Camille Paglia: The Crafty Clinton Machine Sent Trump To Destroy The GOP

“What’s with the carpet-bombing Don Rickles routine? Does Trump have any facial expression beyond knotted, squinting scowl? It’s a strain even to look at him. The entire debate begins with Trump getting booed for refusing to rule out a third-party bid. He has a slashing, entertaining wit, but his braggart narcissism is on painful display. He speaks in simplistic polarities of ‘winners’ versus ‘losers,’ as if geopolitics were a jangling Atlantic City casino. He sets high goals but lacks real answers to any government issue. Trump is a Trojan Horse sent by the crafty Clinton machine. He has a bellyful of swords aimed at GOP hearts.” – Camille Paglia, writing for the Hollywood Reporter.

  • JauntyJohn

    At one time I found Ms. Paglia an interesting, informed thinker.
    Not anymore. She’s still got a way with an image, but if you think Trump is some kind of Clintonian Master Plan you are nucking futs.

    • barracks9

      It almost sounds as though she’s afraid of Candidate Trump.

      • johncAtl

        I’m sure she’ll be getting to know him soon on Twitter. He doesn’t let any insult go unacknowledged.

      • Olterigo

        FWIW, I think she has claimed for years now to vote for Democratic candidates.

    • she’s a racist, woman hating, republican apologist pretending to be intelligent. i shit on the last column of hers i read decades ago and never looked back. ignore her. just another shill for money, power and hate.

      • Circle Thomas

        “she’s a racist, woman hating, republican apologist pretending to be intelligent”

        Shorter version: She’s a libertarian.

        • JCF

          ZING!

      • Michael Rush

        Naomi Wolf called her the ” nipple-pierced person’s Phyllis Schlafly ”

        ( which gave me an unfortunate mental image of an actual nipple pierced Phyllis Schlafly that i can’t get out of my head )

        • gaylib

          lol

        • johncAtl

          At Phyllis’ age a nipple piercing and knee piercing are probably the same time.

          • JT

            But it can ring some bells while she’s walking.

          • 2karmanot

            great minds!

          • TampaDink

            Her nipple jewelry is constantly snagging on her support hose.

          • JCF

            “I thought I felt a lump in my breast . . . but it was my belt buckle” [“A Prairie Home Companion”]

        • William

          Thank you ever so much for bringing that mental image up from the dungeon.

          • Michael Rush

            that was a total accident i swear , it’s not like the time i was trying to get the song ” don’t you want me baby ” into your head .

          • William

            I will hunt you down!

          • Ginger Snap

            Thanks now it’s in my head and I had to go watch it.

            https://youtu.be/uPudE8nDog0

          • Chuck in PA
          • Ginger Snap

            Haaaaaaaaaa!

          • ZhyKitty

            Fantastic. Now it’s nipple pierced, thigh high booted, be-thonged stripper Phylis dancing to Don’t You Want Me Baby?
            that I’m seeing in my head.
            Damn you, Michael. lmao

          • TampaDink

            Let’s be honest. Phyllis would only wear clip-on nipple jewelry.

          • ZhyKitty

            Still gagging over here, TD!!!! lol

          • TampaDink

            I know. The visuals really don’t improve.

          • ZhyKitty

            No….no they do NOT. lmao

          • the devil is prepping Micheal’s room right now. it’s filled with ear-burrowing worms.

          • ZhyKitty

            And a naked, willing, Phylis demon, should there be any justice at all! lol

        • JT
        • 2karmanot

          Especially since Schlafly’s must be banging on her knee caps by now.

        • Tor
          • ZhyKitty

            This is why I sleep in a sports bra…so this will never happen to mine.

        • ZhyKitty

          Ugh, thanks for sharing.
          Now I see it too. lol

        • D. J.

          That’s how they get Phyllis into an upright position.

          • TampaDink

            They hook up the old wench to a winch.

          • Michael Rush

            now i need to figure WHY they get her into an upright position .

      • 2karmanot

        I’m with you on this. Along with Carli Fi, she’s a human vinegar douche.

    • JT

      She’s well past her sell by date as an intellectual. She may have seemed inventive at one time. Now she just seems conceptually deranged.

    • VodkaAndPolitics

      The reds are just now having the stunning realization of just how insane their party has become, and are having a hard time adjusting.

    • GarySFBCN

      Actually, I hate her, but I just read the article – it’s pretty good when it’s not disgusting:

      “Midway through the event, Fox News inserted a clip of Fiorina at the earlier debate of candidates who hadn’t made the cut. For a surreal moment, I thought it was Dustin Hoffman in drag inTootsie — it was exactly the same lilting Heartland accent.”

      Tom Cruz: Big, strange-looking guy with an almost womanly face. Whip smart but on a monomaniacal mission for world salvation. Announces, to great applause, that his No. 1 attribute is he “will always tell the truth.” Red alert: a bruiser of a politician who thinks he has a corner on truth. Cruz’s expression is habitually close to a sneer, which he offsets with pleading, faux puppy-dog eyebrows. He knows history and military affairs, but he’s no negotiator — he’s aGeneral Patton prima donna.

