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What do you people want from me? Leadership? Pffft.
What do you people want from me? Leadership? Pffft.

Donald Trump’s campaign has decided he’s all finished with doing fundraising for “his” party, and won’t be holding any more big-money fundraisers to help the Republicans or their “national” “committee” with down-ballot races. Why would he want to waste his time talking to rich donors who’d throw millions of dollars at Republicans instead of holding more rallies where people who are already planning to vote for him can come and scream for Hillary Clinton to be put in jail? Man has to have some priorities.

Trump’s national finance chairman, Steven Mnuchin, explained that “Trump Victory,” the joint group that raised funds for both Trump and the party, had held its final fundraiser last Wednesday, October 19, and seemed perfectly delighted at saying the campaign was finished with that “helping the party” stuff:

“We’ve kind of wound down,” Mnuchin said, referring to formal fundraisers. “But the online fundraising continues to be strong.”

Raise money for the Republican party? Why would Trump do that anyway? They don’t even like him. Unlike the joint fundraisers, which split the donations evenly between the campaign and the party, the GOP only gets 20 percent of the online funds. They should be grateful they’re getting anything, really.

The Washington Post points out that while Goofus isn’t helping his party raise funds any more, those boring do-gooders Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine have been helping out their party like crazy, with another 41 campaign/party fundraisers scheduled between now and November 3. And while Trump had been pulling in good money for the GOP — $40 million through Trump Victory as of Sept. 30 — he’s not going to schedule any more of that nonsense anymore. But just look at the furious turd-polishing effort being made by Lew Eisenberg, the chair of Trump Victory, as he explains why this is still a great deal for the Republicans:

“Unlike the period from June 1 to today, we have no organized calendar of events for the next 14 days,” Eisenberg said. “Rather, when the opportunity presents itself, we will have ad hoc fundraisers” with Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. In addition, he said, “our state finance chairs will continuing to be raising major donor money for the foreseeable future.”

Mnuchin said that Trump’s refusal to hold any more big fundraisers for his putative party is actually a sign of his commitment to the party and victory, yeah, that’s the ticket:

“We have minimized his fundraising schedule over the last month to emphasize his focus on political [events],” Mnuchin said. “Unlike Hillary, who has been fundraising and not out and about, he has constantly been out and about.”

He’s out and about! And besides, on November 9, he’ll just plain be out. (You still have to vote, people!) Also, just look how much Steven Mnuchin can sound almost exactly like his boss!

“We couldn’t be more pleased with how the fundraising has gone,” he said, adding: “We have big media buys, we have a terrific ground game.”

Sure, Hillary Clinton had raised $499 million as of the end of September compared to Trump’s $219 million, but that doesn’t matter so much since Donald Trump is a financial genius. He’s probably already figured out a way to bankrupt the Republican Party altogether and make a tidy profit for himself.

At the very moment Trump has given up on raising money for his party, Politico reports that Mitch McConnell’s super PAC, “Senate Leadership Fund” (there’s no “the” in there — like Talking Heads, only without any good music) has miraculously pulled an astonishing $25 million out of its donors to throw at six close Senate races in the final 13 days of the election. If Trump’s going to set himself on fire, at least the Republicans are going to try and hold on to some Senate seats with all the Free Speech money can buy, according to Steven Law, the head of Senate Leadership Fund:

“Over the last two weeks, we’ve seen every liberal Democratic group descend on these races,” Law said. “Democrats feel like the presidential race is in the bag for them and are looking for fresh game in the Senate.”

Why, yes, that is indeed the idea. The huge cash outlay will go to try to keep Republican incumbents in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Missouri, and to help Republicans in close races for open seats in Indiana and Nevada. The single biggest chunk, $7.5 million, will be going to Nevada, where Congressman Joe Heck has a small lead over former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, but Hillary Clinton has been consistently leading Trump in the presidential polls.

Senate Leadership Fund (every part of our brain wants a “the” there) is also getting help from campaign expert Karl Rove, in case it needs someone to shout “It’s not over yet!” when the results are in. Mr Law seems like a pretty huge optimist about the whole thing, telling Politico that the group’s donors are aware that “we’re going to take casualties but that we’re going to go out guns blazing.”

And in the meantime, Donald Trump sure is enjoying holding rallies, where everyone loves him and assures him he’ll Make America Great Again.

[WaPo / Politico (ht to the Rachel Maddow show)

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  • Lulu Mac
    • Jennaratrix

      FFS, some of the comments on that are just… I can’t deal. I quit FB and Twitter, and I’m so, so glad.

  • FlownOver

    Let’s don’t get too comfy with that “fork” thing just yet. Nate’s graphs are trending the wrong way.

    • Lulu Mac

      Yes…this frightens me…

      • Blacktop Cadence

        It was always going to tighten a bit.

        • Lulu Mac

          I know…but we need annihilation. A close race justifies and emboldens the racist, sexist, Islamophobic wackadoos…

          • Blacktop Cadence

            Honestly, they’re already emboldened. Democracy doesn’t matter to them, so a democratic rejection won’t either.

            We’re stuck with them for a while.

