Donald Trump seems to be gaining a modicum of traction is his presidential campaign. Last week he defined his immigration platform in more detailed terms and not so much in the abstract, focusing more on illegal immigration and not so much on immigration in general. When he talks about the effect of illegal immigration on the native-born black and Hispanic populations, though, he doesn't sound concerned so much as he sounds like he's trying to downplay his inherent racial attitudes in his past . . . and present. Trump's one brief shining moment - his meeting with Mexican President Enrique Enrique Peña Nieto, in which Trump himself appeared presidential - was completely undermined. It was the Trumpster who did the undermining. He said he hadn't discussed his proposed border wall with Peña Nieto, but the president of Mexico contradicted that statement, saying that the wall had come up and and also saying that Mexico would never pay for it. Thanks to a Twitter fight between the president of Mexico and the would-be President of the United States, Trump has gone back to being Trump.
But meanwhile . . . the FBI released notes of its interviews with Hillary Clinton over her e-mail server while she was at the State Department. Hillary said she "could not recall any briefing or training by State related to the retention of federal records or handling classified information," and that she responded 39 times the she could not recall or remember when answering about process or the contents of specific e-mails. The notes only seemed to enforce FBI Director James Comey's earlier conclusion that Hillary had been careless with her private e-mail account while at State. Oh yeah, and she was untrained in department procedure on how to handle classified information.
I am so glad I'm going third party this year.
By the way, look for me to avoid talking about the election so much going into the fall campaign. In fact, I will probably comment very little about it . . . mainly because everything that can be said about the Donald and the Hillary has already been said. "But Steve," you're asking, "certainly you must have missed writing political commentary on your blog during the Olympics and your hiatus. Certainly you must have second thoughts about your decision to comment less on politics from now until the election." Actually, none whatsoever. Once I found other things to write about and do online, I realized how happy I was not to comment on the 2016 election so much. So I am going to refrain a lot from commenting on it, going forward.
"Surely you can't be serious," you say.
I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.
I also finished fixing all my labels on blog entries between February 2009 and April 2012. You're welcome.