OK, Trav, this is kind of silly

This came in from SC Democrats over the weekend:

Henry McMaster rolled out the red carpet for President Trump, will he do the same for the president’s mistress this weekend?330px-Stormy_Daniels_2010
Columbia, SC — Over the last several days, the Wall Street Journal revealed that President Trump’s lawyer used a Delaware corporation to pay hush money to pornstar Stormy Daniels weeks before the 2016 election to keep her from revealing an affair she had with the president while he was married to his third wife, First Lady Melania Trump. This weekend, Stormy Daniels will be visiting Greenville for a public appearance in which she will certainly talk about the president.
“Henry McMaster and Catherine Templeton have gone above and beyond to associate themselves with everything related to President Trump,” said South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Trav Robertson. “From what we know about the president, Stormy is bound to be his fourth wife and I can’t believe that Henry and Catherine would miss the opportunity to seek her endorsement. It’s the perfect time for them to talk about their South Carolina values as she kicks off what she is calling her ‘Make America Horny Again’ tour in Greenville.”

Yes, the thing about the porn star is a part of the general pattern of sleaze (along with the “Access Hollywood” tape, the multiple allegations of sexual assault, the behavior running beauty pageants, the casinos, professional wrestling and reality TV) of the most unfit man ever to hold our highest office.

And yes, wrapping yourself in the Trump mantle means wrapping yourself in sleaze. It’s a legitimate point, as far as it goes.

But this effort to be cute kind of misses the mark. Perhaps it’s the “Stormy is bound to be his fourth wife” part that throws it off….

11 thoughts on “OK, Trav, this is kind of silly

  1. Brad Warthen Post author

    By the way… it seems that any time a “porn star” pops up in the news, they look really fake: the makeup, the big, blonde hair, the apparently modified body parts.

    It’s all kind of off-putting.

    Why, in MY day, we had universally appealing, wholesome, girl-next-door pornography.

    Give us somebody like Bettie Page!

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      OK, just kidding. I’m not that old. Bettie was sort of before my time.

      And she was more of the cheesecake school rather that full-scale porn — although she did get a bit kinky in some of those pictures.

      But she’s a name I could think of and she makes my point: Real is more sexy than the blow-up doll look…

  2. Brad Warthen Post author

    In Trav’s defense, the state party DOES put out more substantive nuts-and-bolts releases, such as this one this morning:

    It’s time to buckle up, 2018 is here in full force and we’re going to need you to help organize each and every day.

    The Republicans in D.C. made that particularly clear Friday at midnight when they chose not to work with Democrats and closed the government. If you control the White House, the House, and the Senate, it is your most basic responsibility to pass a budget. The Trump administration has been doing everything in its power to lower our expectations, but this is a new low for the Republican Party. At the very least, it shows a lack of compassion for the American people on the part of Mitch McConnell and the Republican Senate majority. We trust the Democrats can lead the country toward a compromise soon.

    With the shutdown as a backdrop, Democrats were engaged across South Carolina over the weekend. In many counties, precinct reorganization got underway, which is the first step in our convention process. If you don’t know when yours is, reach out to your County Party Chair using our directory! They’re ready to hear from you and get you involved. Saturday was also the second Women’s March, which drew thousands in Charleston and millions nationwide. On a day when the Tea Party convention in Myrtle Beach didn’t draw 150 people, Democrats turned out in droves! If you’ve got pictures from either the precinct reorganization in your county or the Women’s March, share with us on Twitter @SCDP — we’d love to see all the hard work that you’re doing.

    If you’d like to roll that momentum right into Monday, the Black Women’s Caucus is having their first meeting tonight at the SCDP Headquarters (915 Lady St, Suite 111, Columbia). We’d love to have you join us and turn that energy into action. Details below!

    Be sure to join your local Parties and candidates for all of their events this week. We’ll have more precinct reorganizations this Saturday too, so be sure to check in with your County Party folks about details for your meeting.

    Also, before we go, we need to share the sad news of the passing of two of our Democratic family members: Reid Anderegg, former Chair of the Charleston County Party, and Hayes F. Samuels Jr, the Coroner of Clarendon County. We’re going to miss both of these wonderful Democrats and the passion that they brought to our Party.

