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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mark Cuban ends feud with Donald Trump

The cable news networks are trying to pick a fight between billionaires Mark Cuban and Donald Trump, whose feud dates back to at least 2004. But buried beneath the headlines is the truth -- Cuban thinks Trump is the best thing to happen to presidential politics in decades.

This is like McCoy endorsing Hatfield.

The CNBC Headline screamed: "Mark Cuban says he could 'crush' Donald Trump."

The story said:
"There is no question the game has changed and Donald has a much stronger command of it than the rest of the candidates," Cuban told CNBC.
Cuban has praised Trump's campaign style in the past, calling him "the best thing to happen to politics in a long, long time" back in July.
He also wished Trump well at his campaign rally Monday night, which is taking place at the American Airlines Center -- home to the Cuban-owned Dallas Mavericks.
Hmm. As much as the media would love to turn the race into a three-rung circus, Cuban is on Trump's side, tweeting Trump: "have a great event tonight @AACenter. The buzz in Dallas is amazing. You will crush it !"

That is a far cry from 2004 when Cuban's reality show "The Benefactor" cratered and Trump said, "I am truly sorry to hear that your show has been canceled for lack of ratings. When I initially called you to congratulate you on The Benefactor, little did you or I realize how disastrous and embarrassing it would turn out to be for you. If you ever decide to do another show, please call me and I will be happy to lend a helping hand."

And on May 14, 2013, Trump tweeted: "I watched Mark Cuban on Jay Leno last night - what a jerk!" Apparently Cuban said something about Trump and his home/resort, to which Trump also responded, "Dummy @mcuban made up a story about a visit to Mar-a-Lago last night on Leno. It never happened — I don’t talk that way."

Cuban has turned the other cheek, and the Dallas Morning News has the quotes, including this: “I have to honestly (say) he is probably the best thing to happen to politics in a long long time. I don’t care what his actual positions are. I don’t care if he says the wrong thing. He says what’s on his mind. He gives honest answers rather than prepared answers. This is more important than anything any candidate has done in years.”

But Cuban has not decided who to endorse in the race. It does show Cuban has an open mind.


  1. They're big on "let's you and him fight".

  2. The Donald says what's on his mind and doesn't seem to care whether what he says offends some voters. In contrast, Hillary poll-tests and measures everything she says to ensure it appeals to her base. The problem is that neither one of the two is trying to reach out to voters in the other one's camp or who might be in neither camp. Despite the contrasting styles, I see no attempt at political "convincing" going on by either candidate, no honest effort to bring the other side around to adopt and support a different point of view.

    1. Politicking is simple. First you have to hold your base, then you have to pull in enough independents, or as Obama did in '12, convince enough independents not to vote for the other guy, and you win. This is how it has always been. You just have to win the election and you get the office.

      Trump doesn't have to convince people to join him to win the nomination. His tactic is simple. He's fighting a war of attrition by suffocating the competition. Perry's campaign died because Trump sucked away coverage and with that, sponsors. Who's next?

      The only way for the rest of the field to eliminate Trump is to get into a room and decide who's going to run against Him and try to pool their supporters to get a majority. Can anyone see that collection of egotists bowing out for the "Greater Good"? Thought so. Instead, each ones' campaign will slowly die of exsanguination, their supporters gravitating to the remaining candidates, including Trump. As long as he maintains a plurality of support, he will get some of those refugees simply by name recognition. When there's only two candidates left, a plurality turns into a majority and he wins the nomination.

      Yes, we realistically need to ponder the consequences of a Trump presidency. Trump is better than Sanders or Biden. Go with that. Control him through Congress. That means getting rid of the Pelosi/Reid sockpuppets of Boehner/McConnell.