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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Think like Trump

So the Fox News All-Stars thought Trump lost the first debate. When have they been right? Certainly not in this election. To get the election right, you have to go elsewhere.

I will start with Susan Shelley of the Los Angeles Daily News. She writes "Think Along With Trump" posts on Facebook. In this post, Shelley began her debate critique with Lester Holt asking, "Our institutions are under cyber attack, and our secrets are being stolen, So my question is, who's behind it? And how do we fight it? Secretary Clinton, this answer goes to you."

From Susan Shelley:
I waited for Donald Trump's answer to the same question, certain that he would not miss this perfect opportunity to attack the hypocrisy and recklessness of his rival on the subject of cybersecurity.
And then, he didn't do it.
Instead, he talked about the 200 admirals and generals who have endorsed him, with more coming next week, and the endorsement he has received from ICE and the border patrol agents. He called Clinton's supporters "political hacks that I see that have led our country so brilliantly over the last 10 years with their knowledge," adding, "Look at the mess that we're in."
And then he talked about the hack of the Democratic National Committee. "What did we learn with DNC?" he asked. "We learned that Bernie Sanders was taken advantage of by your people, by Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Look what happened to her. But Bernie Sanders was taken advantage of. That's what we learned."
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the next president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

Because the email scandal was milked dry. Just as Benghazi, Lewinsky, Whitewater, and that hundred grand she got from cattle futures. Those of us who think those are big deals already decided to vote for Trump, or not. Trump knows this and moved on to a new topic.

From Shelley:
Trump used the opportunity to undermine Hillary Clinton's most potentially damaging argument against him -- that he's not up to the job of commander-in-chief -- by citing hundreds of admirals and generals who think he'd be just fine, thank you. And then he did something brilliant.
Think along with Trump.
Bernie Sanders' supporters are not showing up at rallies to see Bernie Sanders support Hillary Clinton. He's talking to two rows of people and ten rows of chairs in city after city.
Donald Trump made a play for the Sanders voters tonight.
If you voted for Bernie Sanders and you were home watching this debate, feeling depressed about these two choices, Donald Trump said hello to you, personally, this evening. He echoed your thoughts and said he agreed with you. He said you were right to be upset.
And while you were watching, he put these thoughts into your head: he doesn't want the U.S. to be the policeman of the world and he insists he didn't support the Iraq war, which is more than Hillary Clinton can say. Hmmm. What's this about bad trade deals and more jobs?
Maybe it won't work, but it was a brilliant try.
Trump was expanding his base, even as his base pouted. As for "a brilliant try," that is what The Donald does. He takes risks. He made billions off it. Lost millions, too.

Hillary looked good and healthy, so she won that round. The issue is dead, until she collapses again.

From Joshuapundit:
The minute Hillary walked out with that manic smile, my comment at 6:06 PM (all times PST) was ‘boy, did they shoot her full of drugs.’ I’m not kidding in the least. I know a  bit about such things. I’d guess B-12 combined with a Dexedrine cocktail, perhaps with some cortisone shots to keep her knees from buckling for 90 minutes. They’ll play hell trying to get her to sleep tonight without the aid of some serious downers like Seconal.
Expect her to be out of action for a few days.
Cold, but the truth isn't always warm and fuzzy, now is it?

Another blogger, Bookworm hit something I wish I had thought of. I concentrated on the visuals. Bookworm on the audios:
Donald actually has a nice voice, although I’m biased — I’ve always been a sucker for men with husky voices. While Hillary sounded harsh and grating, Donald, no matter what he said, sounded soothing. He complimented himself way too much, but I think people are used to that by now.
Ah yes. Barry White versus Betty White. OK, Trump's voice isn't that deep but Hillary has had her whole life to fix that nagging mother-in-law whine. Voice lessons? Hello?

The message was what Newt Gingrich concentrated on:
Trump wins strategically because in a blunt, clear style, he is saying things most Americans believe. Trump's opponents, including Holt and Clinton, felt good after the debate because their side was glib, articulate, and said things they and their friends believe to be true.
But the Big Daddy weighed in from Florida and whizzed all over the media's coronation cake for Hillary in Washington.

From Rush Limbaugh:
After practically every primary debate, after every Republican primary debate, there was an election. And Trump won after supposedly embarrassing himself, after supposedly demonstrating that he's not seriously studying issues, after demonstrating supposedly that he's phoning it in. After showing that he's uncouth and all this, he ends up winning practically every primary following those debates. Well, there isn't an election after these debates until November. 
So the Drive-Bys are not going to have evidence other than their precious polling data, and they can gin that however they wish to in the way they ask the questions -- and, as we've learned, how they analyze the data. The one thing that stood out for me last night. As I was watching this, I was trying to watch this thing not falling into the trap of watching it within the confines and through the prism of how we usually watch these.
Trump changes all of this. Every day of the campaign, Trump changes this. And you can say whatever you want about Trump missing golden opportunities, whiffing at hanging curveballs, letting Hillary off the hook, the rigged nature of the moderator and so forth. But one thing came through crystal clear last night: Donald Trump showed everybody and reminded many that he is not of the system. 
He is not a Washington insider, and he is not responsible for any of the mess or messes that exist today. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton showed that that is exactly who she is. Hillary Clinton demonstrated she is the quintessential politician for life, in it for herself. The question is what it's always been: Are people tired of the system and want an outsider or do they want to stick with the system? And we are not gonna know until November. 
Most of my readers are Trump supporters. Many were disappointed on Monday night as he reached out to new voters.