      • KCMC

        Ted?
        Tom doesn’t have that acting range, pretty as he may be.

      • Cuberly

        On a purely presentational critique level it’s well observed for the most part. Her take down of Paul gave me a smirk. (Clinton/Trump conspiracy tin-foil hat aside of course.)

        But it’s devoid of any observation of the topics discussed, the interesting dynamic of the debate and how it progressed.

        To me it reads like a Joan and Melissa red carpet at the Oscars broadcast. Forgettable 5 minutes after it’s over.

        I guess her task was to comment on how Presidential they appeared. That’s all.

      • RobNYNY1957

        It isn’t that he always says the truth. He just thinks that everything he says is the truth. There is a difference.

    • Nic Peterson

      It’s interesting to note that the Donald blew onto the scene right around the same time poor Jeb was getting knocked around about big brothers abject failure as a leader. Wouldn’t be so sure the Clintons put Donny boy up to this, smells more like Bush League politics to me.

    • another_steve

      Ya know, my man and I have been discussing this, and we do believe there’s a possibility that Bill Clinton intentionally did what he did, in encouraging Trump, to goad Trump into the race. Knowing the chaos that Trump would bring to the Republican Party.

      I think Paglia might be on to something there.

      • TampaDink

        You, your man & Camille must be absolutely 100% correct. When I think of someone who would be willing to do for others by attempting to do for himself, the first person I think of is Donald Trump. That man is a true mensch with a heart of gold (leaf).
        /sarcasm.

        • james_from_cambridge

          This is the Clintons we’re talking about…the same ruthless pragmatists that destroyed the Democratic party for their own glory. Clinton, who signed the Defense of Marriage Act so he could get reelected…the same man who could have vetoed the Republican repeal of the Glass Steagall Act but didn’t, a Democratic Party law going back to FDR that kept the banks from putting our money into risky investments, and the repeal of which destroyed our economy. This is the Clintons everyone has forgotten about, the couple who abandoned their liberalism and the working class and destroyed the Democrats as a national party. They believe in nothing but power and glory and I wouldn’t put anything past them. However, if they did do this, I’ll have to admit that it is the political masterstroke of all time!

          • TampaDink

            Again, I offer exhibit A.
            Donald J. Trump.
            The very definition of self-serving egomaniac.

          • james_from_cambridge

            Except if they do indeed have a deal, he’ll get something out of them when they’re in the White House. “One hand washes the other” is what business and politics is all about, no? Trump has neither the patience nor the desire to be President. Yes, he loves publicity but that can’t be the only reason he’s doing this because he’s ruining his name in the process.

          • TampaDink

            Yes. One hand usually washes the other only to get something of value in return.
            This is where I am having a hard time imagining that there would be any “reward” large enough to entice Trump to “play along” with Hillary, Bill & the DNC.
            I guess that anything is possible. Perhaps the big plan is:

            “Hey Donny, pretend that you’re gonna run as a republican, or maybe as a 3rd party….just to get the GOP riled up & in return, at the last minute, I’ll drop out & you’ll take my place & win the presidency as a Democrat who just played the entire GOP….wouldn’t that be a hoot?” ~Killery Clinton, the architect of evil.

          • Bad Tom

            How is it possible for Trump to ruin his name?

          • james_from_cambridge

            Well, you got me there.

          • Cuberly

            “Yes, he loves publicity but that can’t be the only reason he’s doing this because he’s ruining his name in the process.”

            I think you where just about to answer that. Could it be he’s riding a cannonball vendetta that he himself lit the fuse on?

            Notice how he reacts when he gets called out on his braggadocio bullshit? He retaliates, and it gets worse, and he escalates it, and again, it gets even worse. Reince Prebus and repeat.

            Maybe he thinks his assets will shield him from any serious damage but when is he going to stop.

            How is it even feasible for the Clintons to compensate him when he’s still digging his hole, albeit netting 2min segment short term gains on cable news.

          • another_steve

            Well I’ve read Bill’s apologia re his signing of the gay-related bills, DOMA and DADT, and having been a government insider myself in the day, can understand. He and his advisors felt that the Republicans would bring far worse to America than DOMA and DADT, if they could — so those pieces of legislation were seen as the lesser of evils.

            I’d give Bill a pass on those two reprehensible pieces of legislation.

          • james_from_cambridge

            I’m sorry but to me, that’s like saying that the only political option after the civil war was Jim Crow because the Republicans were tired of fighting and afraid of losing elections if they granted full equality to Black people. That is what happened and but that wasn’t the only option and it was historically and morally wrong and it led to 100 years of horrible suffering; it was slavery under another name. The moral thing would have been to keep fighting and try and full-fill the goals of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, even if it meant losing power.

            And what in God’s name could the Republicans have done that was worse than the Defense of Marriage Act? Nothing! (Unless you think they were gonna execute us.) Clinton would have been reelected anyway because the economy was booming so why did he really sign it? He should have explained why he thought the bill immoral and faced the consequences (it probably would have been overridden anyway but he would have been on the right side of history and he and his wife wouldn’t be so mistrusted by liberals now.) Instead, he gave us the gay equivalent of separate and unequal. (and I’m not even getting into the other ways he betrayed liberals and the poor.)