          • FlownOver
          • JVisconti

            Green Bay, WI a city of 104k has 1 early voting place.
            Let’s hear from city officials:
            “I have heard it said that students lean more toward the democrats…. I have spoken with our Chief of Staff and others at City Hall and they agree that budget wise this isn’t going to happen. Do I have an argument about it being more of a benefit to the democrats?”
            #rigged?

          • Lulu Mac

            I read that yesterday…that’s why I probably won’t be comfortable until January 20, 2017…

          • The Wanderer

            “One must be careful about what one writes.” – Cardinal Richeliu (Charlton Heston), The Three Musketeers

          • FlownOver

            Also something something “take my rapier from my cold, dead hand.”

    • Loki1001

      I’m much more concerned about the Senate. Nevada and Pennsylvania are looking too close and North Carolina looks to turn red.

      • Amy!

        Remember Elizabeth Warren’s “Nasty women vote!” speech that was posted (I think here?) yesterday?

        That was in NC, and it was for Deborah Ross, running against Richard Burr, our Senate race. Hillz and others are joining in. Ross is still polling behind, but I just voted for her, and I think other people will as well. One of the less-reported things in that speech was the wonderful Warren’s devastating characterization of Burr as a “puppy on a leash” and “Trump’s lapdog.”

        Burr is a long-term incumbent, so this isn’t “turn red.” He’s said that this is his last term. He’s lower profile than other NC senators have been, and tries to appeal to the military/foreign policy folks. But he did endorse Trump, and I hope that that sinks him, in the end. Good on Warren for hanging it on him. I wish that part of the speech had been reported more, but a lot of the Clinton campaign seems to have little immediate impact, but then builds powerfully.

        I’m still hopeful.

    • OneYieldRegular

      VOTE.

      • Toomush_Infer

        and GOTV…

  • JVisconti

    Just how tall is Steve Mnuchin. Did the Ellis Island officials typo the Munchkin family name?

  • Blacktop Cadence

    And, this, my little chickadees, is why you actively work to control your party’s primaries. May be a point of contention, but I’m not a fan of open primaries. The political parties are private organizations and have the right to determine who they want to run — the independent populace be damned.

    • Thiazin Red

      Caucuses are even worse, the only people who can participate are people with no other responsibilities who have time to spend hours arguing.

    • MamaBrown

      THANK you! My god if I heard one more person bleating about open primaries and letting Everyone Take Part in the Process I swear I’d start bleeding from the ears. Its our party, (and we’ll cry if we want to), and if the big beefy guy at the door says you’re not on the list, well, tough titties.

    • YoNastyBunny

      Letting an ill-equipped dark horse candidate whose political claim to fame is getting his ass handed to him by POTUS-himself at the White House Correspondence Dinner over his racist-y very debunked conspiracy theory and then blocked his own campaign from doing opposition research on him… What could possibly go wrong?

      The GOP deserves what they get for not being more vigilant of their own party’s priorities.

    • AnOuthouse

      This is the reason for super delegates too.

    • SessileRaptor

      Next you’ll be telling me that people should become involved in politics at the local level, learn the ins and outs, gain experience and become a known quantity to the electorate and their political party before moving on to national races.

      Crazy talk I tells ya.

  • memzilla

    Speaking of irredeemably psychotic narcissists, kids, what do you think the latest reading is on the Donald Drumpf Grift-O-Meter?

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    • SweetDeeKat

      Holy fucking shitweasels. I..I..I’m going back to bed.

    • Bad Hombre Ron

      I wish I could say this shocks or surprises me. I really do.

    • Whale Chowder

      I can’t wait to never have to look at that face again. Really I can’t.

  • lucidamente

    You know who else refused to raise money for his party?

    • RobKanC

      Jesus?

      • Bad Hombre Ron

        ‘He wants to go dutch? That’s that last supper I’ll go to with Him!

      • Historicat

        “Hey Judas – I’m a little short tonight. Can you take care of the bill?”

    • Loki1001

      This guy Tim who never chips in to buy icecream cakes for the office birthdays?

    • DoILookAmused2u ?

      Eric Cartman?

    • baconzgood

      Baconzgood?

      I never ask for pizza money..

    • AnOuthouse

      Ghandi?

  • Daisy

    A happy birthday, to our [hopefully] future President, Hillary Rodham Clinton! :)

  • PubOption

    Proving once again that Trump is not a good man.

    • Bad Hombre Ron

      Were we still looking for proof?

  • DoILookAmused2u ?

    This is great news for Mitt Romney.

  • baconzgood

    “Mnuchin.”

    There’s a Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy joke there but it’s too early, and Baconz isn’t drunk enough to flush it out.

  • OneYieldRegular

    I have no organized calendar of social events for the next 14 days, but when the opportunity presents itself, I will be having ad hoc dinners at Michelin 3-star restaurants with Penelope Cruz.

  • Michael Smith

    How did they summon Rove? I thought he was sealed away for his two years of slumber. They must have performed an awakening seance.

  • memzilla

    …Donald Trump is a financial genius.

    It even says so on his business card!
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    • Latverian Diplomat

      Do not buy the Trump Brand Rocket Skates. Stick with Acme, a name you can trust.

      • Joe Beese

        I have had the worst luck with Acme products.

        • Latverian Diplomat

          Use only as directed. Roadrunner Hunting Related Activities violate the warranty.

