In Which Two Presidential Candidates Absolutely Bathe In Glory


Sam Wilkinson

According to a faithful reader, I'm Ordinary Times's "least thoughtful writer." So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

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  1. Avatar El Muneco says:

    And I thought this was going to be about their respective reactions to Belgium…

    How often is it that prominent public figures in any realm, much less politics, delve into two different ridiculous cesspits on the same day?Report

  2. Avatar j r says:

    …but, because the Supreme Court is staffed with mendacious schemers who insist that they themselves cannot imagine a scenario in which political coordination could possibly occur, people that are not technically Cruz’s…

    Is that a direct quote from the Citizen’s United majority opinion or is it just the executive summary?

    Underlying this post is the idea that politics would be better if Citizen’s United hadn’t restricted the FEC’s ability to more tightly police the expenditures and communications. That’s a stretch. We know he Richard Nixon was, right? It’s more accurate to say that, with more regulation, politics might appear to be better. And I guess that has value. But does anyone think that Trump or Cruz in a pre-Citizens United world would have been any less of the scumbags that they are today.

    Personally, I like knowing who they really are. I don’t want the government protecting me from the reality of who our elected representatives really are.Report

  3. Let me understand this. I’m supposed to look at that picture of Mrs. Trump and be repulsed?Report

    • Avatar Glyph says:

      I was thinking the same thing. Trump opponents may have badly misjudged the likely effect of such a picture on the average voter. Are we sure that Trump SUPPORTERS didn’t make the ad? We’re through the looking glass here, people.Report

    • Avatar Burt Likko says:

      Make America Awesome LLC seems to have ignored that Utahns consume more porn per capita than residents of any other state (including pits of decadence like New York and California).

      OTOH, it obviously worked, because hey, Cruz won Utah, didn’t he? I’m sure a bearskin nude picture of Trump’s wife on Twitter had a lot to do with that.Report

    • Avatar Saul Degraw says:

      @mike-schilling @glyph

      You are thinking like the secular decadents that you are 😉

      The bet seems to be going for the fact that Utahans are generally much more into outward social conservatism and likely to look down upon a man who picks a centerfold for a wife.

      To be somewhat fair, I have seen a lot of my liberal friends post similar things on facebook but the tendency there is to mock right-wing hypocrisy for being hard on Michelle Obama and going all in for Trump. The problem with the liberal mocking is that Trump supporters are generally not evangelicals as far as I can tell.Report

  4. For the record, Make America Awesome and the Cruz campaign are so uncoordinated they make Hunter Pence look graceful.Report

  5. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    The head of Make America Awesome doubled down as well. I’d like my cozy cabin where I can surround myself with books now please.Report

  6. Avatar Damon says:

    Google Ted’s wife and Don’s wife.

    Which would you prefer? Trump hands down. God I love this presidential campaign! Maybe next debate we can just make it a fist fight, MMA style.Report

  7. Avatar Art Deco says:

    Do you have any non-trivial interests?Report

  8. Avatar Kolohe says:

    “Maybe Heidi kills hobos for sport”

    The Most Dangerous Heidi GameReport

  9. Avatar dragonfrog says:

    So I looked up the Republican primary results this morning, and found

    Trump 47.1%
    Cruz 24.8%
    Other 18.1%
    Kasich 10%

    Which surprised me a lot. “Someone who’s already dropped out” / “Let’s just sit this election out” / “Screw it I’ll just write in Liberace” / whatever the heck else is covered by “Other” comes in third place, almost twice as popular as the fourth-place candidate, three quarters as popular as second place, and two fifths as popular as the winner. What?

    And this post kind of sums it up pretty well. I too would be tempted to vote “you’re all disgusting” rather than endorse either of those slimers.Report

    • Avatar Autolukos says:

      There was about a month of early voting, so Rubio was still in the race for a lot of ballots and makes up the bulk of the 18% Other.Report

      • Avatar dragonfrog says:

        Ah, that explains it. Thanks!Report

      • Avatar Stillwater says:


        I clicked on the CNN election returns at some point last night and they had Rubio’s name listed as having won 18% of the vote. So even the so-called “pros” were thrown off a bit by the early voting numbers.Report

        • Avatar Autolukos says:

          Not listing him in Arizona results is dumb, in my view: most voters seem to have sent in their votes while he was in the race. However, it does make Kasich look even more pathetic, so I’ll allow it.Report

          • Avatar Stillwater says:

            Reading that Rubio was in third ahead of Kasich was a jolt to my reality. I imagine it jolted Kasich’s even more.

            I hope he stays in the race. This whole idea of orchestrating an brokered open convention really rubs me the wrong way.Report

  10. Avatar b-psycho says:

    Pointing out that his wife is beautiful is one odd way to diss Trump…Report

  11. Avatar Fortytwo says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have a society where wives and children were off limits for political reasons. Granted, all the campaigns where candidates trot out their family for political purposes have blurred the lines and ushered this in. I remember Palin bringing out her wonderful family as a reason to elect her. Cruz’s disgusting commercials with his daughters leads me to believe he should be turned over to DCF, or whatever his state agency is, for exploiting his children. I know this goes back to at least Jackson, but there was a time when it was minimized. It doesn’t help when an adulterous Gingrich, on his 3rd or 4th wife, is taken seriously as a family values candidate. I’ll vote for an adulterer, but they’re still scumbags and shouldn’t be taken seriously when they advocate as conservative. Any decent father would not expose his family to this.Report

    • Avatar j r says:

      Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have a society where wives and children were off limits for political reasons.

      Why right that sentence and then write six more sentences contradicting it?

      And this raises another question. If using the anti-Trump PAC using Trump’s wife as a political prop is wrong and Trump threatening to bring Cruz’ wife into it is also wrong, why is this post right?Report

  12. Avatar Fortytwo says:

    There is no contradiction. I was comparing what is with what should be. I also did not mean to be partisan, for in this case it is truly BSDI. All of it is wrong. But it is more wrong when the candidates themselves bring their family into it. I would never dream of running for office, but if I did my family would be kept away from all of it to the best of my ability. Also “write” not “right”. Neither one, or any party individual, should involve their families in the debate, but that ship has sailed.Report

    • Avatar j r says:

      You were just making a comparison? OK, I’ll buy that.

      But for a moment it looked like you were trying to pretend to take the moral high ground and then immediately pivot to criticizing conservative politicians for behavior related to their families and personal lives. I guess that I misread though.Report