As powerful a political ad as I have ever seen.
Once again so fabulous she must be rigged. Laura Benanti returns as Melania. (Note: she will appear at the Barns at Wolf Trap on Saturday, October 29, and will be joined by Potomac Fever of her dear late Uncle Robert's Gay Men's Chorus of Washington.)
Kate McKinnon is the star of this.
Per WaPo, "Donald Trump now says 'a global power structure' is out to stop him."— Andrea (@nonsequiteuse) October 14, 2016
We are, but most people just call us women.
A brilliant line by a self-described feminist gadfly in Houston.
Speaking Thursday at a rally for Hillary Clinton in Manchester, New Hampshire, First Lady Michelle Obama eviscerated the Republican nominee for president without mentioning his name. As my friend Robert Naylor said, this was "another master class in political discourse." I cried as I watched her speak. This impassioned speech is one of the most powerful I have seen. Brava and thanks to her for this needed voice of passion and decency. We can do this.
Another fine rant from Keith Olbermann.
John Oliver on Last Week Tonight, among other things, points out that the would-be strongman who is the Republican nominee for president wants to fill Guantánamo with prisoners and doesn't care about questions of constitutionality.
I just heard about the stunt. Trump couldn’t give a fuck about any of those women, or what they alleged. Perhaps they even realize that.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) October 10, 2016
Show me on the ballot where the bad man touched you.— Hurricane Pussy (@xeni) October 8, 2016
You knew who Trump was when you endorsed him, Republican leaders https://t.co/wKGnzPjVLv— huffpostqueer (@huffpostqueer) October 9, 2016
This is the key point regarding all the Republicans defecting from supporting Trump. The recording from 2005 only confirms the contempt for women that he has repeatedly displayed.
A defiant apology (he pivots to attack Bill and Hillary Clinton) is no apology at all. He will not be able to restrain his impulse to go on the attack at tonight's debate. His diehards will eat it up; but I cannot imagine how he wins the additional voters he needs with this tactic.
My main impression from the VP debate is of Mike Pence's lying and constant mugging for the camera. As Sen. Kaine calmly rattled off a long string of outrageous statements by Trump, the split screen showed Gov. Pence shaking his head in denial. Pence can spin his head around like Linda Blair in The Exorcist, but that won't erase what Donald Trump said. We have it on tape and in his tweets.
Kaine is pro-gay and pro-choice, as he strongly demonstrated during the debate. His faith prompted him to teach carpentry and welding as a missionary in Honduras. Pence is anti-gay and anti-choice. His faith prompts him to bully people.
Kaine's distinction between his personal faith and his duties as a government official is one of the best articulations of church-state separation that I have heard.
Pence repeatedly dodged opportunities to defend Trump's statements. As Kaine said of Pence, "He's asking everyone to vote for someone he cannot defend."
Regarding Trump's non-payment of taxes, Pence whistled past the graveyard, saying Trump "used the tax code just the way it's supposed to be used — he used it brilliantly." That won't fly.
Pence referred to the Democrats' "insult-driven campaign." Really? He is the running mate of Mister Insult. Only a half-wit would be persuaded by Pence's debate performance. I take that back. A half-wit might well be persuaded by Pence's performance to vote for Clinton and Kaine.
From my column this week:
Seasons and audiences change. The trash talk that got Trump attention in the noisy lounge of the primaries does not work in the main room of the general election.
Once again, John Oliver is brilliant and hilarious.