Saturday, September 24, 2016

Probable Debate Strategy


  1. Yes, he points the finger at himself with every charge he makes that is factually true only of him.

    Clinically, the word for that is projection, a primitive form of denial (and the close cousin of paranoia; it's the neurotic version).

    We may see it in small children, who when caught in some misdeed, blame another child, which is also unconscious acknowledgment the act was 'wrong.'

    For those who must deny their lack, it's hard to get out of those things without looking silly.

    Freud has a joke about that in Interpretation of Dreams, the guy who borrowed a bucket and when he returned it, it had a hole. So he says, first, the bucket had a hole when I borrowed it, second, the bucket didn't have a hole when I returned it, and third, I never borrowed your bucket. Derrida named it 'bucket logic."

    Trumps used two: Trump University: wasn't his business (never borrowed it), and the students got a quality education (it wasn't broken when he returned it).

    All that's left is claiming it was already broken when he borrowed it (Hillary started Trump University).

    This joke points out Trump's bucket logic, and we recognize its truth by laughing.

  2. scan, did you read the NYT editorial endorsement?

    "The best case is, instead, about the challenges this country faces, and Mrs. Clinton’s capacity to rise to them.

    "The next president will take office with bigoted, tribalist movements and their leaders on the march. In the Middle East and across Asia, in Russia and Eastern Europe, even in Britain and the United States, war, terrorism and the pressures of globalization are eroding democratic values, fraying alliances and challenging the ideals of tolerance and charity."

    "Over 40 years in public life, Hillary Clinton has studied these forces and weighed responses to these problems. Our endorsement is rooted in respect for her intellect, experience, toughness and courage over a career of almost continuous public service, often as the first or only woman in the arena."

    1. Yes, I shared it on FB and Twitter. Will have more on this when the "Trump is terrible" anti-endorsement comes out!