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(AP News)   Michael Avenatti is exploring a run for president based on his platform of having mildly inconvenienced Trump that one time   ( apnews.com) divider line
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2018-08-10 09:05:44 AM  
That's not the best list of credentials for a candidate... normally.
/but in this, the darkest timeline, I say go for it.
//at least he has a better understanding of the law than the current president
///and the debates would be EPIC!!!!
 
2018-08-10 09:14:55 AM  

Im_Gumby: That's not the best list of credentials for a candidate... normally.
/but in this, the darkest timeline, I say go for it.
//at least he has a better understanding of the law than the current president
///and the debates would be EPIC!!!!


I don't know.  I think President Pelosi could hold her own against him.
 
2018-08-10 09:35:04 AM  
No. Please don't.
 
2018-08-10 09:50:59 AM  
Utterly inexperienced TV talking heads darling of a segment of the political party? For president? What could possibly go wrong?
 
2018-08-10 09:56:40 AM  
Geezus, people, celebrity does not equal competency!
 
2018-08-10 09:56:48 AM  
I'll just say this: Avenatti isn't just some ambulance chaser. He's got the intellectual chops -- and the balls -- to do the job.

That said, about this time in every presidential election cycle, the unlikely candidates become media darlings for a week or three. Also, Avenatti has some questionable stuff in his background related to the business side of his practice that will sink his candidacy if it ever does get going.

I don't see this ever becoming a thing.
 
2018-08-10 09:56:57 AM  
Trump screwed porn stars.  Avenatti helps them screw Trump back.

It's the cycle of life.

/and no - just no
 
2018-08-10 10:07:29 AM  

SurfaceTension: I'll just say this: Avenatti isn't just some ambulance chaser. He's got the intellectual chops -- and the balls -- to do the job.

That said, about this time in every presidential election cycle, the unlikely candidates become media darlings for a week or three. Also, Avenatti has some questionable stuff in his background related to the business side of his practice that will sink his candidacy if it ever does get going.

I don't see this ever becoming a thing.


People said the same thing about Trump.
 
2018-08-10 10:07:33 AM  
No. He is a fine attack dog, but I'm not interested in seeing him lead the country. He likes seeing his face on the news almost as much as Trump.
 
2018-08-10 10:07:57 AM  
Way more qualified than the current Potus but everyone knows that
 
2018-08-10 10:08:03 AM  

SurfaceTension: I'll just say this: Avenatti isn't just some ambulance chaser. He's got the intellectual chops -- and the balls -- to do the job.

That said, about this time in every presidential election cycle, the unlikely candidates become media darlings for a week or three. Also, Avenatti has some questionable stuff in his background related to the business side of his practice that will sink his candidacy if it ever does get going.

I don't see this ever becoming a thing.


Really? Shady business practices are a dealbreaker again?
 
2018-08-10 10:09:05 AM  
Well, if he's the nominee, we just gotta hold our noses and vote for him, right? Otherwise, we'd be holding purity tests and making the perfect the enemy of the good, right?
 
2018-08-10 10:09:23 AM  

SurfaceTension: That said, about this time in every presidential election cycle, the unlikely candidates become media darlings for a week or three. Also, Avenatti has some questionable stuff in his background related to the business side of his practice that will sink his candidacy if it ever does get going.


Really? Questionable stuff in one's background precludes their running and winning the presidency? Like ties to the Russian mob perhaps? Money laundering, tax evasion, shady charitable foundations...anything like that?

Maybe those questionable areas used to matter but in the post-cheeto world, not so much. At least Avenatti doesn't shrink in terror of a Twitler tweet, so he's got that going for him.
 
2018-08-10 10:10:34 AM  
That guy is like Chumbawamba. He was kind of fun at first, but quickly got old.
 
2018-08-10 10:10:37 AM  
He speaks in full, coherent sentences. So better than Trump.
 
2018-08-10 10:11:11 AM  
I'd like to see the debates, but this is stupid.
 
