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The Crook Versus the Monster
Scott Adams Blog ^ | October 21, 2016 | Scott Adams

Posted on 10/21/2016 11:11:00 AM PDT by Reeses

Thanks to timely assists from Wikileaks, Trump has successfully framed Hillary Clinton as a crooked politician. Meanwhile, Clinton has successfully framed Trump as a dangerous monster. If the mainstream polls are accurate, voters prefer the crook to the monster. That makes sense because a crook might steal your wallet but the monster could kill you. As of today, Clinton has the superior persuasion strategy. Crook beats monster.

Reality isn’t a factor in this election, as per usual. If the truth mattered, voters might care that the Democratic primaries were rigged against Sanders. They might care that the Clinton Foundation looks like a pay-to-play scheme. They might care that the FBI gave Clinton a free pass. They might care that we know Clinton cheated in at least one debate by getting a question in advance. They might care that Clinton’s dirty-tricks people incited the violence at Trump rallies. They might care that Clinton’s “speaking fees” were curiously high. They might care about all of that. But they don’t, because a crook is still a safer choice than a monster.

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TOPICS: Humor; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: crook; crookedhillary; dilbert; hillary; image; monster; scottadams; trump
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Good line: Democrats generally use guns to commit crimes. Republican use guns for sport and for self-defense.
1 posted on 10/21/2016 11:11:00 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: Reeses

Sounds like Scott is having a bad day. Suck it up, Dilbert.


2 posted on 10/21/2016 11:14:03 AM PDT by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: be-baw

This is stupid. Crooks are real. Monsters are not.


3 posted on 10/21/2016 11:15:52 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell ( Trump is the collective voice of 100 million F U’s.)
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To: Reeses

thanks to colluding with the uniparty liberal media, clinton has attempted to make trump a monster. unfortunately she is married to bill clinton, which makes trumps locer room comments look like compliments compared with what both bill and hill have done to women hes raped and had affairs with. and lied about. to the entire nation. wagging fingers and righteously lecturing.


4 posted on 10/21/2016 11:16:31 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Reeses

Adams supports Hillary. His “mastery of persuasion” consists of doing so while claiming he doesn’t.

Typical Leftist hustler/egomaniac.


5 posted on 10/21/2016 11:19:46 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

I think that’s the point he gets to at the end of the article. Scott seems more at ease with a Trump Presidency than a Hillary one.


6 posted on 10/21/2016 11:24:00 AM PDT by woweeitsme
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To: Reeses

More people see through the phony monster image as illustrated by Trump regaining some of what he lost in the polls. People don’t believe the media. He’s missing that point.


7 posted on 10/21/2016 11:24:58 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: Reeses

I have to wonder how many went on to read the entire blog. He finished in support of Trump, saying that if Trump tried to become some sort of Hitler as alleged by Hillary’s minions, he’d be there to resist.


8 posted on 10/21/2016 11:28:24 AM PDT by CASchack
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To: Reeses
Trump's family, consisting of an attractive wife, outstanding kids, and adorable grandchildren, takes a lot of the bite out of the false monster image favored by the left. Hillary's criminality, however, is evidenced by real facts. People sense that Trump's bluster is just hardball, whereas Hillary really will ruin the country.
Bottom line is that Adams says "if the mainstream polls are accurate," which they aren't. So buck up and soldier on.


9 posted on 10/21/2016 11:30:45 AM PDT by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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To: Louis Foxwell
Hillary is a crook and a monster. She is just a nasty mean spirited slag. I wouldn't let her anywhere near the white house. She belongs in a prison for her crimes against the American people.
10 posted on 10/21/2016 11:33:12 AM PDT by peeps36 (Obama = the skidmark on America's underwear.)
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To: Reeses
I prefer the monter. At least Jeff Kuhner gives words of hope in this. Listening to the rest of the media is quite depressing.
11 posted on 10/21/2016 11:50:26 AM PDT by Stepan12 (go)
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To: be-baw

This Scott Adams guy has gone back and forth numerous times, he is a Vichy France kind of guy.

this is like the 3rd or 4th switch.

the feeling he gives me is like the feeling when parisians are cheering Allied troops, marching in.

it’s empty and a little insulting.


12 posted on 10/21/2016 11:51:36 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: Louis Foxwell
Donald Trump is certainly not a monster. But Hillary Clinton is so much worse than just a crook. She is also inept and incompetent. Look at her inability to recognize the most basic reality:

A Very Confused Candidate

In the Presidential Debate, the other night (the 19th of October), Mrs. Clinton explained her approach to job creation. The recital sounded rehearsed & sloganized; but it demonstrated something very different than what she obviously intended. It would be far better described as a path to economic stagnation, than a path to economic progress!

That a woman who has been politically active, her entire adult life, among a people with the most successful history of economic achievement over their first century and a quarter, of any people on earth, under a Constitutional Government designed to protect that people from a bureaucratic pestilence, which has been the bane of most nations; that such a woman has so missed the essential point of the American achievement, is staggering in its implications.