    Monday, January 22

    Union County Democratic Party Monthly Meeting, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. City of Union, 101 Sharpe Ave., Union, SC.

    Peninsula Democrats Monthly Meeting (Charleston County), 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC. Congressional candidate and ocean engineer Joe Cunningham will join us to talk about the dangers of Trump’s plans for offshore drilling and what we can do to fight it here in Charleston. For 2018, the Peninsula Democrats will now meet on the Fourth Monday every month. Come at 6:00 to sign in and chat with your fellow Democrats, the meeting starts at 6:30.For 2018, the Peninsula Democrats will now meet on the Fourth Monday every month. Come at 6:00 to sign in and chat with your fellow Democrats, the meeting starts at 6:30. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/313431142396585/.

    Black Women’s Caucus Meeting, 6:00 – 7:00 PM. SCDP Conference Room, 915 Lady Street, Columbia, SC. Come to our first caucus meeting and find out how you can get involved!

    Aiken County Democratic Women’s Club Monthly Meeting, 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Activity Room at Friendship Baptist Church, 515 Richland Ave. East, Aiken, SC.

    Dorchester County Democratic Party Monthly Executive Committee Meeting, 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Baum Temple AME Zion Church, 943 West 1st North Street, Summerville, SC 29483. Come to our monthly meeting and find out what the Dorchester County Dems are doing! Open to the public.

    Tuesday, January 23

    Tell Them Trump Tuesday, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. 130 S. Main St., Greenville, SC.

    Abbeville Town Hall with Mary Geren, 5:30 – 7:30 PM. The Belmont Inn 104 E Pickens St, Abbeville, SC 29620. Please join us in Abbeville for a Town Hall with Mary Geren. For more information, contact Jill Thompson Phone Number: 843-425-9268 or jill@marygeren.com

    Millennial Advisory Panel (Spartanburg County), 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Spartanburg County Democratic Party HQ, Real Estate Way, Spartanburg, SC. Beverages provided; millennials bring the snacks and your choice of beverage if you’re picky. A weekly gathering to vent, help community efforts, inspire and work to help young democrats run for office. HBO and Netflix now playing with the latest Vice News and more!

    Democratic Club South of the Broad (Hilton Head/Bluffton) Evening Meeting, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Room, 111 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head, SC. The Democratic Club South of the Broad welcomes Jody Arthur to speak on the “Flipping the 1st Congressional District” at their monthly evening meeting at Palmetto Electric Company Community Room, 111 Mathews Drive, on Tuesday, January 23rd. Social time at 6:30, speaker at 7:00. Jody will present an analysis of precinct data from the 2016 election and its relevance to the mid-term elections in Beaufort County.

    East Cooper Democrats (Charleston County), 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Olive Branch AME Church Annex Building, 1734 North Highway 17, Mount Pleasant, SC. Join us to plan for 2018 and learn about our efforts to turn East Cooper Blue.

    Wednesday, January 24

    Daniel Island Drinking Liberally Meeting, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Wasabi, 194 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston, SC 29492. In spite of everyone’s best efforts we suffered a disappointing loss last week. It is time to dust ourselves off and get organized for coming elections. The opportunity to declare yourself a Precinct Captain is NOW. We also welcome any other ideas for getting future candidates elected. Let’s get this DI-BC Democratic Party STARTED. Daniel Island Drinking Liberally is a progressive non-partisan group that meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month at Wasabi. 6PM. Periodically we host special-interest speakers, candidates running for office, and leaders of nonprofits making a difference in our community. We always have great conversation, plotting and planning how we will save the planet and our democracy for coming generations. And we drink. Responsibly. Join us! January 2018 dates are 10th & 24th. Find us on FB https://www.facebook.com/groups/389469278081723/ and http://livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/sc/danielisland

    Thursday, January 25

    North Strand Dems Meeting (Horry County), 5:30 – 6:30 PM. North Myrtle Beach Library, 910 1st Avenue South, North Myrtle Beach, SC. For more information, contact Pat Chemi at montybailey2@icloud.com, or Verlene DeWitt at bigvbd@gmail.com.

