Nazis vs. Communists, Iran vs. Iraq, Bears vs. Vikings, Hillary vs. Trump

I came up with the brilliant insight yesterday that choosing between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is like choosing between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

(You can decide which applies to which. I may have been inspired by an earlier Facebook comment that compared those two to Benito Mussolini and Josef Stalin.)

I don’t write this because I was a fan of either Ted Cruz or John Kasich or any other presidential candidate. I only voted for Cruz to block Trump from getting the Republican nomination. Kasich might make a good president if given the opportunity, but it seems as if his inner asshole came out to campaign. For being the candidate most devoted to the Constitution, Cruz comes across as amazingly unlikable.

Never in this nation’s history have we had two worse major party candidates for president than now. Neither has the slightest clue about how to improve Barack Obama’s crappy economy. Comrade Sanders is merely wrong on everything that remotely involves economics, or for that matter math. I do not pretend to understand sympathy for Sanders based on his honesty if he is consistently wrong.

Trump has accomplished nothing that doesn’t require millions of taxpayer dollars and paid-off politicians. Anyone who claims to be a dealmaker is someone without core values (except self-interest), scruples and morals. Trump will lose so badly that he will drag down Republicans from coast to coast. (Though not, happily, Gov. Scott Walker, who as the governor with the most veto power of any governor will be able to declare stupid Democratic ideas — and I apologize for repeating myself in those past three words — dead on arrival.)

The electoral college math for Trump is nearly insurmountable, beginning in Wisconsin, reports Craig Gilbert:

The battleground state of Wisconsin is a microcosm of the stark challenge that faces presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump in trying to overcome his deep unpopularity with key voting groups this fall.

Trump, whose rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropped out this week, has trailed Democrat Hillary Clinton by an average of 10 points in three Wisconsin polls conducted this year by the Marquette Law School.

His average positive rating in those polls (the share of registered voters who view him favorably) is 25%.

His average negative rating is 65%.

Those numbers are unheard of for a major party nominee. …

The last GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, lost Wisconsin by seven points in 2012, despite the presence of home-state congressman Paul Ryan on the ticket.

Trump’s numbers at this point in the race are far worse than Romney’s ever were. In late March of 2012, Romney had a 32% positive and 47% negative rating in Wisconsin. Trump’s rating at the same point in the calendar four years later was 22% positive and 70% negative.

Unlike Romney, Trump has shown glaring weakness among his own party’s voters in the state, falling in the April 5 Wisconsin Primary by 13 points to Cruz and losing by landslide margins in the state’s most Republican counties.

Trump’s problems are similar to the obstacles he faces in many other battleground states, the polling suggests, though they seem especially large in Wisconsin.

One obvious ray of hope for Trump is that Clinton, the presumptive Democrat nominee, also has a negative image among Wisconsin voters.

But her numbers are not as bad as Trump’s, and she has led him comfortably in hypothetical fall matchups.

It is bad enough for Clinton that 42% of Wisconsin voters say they are “very uncomfortable” with her as president.

But 56% say they’re “very uncomfortable” with Trump.

Trump is struggling badly in Wisconsin with some very large and important demographic groups.

In a March 24-28 Marquette survey of 1,405 registered voters, Trump’s negative rating with women was 77%.

His negative rating with independents was 69%.

His negative rating with moderates was 80%.

His negative rating with suburban voters was 72%.

His negative rating with college-educated voters was 78%.

Clinton has a negative image with all of the same groups, but her negatives are lower than Trump’s. And unless things change, Trump’s unpopularity could wipe out the advantage a Republican nominee should expect among at least some of those groups.

For example, Romney beat Barack Obama by 5 points among suburban voters and 7 points among rural voters in Wisconsin in 2012, according to exit polls. Even that wasn’t enough, because he lost so badly among urban voters.

In Marquette’s polling, Trump has little or no edge over Clinton with rural and suburban voters.

Romney lost college-educated voters by 7 points to Obama, about the same as his losing margin statewide. But in Marquette’s polling, Trump is losing college voters by 22 points.

Along with his problems with swing voters, Trump has encountered real resistance within his own party in Wisconsin. Remarkably for a party frontrunner, Trump had a negative image among Republican voters in Marquette’s most recent poll: 36% viewed him favorably, 51% unfavorably. On April 5, Wisconsin dealt him what was arguably his worst primary loss, his problems compounded by the opposition of Walker, other party leaders, conservative activists and conservative media here.

Trump lost by roughly 40 points in the state’s Republican “heartland,” the ultra-red suburban counties outside Milwaukee.

Hillary Clinton is the most hate-filled presidential candidate since, well, Barack Obama. Hillary doesn’t even pretend to tolerate anyone who doesn’t share all of her political views. Seeing Obama or Hillary regard conservatives is being able to read Adolf Hitler’s thoughts about non-Aryans. Hillary is, as proven earlier by her comments about eliminating coal energy, as big a liar and flip-flopper as Trump.

Trump supporters willfully ignore Trump’s flip-flops on everything from abortion to immigration to taxes (including, yesterday, the minimum wage) by claiming that Hillary would choose left-wing Supreme Court justices. That last part is accurate. The claim that Trump would not choose left-wing Supreme Court justices cannot be proven.

The numerous reasons to vote for neither include Damon Root‘s observations:

The impending presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is depressing for many reasons. One reason it that both candidates have abysmal records on free speech and they both seem fundamentally hostile to very idea of the First Amendment placing any constitutional limits on government power.

Consider Hillary Clinton. As my colleague Matt Welch has documented, Clinton’s “long war on free speech” includes censorship crusades against rap music, video games, movies, and television. And we’re not just talking about ratings systems and warning labels here. She’s also supported federal laws that would penalize the makers and distributors of so-called offensive entertainment. Clinton is also in favor of empowering the federal government to spy on private communications through such tools as anti-encryption back doors on iPhones and other devices.

And then of course there is Hillary Clinton’s well-known view that federal authorities should be able to prevent her political opponents from distributing a documentary film that’s critical of her in the days before a federal election. That particular issue was litigated before the U.S. Supreme Court in a little case called Citizens United v. FEC. Among other things, Citizens United featured Clinton and her pro-censorship allies squaring off against the American Civil Liberties Union, which supported Citizens United and its First Amendment right to distribute a documentary film about a political candidate in the United States of America.

Now consider Donald Trump, who has effectively become the GOP nominee thanks to Ted Cruz dropping out of the race last night. Trump’s hostility to constitutionally limited government is well known (Trump has even cheered Franklin Roosevelt’s notorious internment of Japanese Americans). But Trump seems particularly antagonistic towards the First Amendment. For example, among other foul proposals, Trump has advocated the forced closing of mosques, a truly authoritarian measure that is plainly at odds with the First Amendment and its protections for religious liberty. Trump also wants the government to censor parts of the internet in order to eliminate speech that he thinks is dangerous (as does Hillary Clinton). What’s more, Trump favors gutting libel law so that it will be easier for him to sue—and thus silence—any critics who dare to write unkind things about him. Just like the biggest left-wing advocates of political correctness on campus, Trump wants to trash the First Amendment in order to create a “safe space” for himself.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have a lot in common when it comes to free speech and the First Amendment, and none of it is good.

But hardly surprising, is it, given the big-money donations of Trump to Clinton, which he has never said were a mistake.

It is said that votes for president are a choice between the lesser of two evils. I am #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary. It is evil to participate in evil. As Charles Spurgeon wrote, “Of two evils, choose neither.”

I am absolutely going to vote in November. I am absolutely not voting for Trump or Hillary under any circumstances.

 

 

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