      • memzilla

        And it is now time to bring back one of the oldest bits of humor from the pre-internet days, Coyote v. Acme Company.

    • arglebargle

      Should say, “Have brain, will unravel”.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Why do rich people need so much stroking to give to politicians they favor?

    Ordinary working Americans only need to get four or five thousand emails before they make a donation.

  • baconzgood

    There is a pleasure that I feel seeing the party of grifters getting grifted.

    I’m sure the Germans have a word for it.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Schweinhundt?

    • Lulu Mac

      Schnitzel?

      • MynameisBlarney

        Schrutz?

        • Lulu Mac

          Nein…essen

      • Toomush_Infer

        Schiest?…

    • dslindc

      DerLULZ?

    • Jeffocaster in the desert

      trump

      • dslindc

        Drumpf?

        • Jeffocaster in the desert

          Yes, I was using the English derivative.

    • DoILookAmused2u ?

      Verführertäuschtverführer

      or phrase

      Ein Betrüger der Schwindler cons

      • baconzgood

        I took french. So im guessing you are either saying “I love you” or “we will invade Belgium tomorrow”

        • DoILookAmused2u ?

          There is no good English direct translation.

          The first if directly translated is something like “Deceiver who seduces deceivers”, or Con man who cons con men.

          The phrase is “a fraudster of swindlers”.

          • baconzgood

            Oh…Trump would have worked.

        • Jennaratrix

          No, asking for directions to the library.

    • Toomush_Infer

      Dumdrumpf…

  • fawkedifiknow

    Trump has this one talent, and it’s carried him a long way: He can spot a sucker – or a whole bunch of them – from great distances. And, then he fleeces the poor dumb bastards for all their worth. The Republican Party base is only getting flim-flammed because of their fatal stupidity, and they deserve it.

    • Bad Hombre Ron

      Well, we know he’s a con man, so we won’t get caught in any of his schemes! We are so smart!
      – the GOP

  • MynameisBlarney
  • dslindc

    Republican donors are welcome to give moneys to me. I will definitely use it for purposes they would approve of (allegedly).

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Will you pledge to build a wall to protect our guns from foreign gay abortions?

      • dslindc

        I will look at it when the time comes. Look, I will keep you in suspense. Tremendous suspense!

      • Arolpin

        Sure I’ll pledge to do that. And there’s a slightly better than zero chance that I would do that. Just as there is a slightly better than zero chance that a meteorite will hit me and do just enough brain damage that I would actually consider doing something like that. Send me money Republican donors, and keep watching the skies.

  • Lefty Frizzell

    It’s funny how republican senators think “throwing money at the problem” is the worst thing you can do for helping poor people but it’s just fine for saving their own fucking jobs.

    • dslindc

      “It’s a well known fact that bootstraps can only be operated by poors!”

      -The GOP

  • Indiepalin

    Was it over when the Japanese bombed Minnie Pearl?

    • DoILookAmused2u ?

      How-deee!

    • Jeffocaster in the desert

      She had a stiff price on her hat….

  • Toomush_Infer

    Trump to Pence: “Well, we’ll always have Moscow….Me. I’ll always have Moscow….Loser…”

  • JVisconti

    I guess no one is lining up to bid $15k for the 6′ Donald portrait either.

  • The Nasty Librarian!

    Trump only helps those who…… are named Trump.

  • Randy Riddle

    If the GOP thinks this is bad, wait until Trump starts forwarding them the bills….

  • Dr.Zoidberg

    Wow…I never thought I’d live to see the day the GOP goes down in flames.

    Awesome!

  • Pickle Truther (AntiDerpomeme)

    I can’t be the only one that is reading the name “Mnuchin” and thinking maybe a vowel or two is missing. But also, too, it reads like “Munchkin” and while only one is a tasty treat, they probably are both filled with grease and unhealthy AF.
    http://67.media.tumblr.com/b065227bc85f890539e80179e97ea416/tumblr_inline_ndib2s00281sddugn.jpg

    • Jeffocaster in the desert

      YOU MONSTER!!!!!!!!!! Eating Dorothy’s comrades? Shame……..

      • Pickle Truther (AntiDerpomeme)

        Clearly you are not a New Englander, as we know the primary definition of “munchkin” are those little donut holes you get at Dunkies.

        • Jeffocaster in the desert

          Us midwesterners call them…..doughnut holes.

          • MynameisBlarney

            So do us Southerners.

    • Jeffocaster in the desert

      Deep fried little people……:sniff: The horror. Almost as bad as Willy Wonka did to the umpa lumpas…is there no decency left in the world?

  • Jeffocaster in the desert

    Trump ain’t raising no money
    From the Republican milk and honey
    Time to cheats others
    He has no druthers
    As long the dough rolls in aplenty.

  • Lefty Frizzell

    Media, RNC – if Trump bites any more hands that feed him he’s going to find a shortage of hands. And then he won’t have a leg to stand on.

    • weejee

      Does all that biting explain the short fingers?

