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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Trump versus Fox News at 9 p.m.



When Donald Trump told Fox News he would boycott the seventh debate, my Twitter feed filled up with journalists assuring me he would and that this was all a publicity stunt to rev up ratings. But I kept my powder dry as I have learned to do with breaking news.

We all know these debates are worth millions. The 24 million viewers the first one gave Fox News translates into (gets out pocket calculator) lots of money. Trump -- who has nothing to gain and everything to lose from these game shows (read the transcript of Nixon-Kennedy 1960 to find out what a real debate is like) -- decided to compete with this one. He scheduled a speech for 9 p.m. to run on CNN against the Fox News Debate. Friday morning's overnights on the audiences each draws will be the new goat entrails for the Cable News Conservatives in DC to sift through in order to ascertain Trump's chances in Iowa.

These are the same aces who said he would be gone by Thanksgiving. They are telling us that the thousands who stood in the cold on Saturday patiently waiting to get in the auditorium in Sioux Falls, Iowa, to see him won't show up for the caucuses because it is too complicated and takes too long.

On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the experts told me it was a dumb move by Trump to dump Fox News like this. Oh? I want the experts in Washington to explain to me why Bill O'Reilly -- the dominant force in cable news -- the guy who regularly gets triple the audience of his rivals on CNN and MSNBC combined -- was begging Donald Trump on Wednesday night to appear on that debate tonight.

We know why. Business. The network got too big for its britches and insulted the man with a childish press release. Ailes wanted to piss Trump off. He succeeded. Smart money says Trump will draw more viewers than the seven dwarfs running out the string will attract to the debate. Rand Paul, who refused to accept a position in the children's table debate, will take Trump's place. It's like Johnny Manziel replacing Cam Newton. At 75, Ailes should know by now you don't defecate where you dine.

Please spare me the nonsense about Trump being only an entertainer. That's what they said about Reagan. Trump is entertaining, but amid the jokes and the pokes, Trump has a message that resonates. However, he should work on his charm.

In June, the experts told me that Trump hurt Republicans by insulting Hispanics by saying he was going to toss the illegal aliens out. Instead, he brought in Democrats, independents, and people who are not registered to vote. I may not do the Daily Scoreboard anymore, but I am the Scorekeeper and I am keeping score. People will be held accountable.

For Trump, this development is great. He gets out of the shadow of Fox News. CNN will owe him one. But they all do. He does all their shows it seems. Maybe not Rachel Maddow or Al Sharpton, but he does go on MSNBC. Trump has good advisors and does his homework.

Too bad the experts in Washington talk only among themselves and do not do their homework. They read polls instead of learning what is going on. There are a few exceptions. Byron York, Jake Tapper and Mark Steyn do their homework. And I think O'Reilly and Greta Van Susteren do their homework as well. But the others?

When Trump drew 24 million viewers to the debate in August -- triple the record set by Barack Obama -- the political experts in Washington should have known something was up. They missed the story of the election because it never occurred to them that Trump was anything but a clown or a buffoon.

On Wednesday night, Ailes was reduced to having his star talent -- the tent pole of his prime time lineup -- beg The Donald on national TV to show up for the debate, all because Ailes spit out a childish press release mocking Trump.

Fox News made its bed and sleeps alone tonight. Trump is out from under Fox News and looking to November, having already kneecapped Hillary by linking her to Bill Cosby in a TV ad. This race can be over very quickly. But we shall see, shall we not?

One more thing, Putin, Iran and the rest of the world are watching this. They are seeing someone who won't take their shit. Remember how Iran released the hostages the moment Reagan became president? Don't think they forgot. I am guessing that sphincters are tightening in Moscow and Tehran over Trump's antics.

Yes, Trump is not a conservative. I know this. His supporters know this. The entire universe knows this. But he is also nobody's fool, and they still haven't figured that out in Washington, where they still think Obama is smart and competent.

And one more time:

23 comments:

  1. Don you're 60+ but can still dunk, and shatter the glass backboard.

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  2. I just read somewhere that Ronald Reagan skipped the last debate just before the Iowa primary and won it in a landslide. Perhaps The Donald is following along the same lines. - Elric

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    1. Reagan did not win Iowa, Bush did. Reagan won the election but Bush took Iowa.

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  3. I was a kid who tied yellow ribbons around the trees in my neighborhood while our people were held hostage in Iran & I never forgot how the Iranians finally let our people go when Reagan became President. I've been thinking about that a lot lately and I do believe that Trump can put the fear of US back into the hearts of America's enemies. BTW, my mom was an immigrant from a 3rd world country before she did the work to become a proud American citizen and she too supports Donald Trump for President, so take THAT, people who say we're "anti-immigrant"! The PC crowd in BOTH parties fails to understand that there is a BIG difference between LEGAL immigrants and foreign freaking INVADERS.

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  4. I was a kid who tied yellow ribbons around the trees in my neighborhood while our people were held hostage in Iran & I never forgot how the Iranians finally let our people go when Reagan became President. I've been thinking about that a lot lately and I do believe that Trump can put the fear of US back into the hearts of America's enemies. BTW, my mom was an immigrant from a 3rd world country before she did the work to become a proud American citizen and she too supports Donald Trump for President, so take THAT, people who say we're "anti-immigrant"! The PC crowd in BOTH parties fails to understand that there is a BIG difference between LEGAL immigrants and foreign freaking INVADERS.

