Barack Obama and Bill O’Reilly Tell Donald Trump to Stop Whining (New York Magazine): There is broad, bipartisan consensus that Donald Trump’s sense of entitlement is in need of reform. The Republican nominee has spent the past two weeks trying to energize his base … by informing them that their votes probably won’t matter, since a cabal of international bankers — working in coordination with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, a bunch of ugly, lying women, and “certain communities” in Philadelphia — will probably just rig the election, anyway.
Which is to say: The standard-bearer of the “party of personal responsibility” has spent most of this month blaming everyone but himself for his plummeting poll numbers.
Now, (virtually) everyone from Barack Obama to Bill O’Reilly thinks it’s time for Trump to end his tour of the whine country.
“You start whining before the game is even over?” Obama asked an imaginary Trump, incredulously, during a presser in the White House Rose Garden with Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi. “If, whenever things are going bad for you and you lose, you start blaming somebody else? You don’t have what it takes to do this job.”
Obama went on to note the paucity of evidence for large-scale voter fraud in the United States — and how difficult such a scheme would be to pull off, given how decentralized the American voting system is.
On Monday night, Bill O’Reilly offered a more terse version of the same message, telling Stephen Colbert, that his recommendation to Trump was, “Stop whining … Nobody cares about the ‘rigged’ stuff.”
Mod: The rest of this inspiring account can be read here.
Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez chose not to stay in a Trump hotel, but he didn't want it to be news (Los Angeles Times link): From behind the Dodgers bench, Adrian Gonzalez glanced at his teammates who were taking their first rounds of batting practice during an afternoon workout. He looked down and sighed.
Gonzalez was suddenly part of the national conversation about the upcoming presidential election, courtesy of actions he had quietly taken five months earlier.
The Mexican American first baseman had refused to stay with his team at a Chicago property owned by Republican nominee Donald Trump.
The story became known Sunday night, and some people on social media were celebrating him as a hero as he and the other Dodgers were preparing for their Tuesday showdown against the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.
Except … “I don’t want this to be a story,” the first baseman said. “I did it for myself,” he explained.
Gonzalez doesn’t want to be another Colin Kaepernick, who is kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.
Gonzalez said that his views on social issues were a private matter. He might do something in protest, as he did when he asked the Dodgers to not provide Trump with business on his behalf, but he thinks that isn’t for anyone else to know.
“I wasn’t doing it for publicity, I wasn’t doing it for people to look at me or talk about me,” he said. “That’s not who I am. I just have my own values and morals that I want to live by.”
And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Mod: Just one more reason to love the Dodgers.
Clinton holds clear advantage in new battleground polls (Washington Post link): Based on the results from the 15 state surveys, along with assumptions of the likely outcomes in other states that have consistently voted for one party or the other, Clinton, the Democratic nominee, holds leads of four percentage points or more among likely voters in states that add up to 304 electoral votes.
Trump, the GOP nominee, has the advantage in states with an estimated electoral vote total of 138. Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Texas, which account for 96 electoral votes, remain as toss-ups. All results in the 15 state surveys are based on ballot tests that include Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein.
The results underscore the importance for Trump of Wednesday’s final presidential debate, in Las Vegas. National polls have moved in Clinton’s direction since the exchanges began in late September. Her current average margin is seven points in polling averages from the Huffington Post Pollster and RealClearPolitics.
The effect of the shift toward Clinton in national polls is evident in the new 15-state study. In late August, The Post, using SurveyMonkey’s online methodology, conducted individual polls in all 50 states among registered voters. At that time, Clinton led in states that added up to 244 electoral votes, while Trump led in states accounting for 126. Toss-up states equaled 168 electoral votes.