Hillary Clinton has not done a very good job of attacking Donald Trump, but she doesn’t have to. Donald Trump is his own worst enemy.
His latest act of political hara-kiri was his attack on Republican governor Susan Martinez during his recent campaign stop in New Mexico. Susana Martinez is a beloved Republican governor in a state that tends to lean Democratic. She is a conservative and chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association. Several analysts had mentioned her as a possible vice presidential running mate. She could have swung New Mexico’s electoral votes in Trump’s favor.
Granted, given Trump’s repeated attacks on Hispanics, Susana Martinez is definitely not one of his admirers. However, the Trump campaign had promised that their candidate would change tactics and start acting more presidential now that he has the Republican nomination all but sewed up. He could have made friendly gestures to Hispanics in general and to Susana Martinez in particular in an attempt to mend fences and win votes. However, Donald Trump seems incapable of restraining his self-destructive impulses. He lit into Susana Martinez twice during his New Mexico campaign speech, and in doing so, he probably killed any chance he might have had of carrying New Mexico in the presidential campaign. Weary of Donald Trump’s insults, many of the New Mexicans who were previously thinking of voting for him are probably now abandoning him in droves.
If Hillary Clinton herself seems incapable of mounting a fierce attack on Donald Trump, there are others who do have that ability, most notably Senator Elizabeth Warren. Her attacks have worked. Donald Trump seems to spend as much energy attacking Elizabeth Warren as he does attacking the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, who is only 73 delegates short of sewing up the Democratic nomination. He apparently does not realize that Elizabeth Warren is not running for president.
Donald Trump has a habit of attaching a negative adjective to the name of everyone he attacks: Little Marco, Lying Ted, Low-Energy Jeb, Crooked Hillary, etc. He refers to Elizabeth Warren as Pocahontas, possibly in reference to her claimed but unproved Native American ancestry. However, no one has come up with an adjective to pin on Donald Trump. I have a suggestion. How about Dumb Donald? I don’t suggest that Hillary Clinton use it—it’s in her interest not to stoop to Donald Trump’s level—but perhaps Elizabeth Warren could use it.
Speaking of Elizabeth Warren, she might be a good pick as Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Elizabeth Warren is an unabashed liberal, whereas Hillary Clinton, while considered to be a liberal by right-wingers, is not viewed that way by true liberals. Having Elizabeth Warren on the ticket might help Hillary Clinton pick up some disaffected Bernie Sanders supporters.
Some Bernie Sanders supporters claim that they are going to vote for Donald Trump. I have no idea why they would do that. Donald Trump epitomizes everything that Bernie Sanders has campaigned against. Hillary Clinton needs to do something to attract Sanders supporters. Perhaps after the convention, Bernie Sanders will do the decent thing and endorse Hillary Clinton, but he has given no sign that so far.
I do not believe that Donald Trump will come anywhere close to winning the majority of the electoral votes in the presidential election. Donald will continue to be Donald, and that means he will continue to undermine his own campaign with his ill-considered insults.
As to Trump’s possible running mate, Marco Rubio has been kissing up to Donald Trump, in an apparent attempt to get some sort of important post in the unlikely case that Trump wins the presidential election. He said recently, “It there is something I can do to help…, I’d most certainly be honored to be considered for that.” He should know better. Kissing up to a psychopath will only cause the psychopath to turn on you. Look for more insults directed at “Little Marco” in upcoming Trump stump speeches.
Psychopaths are not capable of feeling normal human emotions such as empathy and love. The one emotion that they can exhibit in spades is anger. That describes Donald Trump to a T.
By kissing up to Donald Trump, Marco Rubio is only going to goad Trump on to belittle him in public again. Although I disagree with Marco Rubio’s political views, I feel sorry for him when it comes to his blindness toward Donald Trump. If there is anything a psychopath delights in doing, it is attacking vulnerable people. Someone should explain that to Marco Rubio who seems very naif when it comes dealing to people who were born with no conscience. Marco Rubio is setting himself up to once again be the victim of one of Donald Trump’s vitriolic attacks.