October 26, 2016

"I’ve never had this much fun in one year. I’ll be sad after election day, no matter who wins."

"Unless I am literally insane. In that case I’ll probably keep enjoying myself."

34 comments:

John said...

In the words of Theodore Roosevelt. "Bully for you" Scott Adams

readering said...

Used to think Scott Adams quirky. Now I'm beginning to wonder if funny haha is really funny peculiar.

readering said...

Guess I should have just written, "#4".

Lucien said...

From everything I've read, being literally insane is not that much fun. Sorry to be such a downer about it.

Rob said...

It's all fun and games until somebody loses an eye.

buwaya said...

"Now I'm beginning to wonder if funny haha is really funny peculiar."

He certainly is eccentric. The remainder is that he has no huge stake in this, he doesn't stand much to lose, himself. He is insulated.

Which isn't a bad thing on the whole. The old republican ideal (small r) is that the republic was best run by gentlemen of leisure who had no skin in the game. This sort of thing worked fine until the government grew to the point that there really was skin in the game.

tcrosse said...

This is the year of the Gaslight. A sane person in an insane situation can question his own sanity. Scott Adams chooses to do it in public.

Bay Area Guy said...

At least Adams is thinking and writing. We have a generation of Leftist Zombies, who spout off slogans, check the boxes on a few issues (gay rights, abortion) and walk around thinking they are intelligent and employable, even though they've never really examined an opposing viewpoint, let alone debate one.

Althouse should vote for Trump for the same reason Adams is - to break away from Leftist Groupthink.

Brent said...

Bay Area Guy, I agree.

Adams is spot on. Everything - literally everything - about today's liberals is hypocrisy and complete failure of integrity. They have a healthy amount of the populace today, but the pendulum will eventually swing back after a million or so people begin getting tired of the destroyed lives and livelihoods amd the slavery they will experience at the hands of leftists. It always works that way.

Writ Small said...

It always seemed Adams was lying to his readers or to himself when he said he was neutral with respect to who won. Everything he wrote telegraphed that he was pulling for Trump in a major way even as he regularly declared otherwise. Maybe it wasn't "lying" so much as deceitful persuasion. I don't read him enough to know if that is a thing he advocates. Whatever the case, I'm glad he has come clean. I must say, though, when he writes "I've never had this much fun in one year" followed by details of coordinated Twitter attacks and hit pieces, it's easy to get the idea he's deceiving someone again, if only himself.

Big Mike said...

I've been unhappy since November 2008. That is unlikely to change much. I may be more unhappy or a little less unhappy, but it's a dangerous world out there and there hasn't been a great president since Reagan.

chickelit said...

Scott Adams wrote: Once they realize they have been persuaded by Clinton’s campaign to become the thing they hate, the spell will be broken.

Who said that first? Nietzsche?, Wilde?

I wondered the very same thing in the context of Roger Waters: link to pink and stink.

bagoh20 said...

You know what happens when fools find out they have been taken for fools?

Nothing. Nothing at all. Why do you think they call them that?

traditionalguy said...

Stray observation. If Trump's campaign has reached the level it wins over Scott Adams, then there is a super intelligent mind calling the signals behind that campaign. But the Media spend half their time calling out Trump for having terrible campaigning skills.

I get it: Like Will Shakespeare was only a common man from Stratford on The Avon so his writing skill has to have come from Phillip Marlowe; Trump was only a common man from Jamaica, Queens on the East River so his campaigning skill has to have come from Marlon Brando. He is a Method Transformational Outsider.

David53 said...

Something is wrong, Trump isn't the lead story @ Google News.

fivewheels said...

If you've been reading Adams, and I have been long before he became a mainstay here, you will have heard him say several times that none of the candidates reflects his policy views, and that he doesn't believe he can predict who will do a good job as president because you can't predict the situations that will face that person. I think he is sincere in both those statements, and I mostly agree with him.

However, I do believe he has been openly supporting Trump all along, because regardless of who might be a better or worse president, I think Adams does know whom he wants to say "FU" to.

Fen said...

