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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Trump "has become the most dominant figure in American politics."

James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal noticed something I noticed in December, following the San Bernardino massacre. Everyone talked about what Trump said, few cared about Obama's words.

Trump is the center of the political discussion.

I almost added "in the United States," but why? Despite the best beta male efforts of our weakling president to emasculate the greatest land of all, we remain No. 1. No brag, just fact. The world knows as much about our presidential election as we do. It affects them too.

Trump is where Obama was eight years ago, with one notable exception. The press loved Obama, but hates Trump.

So what?

That just diminishes the press.

From James Taranto:
All of Obama’s difficulties last week can be seen as examples of his being eclipsed by Donald Trump, who despite trailing in the polls has become the most dominant figure in American politics.
Trump had put the president (and Hillary Clinton) on the defensive for downplaying radical Islam after Orlando, and he has changed the immigration debate by putting more-restrictive policies at the center of his campaign. The credit for bottling up Garland’s nomination goes to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans, but Trump was quick to endorse that effort: “I think it’s up to Mitch McConnell, and everybody else to stop it,” the future presumptive nominee said at a debate Feb. 13, hours after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. “It’s called delay, delay, delay.”
Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit noted the quote and added, "Say what you will about Trump, he’s been going after Hillary, Obama, and Elizabeth Warren like Mitt Romney and John McCain never did."

Romney and McCain wanted to be liked.

Trump wants to be president. I like his chances.


  1. Trump speaks to the substance of the subject. Obama speaks to the touchy-feelyness of it. The majority of Americans sense this. Besides, Obama is all but retired. It's too bad we couldn't field a plain speaker like Trump before. - Elric

    1. IMHO Obama retired in place yeras ago.

  2. America has heard Barry and doesn't care for what he says.

    They're listening to Trump because they like what he says.


    Imagine Don and Boris
    Changing all the world
    Woo HOO oo oo oo
    You may say I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    They'll be Prez and PM
    And then we'll get some sh-- done

  4. All that free coverage is worth a Billion dollars in ADs. Even negative coverage keeps his name out there.

  5. Two elements at work here. 1. The news media wittingly act as Trump's megaphone in order to get people to pay attention to THEM. They think they are exposing Trump as a buffoon and this will destroy him, but they are wrong. We all agree here that they are not using HIM as much as he is using THEM. 2. People are fascinated by accidents. They cannot turn away from them. It's human nature; people are compelled to look. So if certain kinds of people see the possible election of Trump as president a huuuuge "accident" waiting to happen to America, well, they are just going to lock eyeballs on anything the media reports about him.

    As for why so many people have tuned out the most eloquent orator ever elected president, "if if if if if.....uh uh uh uh ahh...bunch of okey doke." 'Nuff said.

  6. Listen to obama? You must be kidding. Unless I want to hear some clown saying "I...I....I...I.." "....okie doke..." or "That's not who we are." This guy could not debate his way out of a wet paper bag. Speaking of Reynolds, I gave up on him long ago when I noticed that never a discouraging word about immigration or islam is uttered over @ insta.p. Reynolds sticks to his constitution and vs. liberals. That is all fine and dandy but right now we are under a third world invasion and unless we stop that, we will have a country that cares less and less about the constitution. Not a fan.

  7. I hadn't even looked @ Iaepetus comments...OK so 9/10 Don Surber commenters agree that obama is a buffoon. Speaking of bloggers, I like Steve Sailer over @

  8. I just read the transcript of Trump's job creation speech at Alumisource. Some interesting items and ideas in there. Hillary will be hard pressed to refute anything he said. - Elric

  9. Some newspaper guy from the days when typewriters used to get thrown across the room ought to sit these young punks down and explain about what makes "good copy".

    Oh wait. Been done. Already loaded. You may fire when ready, Don.