in his Trump Tower bed every night. Got It.

Trump says he is raising a lot of money but has not spent any on TV ads as he slides down in the polls. It would not surprise me if Trump hoarded the dough and then paid himself off for money he spent in the primaries.

Commentary was at The Yard last night when Jose Altuve got his 1,000th base hit. Of the 1,000, how many are singles, how many are doubles, how many are triples, and how many are dingers? (The answer is in the Chron today.)

Secretary Hillary Clinton announced yesterday that former U.S. Senator and Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar would chair her Transition Team. He is a well-respected Latino. Compare it to Trump naming blowhard Chris Christie to chair his.

Trump had another campaign shake-up at the top. Sorry, that is not the shake-up that is needed. Trump himself needs to be shaken up, but this is what he said yesterday:

“I don’t wanna change. Everybody talks about, ‘Oh well, you’re gonna pivot, you’re gonna’ — I don’t wanna pivot. I mean, you have to be you. If you start pivoting, you’re not being honest with people.”

Oh yeah. I forgot. Former Governor Rick Perry is also auditioning for a job in a Trump administration. He also took the low road on CNN yesterday. Here is from the Trib:

Former Gov. Rick Perry inserted himself Tuesday into the ongoing controversy over Donald Trump’s handling of criticism from the father of a fallen Muslim soldier, saying the father was to blame for speaking at the Democratic National Convention.

Speaking on CNN, Perry said the father should have expected some reaction to his words. “In a campaign, if you’re going to go out and think that you can take a shot at somebody and not have incoming coming back at you, shame on you,” Perry said.

While politicians from both sides of the aisle took Trump to task for criticizing the family of Khizr Khan, Perry made clear he was backing Trump. Speaking of Khan, Perry said, “Why in the world that he thought he was going to get a free ride with that is beyond me. He shouldn’t get a free ride when he’s going to inject himself into the political arena.”

What a tool!

You have to hand it to Donald Trump. Bringing in the poster boy for workplace sexual harassment to help save your campaign. I am talking about Roger Ailes or Nick Anderson’s Roger the Hutt here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/anderson/article/Roger-the-Hutt-9146550.php.

Outstanding and gross work by Anderson.

Six points over Texas. I am talking about the latest poll in Texas.

From Erica Grieder of Texas Monthly

This morning, a new survey from Public Policy Polling startled national observers with an update on the state of play here in Texas, the most notorious red state in the union. With less than three months to go until the general election, Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton by just six points, 44-38.

It’s just one poll, of course, and with a 3.2 percent margin of error, the spread may actually be larger. But still the poll confirms some ominous trends for the GOP. Readers may remember that I wrote, back in May, that Clinton had a chance of winning Texas’s 38 electoral votes this year. My reasoning was as follows. First, I thought it was a safe bet that Trump would underperform Mitt Romney, who won 57 percent in Texas in 2012. That is obviously the case, here and elsewhere; interestingly, as Nate Cohn wrote last week, the redder the state, the more visibly Trump underperforms. Second, I thought the Libertarian candidate could pick up a significant number of Republican defectors, between 5-8 percent; Gary Johnson is at 6 percent in the new PPP poll.

And third, I thought Clinton could be expected to at least match Barack Obama’s performance in 2012, when he captured 41 percent of the vote in Texas. I still think that’s the case.

Here is the entire Grieder take: http://www.texasmonthly.com/burka-blog/donald-trump-turning-texas-purple/.

Jose Altuve has 733 singles, 194 doubles, 18 triples, and 55 dingers of course.

We lost last night. Every time I do a take on our fading hopes we come back and win a few. Our hopes are fading.

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