          • another_steve

            “And what in God’s name could the Republicans have done that was worse than the Defense of Marriage Act?”

            Well, if you believe Clinton, he was concerned that the Republicans would push through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning same-sex marriage.

            The Republicans surely had that as their ultimate goal. Whether that goal could possibly have been achieved is open to debate.

          • TampaDink

            Nothing can convince me that Trump is so willing to be a puppet for Hillary’s gain. His ego can be seen from space.

      • It’s possible that he goaded him a bit, but it’s not like they have the ability to make that happen. Trump doesn’t do anything that’s not good for Trump.

        • another_steve

          So what is your theory, Houndentenor, regarding what Trump is up to?

          I can think of only two possible motives on his part:

          (1) Obtain an assurance from the RNC that whoever ultimately is the Republican Presidential candidate, he (Trump) will be the Vice Presidential designee; or

          (2) Obtain an assurance from the RNC that in the next Administration (assuming the Republican candidate wins in 2016), he (Trump) will be given a Cabinet post.

          What other possible motive could the maniac have?

          • Dazzer

            Trump makes most of his money selling his ‘name’ as a brand. Whether he wins the RNC endorsement or not, this escapade will help his brand.

          • TampaDink

            While it hopefully helps to further erode the GOP brand.

          • He IS the GOP brand. Ask your Fox News watching relatives (if you’re unfortunate enough to have any). Trump is only saying out loud what they say among themselves.

          • TampaDink

            I/we had dinner last night with my one errant sibling. Since she was treating, I didn’t want to spoil the occasion. She did mention that her husband was staying home to watch the debate with his mother. But I suspect that you are right.
            So many polls cannot possibly all be skewed so similarly.

          • another_steve

            He’s losing commercial contracts left and right as a result of his divisive rhetoric.

            What possible financial gain could there be vis-a-vis his current shenanigans?

          • TampaDink

            He’s gaining the gratitude of his dear friends, Hillary & Bill…..and he’s only doing so because he is such a giver.
            (or that is what Paglia…and a few J.M.G. followers seem to think.)

          • Has anyone considered the possibility that he actually wants to be president? And with his ego thinks he can be president and would be the greatest president ever? And as he’s way ahead in the polls, even if he was just doing this for the publicity, now he thinks he can win and do a great job?

          • TampaDink

            This seems far more believable than he’s doing this to help Hillary….per Bill’s request.

          • That’s nuts. But Paglia once again what she wanted. She’s pulled another Coulter. She said something ridiculous and outrageous and now we’re all talking about her. Again.

          • TampaDink

            Indeed she has.
            What surprises me, is that there have been several commenters here who seem to believe her “theory”.

    • james_from_cambridge

      She’s an idiot and a media whore but I kinda agree with her about Trump…nothing else really makes sense but that the Clinton’s are behind this. They promised him something when Hillary gets in the White House if he destroyed the GOP from within. I hate the conservatism of the Clinton’s but what I do love about them, is this kind of ruthlessness; they understand that politics in the US has always been and will always be a bloodsport. Most Democrats have forgotten that, which is why they almost always get their ass kicked by the know-nothing Republicans.

    • Chlorogoth

      Wasn’t it though? If there is any truth to the rumor that Bill Clinton helped push Trump toward a presidential run then I think it was a brilliant Master Plan. It has been making me giggle really hard every day for a week just thinking about it. I really, really enjoy Bill Clinton’s political intelligence when things like this happen.

      Just google “bill clinton encouraged trump” or something along those lines if you want some context.

    • leo77

      She pretty much jumped the shark for me last year with an article in National Review were she prattled on about mothers in the workforce. Casting the issue strictly as some exercise in feminist group think without once acknowledging the economic pressures that make two income households a necessity.

      In the same article she went on about the value of men pursuing work in the construction trades and about how these jobs, back in the day, could support a family, and why can’t modern women marry more men like that. No acknowledgment of the role that unions played in making these jobs viable, or the role conservative policy, the sort of policy advanced by NA, now plays in dismantling the ability of those workers to bargain in their own interests.

      The piece was pure tea baggy, un-teathered from reality horse shit and she put her name on it.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    I can see that…..

  • sword

    A lot of GOP voters must love Hillary…the “Donald’s” polling numbers continue to rise!

  • Circle Thomas

    Camille Paglia is the stupidest person to ever memorize a thesaurus.

    • Gustav2

      Her columns are beginning to read like she is Sarah Palin’s ghost writer.

      • TampaDink

        I haven’t found anything to dispute this.
        Since I just read it (on the internet) it is now officially TRUE.

    • 2karmanot

      Even more ridiculous than her conceptual sister Anus Rand.

    • Octavio

      LOL!

  • Marc

    And her point is…? It’s the Republicans that are lapping up this idiocy. Even if this is all a farce, he’s speaking to their base, and overwhelmingly so.

  • TJay229

    She makes me sick… But, GO TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP!

