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Sep 22 TheMisanthrope commented on Hillary's Poll Numbers Are Improving (But There's No Improving the Electoral College).
@4 Who would I vote for if I wanted somebody competent? Definitely not Trump. He can't run a business. Certainly not Hillary. She's made so many "mistakes" that we're still paying for: NAFTA, Hillarycare, Crime Bill, Welfare Reform, Bank deregulation, Iraq, Bankruptcy Reform, PATRIOT Act, Libya, etc etc. Jill Stein? Nah, she's a kook who couldn't get anything done. Gary Johnson? Can't avoid gaffe after gaffe.

People thinking any one of these bozos are competent is the problem.
Sep 22 TheMisanthrope commented on Kshama Sawant Provides an Excellent Assessment of the Political Situation in the US.
@5 Everybody is a turd this election. You just want them to think your turd is the best turd available.
Sep 21 TheMisanthrope commented on Sady Doyle's Trainwreck Deconstructs Our Obsession with Suffering Women.
@1 Mel Gibson also came to mind. And Tom Cruise.

I mean, I get what Megan is trying to express. Maybe we target women a little more than men. But, I think it applies to all famous trainwrecks. Why are we so fascinated by public displays of assholery, privilege, and insanity? Only a handful seem to come away from scandals alive (Robert Downey, Jr., Drew Barrymore).

Our judgement seems to have increased with the TMZ/Perez Hilton effect.
Sep 20 TheMisanthrope commented on I'm a Millennial Who Plans to Vote for Clinton, But Her Appeal to Millennials Is Hard to Watch.
@16 I think millennials want the President to set the tone and crack the whip on his party. Not name drop and get rewarded for mentioning an issue without backing that up with legislation.
Sep 20 TheMisanthrope commented on I'm a Millennial Who Plans to Vote for Clinton, But Her Appeal to Millennials Is Hard to Watch.
@14 One big thing still hanging on Hillary like a dead turkey is her vote for the Iraq War. Of all the presidential candidates, she's the only one who voted for the thing. John Kerry also voted for it, and was a primary reason he lost in 2004. Obama spoke out against the resolution in 2002, but was not yet a senator. Presumably, he would have voted against it.

Another dead turkey is her rallying for NAFTA. Between that and her support of almost every other free trade agreement (yes yes CAFTA is the exception), Hillary is seen as disingenuous in her opposition to TPP and TTIP. Similarly, Obama is under fire for writing it, supporting it, and proudly announcing his plan to pass it on the lame duck session.

Her opposition to single payer health care and legalizing marijuana are more dead turkeys that the country has started to embrace in the past decade.

Her platform is built of cowardly half step bandaids that will never flourish into full step policy change, and will end up becoming more turns of the screw.

Some may be sexist and oppose her due to vagina. Others have genuine beefs that make her hard to support even in the face of an Orange menace.
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Sep 20 TheMisanthrope commented on I'm a Millennial Who Plans to Vote for Clinton, But Her Appeal to Millennials Is Hard to Watch.
@12 The bored, disaffected, jaded girl behind the CSPAN logo is pretty great too. "Yeah I'll clap. There. I clapped. Bleh."
Sep 20 TheMisanthrope commented on I'm a Millennial Who Plans to Vote for Clinton, But Her Appeal to Millennials Is Hard to Watch.
@8 Obama was never this condescending. His natural timbre is that of a Baptist Preacher and he frequently exudes charisma at every turn. Even when he tells dad jokes, they feel natural and off the cuff.

Compare his "Unemployment is down, wages are up. Gas prices are lower too! Thanks, Obama!" to Hillary's "ideas not insults" section. Obama had a natural build and then hammered it home with a seemingly off the cuff reference to a reclaimed internet meme. Hillary used a quiet, monotonous tone meant to be warm and comforting but had all the charisma of a kindergarten teacher reading Dr. Seuss at nap time.

Her base doesn't have problems with her being ambitious, driven, hard, or even "shrill." Her overcompensation from hard-ass politician (her LGBT fundraiser Basket of Deplorables speech was offensive but nicely delivered) to mom of the nation without changing much of her message is off putting at best.

Off topic: my favorite part is seeing the hunky guy to the left (her right) struggle with figuring out when and where to clap. "Reducing gun violence? Uh..."
Sep 20 TheMisanthrope commented on I'm a Millennial Who Plans to Vote for Clinton, But Her Appeal to Millennials Is Hard to Watch.
@7 He also didn't do anything about gay marriages. I think, at most, he told the DoJ to step down from defending DOMA. It's easy to be progressive when all you have to do is name drop a couple of times in a handful of speeches.
Sep 19 TheMisanthrope commented on Fuck CNN For Giving Donald Trump Hours of Airtime For His Birther Statement.
Article summed up: "why don't you report on my candidate? I don't care that she didn't do anything! Stop liking what I don't like!"

Given that I think both sides are bad, I'd be in a constant state of agitation if I held this much resentment,

Maybe Tricia just needs to rest and listen to some Mumford and Sons. That soothes the hipster soul, right?
Sep 14 TheMisanthrope commented on What a Famous Primatologist Can Tell Us About the Obsession With Hillary's Health.
@29 Age is a significant factor.

Also, goddamit, stop putting your fucking insecurities on me. You really like projecting your flaws onto people you disagree with, and you've done this three times now. GermanSausage refused to agree that pneumonia is a serious illness (it is for the elderly) because he dislikes Idiot Sawant. And you're disagreeing with me because you dislike me for calling you a hypocrite.