But better to be disappointed in September than in November. And yes, he won on Monday night. Just as he won every Republican debate he appeared in. He is the outsider, in a year when the people want an outsider.

One other thing, that story about the Tortoise and the Hare? That was August this year.


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  1. "He's talking to two rows of people and ten rows of chairs in city after city."

    Nice turn of phrase. It's literally true for Sanders on the stump, and relatively true for Hillary herself. Notice how most of her appearances are staged with captive-audience groups (unions, Dem organizations, etc.) instead of "open to the public" rallies?

    And where is Kaine? I betcha he's talking to two rows of people and 10 rows of empty chairs himself.

  2. Hillary Clinton walks into a bar. Then a chair. Then a wall.

  3. All the talk about Hillary being shot up to be ready for the debate reminds me of JFK. He had Addison's disease. It was discovered when he had back surgery at one of the military hospitals. The treatment at the time was subcutaneous pellets of hydrocortisone once a month. It was the Addison's that gave him the perpetual tan. It was well-timed shots of hydrocortisone that gave him the charismatic glow and made him feel so good at times that be gave off an aura of undefeatability. He probably had shots right before his debates with Nixon. He later became subject to near bipolar swings in affect because the pellets gave higher levels at the start of the month and lower ones at the end. Thus he would have trouble sleeping soon after implantation and had to use downers for sleep and by the end of the month required speed to keep him going. The hydrocortisone was over used because he developed a buffalo hump typical of Cushingoid patients by the time of his assassination, which led to some confusion over the entrance wound in his back during the Warren investigation. I think the Soviets were well aware of his problems and timed their activities accordingly. It is not a good thing to have a sickly commander in chief.
    This election couldn't offer more stark choices. A globalist crony capitalist who is a paid shill for who knows how many interests, none of them being the average working man, who is constantly pumped up with drugs to keep her going, versus a man with nothing but loyalty to his country and his people, who has never even taken a drink of coffee or a taste of liquor.

    1. Doc, it sounds like you know what you're talking about. And yes, my good friend who has been making calls for DJT since last fall got an invite to a Trump Volunteer Appreciation night a couple of months ago. No alcohol. None. She said a staffer explained, Mr. Trump doesn't drink and we don't want any of his workers getting in trouble...

    2. Behind the mask, Hillary is George Soros in a woman's pantsuit. Trump is starting to annoy the hell out of me, but I'd rather spend the next 4 years being annoyed by him than being afraid for the future of my country and my freedom under Hitlery.

  4. I had the same impression of Monday.

    All he needed to do was show he wasn't the nut the media claimed he was and he did that.

    Kind of like the old debate about some battles as one side wins tactically, but the other wins strategically.

  5. The point that I have raised is: Trump is a salesman, marketer, and promoter. Who is he selling to?

    He is not selling to the pundits and commentators who are mostly irrelevant and he is not selling to the partisans who have had their biases confirmed. He is selling to the undecided and the weak leaners, the political weathervanes.

    He is selling the idea of President Trump and how you sell it to the political weathervanes - who are the audience he is trying to reach - is different from what appeals to the pundits and partisans.

    -Mikey NTH*

    *when I started commenting on the interwebs there were so many Mike's and Mikey's running around that I became the 'nth' Mikey out there.

    1. Thanks for the 'splainin'. To the nth degree.

  6. Great observations, specifically about the SandersBots. I had a feeling he was talking to the outgroup somewhere but I couldn't formalize it. Clearly, the disenfranchised, as is routine, which is the daily rally muster message. But, that Sanders speak now makes sense.

    Always money reads here Don.

  7. Crooked Cankles has had voice lessons. A lot of them. It shows. She mostly kept the shrill ex-wife or soon to be ex-wife voice under control until a stretch about 60 minutes in when the real Thunder Rodent Thighs came out. Then she got herself under control again. The fake smile became unnerving after about 15 minutes. It reminded me of a cartoon in Playboy where two guys are looking at a beautiful woman with a large chest. One guy sez to the other, "The tits are real, it's the smile that's fake." She had the wonk part down and some trigger words to try to get under his skin and won on points. Didn't help. She's prolly screaming at her staff, "Why aren't I ahead by 50 points?" Because the country doesn't like you. Remember Clinton fatigue?