  • MacCrocodile

    We’d all like to believe on some level that there’s a limit to the madness, that nobody that uncouth/unpolished/insane could really be leading the party. Even I, wishing for the demise of the GOP, find it hard to believe on some level. But no, Donald Trump is real, and he’s following this shit through, and he’s in a distant lead. This really is the real GOP of today: crude, callous, monstrous.

    • noni

      Isn’t Trump doing a caricature of the Republicans and showing how their base will fall for anything.

      • MacCrocodile

        “Caricature” implies some form of art to the game. I don’t believe he’s putting anything on, though. I believe he is genuinely a shallow, pointless asshole, only concerned with his own grandeur.

        This is a man who builds buildings with his own name in golden letters several stories tall, marries supermodels as long as they’re hot enough to fuck, and takes shits in golden toilets. It is, as a comedian once described it, the way a cartoon hobo imagines rich people live.

        I can’t say with any certainty what his motives are, or how long he’ll keep this up, but I would not be surprised if he genuinely thinks he can be president, and thinks he deserves it. Her certainly gives zero fucks about whether a Trump administration would be good for anyone but Trump, that much we know for sure.

  • noni

    Hilarious critique of the Republican Debate from “Bernie Sanders”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giTYH1EbYiA

  • gaylib

    That woman is certifiable. Total nutjob.

  • BillTheCat45

    Question: Can anyone explain to me why the Hollywood Reporter is a right wing publication now? When did that happen? Yesterday I hopped onto an article there about PP or something, and the entire comments section was extremist right wing tea morons. I thought the tea people hated Hollywood? Hello? What is up with that.

    • Gustav2

      The gossip section?

  • She’s the liberal Ann Coulter.

    • 2karmanot

      great minds again!

  • GarySFBCN

    Says the homophobic fag hag who likes the sound of her own voice.

    • 2karmanot

      Hear tell, she’s Ann Coulter’s brain.

      • JT

        Is there even?

        • Octavio

          But she’s a carpet muncher from way back. She’s got carpet muncher bona fides. 😮

          • JT

            Coulter or Paglia? Maybe they should form a scissor sisterdom.

          • Octavio

            La Paglia. Coulter isn’t human. 🙂

      • D. J.

        So, that’s where the other half brain Carson removed ended up.

    • LovesIrony

      she is an ineffectual

      • Octavio

        🙂 Vi lo que hiciste alli.

  • I have jokingly thought the same thing, but the truth is, what would he gain? He will spend more of his own money than he’d get back in tax breaks, an improved economy under a Democrat, etc.

    • johncAtl

      Ego.

  • GarySFBCN

    “. . . Camille Paglia, writing for the Hollywood Reporter.”

    Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Good riddance.

    • hee

    • 2karmanot

      Indeed

    • Octavio

      Hollywood Reporter is the new Paris Review, don’t ‘cha know.

      • Stubenville

        Only if that’s Paris Hilton

    • MDB

      I guess she’s never hear of Botox while working for the Hollywood Ragtime News. To quote her own copy:
      “Where’s Max Factor and Sydney Guilaroff when you need them? “

    • Dazzer

      ‘mighty’?

  • MattM

    I want her to be right, if only so that this could be made into an excellent political thriller in 20 years. Because honestly that would be a fascinating story, if true.

    She’s certifiable and lives in an alternate reality, but for once I want to go to there.

  • William

    Moisturizer and sunscreen, Sweetie. You’re approaching DEFCON Jan Brewer.

    • 2karmanot

      And Brewer got her presentation bonafides from Babs Bush!

    • Stubenville

      Paglia must have pissed off every good hair stylist for a hundred mile radius to end up with that do. Did she drop a running blender on her head? Or did she just visit a Great Clips in Sheboygan?

      • William

        I don’t knew iif there is any connection, but my mop iis missing.

  • noni

    The genius of Trump is that he’s combined Reality TV with a Presidential Campaign.

    Americans love them some reality tv and pay attention to little else.

    What better way to get them to pay attention to boring and monotonous presidential campaigns?

    • Gustav2

      And general public won’t get serious about choosing until NEXT August.

      • William

        One of them will have to eat a bug on live TV.

        • TampaDink

          They’ll all gladly do that, even if said bug crawls out from under Trump’s “hair”.

    • KCMC

      2 rung clown car has quickly become Survivor in desperate measures.

  • Happy_Housewife

    “He has a slashing, entertaining wit”

    Wherever is he hiding it?

    • Stubenville

      Under that thing on his head.

  • KentDean

    “Raymond, why don’t you pass the time by playing a little solitaire?”

  • MattM

    Is the Hollywood Reporter a conservative rag? The commenters there are certifiable. Even the conservative posters trying to be reasonable are being pummeled by baggers.

  • David Brian Holt

    This person is not relevant. Ignore her.

  • Dale

    Except for the Clinton comment she’s spot on. Now, on the Clinton comment I would SOOOO love it if it were true (for that would be the first thing Trump has done that I would applaud).

  • radiofreerome

    This is the only time I’ve ever agreed with Camille Paglia, whom I find utterly repellent. Bill Clinton encouraged Trump to run. The longer Trump stays on as a candidate the more of his misogyny will be exposed the more southern women will turn to Hillary. Moreover, Trump is narcissistic enough to make good on the threat of an independent run that would split the conservative vote.

