Think IWW Wobbly, socialist (and not that warmed-over Bernie Sanders stuff), heck, even Marxist (If I could ever understand Das Kapital).
I loathe Donald Trump.
So I will be holding my nose (with a Vice Grip) and voting for Hillary Clinton next month.
I'm scared about what could happen at tonight's debate.
It could be a disaster for Clinton and a springboard back into contention for Trump.
It's something like this:
He smuggles in a copy of the above photo. Folds it up and puts it in his inside jacket pocket, or even crams it into his wallet.
It's against the rules, but I don't think they do body searches. But even if they do, he has a backup plan: He posts the photo on his website and mentions the address several times during the debate.
It will be seen and underscore what follows.
Sometime during the debate, Trump's 2005 remarks about women will come up.
The best response for Clinton would be to acknowledge them, but move on as quickly as possible. Something like, "When this surfaced a few days ago, it just made me more resolute in my view that Donald is unfit for the presidency."
Keep it short and -- most importantly -- keep it current, as in "surfaced a few days ago."
No matter what is said by Clinton, Trump could pounce, pulling out the above photo.
I'm sure someone will interject that such a prop is against the debate rules.
Clinton should avoid saying anything. It would just play into the offensive stereotype of a whining woman.
But whatever the response, Trump would probably just just bull his way through it and then say something like this:
"Funny how you and Bill didn't find me so offensive when you were constantly sniffing around Melania and me for my money and support. I have made some mistakes -- big mistakes -- in my life, but I'm not the biggest hypocrite in the room tonight."
Clinton should respond with something like "I had no idea back then you thought this way about women. These comments only surfaced a few days ago."
Now you know why its important to keep it current. Anything else suggests she knew he was a sleaze when that photo was taken, but it didn't stop her and Bill from being so chummy. In short, a hypocrite.
But, admittedly, such a response from Clinton isn't going to do much damage to Trump's theatrical hammer blow.
And Trump could also counterattack with something along these lines:
"You say this is all new to you? Yet I've been with your husband more than once when this type of talk -- for which I now understand is truly regrettable -- filled the air. I guess you and Bill don't talk much. Or I guess only now you find such talk offensive when there's no money or support coming from me. "
I'm afraid if Trump goes this way, his responses -- including what will probably be concluded to thundering applause -- will steal the show and lead every bit of coverage.
And if Trump is smart -- I know, a huge if -- he won't bring up Bill Clinton's infidelities -- and how supposedly Hillary Clinton enabled her husband's adultery and even attacked the women involved. Such an approach by Trump will only support a view of Hillary Clinton as a victim and enforce the image of Trump as vulgar and crude.
I hope I am wrong about all of this.
I hope Trump's arrogance and emotions will get the better of him and he will be the sputtering, raging lunatic we all know is always lurking right under the surface.