2018-08-10 10:11:24 AM  

EyeballKid: Well, if he's the nominee, we just gotta hold our noses and vote for him, right? Otherwise, we'd be holding purity tests and making the perfect the enemy of the good, right?


Beats voting for the Russia backed "pure liberal" who only pops up every four years to grift campaign donations off hippies.

Fark your inspiration.
 
2018-08-10 10:11:26 AM  
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2018-08-10 10:11:42 AM  

stoli n coke: SurfaceTension: I'll just say this: Avenatti isn't just some ambulance chaser. He's got the intellectual chops -- and the balls -- to do the job.

That said, about this time in every presidential election cycle, the unlikely candidates become media darlings for a week or three. Also, Avenatti has some questionable stuff in his background related to the business side of his practice that will sink his candidacy if it ever does get going.

I don't see this ever becoming a thing.

Really? Shady business practices are a dealbreaker again?


For a Democrat.

Avenatti is Trump with more class, honesty, charm, etc.  Anything people say against him applies equally or moreso to Trump, but therein lies the dichotomy between democrats and republicans.  As usual, IOKIYAR and IACIYAD.
 
2018-08-10 10:12:16 AM  
No. No more celebrity politicians, thanks. They've sucked to the point of "it would have gone better if we just left the seat empty" in literally every case so far but one, and that one (Schwarzenegger) is arguable and also involved someone who'd been training to get into politics for decades.

This is no longer anecdotal, it's data at this point. fark right the fark off, avenatti.
 
2018-08-10 10:13:13 AM  
I am fine with Avenatti being an obnoxious thorn in Trump's side.  With that said, Avenatti is obviously a gigantic attention whore and has no business running for POTUS.  I can't imagine anyone offering a convincing argument for him being remotely qualified.
 
2018-08-10 10:14:31 AM  
Look, man. We appreciate what you're doing to get the current attention whore out of office. If it contributes in any way to the fall of the House of Trump, then I will do my best to make sure that you never buy a beer again.

That said, we don't want attention whore in office.
 
2018-08-10 10:16:07 AM  

Jim_Callahan: No. No more celebrity politicians, thanks. They've sucked to the point of "it would have gone better if we just left the seat empty" in literally every case so far but one, and that one (Schwarzenegger) is arguable and also involved someone who'd been training to get into politics for decades.

This is no longer anecdotal, it's data at this point. fark right the fark off, avenatti.


It's been a while; how did it go when that wrestler/actor was governor of Minnesota?
 
2018-08-10 10:17:06 AM  

twistedknickers: SurfaceTension: That said, about this time in every presidential election cycle, the unlikely candidates become media darlings for a week or three. Also, Avenatti has some questionable stuff in his background related to the business side of his practice that will sink his candidacy if it ever does get going.

Really? Questionable stuff in one's background precludes their running and winning the presidency? Like ties to the Russian mob perhaps? Money laundering, tax evasion, shady charitable foundations...anything like that?

Maybe those questionable areas used to matter but in the post-cheeto world, not so much. At least Avenatti doesn't shrink in terror of a Twitler tweet, so he's got that going for him.


Don't get me wrong. I like the idea of an Avenatti run for President. I just think there's enough against him the he won't survive a Democrat primary run.
 
2018-08-10 10:18:26 AM  
The 2020 Democratic presidential field is going to have more runners than the start of the Boston Marathon, so why not one more?
 
2018-08-10 10:18:43 AM  
Thanksgiving is going to be really weird this year.
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2018-08-10 10:19:04 AM  
Avenatti has no more interest in being POTUS than the coffee mug at my desk.  (The pay cut would be a killer for him.)

However...he does troll at an Olympic level, and providing a fabulous meat shield for whoever actually becomes the nominee would do this country a service.  Avenatti knows damned good and well it's not a job he actually wants.  But he does know he can troll Trump and deflect Trump (and Trump's base) away from the actual candidates who can then get the attention they need to be taken seriously.

Knowing Trump would be focusing all his energies fighting Avenatti, and unable to actually do it effectively....would be a wonderful fringe benefit of Avenatti tossing his hat into the ring.
 