  • ManchuCandidate

    Initiated by bad intelligence and wishful thinking.
    Poor planning by Inept top leadership.
    Inept and evil Gollums in the background telling the “leaders” what to do.
    Mobilized army of loudmouth morons to shout down anyone who said otherwise.
    Opposition full of moral cowards who hoped to just go along to get along
    Won the primary battle through brute force and ineptitude of opposition
    Got caught in a long drawn out “war” that was not anticipated
    Top advisors inexperience and arrogance cause long slow downfall
    Moral cowards blindsided by the morass/quagmire
    Desperate for victory, surge resources to save what they can.

    Congratulations GOP, you just Operation Iraqi Freedumbed yourselves.

    • Toomush_Infer

      You’ve been working on this for a long time, and it is beautiful…

    • SuspectedDemocrat

      Send in the Heritage Foundation interns. They’ll rebuild everything with conservative ideology!

    • Mr. Blobfish

      The Gingrich/Giuliani/Hannity meltdowns are deeee-lish!

      • proudgrampa

        Especially the Gingrich one last night with Megan Kelly. Whoo-boy!

  • memzilla

    … the group’s donors are aware that “we’re going to take casualties but that we’re going to go out guns blazing.”
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    • weejee

      And that ain’t no sitting bull.

    • Joe Beese

      He thinks it’s the Alamo, but it’s Columbine.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      I see what the problem there was…. Military 101— dismounted cavalry aren’t cavalry anymore…

  • BadKitty904
  • Joe Beese

    With 13 days left until Election Day, it has become overwhelmingly clear that, barring some sort of catastrophe or the return of Christ, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, the location of his expansive but unimpressive new hotel, is as close as Donald Trump will get to the White House. …

    On Wednesday morning, he will take a break from his campaign-trail duties, which at this point consist of rallies designed to flatter his ego and pander to people who already support him, to appear here for a ribbon cutting ceremony. …

    In Doral, Florida, on Tuesday afternoon, Trump got started early, promoting his Miami hotel for the crowd. “We could have renovated the inexpensive way with paint, but instead, we ripped it down to the steel,” he said. But his project in Washington, he promised, was even better. “I think it’s one of the great hotels—could be one of the great hotels in the world.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/26/donald-trump-s-plan-b-sell-trump-branded-stuff-is-now-his-plan-a.html

    We may have worried for nothing. His concession speech may consist of nothing more than a 10 minute informercial for Trump Steaks.

    • weejee

      tRump Steaks™, are those the gadgets one uses to keep a vampire in its crypt?

    • The Washington hotel with empty rooms despite both heavy discounts and other hotels being at capacity.

    • Charles Wolf

      I donno.
      Donnie’s support comes mostly from dumb-ass whites.
      Maybe he should put his face on cans full of watery
      Trump Malt Liquor.

  • Pickle Truther (AntiDerpomeme)

    It’s tempting to say that Drumpf is the best thing to happen to the D’s in a long while, but he’s so rancid, I’m having a hard time saying anything positive about him. In any event, we’ve suffered enough during this horrible, racist, hate-filled campaign, so we are due a nice reward.

  • Vecchiojohn

    This one eats alone.

  • Nasty Duke

    I’ll like going out and about.

    Polls are narrowing. Stay on target.

  • The Wanderer

    “My mother sells rubbers to NATO,
    My sister pokes the holes with a pin,
    My brother performs the abortions,
    My God, how the money rolls in!”

    – V. V. Putin

  • weejee

    ♪ There’s one for Rinse, nineteen for me
    Cos I’m the tRumpman, yeah, I’m the tRumpman ♪

  • laughingnome

    Trump helps those who Trump themselves.

    • Oblios_Cap

      If The GOP would rebrand itself as The Trump Party, he’d help them out.

      • YoNastyBunny

        And pay the required licensing fees, of course.

  • Spotts1701, The Baddest Hombre

    Usually the good captain goes down with the ship. Trump decided he is not a good captain.

  • beatbort

    How can Hillary do all those fundraisers? She’s deathly ill, coughing all the time, can barely stand up, hasn’t got the stamina to sing the national anthem. Must be a robot version of Hillary…etc.
    This truly is the election from Hell.

    • Jeffocaster in the desert

      She’s on speed. And Monster drinks.

    • YoNastyBunny

      Funny how since Hillary’s pneumonia bit, they haven’t really been banging their war drums on how sickly she is. Ironic, right?

      • They were pushing it before that.

        I strongly suspect another case of projection by the Turnip camp

    • Nockular cavity

      Hillbot 2016!

  • “We couldn’t be more pleased with how the fundraising has gone,” he said, adding: “We have big media buys, we have a terrific ground game.”

    “Now I mutht go and ha’ thith pimple on my ton’ lanthed” Mr Mnuchin continued

  • BadKitty904

    Say, whatever happened to that Pence guy? Does he think that if he stays very still and quiet, no one will notice his Trumpstank?

    • Joe Beese

      “I never appeared on a ticket with Donald Trump.”

      • The Wanderer

        “Hy vass in Austria duringk ze Var!”

        • BadKitty904

          Ha! Beat me to it!

      • Lulu Mac

        The ultimate gaslighting…

      • Alexander Stallwitz

        “You didn’t hear it. You didn’t see it. You won’t say nothing to no-one
        Ever in your life. You never heard it.Oh, how absurd it
        All seems without any proof. You didn’t hear it”

        • MasterDebaterBozi

          Where will he put the cork?

