Daniels (real name Stephanie Gregory Clifford) is a pornographic film star who was paid $130,000 by one of Donald Trump's lawyers to keep her mouth shut about a sexual encounter she claims to have had with the now-president. In the interview, she struck me as straight-forward and intelligent. She conceded self-interest where appropriate and told her version of events with what sounded like candor. But even if she were lying through her teeth, still she strikes me as a person with what my father used to call "sand" -- a person of substance.
Which would I rather have: A president who had porn-show credentials and copped to them or a president who was a whore on the hoof? Daniels' hard-scrabble up-bringing in the South brings a credible luster to her utterances. Sure, she's got tits-out-to-here, but I think there is enough beyond that to qualify her in ways Donald Trump could not even imagine. Was she using 60 Minutes as a publicity springboard? I can only imagine she was, but I can also imagine she might admit as much if asked.
And then of course there's the question of how I could ever NOT vote for someone who, during her first political campaign in 2010 against a family-values fellow whose values became linked to a prostitution ring, employed the campaign slogan, "SCREWING PEOPLE HONESTLY."