Once they realize they have been persuaded by Clinton’s campaign to become the thing they hate, the spell will be broken.

Nope. Been making them face their mirror for years now, they are immune to shame.

/ 7 levels of captcha this time. SEVEN

Fen said...

The only thing that stops them is violence.

Jonathan Graehl said...

anyone with a heart likes adams, who genuinely wants to help, and offers interesting and promising positive proposals.
ignore the hillary trolls. they're the kind of people who leave 1 star book reviews out of spite.
that anyone doubted he's always preferred trump to hillary is funny. it was always an obvious tease.

sojerofgod said...

In every group there are two hierarchies. the inner group and the outer party. The outer party group are the true believers: the ones who buy in to the persuasion lock, stock and barrel and are subsequently are more likely to be disillusioned by counter-persuasion like Adams puts out. The inner party is made up of cynical realists, who never bought into the dogma to begin with but are in it for what they can get out of it, such as money and power. Persuasion doesn't work well on someone who never believed in any of the catechism to begin with. Those have to be defeated by force.

Jan said...

Scott Adams remarks have been a light at the end of the tunnel, during what has been an abysmal kind of election. Bravo for his objective insights!

Howard said...

Adams making it about himself has jumped the shark.

Fred Drinkwater said...

traditionalguy: "Philip Marlowe"
Say what?
I sometimes lean toward de Vere myself, but, you know, I wonder what Philip Marlowe Shakespeare would sound like?
Hamlet: "You know, sometimes I wake up knowing I'd be better off dead. No more flatfeet pissing on me, no more unpaid bills, no more virginal (hah!) floozies. But, I have such bad dreams - from the rotgut, maybe, but who knows? - and even life among the scum of the Valley may be better than that. And I might get some of those bastards first.
Hell. There's that dame banging on my door at 2 AM again."

Fred Drinkwater said...

I've met Adams a few times. Somewhat eclectic taste, but sane and carefully analytic, is how I'd put it.

Achilles said...

Probably wont see this reported much.

Achilles said...

Or the anger among Bernie supporters.

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The Vault Dweller said...

I think Scott Adams is right about the bullying thing. And I think it is an outgrowth of how the left and right rationalize to themselves how the opposing side decided on their positions. First person I heard say this was Charles Krauthammer but the thrust of it is that when explaining how the other side came to their seemingly erroneous conclusions, people on the right often think that people on the left are stupid and people on the left think people on the right are evil.

I'm not saying either characterization is true, but rather than listen to a different position, it is easier and certainly quicker to dismiss it and declare it to be false by attributing some inherent flaw to the person who holds that opinion to dismiss it.

So when people on the right hear a 'left-wing' idea that they disagree with from the onset they can simply dismiss it because the person who holds it is probably just stupid, young, naive, or myopic etc.

When people on the left hear a 'right-wing' idea that they disagree with to dismiss it out of hand they attribute it to the person being bad, racist, sexist, or just plain evil. Now on the left side this method of dismissal is particularly pernicious because it has addictive qualities. If you view the world in some terms of moral relativism, which many on the left do, then if you can label other people to which you are opposed as evil, then that must make you good. Also if you are good and the opposition is bad, then it feels like you can not bully them. Any negative actions they receive become deserved because they are the 'bad guys'. This is why you see insults, shaming, efforts to fire and even violence carried out by people on the left against people on the right. Because they aren't doing it to a person who holds different political opinions, but rather they are the good striking out at the wicked.

Mark said...

Achilles, unskewing polls doesn't have a great track record.

Enjoy your pipe dreams.

John Taylor said...

If Trump: Media will love the thing they hate.
If Clinton: Media will hate the thing they love.

Brando said...

I agree with Adams--it has been an entertaining election year, more so than even 2004 which was pretty entertaining. What won't be so fun is the result, but we can enjoy the ride while it lasted.

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Mark said...

Adams has a point about coordination. Gary Johnson never merited much ink when his supporters were less than a nuisance. When it started to look like 7% here and there might make a difference he started getting Strange New Disrespect.