    • noni

      I thought southern women worshiped misogyny.

      It’s the whole premise of the Bible.

    • canoebum

      I think Trump required little encouragement. If he had any involvement at all, Bill Clinton’s role was likely little more than sticking out his foot when he saw Trump charging across the lobby toward the nearest camera.

  • noni

    I’m admiring Trump. As much as I would like Bernie to be President, Americans just aren’t intelligent enough to vote for him. Hillary of course will slowly implement the Republican Agenda so no real improvement there. Trump would stir it up and might make it worse or might make it better. Would we be in any worse shape with Trump? Who knows maybe he’d return to his Democratic Party roots and toss a few bones.

    • TampaDink

      I just KNOW that Hillary would make the exact same appointment(s) to SCOTUS as any of her fine GOP/tea opponents. She’s also certain to undo everything that has happened to advance the rights of us gay folks & women….because, Jesus.

      Dayum…..this vodka is excellent.

  • oikos

    “He sets high goals but lacks real answers to any government issue”

    The epitome of the republican party.

  • FloBear

    This woman’s been a loon for ages (apologies to my Canadian friends). Trump answers to no one but Trump.

    • Hue-Man

      What does Paglia have to do with Canada? I searched her wiki page for Canada and Canadian and got nothing. Born in Endicott, NY, of Italian-immigrant parents.

      The loon is on the $1 coin….her pronouncements are, to say the least, unpredictable if not occasionally bordering on loony. Blame the Clintons is definitely over the line.

  • Scoot

    Did the Clintons also somehow convince Republican voters to say in all those polls that they would vote for Trump and to cheer for his idiocy during the debate? They really are crafty!

    • Ginger Snap

      It’s sort of like how us gays control the weather.

      • Bad Tom

        And earthquakes plus meteors from space.*
        ——-
        * Yes, I know there are no other kind of meteors.

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    I am so fucking tired of these pundits talking like Trump and then claiming he is a Democrat who was planted to destroy the GOP. It is so fucking ridiculous, but you know? they fucking deserve it; when they were told that the right was becoming a hot bed for radicals, the GOP immediately screamed foul and demanded an apology. Years after the fact, what do we have? everything the study said would happen. So, GOP, Trump is the love child of you, the tea party and all the radicals you defended years ago, so bend over and take it, bitch.

  • AtticusP

    In Donald Trump, the Republican Party has the presidential candidate that it so richly deserves.

    Deal with it.

  • justmeeeee

    Hey Camille–who was it said this same thing six weeks ago? That’s right, sister, it was ME!!! Who’s laughing now?AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • geoffalnutt

    “GOP hearts”??????? Those gnarly little, black knots of malodorous cartilage lurking in GOP torsos?

  • Peter Wde

    Camille is one of the most original and profound commentators on contempoary culture. A true American original.

    http://reason.com/archives/2015/05/30/everythings-awesome-and-camill

    • that’s nice, dear. now go back to the children’s table and finish your vegetables. quietly.

      • Peter Wde

        Nah, all done eating.

      • GarySFBCN

        Try to avoid making eye contact with him. Just nod in agreement with anything he says.

    • Robert Conner

      Yep, Camille is one of the most original and profound commentators on contemporary culture since the homeless schizophrenic specimen that lives behind the dumpster.

      • Peter Wde

        I think she’s a brilliant essayist.

        • TKW

          Past tense. I used to think so but she has become a bit of a self absorbed conspiracist.

          • Peter Wde

            How so?

            “Sexual Personae” and “Sex, Art and American Culture” are both firecraker collections of essays. I don’t know of anyone in the academy that has her scholarly erudition and insight into contemporary culture.
            Perhaps for some here she is a little too advanced.

    • olandp

      You seem nice, bless your little heart.

      • Peter Wde

        You are too gracious.

        • olandp

          Not only handsome, but smart too!

          • Peter Wde

            And modest to round it out.

          • olandp

            Thanks for pointing that out.

          • Peter Wde

            Mere common deceny required it.

  • shellback

    Sent Trump To Destroy The GOP
    No one need send anyone to destroy the GOOP. They’re doing it all on their own.

  • Ginger Snap

    This is funny. They can’t stand one of their own so they blame it on the Clinton’s. I;m surprised it’s not Obama’s fault.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      “I’m surprised it’s not Obama’s fault.”

      Give her time.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Yes, because the rest of the candidates have no responsibilities to set up their own personal and political agendas. It’s always someone else fault. Is the GOP today give a damn about the country? Have they contributed anything positive to the country in the last 16 years when they decide to sell out the American people to the highest corporate bidder. The joke is not on Donald Trump. The joke is the exposure of GOP who think Americans do not matter while they scrambled to cash grab at the money their corporate overlord toss at them. That’s the state of US politic today. A circus, a farce, an orgy display of greed and selfish behavior that undermine the welfare of Americans. Depending on how this play out. Donald Trump might just be the hero that save America from the point of no return.