2018-08-10 10:19:53 AM  
I know he has a decent legal resume prior to all this....but he hasn't actually accomplished anything against Dotard yet, has he?

He's basically an attention whore at this point. He never released what was on that DVD, has not followed through on any of his threats, has not released any real bombshells...

Yup, just LOOK AT ME!
 
2018-08-10 10:19:53 AM  

Dr. Locrian: I am fine with Avenatti being an obnoxious thorn in Trump's side.  With that said, Avenatti is obviously a gigantic attention whore and has no business running for POTUS.  I can't imagine anyone offering a convincing argument for him being remotely qualified.


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Avenatti is a lawyer.
Part of the job description of POTUS is the head of Fed Law Enforcement.
As a lawyer, he has more pertinent skills to that part than the current POTUS.
Therefore he is obviously more than "remotely qualified".
 
2018-08-10 10:20:47 AM  
Did he even mildly inconvenience Trump?  There was a lot of noise coming from Avenatti, but that was about it.  Avenatti was an amateur considering most people already knew that sex with porn stars wouldn't sway Trump voters. It was a badge of honor for the god emperor. The hush money was just part of the game.
 
2018-08-10 10:20:48 AM  

SurfaceTension: twistedknickers: SurfaceTension: That said, about this time in every presidential election cycle, the unlikely candidates become media darlings for a week or three. Also, Avenatti has some questionable stuff in his background related to the business side of his practice that will sink his candidacy if it ever does get going.

Really? Questionable stuff in one's background precludes their running and winning the presidency? Like ties to the Russian mob perhaps? Money laundering, tax evasion, shady charitable foundations...anything like that?

Maybe those questionable areas used to matter but in the post-cheeto world, not so much. At least Avenatti doesn't shrink in terror of a Twitler tweet, so he's got that going for him.

Don't get me wrong. I like the idea of an Avenatti run for President. I just think there's enough against him the he won't survive a Democrat primary run.


I'd like him better as Attorney General or Solicitor General or even a judge - something where his fine legal mind gets put to use, rather than his skill on talk shows.

// though if he wants to try for a House/Senate seat, that'd be cool too
 
2018-08-10 10:21:16 AM  
I dunno--I'm saving my vote for Dwayne Johnson.
 
2018-08-10 10:22:38 AM  

cgraves67: No. He is a fine attack dog, but I'm not interested in seeing him lead the country. He likes seeing his face on the news almost as much as Trump.


Yes. But if he ran as a third party, I would give him enough support to have him in the debates.  Just have him attack Trump and let anyone else have a free ride.
 
2018-08-10 10:22:39 AM  
Here's an idea:  Maybe make American politics LESS of a joke.
 
2018-08-10 10:22:44 AM  
He'd only steal votes from Tom Arnold.
 
2018-08-10 10:22:50 AM  

SurfaceTension: I'll just say this: Avenatti isn't just some ambulance chaser. He's got the intellectual chops -- and the balls -- to do the job.

That said, about this time in every presidential election cycle, the unlikely candidates become media darlings for a week or three. Also, Avenatti has some questionable stuff in his background related to the business side of his practice that will sink his candidacy if it ever does get going.

I don't see this ever becoming a thing.


Normally, I'd agree with you, if only the current president didn't have thousands of things in his business history that were worse than questionable, they are outright criminal.
I miss the days when enthusiastically yelling out the names of states, or misspelling the word potato were enough to sink a candidacy.
 
2018-08-10 10:23:16 AM  

stoli n coke: SurfaceTension: I'll just say this: Avenatti isn't just some ambulance chaser. He's got the intellectual chops -- and the balls -- to do the job.

That said, about this time in every presidential election cycle, the unlikely candidates become media darlings for a week or three. Also, Avenatti has some questionable stuff in his background related to the business side of his practice that will sink his candidacy if it ever does get going.

I don't see this ever becoming a thing.

Really? Shady business practices are a dealbreaker again?


Only if you are a Democrat.
IOKIYAR
 
2018-08-10 10:23:51 AM  

GameSprocket: That guy is like Chumbawamba. He was kind of fun at first, but quickly got old.


