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Sunday, June 05, 2016

Trumping the Washington Post

If anyone wants to know why just about every pundit in Washington missed the Trump Train, never discount the power of the Washington Post. The newspaper is the blind leading the blind down the elevator shaft this election.

Consider its "The Daily 202" feature, named for DC's area code. Daily 404 is more like it. Oh and by daily, they mean Mondays through Fridays, except for holidays.

Friday: "The Daily 202: Trump may generate mini wave for House Democrats."

Thursday: "Hispanic RNC staffer’s resignation spotlights Trump’s toxicity and the party’s failed outreach."

Wednesday: "David French trial balloon underscores the failure of Never Trump conservatives to field an independent candidate."

Tuesday: "Trade animates liberal opposition to DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz."

The previous Friday: "What neither the Clintons nor Trump grasp about the 1990s generally and Whitewater specifically."

The previous Thursday: "Trump ousts his political director. Here’s what that says about him and his campaign."

The previous Wednesday: "Trump’s attacks on the GOP’s most prominent Latina, Susana Martinez, should alarm Republicans."

The previous Tuesday: "This election will be about the past, not the future."

The previous Monday: "Refusal to release tax returns emerging as a big liability for Trump."

Nine headlines. Seven have Trump's name in them. Nine photos. Trump is in seven of them. Nine stories. Eight are about Trump.

The daily, relentless attacks on Trump have an interesting effect. Meant to set the agenda and discredit him, the stories make Trump the focus of the campaign. This works on the minds of the punditry in Washington who think income tax returns matter (they don't; we know he's rich and doesn't like to pay taxes).

But there is a bigger arc at work here.

Every day the Washington Post's "Daily 202" feeds a Trump story to its readers. And that is exactly what Trump wants. Attention. Negative or positive, that is what any newcomer wants. Trump like any politician knows that if the election is about him, he wins. The 2008 election was a referendum on Obama. The 1992 election was a referendum on Clinton. The 1980 election was a referendum on Reagan. Not every election works this way. It takes a strong candidate to pull it off.

I wonder if James Hohmann who runs "The Daily 202" realizes that the more he writes about Trump, the more he helps him.

Meanwhile, at Time magazine, here is the list of its latest Must Reads posted on Friday:
Trump’s God Machine
TIME's Elizabeth Dias on how the GOP nominee won over a scion of the Bible Belt—and America's evangelical base
Hillary Clinton Tears Into Donald Trump on Foreign Policy, Temperament
Clinton leaves the policy aside as she attacks Trump personally, TIME's Philip Elliott writes
Donald Trump’s Secret Weapon: Letters of Love, Flattery and Revenge
Handwritten missives illustrate Trump's career [New York Times]
Donald Trump Defends Attacks on Judge in Trump University Case
The Republican’s charge that Judge Gonzalo Curiel has a conflict of interest draws criticism from some legal observers [Wall Street Journal]
Paul Ryan Endorses Donald Trump
It's an abrupt about-face for the speaker, who has been outspoken about his clashes with the controversial businessman [Washington Post]
Violence Erupts Outside Donald Trump Rally
Anti-Trump protesters assault supporters outside event [San Jose Mercury News]
Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump...


27 comments:

  1. The more the morons hate him, the more I like him.

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  2. He hooked me from

    "Mr. Trump. You've called women b!tches, hoes and fat slobs..."

    "ONLY Rosie O'Donnell!"

    It was at that point I realized he was the alpha male in the room.

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    1. The *only* alpha male in the room..

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    2. And I, along with about 75% of the audience, roared with laughter.

      Pure comedy gold. Completely spontaneous on Trump's part.

      O'Donnell spent about 15 minutes being "the Queen of Nice" before her true personality (loud, angry bully) revealed itself. She has spent the last couple decades picking fights with one person after another, abusing the staff on her shows, and adding her loud, angry bully voice to leftist political causes, even when doing so revealed her as a hypocrite.

