Sunday, March 13, 2016
  A new point!

Trump has thoroughly Litmused the joint. Broke down the old idiot D "versus" R charade. The newly obvious division is actually the oldest.... Gets It vs Doesn't Get It. The Gets It crowd is further divided into Gets It But Doesn't Like It and Gets It And Likes It.

Here's a new point from the Gets It But Doesn't Like It gang: Trump is doing to politics what Cassius Clay did to sports.
He understands that if you’re willing to weather the storm of criticism, you can indeed get away with anything, and a certain percentage of people will love you for thumbing your nose at the rules. For Trump, the perception that he speaks his mind has endeared him to enough voters to keep him atop the GOP race. And because every journalist wants to be the one to capture the next outrageous Trumpism, he can command the cameras and notebooks whenever he wants.

Ali became the new model for sports. After him, showboating developed into an art form. Leagues even had to adopt rules against excessive on-field hot dogging.
I know nothing about Sport, but when I happen to see a few seconds of a Sport Game on the news, I don't see much showboating. When I see or hear interviews with modern Sport Workers, I hear no showboating at all, no talk of floating or stinging, no poetry. The only thing I catch is DRUGS AND CHEATING. All of these nice calm Gentlemen and Gentlewymmyns, with all of their nice Correct Bureaucratic Jargon and Official Charities, are steroided from stem to stern and cheating 24 hours a day.

Cassius Clay was noisy as hell, but as I recall he fought clean, lived cleaner than most of us thanks to the Black Muslim rules, and won without the Benefits Of Modern Chemistry.

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