    • Lefty Frizzell

      He’s going to make Alison Lundergan Grimes look like a model of undying loyalty by comparison.

  • Oblios_Cap

    And despite Trump’s obviously being unqualified to even wipe his own ass, millions of our fellow Americans will vote for him to be our next President.

    • Joe Beese

      Tens of millions.

  • YoNastyBunny

    “Unlike Hillary, who has been fundraising and not out and about, he has constantly been out and about.

    Yeah, out and about… having ribbon cutting events for his luxury hotels??????

    Just admit it: Donald is freeing up time on his schedule to help is own damn company not his political priorities.

    • beavertank

      I wonder if he’s realized that it’s not his political campaign that’s dragging his businesses down with it, it’s him.

    • Lefty Frizzell

      Don’t you have to go out and about to fundraise?

      • YoNastyBunny

        No… You just have your political fans sign up to make automatic online donations… in perpetuity, right? Easy peasy

  • MynameisBlarney
    • BadKitty904

      In more ways than one…

    • MasterDebaterBozi
      • MynameisBlarney

        No…just…no..

      • Mr. Blobfish

        I forgot all about them. Thanks.

      • JustDon’tSayHombre

        Somewhere, in America, there’s a street named after my dad
        …and the home he never had

        Loved that album

      • Jennaratrix

        Oh my god. If this was any more 80s, it would have transported us back there. I have some questions.
        1. Why are the dancers all greased up? Eww.
        2. Did anyone actually ever walk the dinosaur?
        3. How many synthesizers does a group need?
        4. What’s with the woman with one drum stick on the drum machine?
        5. What does boom boom acka lacka lacka boom have to do with… anything?
        6. Finally, why do I have enough free time to have done this? The world may never know.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    CROOKED HILLARY WENT TO AN ADELE CONCERT!!!!!!

  • schmannity

    Trump has generously offered half off on the first drink of bottom shelf liquor for any fundraiser held at a Trump resort or hotel.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      Donald is the Sloe Gin Fizz of candidates.

      • NastyCatsVote

        Plymouth sloe gin libel!

  • Thiazin Red

    Now Trump says he would be down to fight Joe Biden. How many seconds would it take for OHJB to knock him out?

    • Nounverb911
    • baconzgood

      I post Trump at 30-1. I won’t bet on short money. In fact I wouldn’t take any bet against the fight going the score card. Handsome Joe or 6 or less.

    • Lefty Frizzell

      As much as I would like to say otherwise, and the picture in my head of OHJB thrashing Trump is indeed glorious, I think it would be a terrible idea, since the first one to land a solid punch could well kill the other – both past 70, not in the best of health (Biden’s in significantly better shape but a history of aneurysms doesn’t bode well for a fist fight).

  • Nounverb911

    And of course Donny charges extra for his name when the events are in Trump locations…

    https://twitter.com/KatyTurNBC/status/791258643425554432

    • Mr. Blobfish

      And charged his campaign.

    • h4rr4r

      That is just smart!

      No really, this guy is a master of driving a business into the ground and pocketing everyone else’s money.

      At first I joked this was a “The Producers” campaign, now I am sure of it.

  • proudgrampa

    The the is important.

    • JustDon’tSayHombre

      And also a pretty good They Might Be Giants album

      • proudgrampa

        Indeed!

        Apropos of nothing, you reminded me of my favorite They Might Be Giants song:

        https://youtu.be/vsQrKZcYtqg

        • JustDon’tSayHombre

          Ever see them live? They are hilarious! Last time I saw them play ‘Instanbul’ they spent 5 minutes on a breakdown where John sang, slowly, “Take meee baaaack” and John answered “Nooooo”; “Pleeeeeaaase” “Noooooooo”.

          OK, maybe you had to be there. I laughed so hard my jaw hurt.

          • proudgrampa

            I have not seem them live, but they sound like a lot of fun!

  • DougW659

    He looks tired….

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Donald Trump has lost
    He flails about wildly
    Gingrich licks his nuts

    • mailman27

      Doesn’t the middle line need one more syllable?

      –Haiku Nazi

      • Mr. Blobfish

        I was mistakenly treating ‘wildly as three syllables. Ya fascist.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Now, see, I think most people would find the prospect of nut licking from Newtie distinctly unwelcome, not to mention icky.

  • Lulu Mac

    OT: It’s already been said that her ad game is strong, but DAYAM…shut up, you’re crying!!!

    https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton/status/791289774682157057

    • BadKitty904

      Look, if you people are going to keep posting this stuff, I’m going to need some kinda Kleenex subsidy.

    • JustDon’tSayHombre

      Who knew the onion ninjas were up this hour of the morning?

  • TheGrandWaz00

    The GOP’s financial bankruptcy will pair nicely with their moral one.

  • Crystalclear12

    Dumpster fires stink right to the end!

  • Rick Hill

    “We all know why I lost! hillary is a terrible person, an awful corrupt woman. We lost because the establishment part of the gop wouldn’t support us! It’s true.Believee me. Weak and sad.”

    • MasterDebaterBozi

      “Such a nasty woman.”

  • Lefty Frizzell

    OT but the whole “shy voter” scenario is a croc. If it did indeed exist it would work the other way since half the country and most of the media thinks Hillary is a psycho who has no empathy and Trump is more trustworthy.

