A vote for Trump

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION - Michael Rea­gan’s col­umn is dis­trib­uted by the Ca­gle Car­toons Inc. syn­di­cate. Read­ers may write to him via email at Rea­gan@ca­gle­car­toons.com. Michael Rea­gan Mak­ing Sense

Trump or Clin­ton? No one has a clue who will win on Elec­tion Day.

The polls are nar­row­ing, as they al­ways do, but they’re still all over the place or within the mar­gin of er­ror.

Maybe Wis­con­sin will flip to red.

Maybe mil­lions of Colorado’s pot­heads will vote for Trump.

Maybe this time, enough so­cially con­ser­va­tive, union-wor­ship­ping Rea­gan Democrats in west­ern and cen­tral Penn­syl­va­nia will vote Repub­li­can and off­set the land­slide that Philly and its sub­urbs gives the Demo­crat can­di­date ev­ery four years.

Maybe the FBI, Wik­ileaks or the Wall Street Jour­nal will end all the drama and drop an­other big one on Hil­lary Clin­ton’s head that will ex­pose her crude crim­i­nal­ity to even the low­est of Amer­ica’s low-in­for­ma­tion vot­ers. Let us pray. Mean­while, some con­ser­va­tive pun­dits al­ready are say­ing that if Don­ald Trump loses it’ll be the fault of the Never-Trumpers.

Or the fault of the lib­eral me­dia. Or low Repub­li­can turnout. Or an early frost in New Hamp­shire.

They’ll blame de­feat on any­one or any­thing but the real rea­son —— Trump him­self.

If he loses, it’s go­ing to be be­cause of all the in­sult­ing or dumb things he’s said for the last year and a half.

Or be­cause of his “woman prob­lem.” Or be­cause he man­aged to of­fend or scare ev­ery Latino or Mus­lim in Amer­ica. It won’t be be­cause John Ka­sich, me or any­one else in the Repub­li­can Party didn’t have the stom­ach to en­dorse him.

Like­wise, if Trump wins, it’ll be be­cause Hil­lary’s cam­paign has col­lapsed un­der the weight of her lies and crim­i­nal­ity while he stayed on mes­sage.

It’ll be be­cause he had the right mes­sage at the right time.

It’ll be be­cause mil­lions of Amer­i­cans de­cided it was high time to throw elite bums like the Clin­tons out of Wash­ing­ton.

It’ll be be­cause vot­ers fi­nally re­al­ized that no mat­ter how bad Don­ald the Nar­cis­sist was, Hil­lary the Crim­i­nal and her gang of liars was much worse.

Nar­cis­sism is no virtue, but it’s not a crime, ei­ther. It’s only a char­ac­ter flaw — at its worst, a per­son­al­ity dis­or­der most com­mon in men.

To get tech­ni­cal, the Mayo Clinic de­fines its symp­toms as in­clud­ing “an ex­ces­sive need for ad­mi­ra­tion, dis­re­gard for oth­ers’ feel­ings, an in­abil­ity to han­dle any crit­i­cism and a sense of en­ti­tle­ment.”

OK, that sounds like Trump, all right. But some of those traits could ap­ply to a lot of great or suc­cess­ful peo­ple in pol­i­tics and en­ter­tain­ment.

Bill Clin­ton. Barack Obama. Crooked Hil­lary her­self. Ev­ery Kennedy who ran for of­fice. Ev­ery other U.S. Sen­a­tor or me­dia per­son­al­ity. Ev­ery other movie star or rock star.

But crim­i­nal­ity is im­moral and evil.

It’s when you cre­ate a char­ity so you can en­rich your­self and fam­ily by ped­dling your in­flu­ence to oli­garchs and despots around the world.

Or when you help your friends or rel­a­tives get rich by help­ing earth­quake vic­tims in Haiti.

To­day, we’ll all have to choose be­tween the Nar­cis­sist and the Crim­i­nal.

I’m still choos­ing the Nar­cis­sist.

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