Why Do Democrats Eat Their Own?

The title is mine. I am wondering why Democrats are so willing to self-destruct. Here we are again, shades of 2016. Some claiming they will vote for others, the Greens, Libertarians, Socialists, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, the family dog, etc. Do we hear much from the Republican constituents about Trump’s very apparent idiosyncrasies? Rare and not picked up by national news and exploited by Democrats.

Angry Bear has its own, “I will vote for others too.” Read on . . .

Author Steven King noted, “This is like listening to your senile uncle at the dinner table after he has that third drink.” (I was also reminded of a classic Grandpa Simpson harangue.)

Why Trump’s weird rant about boats, batteries and sharks matters

MSNBC’s Steve Benen as taken from the Maddow Blog

The presumptive GOP nominee told his followers that “they” are pursuing a policy that would mandate boat manufacturers use electric engines. In fact, Trump, who has long demonstrated a habit of sharing the details of conversations that only occurred in his mind, told the local audience that he’d spoken to an official at a boat company in South Carolina, who told him,

“It’s a problem, sir. They want us to make all-electric boats.”

The former president added that the South Carolinian, who probably doesn’t exist, went on to tell him,

“The problem is the boat is so heavy it can’t float. Also, it can’t go fast because of the weight.”

Trump proceeded to share a variety of details about the practical limitations of requiring boat manufacturers to rely exclusively on battery-powered engines.


Before we proceed, let’s note for the record that (a) this conversation probably never happened in reality; and (b) there is no policy in place requiring “all-electric boats.”

If we were to stop here, this would simply be a story about Trump telling an unbelievable tall tale about energy policy. Alas, we cannot stop here.

It’s a difficult quote to summarize, so I’ll just go ahead and quote the former president directly:


“So I said, ‘Let me ask you a question, and [the guy who makes boats in South Carolina] said, ‘Nobody ever asked this question,’ and it must be because of MIT, my relationship to MIT —very smart. He goes, I say, ‘What would happen if the boat sank from its weight? And you’re in the boat and you have this tremendously powerful battery and the battery is now underwater and there’s a shark that’s approximately 10 yards over there?’”

At this point, Trump apparently decided to pursue this tangent in earnest.

“By the way, a lot of shark attacks lately, do you notice that, a lot of sharks?” he asked. “I watched some guys justifying it today. ‘Well, they weren’t really that angry. They bit off the young lady’s leg because of the fact that they were, they were not hungry, but they misunderstood what who she was.’ These people are crazy. He said there’s no problem with sharks. ‘They just didn’t really understand a young woman swimming now.’ It really got decimated and other people do a lot of shark attacks.”

And then he shifted back to his original story.

“So I said, so there’s a shark 10 yards away from the boat, 10 yards or here, do I get electrocuted if the boat is sinking? Water goes over the battery, the boat is sinking. Do I stay on top of the boat and get electrocuted, or do I jump over by the shark and not get electrocuted? Because I will tell you, he didn’t know the answer. He said, ‘You know, nobody’s ever asked me that question.” I said, ‘I think it’s a good question.’ I think there’s a lot of electric current coming through that water. But you know what I’d do if there was a shark or you get electrocuted, I’ll take electrocution every single time. I’m not getting near the shark. So we’re going to end that.”

AB: Hmmmmm . . .