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Omg, stop digging.

CNN says Donald gave another press conference where he doubled down on the “both sides were at fault” argument.

Yeah, that guy who was driving the car couldn’t help it if protestors ran into his car- 19 of them. All at once. With no regard to their personal safety or damage to the paint job.

Steve Bannon probably put him up to this. He can’t be seen as backing down or yielding an inch. That’s what LOSERS do.

This is the hill he is choosing to fall on.

The one with the Nazis on it.

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Stroll: Winding down.

I had a full day of training on a Microsoft product. This is day 2 of a full week of it. My mind races down endless corridors and blind alleys.

I need a shot of whiskey and some mindless Game of Thrones reviews.

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This tweet got 53000 retweets. Must have hit a nerve.

Definitely a deal breaker. Because WTF WERE THEY THINKING??

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For those of you who are new political junkies, learn about The Overton Window. You can understand it in context from this tweet by Atrios at eschatonblog:

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Hold your mistake up…

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IBW pointed me to this post on Wonkette about what if Hillary had only *warned* us about those neo-nazi racist sexist @$$holes who were supporting Trump??

Here’s an excerpt from her speech last summer that everyone thought was ridiculously over the top:

“I know there are only 60 days left to make our case — and don’t get complacent, don’t see the latest outrageous, offensive, inappropriate comment and think, well, he’s done this time. We are living in a volatile political environment. You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people — now 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks — they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.”

“But the other basket — and I know this because I see friends from all over America here — I see friends from Florida and Georgia and South Carolina and Texas — as well as, you know, New York and California — but that other basket of people are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they’re just desperate for change. It doesn’t really even matter where it comes from. They don’t buy everything he says, but he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won’t wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they’re in a dead-end. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well.”

There’s nothing worse that a woman who is right. Men just can’t take it. It doesn’t matter what side of the political spectrum they are on. That’s what this all comes down to. A lot of guys felt discomfort and resentment about electing a woman. Women are always to be regarded with suspicion. Any mistake they make is 10 times worse than anything their male opponent could ever do. They can’t be as smart as they sound. There has got to be a different set of brains behind her face that aren’t hers.

Right, guys? You know I am.

It wasn’t the deplorables who got Trump elected. It was the media, the Bernie Bros, the reluctant male independent. They’re the ones who let the evil out of Pandora’s box.

Pandora only took the blame.