      She is not a sympathetic figure. At all. Moreover, she was the one who started the spat with Trump. This would be years ago. So for her to end up as one of the biggest punch lines of his campaign for president -- poetic justice, IMO.

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  3. Voting for #NeverTrump in 2010 and 2014 got me Congress funding Amnesty, IRS targeting, Risk corridors and Planned Parenthood and GOPe contempt for the Tea Party who gave them those majorities. Even flatworms learn to turn away from pain.

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  4. By initiating political violence, Leftist are going to unleash something they can't control...President Trump.

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  5. Trump. trump, trump, The People Marching, marching on to vote...

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  6. You can just smell the frustration.

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  7. These people are really out of touch, aren't they.

    For example, the Stop Trump crowd, right and left, have their panties in a wad over Trump criticizing the judge in the Trump University case. Do they really think, that in a time of a $100 speeding ticket with $1,237 tacked on for costs and assessment, that people are fretting about the finer points of the Code of Judicial ethics?

    Another. There's a big whoop about Trump singling out a lone black man at a rally as an example of his black friends. I can see the followup now:

    An ad with a photo of Ben Carson and other accomplished black people with the caption "These are my black friends". Then a photo of the looting in Ferguson and the caption "These are Hillary's".

    There are so many tin ears out there that tins cans can make a comeback.

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  8. As though these effects are somehow unplanned. . .

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  9. As though these effects are somehow unplanned. . .

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  10. Honest, patriotic, responsible Americans finally have a leader who cares about them and their country. The coordinated, malicious propaganda spewed forth daily by these Democrat Party hacks, too blind to cross the street unassisted, only fuels the fire lit by populist hero Donald Trump. I can't wait till Jan. 20, 2017: Liberation Day!

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  11. Honest, patriotic, responsible Americans finally have a leader who cares about them and their country. The coordinated, malicious propaganda spewed forth daily by these Democrat Party hacks, too blind to cross the street unassisted, only fuels the fire lit by populist hero Donald Trump. I can't wait till Jan. 20, 2017: Liberation Day!

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  12. With a history of semi-successful executive experience, Trump is miles ahead of HillBill, and, after eight years of executive illiteracy from the community organizer, seems like a natural for the job.

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    1. Semi-successful? Are you worth 20 billion? By your own criterion you would have to be worth twice as much as Trump. I prefer Herschel Walker's definition: to be able to put your head on the pillow and go to sleep at night.

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  13. The Bezos Post has Trump OCD and is going insane. A Trump victory in November will push it over the edge.

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  14. "I wonder if James Hohmann who runs "The Daily 202" realizes that the more he writes about Trump, the more he helps him." The Star Wars quotes pretty much write themselves.

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  15. Anyone as obsessed as the Washington Post mob are with Trump must have some VERY freaky dreams each night.

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  16. "Daily 404" - heh. That also covers CNN, since 404 is also the area code for Atlanta.

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  17. "people are fretting about the finer points of the Code of Judicial ethics?"
    People see the in crowd--sandy berger--get away with stealing secret documents and getting a slap on the wrist. They see the most intelligent woman in the world not remembering anything in a deposition. Her lawyer and presumably the "second smartest woman in the world" not remembering something 187 times and is it any wonder that people wonder about the code of justice?
    "Justice" is only for the law abiding. Anyone else can get away with murder, rioting, ignoring existing law and the constitution.
    Anytime a lawyer or police officer wants to know anything from me I now know it is my interest to quote Sgt Shultz, "I know nothing!"

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  18. The fact that the judge is a member of "La Raza Attorneys Association" would disqualify him.
    Who are we kidding? Trump rose to national level by promising to build a wall to stop Latino illegal immigration. Do you think the judge agrees with that? I don't care where the judge was born and raised. The fact that he is a member of La Raza biases him and disqualifies him.

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  19. When he described most politicians as idiots he had me.I am so pleased I have lived long enough to finally see so many trough feeders getting it in the neck. Until Trump I thought it could never happen.

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  20. Get updates from Washington blog here. Find info on various happenings in Washington state.

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