The Best Temperament

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, GOP nominee Donald Trump may have violated campaign finance law on his trip to Mexico by riding in a Mexican military helicopter paid for by the Mexican government.

Meanwhile, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has expanded his investigation of the Trump Foundation and requested documents from Palm Beach, Florida where Trump used foundation funds to pay for legal settlements.

Finally, Trump campaign staff reportedly want to have Roger Ailes help Trump prepare for the second debate. CNN reports that other staffers want Chris Christie for the job.

That's a bit like asking if you want to be hung or shot. But we know it's all a misnomer because Trump doesn't believe in preparation.

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  • Michael B. Conway

    When Trump said ‘temperament’ the audience let out a gut-laugh. A true guffaw. I’ve been performing in front of audiences for 30 years, and I know a genuine laugh when I hear one. It was a collective spit-take. They literally could not believe what they just heard.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Trump believes in winning.

    He touched the hot stove, and it hurt.

    He is not stupid – as much as we all like to pretend otherwise.

    He will study, and he will learn.

    The bloviating will help keep expectations low so that, if in the next debate, he doesn’t shout any racial slurs or call Clinton a cunt on national TV, he’ll be declared winner by virtue of winning the “most improved” award.

    We need to stop being cocky.

    Fairness be damned, this thing is being graded on a curve.

    We’d do well to remember that.

    • Considering that they’re seriously talking about bringing up Bill Clinton’s infidelities, an issue that will blow up in their faces big time, I don’t think Trump will learn a thing. If anything, he’ll be more belligerent in the next debate which is a town hall. That won’t work out well for him.

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        A) Bringing up the affairs is an act of desperation. But don’t count on it blowing up on him. His base hates her and they’d probably cheer it on.

        B) You also have to appreciate that this is being judged on two separate standards: She’s being judged for “is she perfect, brilliant, knowledgeable, likable, appropriately-dressed, healthy, and smiling the right way” and he’s being judged for “is he sane and even remotely qualified”?

        All he has to do to “win” is string together a few coherent sentences and avoid any catastrophic mistakes. If he can answer a few questions with informed answers, the takeaway will be “Donald shows his policy chops.”

        • swift_4

          We don’t need to worry about the Republican base. They’re lost and will vote Team R no matter what happens. We just need to reach those few percentage points of people who think “they’re all the same”. Last debate gave Hillary a bump, because people started to see that she isn’t the insane, lying criminal that she’s been made out to be by the right wing. And he is.

      • ninjaf

        I think they will talk it up outside of the debates and not bring it up so that they can point to it and say, “See? He’s not the crazy lunatic everyone thinks he is; he can use restraint when he wants to.”

    • mnpollio

      You may be correct on this one. The conservative corporate media has been working overtime to keep this thing as a horse race long past the point where it should not be. While there is some buyer’s remorse on certain outlets with Trump, most of them will probably overlook that to spin him in any positive way and keep the horse race momentum going up until the election just for ratings. If there is any long shot of him maintaining even a slight bit of composure, they will hails him a success. Plus, if Hillary Clinton makes even one minor misstep, they will be all over it, screaming disaster from the rafters.

      Of course, the good news is that thus far Trump has given no indication that he thinks he even needs any improvement or preparation and is still hurling misogynist barbs in Twitter, and his staff appears to be cowed enough by him not to push it too strenuously.