    West Side Dems Meeting (Horry County), 5:30 – 6:30 PM. 311C Beaty St. Conway, SC. For more information, contact Nancy Anderson, 843-340-1595.

    SCDP Executive Committee Meeting, 5:30 – 8:00 PM. Midlands Tech-Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Rd. Columbia, SC. This meeting is open to the public.

    Spartanburg Democratic Party Meetup, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Spartanburg County Democratic Party HQ, 1 Real Estate Way, # 100, Spartanburg, SC.

    Colleton County Democratic Party Monthly Meeting, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Walterboro Public Library, 600 Hampton St., Walterboro, SC. Discussion: 2018 Precinct Reorganization and County Convention

    Indian Land Democratic Club Meeting, 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Indian Land High School, 8063 River Rd, Fort Mill, SC. Guest speaker is Phil Noble – Democratic Candidate for Governor

    Lancaster County Democratic Party Meeting, 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Carole Ray Dowling Center, 476 Hubbard Dr. Lancaster, SC. Co-sponsored by the Lancaster County Democratic Party and Revolution group. Topic: Our Revolution Outreach Event.

    Newberry County Democratic Party Monthly Meeting, 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Ronnie’s Restaurant, 20167 Wilson Road, Newberry, SC.

    North Augusta Democratic Club Monthly Meeting, 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Hammond Grove Baptist Church, 214 West Five Notch Rd., North Augusta, SC.

    Saturday, January 27

    Greenville County Democratic Party Monthly Breakfast & Meeting, 8:30 – 10:00 AM. Upstate Circle of Friends, 29 Ridgeway Drive, Greenville, SC. Join the Greenville County Democratic Party for their monthly meeting & breakfast! Hear from local elected officials, party leaders, activists, and policy experts. Plus, find ways to volunteer with the GCDP or Democratic Campaigns! For more information, contact Jarrod Wiggins at 320-292-0504 or jarrod.k.wiggins@gmail.com.

    Oconee County Democratic Party Coffee Social and Precinct Reorganization, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Gignilliat Center, 621 N. Townville St. Seneca, SC. Do you want democrats elected in 2018? It starts at the precinct level on January 27 in Oconee County. A precinct is where elections are won or lost, because it is where people live and vote. Active precincts will help elect more Democrats statewide! Make a real difference. Attend the January 27 OCDP Precinct Reorganization Meeting. Need information? Contact Paulette Keffas-Chassin at 864-723-1554.

    Richland County Democratic Party Precinct Reorganization, 9:00 – 11:00 AM. Various locations throughout the county. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/richlandcountydemocrats/.

    Sumter County Democratic Party Breakfast, 9:00 – 10:30 AM. Golden Corral, Broad Street, Sumter.

    Colleton County Precinct Reorganization, 10:00 – 11:00 AM. Walterboro Public Library, 600 Hampton St., Walterboro, SC. We will host a symposium for our countywide Precinct Reorganization. We are asking interested voters from all 32 precincts to attend.

    Sunday, January 28

    Spartanburg County Civil Sundays, 3:00 – 4:00 PM. Morgan Square and Church Street, Spartanburg, SC. If you’ve been to Tell Them Tuesday in Greenville – basically the same thing just in Spartanburg. Instead of speaking to Congressman Gowdy in person (his office is across the street), we will have postcards and clipboards for you to write him a personal note. If you haven’t been to Tell Them Tuesday and want to join us, bring a sign to hold as we gather on the Church Street side (remember – short & sweet), sing along (or not) and get involved!

    1. Mark Stewart

      Go ahead, pour some ginger beer in your whiskey. Let us know.

      But anyway, wasn’t it only a few years ago that being discovered with a mistress was a political death sentence? Ah, the fine old days. I miss a little sense of decorum…

      1. Richard

        Those “few years ago” must have been pre-Bill Clinton. It didn’t seem to exactly kill his political career. In fact, you could come up with all kinds of unique defenses like “Define ‘is’ “.

        I’m curious how a germophobe like Trump would pick up a porn star. That’s like a being afraid of heights and taking up skydiving.

  3. Harry Harris

    This stuff matters little, and Trav knows that. He just needs to resist the urge to get caught up in the superficial buzz.

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