Writing a song about Weebles wasn't the best choice.
 
2018-08-10 10:24:23 AM  

jjorsett: The 2020 Democratic presidential field is going to have more runners than the start of the Boston Marathon, so why not one more?


Very projection.  Such derp.
 
2018-08-10 10:24:56 AM  
I follow him on Twitter and he's being pretty obvious about it.
 
2018-08-10 10:25:07 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: I'd like to see the debates, but this is stupid.


In fairness, the voters are pretty stupid.
 
2018-08-10 10:25:12 AM  
yeah, no
 
2018-08-10 10:28:02 AM  

TheBlackrose: SurfaceTension: I'll just say this: Avenatti isn't just some ambulance chaser. He's got the intellectual chops -- and the balls -- to do the job.

That said, about this time in every presidential election cycle, the unlikely candidates become media darlings for a week or three. Also, Avenatti has some questionable stuff in his background related to the business side of his practice that will sink his candidacy if it ever does get going.

I don't see this ever becoming a thing.

People said the same thing about Trump.


DIfference is that Democrats don't vote for stigginit.
 
2018-08-10 10:28:06 AM  
Aaaand I think the Avenatti shark has just been jumped.

You're good at what you do - keep doing that. Don't go full attention whore. Keep it at 95% and everyone will be happy. Well, not everyone.
 
2018-08-10 10:30:01 AM  
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2018-08-10 10:30:42 AM  

EyeballKid: Well, if he's the nominee, we just gotta hold our noses and vote for him, right? Otherwise, we'd be holding purity tests and making the perfect the enemy of the good, right?


Actually, we should biatch and moan on the internet about how the "right" candidate got shafted by the system and then stay at home rage-wanking on election day.
 
2018-08-10 10:31:39 AM  
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2018-08-10 10:33:38 AM  
Let's face it, after 2016 truly anyone can become President. There is no name you can throw out there that is too far-fetched, there is no American that is too rude, or too inexperienced, or too beset with mental illnesses to be President f the United States.
 
2018-08-10 10:34:07 AM  

SecretAgentWoman: Geezus, people, celebrity does not equal competency!


/\/\/\ This indeed. Avenatti certainly wouldn't be my first (or even second or third) choice for the nomination, and I agree that this business of confusing celebrity with competency is downright dangerous for a democracy, or even a republic for that matter. The Democratic Party has better potential candidates to run. Personally, I lean toward someone like Tammy Duckworth or Kamala Harris right now, though even Bernie or Joe Biden might still have a shot at it. I'd prefer someone younger because I think the party needs some new people with fresh ideas, but there's also something to be said for authenticity and experience.

However, I suspect one of the things a lot of people like about Avenatti is that he appears to be a fighter for the average citizen. So many of us are angry and frustrated these days, and for good reason, but at the same time we feel helpless and like all of these damn politicians are more interested in advancing their own ambitions and furthering their careers than in serving the public. Trump proved himself enough of a demagogue to capitalize on that emotion, but that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with our wanting a leader who really will fight for the 99 percent of the population instead of the 1 percent at the top. I dunno. As much as I respect Nancy Pelosi and the old guard, and distrust the egos of these celebrity candidates, I also understand part of their appeal when they promise to look out for the little guy and show some spine.

Then again, I'm not sure any of this even matters if we can't secure the machinery of our own elections, get out the vote, and ensure that all ballots cast are properly counted.
 
2018-08-10 10:36:28 AM  
Um, OK. Well, who else is running in the primary? That's important.

Is Avenetti the only candidate in the Democratic primary? If so then yes he has my vote. He's a step up from Trump, and he's not a farking Republican.

Is someone else running in the primary? OK, then who? If they're a better candidate then they have my vote instead.

But don't give me any of that same defeatist BULLSHIAT that we got in the last election which just screwed our country with damage that will last for generations and put Republicans in charge of all.three branches.

Is he my choice? No. Would I vote for him if theoretically the choice is him or Trump? Of course I would because I'M NOT A GODDAMNED IDIOT.
 
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