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Table Talk

Heavy envy envelopes objective relatives.

Persistent resistance distances verbal dancers dissing dug in positions with similar stubbornness. 

A win is immenent. 

The brethren can’t conceive concessions. 

Opponents must own their own arguments. Humble tears in tents; A clown smoking cigarettes. 

But who wins at some point with troubling anger on the table among us? Hurt hearts are contagious. 

Grab an ale and a napkin and make space for a feast, cousin. Let go this fight we’re waging. Eating time in session. On the plate is crow. 

We never got where it would have gone. Dangerous angling averted. Where’s dessert, then? 

Trump as Sherman with election end in sight 

As the 2016 presidential campaign reaches into the home stretch, New York real estate developer Donald Trump appears to have employed a political strategy akin to William Sherman’s march to the sea in the Civil War. Surrounding the former star of “The Apprentice” television series, is scorched earth here, there and everywhere in the wake of fresh sexual assault allegations. 

The enemy most clearly obstructing his path to the White House is corporate media. 

Those liberal bastards! How dare troublesome outfits such as The New York Times report allegations of sexual assault – as well as Trump’s emphatic denial – against said businessman while simply looking to become leader of the free world? 

To the Times’ credit, it appears a strong understanding of the First Amendment and libel case law by its legal reps have emboldened this pillar of American journalism. 

Yesterday, the Times laid a legal smackdown on Trump, all but begging him to sue the publication for exercising that thing we call freedom of the press. The letter, authored by attorney David E. McCraw, is, in my mind, nothing short of beautiful – a jewel members of the media and lovers of the American legal system should enjoy far and wide. 

Trump, with all his bluster, took to the campaign trail trying to marry the Washington establishment with the liberal media despite the fact that the U.S. House and Senate remain under Republican control. It all feels desperate and predictable. 

While I could have never guessed The Donald would become the GOP’s nominee for president at the controversial outset of his campaign, the very tough path for Trump became clear before convention delegates landed in Cleveland this summer.

In 2012, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney did about as well as one could with white, Christian voters and still narrowly missed the executive office. No lesson learned for Trump, however, who has seemed hell-bent on doubling down on Romney’s strategy, alienating latinos, Muslims and minorities at nearly every turn. 

“The Atlantic,” which recently endorsed opponent Hillary Clinton – only the third such presidential endorsement by the publication since its founding in 1857 – is, unlike Trump, on top of the demographics. In its Oct. 13 piece, “We’ve reached the end of white Christian America,” it rightly notes that those who identify as both white and Christian now represent 45 percent of the population. 

Maybe that explains the anger and venom that rises to the surface at Trump rallies – America has changed without full white, Christian consent. And now there’s little left to do but wait for the crowning insult to the good-old-boy network that has for so long fed people like Mr. Trump so well: we elect a woman leader.

Nobel laureate Bob Dylan must have seen the writing on the wall when he said, “the times, they are a changin’.”

Hillary, Donald underwhelm in second debate

Last night, Secretary Hillary Clinton faced off against real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump in the second presidential debate of the 2016 election. If you watched the painful exchange of ideas for the duration, you likely already know the issues and candidates well and were struck by nothing, in particular.

In fact, precious few are excited about this election, according to Pew Research, which has found the most appealing quality in the candidate voters support is the fact that he or she isn’t the other.

To solidify your views, you may have turned to some of your favorite analysts on FoxNews, MSNBC, CNN or Twitter, where a culture of quick quips could have entertained you through the meandering democratic exercise. 

Fact checkers, perhaps not surprisingly, found the former first lady generally had a better handle on facts, while Mr. Trump, again, took more liberties.

Even so, this left-leaning hippie isn’t entirely lost when it comes to Trump’s appeal. While Hillary always seems to be searching for the right words, Trump is off the cuff, natural. If his view of the world aligned with reality, I might even be tempted to vote for him. But as it is, facts are important to me, and I like to break stereotypes; I’m a white male in my 40s, btw.

Regarding other impressions, it seems to me Trump can offer no adequate explanation for #gropegate, and Mrs. Clinton has no satisfying answers for lost emails during her tenure as Secretary of State. Both issues speak to character flaws, though I must admit to being more concerned about unwanted pussy grabbing, myself. Call me biased, if you like. Sidenote: isn’t Billy Bush just as creepy as you always thought he was?

Overall, viewers saw the debate much like I did, it seems; 57 percent thought Hillary won the night.

Looking forward, I found myself agreeing with Charles Krauthammer’s analyses on Megyn Kelly’s show post-debate: Trump salvaged his wreck of a campaign, but while Hillary could well be the target of future Wikileaks revelations, The Donald is just as vulnerable to more hot-mic moments from The Apprentice days or elsewhere.

Nov. 8 can’t arrive fast enough.  

Evolution, media bias and the GOP

I’ve voted for Republicans before. My mom and brother are conservatives. I support capitalism; I believe it’s the best way to offer the most freedom to the most people. I pray before I go to bed at night. I think Hillary should have never routed government emails to a personal server. I can see that Obamacare places unnecessary burdens on business and has done little, to this point, to reduce the cost of care for most Americans. Gun control efforts are often overreaching and misguided; the last time I checked, killing people was illegal right now. But that’s all you’re getting from me in terms of concessions. And frankly, if you’re fair-minded, I feel like my conservative brothers and sisters owe me a few reasonable concessions in return (just like a liberal, right? So entitled.). 

1. Evolution and climate change are real. The science on these topics is conclusive. We can debate solutions, or a need to seek solutions, I guess, but GOD only gave us one planet, and life is fragile, so the door to a convo should at least be open. Why the GOP insists on becoming the party of anti-knowledge is beyond me. 

2. The economy is better today than when Obama took office. This hardly seems worthy of debate, but for seven years I’ve heard my Rebuplican friends bitching about the economy, the “real unemployment rate” and the deficit (which has gone down since Bush) even as they call for more war and tax cuts. Yes, I know the nation’s debt is well into the teens of trillions of dollars. It’s a problem, but it’s not one worthy of panic. 

3. Roads and schools are good economic investments. A large body of evidence suggests that public investments in education and roads more than pay for themselves. Plus, it’s common sense, right? To create jobs, businesses and entrepreneurs need a qualified workforce and an infrastructure for trade. 

4. Universal health care is cheaper than our current system. Call it socialism, or argue that it shouldn’t be a function of our government, but please acknowledge what anyone who has studied the issue must conclude: universal health care is less expensive than our current system. 

5. The Middle East is a f’ing mess. Americans can agree that ISIS is a serious threat to peace and democracy in the region. Not to mention U.S. and Christians, in general. But are ground troops the answer? A hawkish attitude got us into this mess in the first place. Remember WMDs? Being welcomed as liberators? “Mission Accomplished?” The region is more nuanced than Fox News commentators have ever been willing to acknowledge. But please, tell me more about Benghazi

6. Nobody needs an automatic weapon. This seems self-evident. Would school shootings stop with an assault-weapons ban? No. No more than abortions would stop if they’re made illegal. But both sides press on believing until convinced otherwise they are fighting for what’s right. 

There’s more I could call on conservatives to acknowledge -Money trickles up, not down; Legalizing gay marriage isn’t a threat to anything – but I’d hate to be accused of liberal bias. Like CNBC. You know, the channel that covers Wall Street.