Stormy Daniels: Send me your money

Oh please. For all the publicity he’s getting from this clusterfark for his practice, Michael Avenatti should be handling the case pro bono. And to the extent that there really are bills to pay, the new Most Famous Porn Star In The World can surely find a way to monetize her fame.

I’m thinking pay-per-view, part interview, part performance. The first half-hour is Daniels chatting in great detail with a reporter about an affair she had with a famous unnamed married older man circa 2006-07 who definitely isn’t the current president but whose relationship with her at the time oddly corresponds in every specific to her 2011 In Touch interview about Trump. In the second half-hour, a guy in a Trump wig comes out and they reenact certain key scenes from the affair. Call it “One Night With Drumpf.”

Or, if you prefer, “A Visit to the Oval Office.”

She has more than $40,000 in her crowdfunding account as I write this, having launched the page within the past 24 hours. Ain’t that America.

I am attempting to speak honestly and openly to the American people about my relationship with now President Donald Trump, as well as the intimidation and tactics that he, together with his attorney Michael Cohen, have used to silence me…

I need funds to pay for: attorneys’ fees; out-of-pocket costs associated with the lawsuit, arbitration, and my right to speak openly; security expenses; and damages that may be awarded against me if I speak out and ultimately lose to Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen.

I am more fortunate than many, many people in this country. And for that I am grateful. But unfortunately, I do not have the vast resources to fight Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen alone. Thank you for supporting me.

Avenatti’s flogging it too, along with hype for a CNN interview tonight supposedly featuring “new developments in the Clifford v. Trump matter.” He should be paying Daniels for letting him represent her, if only as compensation for all the TV time she’s provided him. He was already something of a celebrity lawyer before this. He’ll have his own show on HLN or wherever before Stormygate is over.

Meanwhile, in “declining Republican morality” news:

Trump voters can’t do better than 51 percent when asked if it’s immoral for a married man to cheat on his wife, who, by the way, had just recently given birth when it happened? What? I can understand being in deep, deep denial about whether the affair happened; e.g., when Trumpers are asked if Daniels’s allegations are credible or not, they split 11/49 despite the fact that Trump’s lawyer has admitted paying her $130,000. But to hedge on whether it was immoral if it really did happen? Good lord.

Relatedly, when asked if Trump is a “moral leader,” fully 56 percent of his voters say the term describes him either “extremely well” or “very well.” So, yeah.

On the other hand, there’s some truly stupid garbage partisanship happening on the Democratic side too. Get a load of this:

If you’re scoring at home, that’s a grand total of 47 percent of Mrs. Bill Clinton’s voters who think that an affair that happened 10 years before the president was elected should disqualify him from holding office now. Imagine how disqualifying they would find a credible, pre-presidential accusation of rape!