  • Octavio

    Cranky bitch says what? She’s probably right. 🙂

  • Ben in Oakland

    camille, dear one:

    Your description is not of T-Rump, but of the entire republican clown car.

    This is why I don’t pay much attention to you.

  • Gregory In Seattle

    A question for the next GOP debate: “Are rumors true that you are a DNC plant with orders to destroy the Republican Party from the inside?”

  • Mark

    Perhaps a 5150 tag is needed here as well

    • D. J.

      It is not possible to print those fast enough. I’d order around 175 million of them.

  • bryan

    What low standards Paglia has for ‘slashing, entertaining wit’. Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde, Donald Trump… no, it just doesn’t fit..

    • Robincho

      Mrs. Parker would’ve called Paglia a rhinestone in the rough…

      • LonelyLiberal

        (SPIT-TAKE)

        Fortunately, I wasn’t giving a BJ at the time.

        • Bad Tom

          Your partner would have howled.
          But, not in laughter.

  • Jmdintpa

    isnt she dead… oh thats right just her career… sorry ass *****. she just mad because donald has a better comb over than her.

    • Nic Peterson

      She kinda looks like that dude in the hobbit movies. Amiright?

      • TampaDink

        Bilbo? I suspect that is one of the looks she is going for. The other, being the looks of people who are amused & horrified simultaneously by her sheer stupidity.

      • Dazzer

        Nah. Gollum would sue for infringement of his image copyright.

  • joe ho

    lol. paglia’s manic narcissistic pseudo-intellectual incoherence was never relevant, even when people were pretending it was. she’s a shallow self-serving provocateur.

    yale’s harold bloom deserves the blame for unleashing her on the world, much like mccain with sarah palin, whose “intelligence” paglia by the way has often praised.

  • Robert Conner

    For the love of all things clean and holy, stop quoting this frothing douchebag “intellectual.” Why does this freak keep coming back like herpes? Paglia is Sarah Palin with an art degree.

  • TampaDink

    Sure. Why not? I mean, if there is any one thing that I would say about Trump’s “personality” it is that he would be easily manipulated by the “Clinton Machine” and do whatever Hillary & Bill tell him to do. I bet that he’s a people pleaser deep down inside…who just wants to help others get ahead.
    /typed with so much sarcasm that I need a vodka chaser.

  • Elaygee

    She’s never been the same after her sex change operation

  • Justin

    She’s kind of special, isn’t she.

  • it isn’t clinton’s fault that the republican voters appear to favor a racist misogynistic narcissist owning class buffoon for their candidate

    • What?

      Seriously. She is sounding like she is excusing Republicans from accountability. If Trump is sounding unpresidential and people still like him, that’s a Republican problem. He wouldn’t be anywhere if the base didn’t back him.

  • Soooo, one woman pulls the strings of the entire GOP?

    • TampaDink

      That one woman is making her husband do the string pulling. ☺

    • Stubenville

      An evil Democrat no less.

  • Max_1

    Her theory is about a conspiracy…

  • Stubenville

    Okay Camille, I’ll play along. What proof do you have of these assertions? Because if you have no proof, you’re just another nutter making outrageous assertions, i.e.; telling lies.

  • Max_1

    WTF???
    It’s Clinton’s fault the GOP is crap?

  • bkmn

    Because all the deep political thinkers write for the Hollywood Reporter.

    • JDM

      She has a Ph.D. from Yale. She’s no slouch.

      • TedinBerkeley

        This applies to Ph.D.s as well: https://youtu.be/NcoDV0dhWPA

        • JDM

          I’ve never met a Ph.D. who can’t browse the internet. Sorry, but no, it doesn’t apply.

      • bkmn

        But she hasn’t written anything relevant in about 20 years, so…

        • JDM

          So to be intelligent, not ONLY do you need an terminal degree in your field, but you also need to publish on a regular basis? This isn’t a contest for university tenure. It’s a discussion of whether she’s intelligent or not. If you have a Ph.D. from Yale, you’re likely quite sharp. I don’t care if you’ve published nothing in 50 years, the degree itself says something.

  • LovesIrony

    Camille was the second shooter on the grassy knoll

  • MDB

    NO ONE, I repeat, NO ONE except the extremist, idiotic, ignorant buffoons of you right-wing nutjob rethuglicans have produced and continue to support Trump and his insanity, and the rest of the rethuglican fungelical klown-kar political theater now on-stage before us in all of its inane glory !!

    You made this happen, you continue to support this insanity….so own it all, and when it fails and fails miserably,
    you will have no one else to blame but the intransigent extremist “morans” (aka GOP hearts) you think are qualified to govern this country !!!

    Oooh, the STOOOPID, it BURRNNSSSSS !!!!!! Please, please…….make it stop !!!!!

  • KQCA

    Well what in the… who the… what is… who’d’ve…what….huh?

  • leastyebejudged

    “Does Trump have any facial expression beyond knotted, squinting scowl?”

    I thought she was talking about herself at first… weird !

    • billbear1961

      No one on the right has any true self-awareness.

      If they did, they’d change.

      Maybe that’s giving them too much credit.

