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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Trump the DNC

Donald Trump owned the news media on Day Three of Hillary's Coronation. He even topped President Obama, who gave a wonderful speech that rallied Democrats behind Her Royal Clintoness. Nevertheless, Trump owned the news cycle.

He did so by holding a press conference. The press conference is now his favorite format. He is sharp, funny, spontaneous, and quick on the uptake. As is usually the case, at the press conference he fielded more hostile questions from the media in one hour than Hillary has in her entire pampered, Ivy League, first lady life.

Think about that for a moment. Has any journalist ever confronted her about all those real scandals? The Whitewater swampland real estate deals. Her covering up rapes and sexual harassment by her husband. Her stealing White House furniture. Not once has anyone in the press pressed her for an answer.

Meanwhile, Trump has to explain why two lines in his wife's 20-minute speech were similar to a speech Michelle Obama gave eight years ago.

Throughout her life, the press gave Hillary a pass. Now she pays for that lifelong free ride by being unprepared for this campaign.

Trump is not another flimsy Republican politician whom the Washington press corps can roll. Trump played bigger rooms: New York City. The media center of the world is ruthless.

Back when he owned the New Jersey Generals, Trump wrestled George Steinbrenner for the sports covers of the tabloids. Trump spent 40 years taking tough questions. His first divorce was bitter and nasty and played out on the front pages of the newspapers. The best press in the world tried to bring him down. He survived, then thrived.

In her lifetime. Hillary has not spent 40 seconds handling a hostile press.

A year into his full campaign, the Washington press corps still thinks it can trip Trump up on piddly stuff. Remember a few weeks ago when the Big Huge Expose In The Washington Post was that Trump had posed as his own fake PR agent a quarter-century ago? This time, the press corps tried to portray Trump as a secret agent for Vladimir Putin, whom the press assumes leaked the DNC emails that brought down the DNC chairwoman on the eve of the convention.

Trump played along with that. His attitude was: Sure, focus attention on me.

Not every reporter in Washington is an idiot.

From Jake Novak at MSNBC:
Grand Theft Convention.
No, that's not a new video game. But it is what we just saw Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump do to the Democrats and Hillary Clinton, and the Democrats and Hillary Clinton are helping him do it!
During about an hour-long news conference earlier Wednesday, Trump was asked repeatedly about allegations that the Russian government is behind the hacked and leaked Democratic National Committee's emails that embarrassed the party on the eve of their national convention in Philadelphia. Trump quickly pivoted to also discussing Clinton's private email-server controversy and the 30,000-plus emails the former Secretary of State had deleted from her private server under questionable explanations and circumstances.
Advantage Trump.
Trump wants the election to be a referendum on Donald Trump. That is how he wins.

Could you see any of the other Republican candidates doing that? Ted Cruz would not even talk to the mainstream press. Trump will talk to just about anyone anytime anywhere.

And then Cruz had the nerve to complain about all the "free media" Trump got. Just as there is no such thing as a free lunch, there is no such thing as free media. You have to earn it.

And Trump goes out and earns it every day.

This was supposed to be Hillary's week. She just got Trumped. She thinks she is getting away with something by having the DNC email scandal focus on Trump. She will be befuddled when this does not bring him down. Eventually, she may figure out what all these little things amount to.

It will be too late -- because it already is.

If you cannot own the press the week you are nominated, you may as well pack it in.

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  1. Trump was actually hoarse in the press conference because of all the campaigning he's been doing. He's running rings around Barfly's best girlie lesbian shopping companion and drinking buddy (the Wernicke-Korsakoff won't allow her to come out of the closet, and covers up her Kluver-Bucy syndrome as well).

  2. Throughout her life, the press gave Hillary a pass. Now she pays for that lifelong free ride by being unprepared for this campaign.

    BINGO! And Trump knows how to exploit her Achilles heel.

    1. Uh uh uh. Achilles cankle.

  3. The Donald is now living rent-free in Hillary's head. And it's a beeyooteeful apartment, and yuge! I can't wait for their first debate. Trump will have Hillary sputtering, gasping, coughing, and foaming at the mouth. - Elric

    1. Hahaha, beauty Elric! That first line is gold. What do they call it in, I think, Little League when one team is beating the other so badly that it's becoming embarrassing? The Mercy Rule? Somebody's going to have to invoke that rule at their first (and probably only) debate.

    2. I can't see Hillary participating in debates with DJT. Her handlers know too well that she most likely will crash and burn while on national TV .

      They would only do it if the whole show was pre-scripted with a pro-dem mediator.

      I don't see the Donald walking into a stacked debate where he was the 'mark'.

    3. one thing for sure, a Candy Crowley will never get away with an attempt to undermine Trump the way she did Romney. I think that, too, would be a real popcorn seller!

    4. Sadly, you may be correct. She isn't known for thinking fast on her cankles. But Hillary refusing to participate in a debate will look pretty bad, too. The Donald will win by default. He already has the upper hand. I hope he plays it with a one-two combination of sledgehammer and exquisite finesse. - Elric

    5. Trump would literally kick the crap out of that fat hog Crowley.

  4. Trump has done this too many times for it to be accidental. The liberal press is so used to looking for dog whistles that the response is now automatic...Pavlovian I suppose. Trump uses that to flip the terms of the gotcha game. He says something that sounds almost exactly like a dog whistle and the press comes running, only to wind up finding a wolf not a dog. Call it wolf whistle politics and no matter how many times he does it the liberals just cannot resist the sound of the whistle.

  5. "Ivy League"

    Know what you find under ivy growing on a wall?

    Rising damp, cockroaches, and rats.

  6. Question: What's the difference between the DNC podium and a vacuum-cleaner?

    Answer: The position of the dirtbag.


  7. Hill has no Vast Right Wing Conspiracy to blame (they all being against Trump), and he's outscoring her with the media, too.