    • Lulu Mac

      Also, too…we’re terrified of getting harassed by the RWNJ, alt-right, misogynistic, racist, rethuglicans….

      • Lefty Frizzell

        …and I just can’t wrap my head around the concept of a Trump voter who isn’t obnoxiously loud and proud about it.

        • MOG253

          I know few, I find them to be a bit sinister. It’s like they are playing 5th columnists in 2 WW2 movie.

    • Thiazin Red

      Nate Silver looked at the primary results and the polls aggregates weren’t that far off (except one), so there wasn’t much evidence that there was some massive population lying to surveyors.

    • Relativicus

      The Trump supporters I’ve encountered are anything but “shy” about it.

  • Ikimizi

    “Unlike the period from June 1 to today, we have no organized calendar of events for the next 14 days”

    Up until now, everything has been going according to plan. Must have been some interesting things written on that calendar.

  • Carpe Vagenda

    Isn’t the Senate PAC a Crossroads thing?

    I’m so looking forward to watching Bannon and the consultants rip each other apart when this is all over.

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    Donald Trump is probably working on pocketing his campaign money right now…

    • Rick Hill

      Now? That was job one, months ago. Done and done. Don’t let anyone say he doesn’t have an exit strategy.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      He’s been doing it all along, with bigly cash payments to various arms of the Trump Organization…

      I ran for President of the United States and all I got out of it was this 757 free and clear…

    • h4rr4r

      That was the plan all along.

      A six pack of beer says the campaign corporation goes into bankruptcy and leaves a pile of unpaid bills.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        THAT would be funny to see….

        It makes me wonder, though, who accepts any significant business from a campaign without some sort of personal guarantee from someone to cover the likely non-payment? Who makes those guarantees? Does anyone know the structure of these deals?

        • h4rr4r

          I doubt they bother asking for those. Lots of small vendors are going to be involved right?
          Is the local copyshop going to ask for that? Or just NET30/60/90 billing?

          • Beanz&Berryz

            Probably true. I just have in mind that some (primary) presidential carry debts well into the future, so is it all those little vendors who are getting stiffed or some deep pocket contributors who cover for the campaign, so it doesn’t look like it’s grifting all the Littlez…

      • starkitty

        It’s like Ron Paul money bomb, without the fiscal integrity.

      • JustDon’tSayHombre

        Don’t forget half of those bills are to companies with the name “Trump” in there somewhere. I’m guessing those bills are paid.

        • h4rr4r

          Duh, those get paid the day the bill comes in.
          You simply delay all the other bills as long as you can.

      • hendenburg2

        All presidential campaigns end up in debt after the election

        • h4rr4r

          Do they all end up never paying anyone but the candidate?

          • hendenburg2

            Nah, that one’s unique to Trump

  • Bitter Scribe

    Why would he want to waste his time talking to rich donors who’d throw millions of dollars at Republicans instead of holding more rallies where people who are already planning to vote for him can come and scream for Hillary Clinton to be put in jail?

    After all, that’s how Homer Simpson won the lottery:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/96d64a37d55a9cb71fe68edda979d395bdfc0d0a2e18a48b2884a24ce8d4f5ac.jpg

  • Oneofthebobs

    I hope that Donald spends some time personally campaigning for the down-ballot Republicans.

    • Rick Hill

      He will, too. If they pony up his speaking fees.

    • If they let him…

  • MOG253

    Live in DC at his hotel, doing another commercial.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    It’s gonna be interesting to see who the party blames for this whole fiasco. My money’s on Those Who Will Not Sing. The ensuing purge of everyone to the left of Tom Cotton should be interesting.

    • Relativicus

      They’ll blame Trump WHO IS NOT ONE OF US AND IS A CLINTON PLANT!!!!

      They’ll blame the fact they, again, failed to nominate The Most Conservative Conservative in the Universe, which will not be their fault.

      They’ll blame The Left for all those mean things they say about Salt of the Earth True Americans.

      And they’ll blame The Media for all the biases.

      The end.

      • snark-lurker

        well yeah! dogh

      • chicken thief

        If only Ted Cruz had a purdier face…..

    • starkitty

      Isn’t supporting the most extreme right candidate they could find exactly how they got themselves into this mess?

      • revenant

        it’s the only way they know, their One Weird Trick. never mind that it doesn’t work anymore, nationally- it works locally, and it used to work for the Presidency (Reagan/Bush/Bush), so it must be that they’re not trying hard enough because it can’t be that they’re wrong.

      • Jennaratrix

        Now, now – you know better than to use logic and reason.

        • snark-lurker

          wtf r u talkin bout?

          • Jennaratrix

            It’s anybody’s guess, really.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        Yup. It’s what they did after 08 and 12. They are nothing if not persistent, though. American Conservatism can not fail — it can only be failed.

      • georgiaburning

        That’s the kind of thinking that worked so well in the Soviet Union. “Keep killing farmers until food production increases.”

        • snark-lurker

          that cold man

        • Nasty Khaleesi

          I’ve always liked “the beatings will continue until morale improves around here.”

    • chicken thief

      Tom Cotton, presumptive 2020 GOP POTUS nominee!

