Hi everybody, I'm Steven Bollinger, the Internet's Wrong Monkey. You know, the term "cluster****" is thrown around a lot these days, but how often has a major party's national convention made it's Presidential nominee's poll numbers go way down? I know, the GOP convention isn't over yet, so that was just a conjecture about a prediction on my behalf. And like many other people, I never saw the Trump candidacy coming to begin with, so, hey, what do I know anyway? I'm just a grown man who acts like a monkey on the Internet. Now, the news:
How awful was Day 1 of the 2016 Republican National Convention? Let me put it this way: the uproar over Melania Trump plagiarising a speech by Michelle Obama, and even the campaign blaming Melania's plagiarism on Hillary, may actually have been good for Trump, but only if it is distracting people from several other things which happened on Day 1 which were worse:
-- Pastor Mark Burns, in the convention's opening prayer, referred to Hillary and the Democrats as "the enemy." (Lincoln got through an entire 4-year-long civil war without ever referring to Democrats as the enemy. Party of Lincoln? Yeah, maybe that was still partly true in Teddy Roosevelt's 2nd term.)
-- Throughout the evening, inside the arena, the crowd frequently chanted "lock her up, lock her up" as various speakers made up various bullshit about things Hillary supposedly did, and all day outside the arena vendors were selling "Hillary For Prison" T-shirts.
-- After his speech on the convention floor, Antonio Sabato, Jr told an interviewer that he believes Obama is a Muslim.
-- Antonio Sabato, Jr was one of the convention's Day 1 speakers.
But -- once again -- what the Heck do I know about the mentality of people who would consider voting for Trump, or about how many such hopeless morons there are in this country? Barnum was right: never overestimate people's intelligence. About the best we can do is hope that intelligent people are sufficiently terrified by the thought of a Trump administration that they'll turn out to vote in record numbers, and that in addition to that we'll somehow manage to score a big enough slice of the idiot vote.
"May you live in interesting times" is not a Chinese blessing; it's a Chinese curse; except of course that it actually has nothing to do with any Chinese sayings, and comes from a series of misunderstandings committed by those 19th-century British middleclass twits, the Chamberlains.