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  5. "Please spare me the nonsense about Trump being only an entertainer. That's what they said about Reagan. Trump is entertaining, but amid the jokes and the pokes, Trump has a message that resonates."
    Please stop drawing even slight comparisons between Reagan and Trump. Did Reagan ever call a tv reporter a "bimbo."? Did Reagan ever hurl insult after insult to gain his popularity? Reagan was an established politician who brought conservative ideas to his platform.
    I'm glad you freely admit that Trump is a RINO. Even so, you are going to vote for him. Sell out, just like Falwell Jr. who endorsed a pro-choice, gambling casino owner, thrice married candidate. Yea, that has "Christian" all over it. You so-called conservatives are such hypocrites.

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    1. You're right. Trump isn't Reagan. He's George S. PATTON.

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    2. Reagan also became a Republican decades before running. Trump had his epiphany last week. Trump had an epiphany on every issue that does not appeal to conservatives. Except eminent domain which I think he still openly supports.

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  6. I expect the weirdness to go beyond any possible measuring instruments as time for the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries hit. And if The Donald does well in both of those contests then all bets are off on how looney things are going to get.

    -Mikey NTH

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  7. The TV in the surgery lounge this morning was on MSNBC and they were talking about nothing but this. I turned to the guy next to me and asked him what he thought the subtext of all the talking was and he replied something about the hot chick in the picture above. I replied that the real reason for all the animated discussion was not what they were saying, but what was in their collective subconscious. Their amygdalas are activated because this is the beginning of the end for television determining how campaigns will be run. The horrifying image in their minds is of the parties broadcasting their own debates on their own web sites, moderated by people chosen by the candidates, or even Lincoln-Douglass style by the candidates themselves.
    That is the real subtext.

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    1. "this is the beginning of the end for television determining how campaigns will be run."

      Wow. I hadn't thought about that before. You could be right that this is the beginning of the end. Sooner than later, the Internet and social media could slay the TV and press dragon.

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    2. Millions of us hope and pray you are right!

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  8. Trump is a Uniter.

    (From Hot Air)

    * White House Trolls Trump, saying Obama didn't duck debates.
    * Same article: Cruz campaign trolls Trump with "Make Trump Debate Again" hats.
    *Cruz SuperPACs offer $1.5 million to vet groups if Trump will debate Cruz one-on-one.
    *Fiorina offers $2 million to vets if Trump debates her one-on-one.

    Trump has united Democrats and Republicans and they all agree:

    Trump is the Alpha Male.
    Trump is the star football player.
    Trump is the head cheerleader.
    Trump gets top billing.

    People do not act this way about people whose star is fading; they act this way around chief rival they must topple if they want to win.

    Now, no votes have been cast so the Mandate of Heaven* has not been received. This is but a clue as to which way they all think the wind is blowing.

    - Mikey NTH

    *In the USA the Will of the People is the Mandate of Heaven, with all that it implies.

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  9. A while back when I was writing a post that commented on Megyn Kelly's new "glamour" makeover (which isn't nearly as flattering as she may pretend), I was thinking of that GQ picture. Some decorum for a former lawyer! Is that the way she greeted her clients? Snark aside, I'd seen it earlier but could't remember where, and for some reason I didn't find it when I did a Google search. It shows up now, however, probably because of all the fuss on Twitter. It makes the point I was writing about. She's a very ambitious woman. Barbara Walters was also very good looking when she was young and starting out as a journalist. Beware ambitious women. They are DANGER.

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  10. Obungler didn't duck debates? He refused to do a debate on Fox.

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  11. Nice, Don. The more I think about this, helped by you and Scott Adams of course, the more it seems like genius triangulation on Trump's part. He (1) distances himself from a network lots of Dems and Independents cannot stand, helping position him for the general, and (2) he helps CNN, which is likely to get him better coverage there, again helping him for the general, and (3) he controls all of it and has giant media properties dancing like bears to his tune. If the ratings are in the toilet for Fox News tonight, I'm going to laugh my ass off.

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  12. And you should DEFINITELY post that Megyn photo again, possibly on a weekly basis ;-)

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  13. Looking at that photo, my wife claims Megyn is not my type. Who am I to argue with such ironclad logic?

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  14. Excellent analysis Don.

    Could The Donald possibly have just doubled down on Megyn Kelly's glass ceiling?

    I believe he may have mortally wounded her career with that tweet!

    Sam

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  15. Trump and all y'all haters wish you looked as good as Megyn on a bad day! {/snark}

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  16. Don, I like your writing, and respect your views. But I have to disagree- Trump is not Reagan. Reagan would never have stooped to the "blood coming out" remark, or made fun of a cripple, and Reagan believed in God, and standing up for something, and calling out the Evil Empire. Thats what took down the Soviet Union, finally, plus America's defense establishment. Today, Trump says whatever comes to his mind, and we are much weaker, and all Trumps bluster over doing a deal is just as stupid as HRCs reset button, or Obama preening that he would make Europe like us better. I dont believe Putin gives a crap what he thinks or says, nor do I believe the Mad Mullahs are going to suddenly fold, either, for a reality tv star.

    I hope I am wrong, but I doubt it.

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  17. Don, as I recall, your son was a Marine serving in the sand box. I wonder what he thinks of Trumps stunt to put on a money for the vets event, to compete with the debate he quit in a hissy fit.

    As a vet, I dont think much of it.

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