If you’re shocked that Donald Trump was capable of being this much of a pig, you let yourself be deluded. If you’re surprised that the Clinton campaign — or some allied party — found something like this, you willfully chose to live in a fantasyland. If you think there isn’t more of this stuff waiting, you’re doubling down on your delusions and fantasies.

—Jonah Goldberg, “Character is Destiny.”

If ‘it’s just sex!!!’ in 1995, then it’s ‘just sex’ in 2005, and this year and every year forever. THEY made that rule. Make your enemy play by his rules — remember your Alinsky.

Kathy Shaidle, “‘It’s just sex!’ remember? First-coffee thoughts on Trump’s hot mic thingie.”

  1. I assume that publication of this recording was okayed by the Clinton campaign. And if not, the public will assume so anyway. That opens the door for Trump to attack in a proportionate way. No more mister-nice-guy. Gloves are off. Nothing is out of bounds. It is fair to assume that Bill and Hillary are about to experience the worst weeks of their lives.
  2. If nothing new happens between now and election day, Clinton wins. The odds of nothing new happening in that timeframe is exactly zero.

—Scott Adams, “Why Does This Happen on My Vacation? (The Trump Tapes).”

And for a depressing reminder of the week that was for both parties’ standard-bearers, check out Jack Hellner at the American Thinker on “Trump’s dirty talk versus Hillary’s corruption.”