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by baldilocks

At Roger Kimball’s blog, Paula Bol­yard out­lines the reason(s) I will wait until elec­tion day to make my pres­i­den­tial elec­tion choice.

Like many (but by no means all) con­ser­v­a­tives, ever since Don­ald Trump became the pre­sump­tive Repub­li­can nom­i­nee, I have been scan­ning the hori­zon for rea­sons to sup­port him.

I have found a few. But can­dor requires that at the end of the day, when all is said and done, I acknowl­edge that the most com­pelling rea­son I’ve found so far is a famil­iar dactyl-​trochee com­bi­na­tion: Hillary Clin­ton. As I argued after the first day of the con­ven­tion in Cleve­land, The Wall Street Jour­nal’s Bill McGurn is right: the best case for Don­ald Trump is still this: that the alter­na­tive is the dowa­ger empress of Chappaqua.

I’ve had flick­ers of hope that, post-​primary, Trump would turn out to be some­thing other than what he appeared to be through­out the pri­mary sea­son and what, by most accounts, he has been through­out his very pub­lic, very fraught busi­ness career.

So far, alas, I’ve found those hopes dashed, one after the next. After a ten­ta­tive access of rea­son­able behav­ior on Trump’s part, bang, he blows it all by (for exam­ple) telling us what a great guy Sad­dam Hus­sein was at killing ter­ror­ists.

Just this morn­ing, I found a link on Twit­ter which pushed me toward Trump: he called Cleve­land Police Chief Calvin Williams to thank the chief’s depart­ment for its ser­vice dur­ing the RNC in that city. Not min­utes later, how­ever, I found out that Trump “joked” about start­ing an anti-​Cruz, anti-​Kasich PAC should he become pres­i­dent. (Memo to Mr. Trump: you’ve already beaten those two candidates.)

I can at least tell you this: I will not vote for Hillary Clin­ton. And, please spare me the no-Trump=yes-Clinton argu­ment for this rea­son: it will not push me into mak­ing my deci­sion any ear­lier than stated.

Peo­ple keep telling me that beat­ing Clin­ton is the only impor­tant fac­tor in 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion decision-​making. That asser­tion reminds me of an obser­va­tion I made: that many peo­ple have no con­cept of time and, there­fore, the impli­ca­tions about the pas­sage of it. One of those impli­ca­tions: allow­ing the evi­dence – events and rev­e­la­tions – to build up until the point when the time is up.

It’s July. There­fore, time is not up.

Another memo to Mr. Trump: seal the deal instead of poop­ing in and on it!

Of course, we’re still pre­tend­ing that win­ning the elec­tion is his true goal, are we not?

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game (click on left side­bar image), was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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The Fourth Dimension

by baldilocks

At Roger Kimball’s blog, Paula Bolyard outlines the reason(s) I will wait until election day to make my presidential election choice.

Like many (but by no means all) conservatives, ever since Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee, I have been scanning the horizon for reasons to support him.

I have found a few. But candor requires that at the end of the day, when all is said and done, I acknowledge that the most compelling reason I’ve found so far is a familiar dactyl-trochee combination: Hillary Clinton. As I argued after the first day of the convention in Cleveland, The Wall Street Journal‘s Bill McGurn is right: the best case for Donald Trump is still this: that the alternative is the dowager empress of Chappaqua.

I’ve had flickers of hope that, post-primary, Trump would turn out to be something other than what he appeared to be throughout the primary season and what, by most accounts, he has been throughout his very public, very fraught business career.

So far, alas, I’ve found those hopes dashed, one after the next. After a tentative access of reasonable behavior on Trump’s part, bang, he blows it all by (for example) telling us what a great guy Saddam Hussein was at killing terrorists.

Just this morning, I found a link on Twitter which pushed me toward Trump: he called Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams to thank the chief’s department for its service during the RNC in that city. Not minutes later, however, I found out that Trump “joked” about starting an anti-Cruz, anti-Kasich PAC should he become president. (Memo to Mr. Trump: you’ve already beaten those two candidates.)

I can at least tell you this: I will not vote for Hillary Clinton. And, please spare me the no-Trump=yes-Clinton argument for this reason: it will not push me into making my decision any earlier than stated.

People keep telling me that beating Clinton is the only important factor in 2016 presidential election decision-making. That assertion reminds me of an observation I made: that many people have no concept of time and, therefore, the implications about the passage of it. One of those implications: allowing the evidence–events and revelations–to build up until the point when the time is up.

It’s July. Therefore, time is not up.

Another memo to Mr. Trump: seal the deal instead of pooping in and on it!

Of course, we’re still pretending that winning the election is his true goal, are we not?

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game (click on left sidebar image), was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>>baldilocks