ABC (Always Believe Calbuzz): Donald Trump’s bona fide mental illness at last has become so public, so manifest and undeniable, that big names and big feet among the MSM finally have been forced to confront the menacing implications of his full-bore crazy.
Ah, if only they’d heeded the alarm bells we rang as loudly as this space allowed a year ago this month. Back when the Beltway battalions of bloviators, wheezers and specious tweeters were still intent on normalizing Trump’s madness by drawing constant false equivalence between him and every other presidential wannabe, we nailed the nut job.
All it took was a bit of Actual Reporting, which led us to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), the 2013 version of the American Psychiatric Association’s foundational classification and diagnostic instrument.
Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others.
But behind this mask of ultra confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.
A narcissistic personality disorder causes problems in many areas of life, such as relationships, work, school or financial affairs. You may be generally unhappy and disappointed when you’re not given the special favors or admiration you believe you deserve. Others may not enjoy being around you, and you may find your relationships unfulfilling.
More details here.
If it’s news, it’s news to us: After Trump’s stunning meltdown this week, Yahoo News senior editor Dylan Stableford rounded up a raft of recent Beltway punditry questioning Trump’s sanity in a take whose lede aptly asked, “Is Donald Trump Insane?” Most prominently featured was no less a figure than our old friend Gene Robinson, progressive fixture of the WashPost op-ed page:
During the primary season, as Donald Trump’s bizarre outbursts helped him crush the competition, I thought he was being crazy like a fox. Now I am increasingly convinced that he’s just plain crazy.
Mega-kudos to eMeg: Loyal Calbuzzers know that no media outlet in California (or the world, for that matter) has been more critical of Meg Whitman, the high-and-mighty billionairess who envisioned in 2010 that she could enter politics on the strength of $144 million in personal spending and land at the top of the heap as governor of the Golden State. We even accused her of killing truth.
So we were stunned, in a good way, when the former e-Bay exec, now Hewlett Packard CEO and Republican fundraiser, came out this week in favor of Hillary Clinton in order to defeat Donald the Dangerous Demagogue Trump. Here’s e-Meg’s Facebook post:
As a proud Republican, casting my vote for President has usually been a simple matter. This year is different. To vote Republican out of party loyalty alone would be to endorse a candidacy that I believe has exploited anger, grievance, xenophobia and racial division. Donald Trump’s demagoguery has undermined the fabric of our national character.
Trump’s reckless and uninformed positions on critical issues — from immigration to our economy and foreign policy — have made it abundantly clear that he lacks both the policy depth and sound judgment required as President. Trump’s unsteady hand would endanger our prosperity and national security. His authoritarian character could threaten much more.
Therefore, I have decided to support Hillary Rodham Clinton. It is clear to me that Secretary Clinton’s temperament, global experience and commitment to America’s bedrock national values would make her the far better choice in 2016 for President of the United States. In a tumultuous world, America needs the kind of stable and aspirational leadership Secretary Clinton can provide. I urge all Republicans to reject Donald Trump this November.
“Reckless,” “uninformed,” “authoritarian” — you don’t often hear critiques like that of a Republican candidate from another Republican. But eMeg is one of the smart ones who understands that Trump is sowing the seeds of destruction of the Republican Party itself, not to mention threatening the GOP’s control of the Senate and House.
Bravo, Meg. Maybe now you’ll take us up on our offer to take you to dinner.