  • bookish

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-local-taxes_us_580918ffe4b000d0b155a46c

    obtained by The Huffington Post show that the candidate has also repeatedly fought to lower the amount he pays in state and local taxes, in some cases telling authorities that his properties are worth tens of millions of dollars less than he’s claimed in his federal election filings.

    • PubOption

      It looks like Trump is keeping more than one set of books.

    • Jenny, Manocidal Vagendiac

      This isn’t surprising at all and fairly common in most places.

      What is surprising is that he isn’t doing all that much commercial business in Texas. Probably because he is an idiot. Our commercial tax appraisal laws are so flawed that Clark County’s reduction would look small in comparison.

    • snark-lurker

      i cannut do dat. county treasurer tells ME based on sq. foots & other stuff got nuttin to do with worth…this house like a seive with loose windows

    • BadKitty904

      Donald Trump, lying about his finances?! Could such a thing be?!?1?

  • Nockular cavity

    “we’re going to take casualties but that we’re going to go out guns blazing.”

    Whatever, General Custer…

    • Me not sure

      “I don’t know what’s gotten into those Indians, they seemed alright at the dance last night.”

    • BadKitty904

      Interestingly, Gen. George Armstrong Custer was also a preening, delusional narcissist. Hence, the massacre at Little Big Horn.

      Think about it,Reince…

      • JustDon’tSayHombre

        And yet there are places all over So Dak named after the idiot. County, city, state park, streets.
        It’s kinda fucked up.

        • BadKitty904

          I’d reckon SD is kinda short on folks to name things after…

          • JustDon’tSayHombre

            There PLENTY of Nordqvists and skis and O’s and Kleins.
            Plus lots of Originally Here People with animal surnames.
            Not so many Custers, IIRC.

    • mailman27

      Not with those bone spurs, you’re not.

  • AnOuthouse
    • Bub the Bad Zombre

      Needz emergency reupholstering in gold brocade.

      • snark-lurker

        if yooz a guy & nose the werd “brocade” me feelz 100% less alone

        • Bub the Bad Zombre

          I am a well rounded, metrosexual sort of zombie.

          • snark-lurker

            i iz purdy square, no cool, jest square

          • Bub the Bad Zombre

            Perhaps you are more cool than you think. An appreciation for fine fabrics is never a bad thing, in my view.

        • Mehmeisterjr

          Well, I’m a bro but what is a cade?

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    As someone with 30 years experience in fundraising, I am here to tell you there is no such thing as an “ad hoc fundraising event” unless you mean “we’re going to hock the campaign computers to buy ads.”

    • Jon Sussex

      What if the candidate happened upon a child with lunch money?

  • Jennaratrix

    Of course he’s going to stop doing major donor fundraisers; he’s losing, he can’t grift the money, and as a not-really-Republican who was never running for the benefit of the GOP or the country, he couldn’t possibly care less if Repubs down-ticket win or lose. I’m not generally of the “burn it down” mentality, but when it comes to the GOP, I am. Because they built this house, and now that they realize the foundation is crap, they have two options; fix the foundation, or tear the whole thing down and start over. Looks like their party’s top ticket just made that decision for them.

    Toss out the teabaggers to start their own whackjob third party, and go back to GOP standard policies. I still won’t vote for them, but they’ll get a lot of the people who are bailing out back, and we’ll go back to a strong two-party system that gives everyone some options. I wouldn’t mind seeing a GOP that has policies other than “Obstruct everything Democrats do even if we originally suggested it” and it would be good for the country as a whole, too.

    • JustDon’tSayHombre

      Preach!

      • Jennaratrix

        You shouldn’t encourage me. ;)

        • JustDon’tSayHombre

          Huh? You’re doing great!

    • calliecallie

      Perhaps I have a mean vindictive bitch streak, but I would like them to remain clueless and chaotic until 2020 or so. At which point we redistrict their asses into oblivion. Crush their bones and make their women wail also too.

      • snark-lurker

        “mean vindictive bitch”
        I like the cunt of your jib, matette.

      • Jennaratrix

        I would too, if they didn’t drag the rest of us down with them. As much as I’m not fan of the GOP in general, and seeing them hoisted by their own petard is filling me with glee, it’s doing shitty things to all of us while it happens. We can take a pound of flesh and let them lick their wounds and heal. We risk burning down with them if we get greedy.

        IMHO and all that, and excuse all the mixed metaphors. I’m feeling wordy.

    • chicken thief

      “…he can’t grift the money…”

      You may be on to something. When did Pence have to cancel those back to back fundraisers due to lack of interest? (As an aside: it still makes me chuckle to type “had to cancel fundraisers due to lack of interest”!!!) Anyone recall if that was before or after 10/19?

  • Mavenmaven

    Trump motto: Make Me Rich Again

  • Anna Rompage

    My sweetie and I were watching the last Cubs playoff game, where the commercials were inundated with anti Hillary ads. One of them was a negative hit job about the Clinton Foundation. After the commercial she looked at me and said “That was really confusing, didn’t make any sense, and I have no idea what they were trying to say…”

    My sweetie doesn’t follow politics at all, but I’m glad to say she seems immune to right wing dog whistles… My only hope is that there are a lot more people out in the world like her.