      They are, after all, pretty goddamned evil–even the ones who aren’t stupid and/or ignorant.

  • another_steve

    Let’s all drop the PC rhetoric for a moment, if we can, and ask ourselves this question: If we could do something, anything, to sabotage the Republicans’ chances of winning in 2016, would we?

    The Clintons (I’m an avid Hillary-ite and will do whatever I can to get her into the White House) are scumbags. This is no secret.

    Bill Clinton was receiving blow jobs on the job — on your and my dime and in of all places, the Oval Office of the White House, for cryin’ out loud. This is not a “Mahatma Gandhi” we’re talkin’ about, girlfriends.

    Kudos to him if he mischievously goaded Trump into the race.

    Perhaps his most important and lasting legacy.

    • olandp

      So, blowjobs are a bad thing?

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        No, but he should’ve clocked out, to avoid doing it on your and my dime.

        • olandp

          When does the President “clock out”?

          • another_steve

            There is, in the White House, private residential space for the President and the President’s family.

            This is where, traditionally, Presidents of the United States have received their blow jobs.

          • TampaDink

            You read much racier historical works than I have read.

          • olandp

            I think they have and should receive their blowjobs anywhere they want.

          • another_steve

            If you received your blow jobs on the job, on your employer’s dime, would you be fired, olandp?

          • olandp

            Like the President, I am the boss, blowjobs are not turned away.

          • another_steve

            Dear Jesus… Were I not retired, I’d be applying for a position in your company.

          • olandp

            Do you think corporation Presidents, CEOs, and the like, don’t get blowjobs in the office? Not to mention that the private residential space in the White House, is IN the White House.

          • TampaDink

            Could an employee who is already receiving his income from SSDI & a long term disability claim secure a job with your company if he were being “paid” under the table.

            #AskingForAFriend

          • olandp

            The more the merrier!

          • TampaDink

            I’m sure that my “friend” would do all that he can to make every working hour merrier. ;->

          • 2guysnamedjoe

            under the desk is more like it.

          • TampaDink

            For a handsome benefit package, I… I mean MY FRIEND, would work under the desk, the table, the ottoman, the sofa in the executive lounge….

          • 2guysnamedjoe

            That’s just it. (S)he doesn’t. But some people scream their tits off whenever the President sets foot on a golf course or takes his kids to a Broadway show. Or engages in anything not in the Presidential job description while physically occupying the Oval Office.

      • another_steve

        What 2guysnamedjoe has said in answer to your question.

        On the job, in the Oval Office of the White House, receiving blow jobs from a young intern reflects — at a minimum — an enormous lack of intellect and judgment.

        Dear Zeus… This was the man whose finger was on the “red button” of the box in his desk???

    • TampaDink

      Interesting juxtaposition.
      You think of Hillary as a scumbag & you will do whatever you can to get her into the Whitehouse.

      The Clintons, love em or hate em just don’t strike me as being so powerful that they could persuade such an egomaniac to pretend to run for office.

    • justmeeeee

      Exactly–Hillary is a sleazy as they come but if elected she’ll do things I would like to see done. And chances are that Bill’s talking Trump into running was more of a smart maneuver than a collusion on both their parts–he just played to Trump’s ego and told him how the country needs his message, and is sitting back watching the chain reaction fireworks.

  • MDB
  • M Jackson

    The Clinton camp sent Trump into the race, Camille? Wow! Please go on. Do you have proof of that or are you just pulling a ‘funny’?
    Paglia — soooo clever, until she inevitably reveals what a bonehead she can be.

  • Mark

    Yes, Bill and Hillary will soon be installing themselves as King and Queen of the US. The supremes will be remanded to court jesters. The constitution will be rescinded, and the bill of rights sent to the shredder. Then they will open the doors to all the secret files on JFK, RFK, 9/11, Iraq, Iran, Syria, WW2……..and the georgia peach fuzz epidemic.

    • TampaDink

      But only because Trump is such a patsy.

  • HomerTh

    She really is tiresome. Is she this shitty in real life?

  • Patrick

    Look in the mirror honey! I know Republicans don’t know how to accept blame.

  • I wish liberals were half as smart and/or devious as the right wing tools make us out to be. We aren’t. Anyone who’s been anywhere near liberal politics has to laugh at the idea that any Democrat could pull off something like that. I’ve heard the same thing about Sarah Palin (that she was a well-crafted liberal plot to make conservatives look stupid). Brilliant plan. It gives the Clintons way too much credit. If they were she’d be worrying about her legacy at the end of her second term and not entering into a primary season.

    • olandp

      As Will Rogers said, “I’m not a member of any organized political party, I’m a Democrat.”

      • Cuberly

        It’s bizarre you mention Will Rogers. After reading the post about Palin swooning over Trumps affections I had an odd thought. (Yeah, imagine that.)

        That, Palin thinks of herself as a plain spoken Will Rogers type. But in reality she’s the beer brawl, word salad, Hatfield vs the McCoys, thin-skinned, drunk-hillbilly version of Will Rogers.

  • billbear1961

    Trump is witty?

