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Friday, December 02, 2016

President Trump amps up his political capital

President Trump's 30-state election along with Republican continued control of both houses of Congress gives him the most political capital any Republican president has had since Ike Eisenhower.

In Indianapolis and Cincinnati on Thursday, he worked to increase that political capital by holding rallies and having a lot of fun. President Trump is very entertaining and he gets great feedback off the crowd.

Trump's prime-time speech in Cincinnati was great. The staff wrote a good 40-minute speech. He gave it a good reading but broke free of it to ad-lib from time to time. It was a good hybrid. His announcement of picking Mad Dog Mattis as secretary of Defense had me cheering and laughing at the same time.

The Carrier deal was a big deal because it keeps 1,000 manufacturing jobs in the USA.

But President Trump is the biggest beneficiary because everyone said he could not do it, and he got it done over Thanksgiving. He is the conquering hero. This lends credence to his image as a great negotiator. The deal cost him nothing; the state economic development people will hand out some incentives.

In Moscow, Damascus, Brussels, and the United Nations, leaders watched that and are figuring out how they will have to deal with this man.

In boardrooms, CEOs should be telling themselves they do not want to run afoul of him. Oh, the social justice warrior CEOs will. They are idiots. I suppose they could outlast him but eight years is a long time for any company to suffer.

Now that the election is over, President Trump is bringing people into the fold in a way the media will miss it. The election was close in 30 states and Hillary's supporters thought she would win. He has figured out how to bring them over to his side by holding rallies and having fun. Everyone wants to have fun. The country is optimistic. This should be a great Christmas retail season. That optimism is catchy.

His speech in Cincinnati put unabashed patriotism in perspective:
There is no global anthem. No global currency. No certificate of global citizenship. We pledge allegiance to one flag and that flag is the American flag. 
From now on it is going to be: America First. Okay? America first. We're going to put ourselves first. 
We seek peace and harmony with the nations of the world, but that means recognizing the right of every country --including our own-- to look after its citizens. We would put other countries first, we had people running our country that truly did not know what the hell they we're doing. 
We will defend the American worker... look what has happened right here. They forgot the American worker. They forgot that it was the American worker who truly built our country. We will not forget.
Yes, patriotism matters. That flag that liberals want to burn saved the world in World War II. Americans were not fighting for England or France. They were fighting for Uncle Sam -- and he was fighting on the side of the Allies.

President Trump's favorables may never rise but he can get support. His favorables were about ten points below his vote totals, so people do support him despite their unfavorable opinion.

The more public support he can show in rallies like Cincinnati, the better his position will be when it comes to dealing with Congress.

The press will say he didn't act presidential.

Who cares?

He campaigned for 16 months to become president. Now he must campaign to keep his presidency. He is off to a good start.


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  1. Saw the Cincy speech. That looked to me like a 30 year old, not a 70 year old. Donald clearly loves the big crowds and the adulation, but there's something else going on here too. He truly gives a shit about flyover country. The people see it and feel it. He is going to make a damn good President. Can we just inaugurate him now?

  2. "There is no global anthem. No global currency." The British Pound used to be. Our Dollar is now. There is no Earth Dollar. Not likely to be one, either.

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  4. The press is not acting "press-idential". They haven't for a long time.

    1. Great little epithet you coined there. As the money runs out look for them to get more idiotically shrill.

  5. I watched the speech also, it was good. I would have liked to hear him re-commit to promisses he made during the campaign. He didn't help calm my nervousness on what issues he will addressed and the ones he will need to pull back from if any.

  6. Trump's amping up, but unlike in the opening scene of Back To The Future, it's not him but the Left standing in front of the million-watt speaker.

  7. It's business talk. It's called "Keep it sold."

    Not 'Presidential'. Bah-Humbug (it's the season for that) What do losers know about Presidential.