I said attack Hillary Clinton. She's a liar. She's a crook. She's incompetent. She's unlikable. She only got the nomination because of who her husband is. That's some feminist you have there, Democrats.
Anyone can -- and should -- beat Hillary. She is the least qualified presidential candidate since Pat Paulsen. That is on top of being the most corrupt candidate since Al Capone.
But Trump has to attack her in a way that gets through the media firewall she owns by virtue of her sex and her liberal facade. This week's verbal shot at her jugular was a good start.
From Wesley Pruden (who gets a favorable mention in my upcoming book):
In a “major address” this week he gave her the preview of the wrath to come, calling her “a world-class liar” who collected cash by the tub full when she was the secretary of State pretending to look out for the nation’s interests. “She gets rich,” he said, “by making you poor.”
He called her “the most corrupt person ever to run for president,” recognized as exaggeration and embroidery by anyone with a passing acquaintance with rude and rowdy frontier politics, but it had the ring of truth to anyone who has been reading the newspapers or watching cable television over the past two or three decades. The Clintons themselves wrote the book on Clinton corruption.
The political correspondents still don’t understand the politics of 2016, and continue to concentrate on the trivia of conventional politics that no longer apply, how the Donald has invested too little in infrastructure, how he struggles to manage the transition to the general election, how he’s unable to calibrate an uneven organization. All true, more or less, but the conventional pales before the unorthodox candidate with the gift for the memorable phrase or label that sticks to an opponent like something plastered on Velcro with Gorilla Glue.Many of us saw this coming. Trump's figurative eviscerations of his Republican rivals was only for practice.
This is the big stick Trump carries, which means nothing without a message. Being better than Hillary is easy because everyone is better than her. Trump needs to give voters more, and he did.
From Byron York:
Most coverage of Donald Trump's speech in New York Wednesday has focused on his attacks on Hillary Clinton. Or the fact that he read the speech from a teleprompter. Or the fact that it came amid a period of disorder and change in his campaign.
But Trump included actual substance in the speech — new policy proposals and promises — that escaped many observers. In a series of pledges to take action in his first 100 days as president, Trump said he would move on trade, business regulation, energy, and several other topics.Trump should not wait till Labor Day or the convention to attack. He should do so daily. And he should hold rallies in all 50 states. Hawaii may be a lost cause, but hey, it's Hawaii. Why not go there? Nightly footage of Trump at a big rally before an enthusiastic crowd provides a better graphic than those small crowds Hillary attracts. The way to avoid disruptions is to visit places where there are no protesters.
While the Electoral College does matter in a close race, Trump's aim should be a blowout. Concentrating on Ohio and Florida shows a weakness and a lack of confidence. He rallied in Vermont in January. Who goes to Vermont in January without skis? He needs to do rallies in unusual places more.
And he should continue to eschew the teleprompter. He should reserve that for special occasions, as that helps underscore the importance of such events. Those fun, rollicking, extemporaneous speeches made him. He should not abandon them in the name of presidentiality. Feeding the press a new nontroversy takes the spotlight from her.
Trump has shown he can be presidential. He should keep doses of that small, increasing them and his presidentiality as the campaign moves forward. By October 1, when early voting begins, he should be mainly presidential because he needs to close the deal with voters.
But for now, the Summer of 2016 should be a lot like the Summer of 2015, when he went from last to first in a matter of weeks.
Meanwhile, his critics keep dismissing him...
@SeanTrende Dumb luck keeps following this guy— Carlos Leon (@carlosleon) June 24, 2016
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