    • JustDon’tSayHombre

      I saw one of those ads last night watching the WS. In California. Now, what kind of financial genius makes a NATIONAL media buy with this shit? Totally wasted money in half the markets, at least. They should be drowning FL, OH, etc., with that shit, but it’s a waste of air time in CA and NY.
      But it’s on Fox, so maybe they got a deal.

      • Longstreet63

        Normally, you’d be right. But this year, they’re losing or close in many places they usually win, so maybe it was cheaper to go national.

        Plus, they are A Moran.

      • Kooolest G

        to be fair, I’ve seen lots of hillary ads here in CA as well. then again I know lots of people that live in CA now but still get absentee ballots from the state they’re from, so maybe that’s the strategery?

      • berkeleyfarm

        Probably trying to get all the O-hi-o folks watching the game and Wisconsin Cubbies fans. But yeah.

        • JustDon’tSayHombre

          Plus, I suppose they might be trying to GOTV in The Valley. There’s been signs of good ol’ times racism there.

          • berkeleyfarm

            Those signs have been there for some time. But even a large margin there isn’t going to be able to compete with the more populated coastal areas. Sort of back to where I got really hooked into Wonkette this election season (color commentary on the California primary).

          • JustDon’tSayHombre

            Plus jokes about canned clams. Never get tired of those.

          • Mehmeisterjr

            The jokes or the clams?

          • JustDon’tSayHombre

            The jokes, YOU MONSTER!

    • kev

      GO TRIBE!!!

    • HazooToo

      I’m in PA. I’ve seen zero Trump ads on TV, only on youtube. All I’m getting are spectacular Hillary ads, and Toomey bragging about all the horrible shit he supports, then calling McGinty a criminal and a puppet.

  • Thaumaturgist

    Maybe if some of these “down-ballot Republicans” would spend their campaign dollars at Trump priperties, Donald might help them out with the fundraising, huh?

  • calliecallie

    I love everything about this post.
    “He’s probably already figured out a way to bankrupt the Republican Party altogether and make a tidy profit for himself.”
    Yes, please.

  • Charles Wolf
  • calliecallie

    Senate Leadership Fund puts “The” fun in funding?

  • Longstreet63

    Pfft. Only losers have to get “elected” to take power.
    Trump figures he’s got a good chance of being appointed Chancellor.

    • snark-lurker

      that not funny

  • calliecallie

    “we’re going to take casualties but that we’re going to go out guns blazing.”

    Such a very Republican metaphor. Isn’t that what the Bundys said about the bird sanctuary?

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      send snacks!

    • Bub the Bad Zombre

      I thought they said “we’re going to eat all the snax, shit in a trench and play with dildos.”

    • chicken thief

      “Ouch! That hurts!1!!!!”

      ~ Blue Tarp Man

    • Berkeleybear94

      Right up until they surrendered and suddenly claimed it was all about “raising awareness”. Also that there planned action in telling everyone to show up and seize the place wasn’t a conspiracy (which is one charge they might actually walk on because people can’t get it through their heads that conspiracy in legal parlance just means there was an agreement to either do something illegal or use illegal means to obtain a lawful end – i.e. if a group illegally occupies a place together and it wasn’t a coincidence it is a conspiracy).

  • chicken thief

    “…the GOP only gets 20 percent of the online funds…”

    TAKERS!11!!!!!!

  • chicken thief

    On the flip side, Dems need to dump moar moniez into the campaign of whoever is running against Little Marco. That race has tightened up dramatically.

    • cynmac’s bigly nasty pussy

      The booing of Marco on Saturday was awesome.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    If they need any more advice on the art of losing money, my expertise is always available, for a small consulting fee or course.

    • Nasty Land Shark

      Cash up front, of course.

  • Courser

    So basically Trump has sealed himself into his Echo Chamber for the rest of the race.

    Awesome job Republicans!

  • Bad Hombre Ron

    Donnie: We’re not gonna schedule any events, we’re just gonna wing it.
    Flint MI: Oh, fuck, not again.

  • ken_kukec

    Mnuchin knows Mnothin’.

    • JesusWasAHippie

      There’s mnuch to do about it.

  • Swampay

    Yeah, but if you vote for him and he gets elected he will certainly have your best interests at heart.

  • Swampay

    Slightly OT, but I saw this in a magazine yesterday. Guess who they’re talking about?
    “Capitalism, in understanding, is not production, management and marketing. It is wheeling and dealing. It is not about workers and customers. It is about personal connections with regulators. It is finding and using loopholes in the law, or creating loopholes.”

    That’s right, it’s Vladimir Putin! (what, who were you thinking of?)

    • Economist?

      • Swampay

        Yep.

        • i forced myself to read that entire thing. on vacation.

          • Swampay

            I like the writing and the insights, but it’s sure hard to keep up with! I’d like it better twice or even once a month instead of weekly.

  • Mehmeisterjr

    Say, you know who else took casualties but went out guns blazing?

    • cynmac’s bigly nasty pussy

      Butch and Sundance?

    • Raan

      Tony “Nobody bangs my sister but me” Montana?

    • phoenix00

      Jimmy Hoffa?

  • Axomamma

    “We have minimized his fundraising schedule over the last month to emphasize his focus on political [events],” – like grand openings of hotels? Wait, what?

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