Mrs. Clinton claimed that a Clinton Government would rebuild the "Middle Class." Was she totally unaware that the American Middle Class clearly built itself? That the American Middle Class resulted from naturally energized individuals, aspiring to achieve the good life, who risked everything to first clear a wilderness, work hard, generation to generation, to save & accumulate the attributes of the good life; with the result that by 1913--the year that a graduated income tax first became Constitutional, this Settler built Federation of newly settled States, had already surpassed every one of the great powers of Europe in industrial strength.

To "rebuild" the "Middle Class," Mrs. Clinton vowed to make the most successful Americans--those who had achieved the most--pay increased taxes; she called it "paying their 'fair' share." But it was clearly to be a tax on success--a tax to fund a raft of new programs (a cancer or pestilence of an expanded bureaucracy). She was obviously indifferent to the fact that the biggest impediment to any poor person with ambition, actually launching a small business to improve his status, is an almost incomprehensible explosion in bureaucratic regulations, most of which premised on the same flawed understanding of how people actually advance, which Mrs. Clinton displayed, last night.

Americans used to learn by experience. What were the experience based lessons of what transpired from the drafting of our written Constitution in 1787, until the passage of the income tax amendment in 1913? Are they instructive or not, for what actually works for human advancement?

The Constitution prior to 1913, absolutely interdicted a tax driven war on the accumulation of individual wealth. Article I, Section 9, which Mrs. Clinton should have remembered from Law School, provided that no direct tax on individual Americans could be applied in any way but pro-capita. (That is Warren Buffet would pay the same tax--not the same percentage tax--but the same tax as Joe the Plumber. The Founders had no desire to limit individual success. They sought only to encourage it.

Under there experience based philosophy, there were almost certainly not even 1% of the bureaucratic regulations, with which Americans seeking to improve their lot, must face today. In place of today's pursuit of grievances, real or imagined, there was universal admiration for the high achievers! And the growth rate of a people freed to achieve, was the economic phenomenon of human history.

We do not pretend to know whether it was in her indoctrination by Marxist Pied Pipers, in her late teens, or pure confusion in whatever she is struggling with today. But Mrs. Clinton is utterly clueless on how a dynamic economy works; as she is utterly unaware of the dynamic, interactive factors, that drive or stagnate any human aspiration or achievement. What is absolutely clear, even if one ignores her lack of a moral compass in her political dealings; the woman is absolutely unqualified to be President of the United States.

This is one more reason why we must win this election for Donald Trump.

William Flax

[This may be reproduced, if in full context, with or without attribution.]

13 posted on 10/21/2016 11:54:24 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Reeses

Remember it takes a Trump monster to slay a crooked Hillary monster!


14 posted on 10/21/2016 12:25:04 PM PDT by GilGil (E. Deplorables Unum)
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To: gaijin
Adams has positioned himself as an observer, above the fray. He has framed this election as a matter of persuasion, not policies. From the beginning he saw Trump as the master persuader, and for a while saw Trump's successful positioning of Hillary as a crook as the winning card. Unfortunately for Trump, the Hillary team pulled out the monster card, persuading some fraction of the public that Trump is a sexual, racial, and financial monster.

I see this in my otherwise rational 30ish daughter. Trump's having talked about grabbing someone's pussy confirms her growing belief that Trump is an Adamsian "monster", totally unfit not only for the presidency but for any position in civil society. She has become a single-issue voter, where the single issue is locker room talk. Though she learned to swear like a sailor after leaving home, my daughter is a neo-Victorianist.

Adams wishes the election were about policy, but knows it's basically about the ability of each side to frame the other side as something too horrible to vote for. His pro-forma "endorsements" have been about protecting his social position and producing comic effect.

15 posted on 10/21/2016 12:44:51 PM PDT by AZLiberty (A is no longer A, but a pull-down menu.)
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To: be-baw

Hillary is the Monster with Two Failed Wars and a Dead Ambassador.


16 posted on 10/21/2016 1:06:54 PM PDT by CptnObvious
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To: Talisker

We must have read different articles. The whole piece makes it obvious that Hillary really is a crook, but that Trump’s monstrosity is bull pushed by the crook.


17 posted on 10/21/2016 1:13:15 PM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: Chewbarkah

I generally agree with Scott Adams on his case about Persuasion but in this instance his premise of her successfully framing Trump as a monster is off. This might appeal to a small bunch of single women and feminists but they were going to vote for the Hildabeast anyway. Trump has hit the pocketbook issues and she is such an unlikeable candidate that failed to make a case for voting for her unlike Trump who has made a case not only for voting against this criminal traitor but also to vote for him as someone who will break the Uniparty.


18 posted on 10/21/2016 1:29:28 PM PDT by JMS
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To: Louis Foxwell

“This is stupid. Crooks are real. Monsters are not.”

True. But I think Dilbert’s characterization of the choices falls a little short.
The choice is between personality types.
The egotist vs the sociopath.
The egotist has a conscience. Hillary has none.


19 posted on 10/21/2016 2:47:19 PM PDT by mumblypeg (We've had a p***y in the White House for 8 years. Make America Macho Again.)
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To: mumblypeg

Excellent post.


20 posted on 10/21/2016 5:19:33 PM PDT by YogicCowboy ("I am not entirely on anyone's side, because no one is entirely on mine." - JRRT)
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