    Only a right-wing hack with no real sense of humour could possibly find Trump witty.

    “He speaks in simplistic polarities . . .”

    Like everyone else in the party whose nomination he seeks–the lying, delusional right in a nutshell.

    “He sets high goals but lacks real answers to any government issue.”

    Ditto the GOP and the entire American right–their “solutions” are callous, irrational, unworkable NONSENSE.

    • Cuberly

      Trump witty.

      Apparently Paglia finds angry drunk horny frat-boy humor, witty.

      • billbear1961

        I find it usually deserves a good slap in the face, followed by a cold shower and a pot of coffee.

        The slap WE can deliver; the shower and coffee they can find for themselves.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      Trump is wittier than the average Republican. Trump is also wittier than the average tree stump.

  • David L. Caster

    Trump is a Trojan Horse sent by the crafty Clinton machine. He has a bellyful of swords aimed at GOP hearts.

    If so, I very much hope he succeeds, though they don’t need much help in the self-destruction department.

  • e jerry powell

    You’d think it would be a lot more difficult to oversimplify something with quite so many 50-cent words.

  • olandp

    Camille Paglia is still alive? Who knew? Who cares?

  • KaBoomBOX

    There has been an idea going through the back of my mind that Trump has been doing this by acting like a mirror that shows just the dark, ugly, seedy, corrupt, misogynistic, racist side of the GOP. Whether by design or coincidence, the more he goes there, the more they love him.

    • Man_in_the_mists

      I’ve been calling him the unchained id.

  • rednekokie

    They can sq

  • rednekokie

    They can squall all they want — but every Republican I’ve talked to around here is voting for Trump. I haven’t a clue why- but they are all convinced he is the party saviour. I suppose that says not much for the others — I only can report on those I’ve talked to.
    I think it’s great!! Going to be a great side show!

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    Oh, that Machiavellian Hillary! If it weren’t for her evil machinations, Trump would be out of the picture, and in his place a middle-of-the-road, intelligent, reasonable, humane Rockefeller Republican would be leading the polls.

    • olandp

      Or a “true” conservative.

      • Bad Tom

        Aren’t they all dead, hunted to extinction by their own kind?

        • olandp

          One lives and hopes.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Oh, that scamp Camille. She was interesting for a second or two back in ’93 or ’94 but, let’s face it, even then she was fucknuts crazy.

    • Bad Tom

      I could never tell which sexual personae she was.

  • The party of Ayn Rand can’t understand why Ayn’s favorite creation isn’t being good to them.

    • JDM

      If any party is the party of Ayn Rand, it’s the Libertarian Party, not the Republican.

  • Geezus Christ

    I’ve never liked the Donald, but hey – I like what he’s doing so much these days that I might even be tempted to vote for him. NOT! (But still, kinda likin’ him. Just not “like-likin'” him.)

  • Jack_Carter_USA

    Clinton didn’t make Fox give Trump a weekly platform to spew his jerkdom on a national scale, Camille. Nor did Clinton make Roger Ailes defy Rupert Murdoch to pump up Trump every chance he could get. Your pals did that all by themselves and are now facing the consequences of their actions.

  • MikeBx2

    Even if that ridiculous conspiracy were true, all the GOP has to do to thwart it is reject his racist, bigoted, misogynistic message. That would be expecting too much, I guess.

  • Bill

    Desperately irrelevant since 1996, Ms. Paglia.

  • RobNYNY1957

    Camille, it is so economical of you to cut your own hair. But shouldn’t you use a mirror?

  • The Professor

    Sorry is she still a thing?

  • Brian

    why is this woman so bitter?

    • Queequeg

      She has always been bitter and combative, without making any kind of valid point.

  • Does anyone pay attention to Camille Paglia any more? If so, why?

  • BudClark

    Paglia is still A Thing?

    Could have fooled me!

  • A Big Sarcastic Fairy!

    She needs to go far far away.

  • Palto

    We should agree with this hag, say it’s all true and how stupid her party of stupid are buying into it.

  • Gigi

    Many years ago I read an interview with her and the interviewer described her as a “peppy intellectual agitator.” That was far too kind.

    • Queequeg

      Yep, she has always been batshit crazy.

  • Daveed_WOW

    I assume she’s not being literal here. I don’t think that she actually believes that Clinton has enough power to force Donald Trump into the clown car. That shit only happens on House of Cards.

  • gregalan

    From public intellectual to tinfoil hat conspiracy theorist. A case study in trashing a legacy.

  • Queequeg

    Camille has always been a crackpot. It is true that, right now, Trump is helping the Democrats by making them look more ridiculous than they usually do, but he was not sent by Clinton.

  • TexPlant

    Whoever did it! good job!

  • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

    Psssst! Ms Paglia! He’s in it for the money!

    http://www.smbc-comics.com/comics/1438612432-20150803.png

  • Awww, look who thinks she is still relevant!

  • Franciscan

    I’m trying to figure out how Ms. Paglia can pretend to have an objective view of narcissism.

  • Stubenville

    Ugh, none of the comments came over.

    Camille, do you have any proof? Otherwise you’re just a nutter making crap up.