Mike Murphy is Republican consultant. I can't say I like him, but there are many things about him I do like, most notably that he's reasonably honest and speaks his mind. So, even when I don't agree with him, I don't generally get the sense that he's pushing something he doesn't believe, just to flim-flam the public.
He was a guest on Tuesday night's MSNBC election night coverage. He's been very public about how he can't and won't vote for Donald Trump, though won't vote for Hillary Clinton. On Tuesday, he added that he'll likely write-in someone who is more in line with his own politic views, noting that who he'd like to vote for is Wendell Wilkie.
Later, he was asked what it was specifically that he didn't like about Donald Trump. His response, delivered with great,vibrant brio, was one of the reasons I can generally enjoy listening to Mike Murphy. On the surface, it could perhaps be viewed as a rant, but it was delivered so pointedly and with an almost matter-of-fact clear-headedness in answer to a question that it fails the rant test and was just a straightforward response that deserves to be repeated here in full.
So, what is it that GOP consultant Murphy exactly doesn't like about Donald Trump as his party's presidential nominee?
"He fails my commander-in-chief test. I think he is a stunning ignoramus on foreign policy issues and national security which are the issues I care most about. And he’s said one stupid reckless thing after another, and he’s shown absolutely no temperament to try and learn the things that he doesn’t know and he doesn’t know just about everything." .Murphy then listed a range of specific examples and Trump's horrific emptiness on foreign policy, including saying he'd meet with the North Korean dictator, and then added, "The guy has a chimpanzee-level understanding of national security policy" -- which cracked up the entire panel..
I'll leave it at that. I don't think I can add anything.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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