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Friday, August 05, 2016

Watch Trump show his CEO side

The public polls are shellacking Trump. He's down seven points in the Real Clear Poll Average to a miserable old lady who sold the nation out as Secretary of State.

But it's August. The experts I mock in my book now are saying the party is in a panic. Why he made fun of a Muslim immigration lawyer who mocked Trump at the Democratic convention. Oh no!

Don't worry about Trump. His is a roller coaster ride to the White House. Consider this from Scott Rasmussen, who founded but sold his Rasmussen Poll operation:
In the general election, Trump is once again refusing to play by the regular rules of the game. When something happens, he speaks his mind without running it by a focus group. Sometimes it comes off great, sometimes terrible. But as he keeps on going, the Republican nominee appears to instinctively grasp something that most in the political world don't understand. The political types obsess over the convention deals and campaign strategy. They eagerly await the upcoming debate and deep analysis of whether to allocate campaign resources to Ohio or Florida.
Trump, on the other hand, acts as if he knows that most Americans had better things to do than watch political conventions. He acts as if events in the real world are more likely to impact the race than anything the campaigns do. And, he's right. At the moment, he's trailing Hillary Clinton, but not by all that much. Despite breaking all the political rules, he's still close enough that an October surprise could send him to the White House.
Does he want that? Yes. Donald Trump wants to be president, but only on his own terms.
Now then, everybody in Washington swears they hate political correctness, but my gosh do their panties get wadded when someone actually speaks his mind. Being against political correctness is now politically correct.

Americans have longed for someone who will stand up and be a man. That was part of the appeal of Ronald Reagan. He called the Soviet Union the Evil Empire. It was.

Rasmussen concluded that as you campaign, so will you serve. Trump changed the rules in the nomination process, and is changing them now.

Gloaters beware. Trump is the change.

Trump will show that this is not a game, but rather a serious enterprise. The public wants a CEO -- a boss -- a successful businessman. The Art of the Deal is to always be closing.

He is a neophyte candidate being stalked by pros who want to bring him down. As a CEO, he adjusts. Earlier, I listed the 10 things a CEO must master, which Trump had mastered:
10. Innovates.
Until Trump, recent presidential nominees had to raise millions and blow millions on ads and huge staffs to win. A billionaire, he did not buy the election. Rather, he earned it by going out there every day and rallying the people by standing for something -- America.
Bonus: Champions change.
Trump is an advocate of Management By Wandering Around. He talks to staff and learns first-hand what is going on. Professor Newt Gingrich said Trump is one of the quickest learners he has ever seen.
Flip flop? You can bet your assets that he will change his position at anytime, anywhere, and any place if given new facts. He was pro-choice until he realized that a baby is not an inconvenience but a gift from God.
Yes, I get that he is not a cookie-cutter conservative when it comes to policy. But writing policy is not a president's job. You hire people like Ted Cruz to draft policy. That is what President Bush 43 did.
Trump's biggest selling point is that like Dubya, Reagan and Eisenhower, Trump accomplished something in life before entering politics. That taught him that public policy has consequences. Leaders should be aware of the damage as well as the good they do.
Washington today is like the Commodore Hotel was in the 1970s. Trump will gut it and make it better than you have ever seen it. He made Manhattan great again. Of course he will Make America Great Again.
Politics is evolution. You either adapt or die.

Trump ain't about to die.


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  1. We need a leader. Congress makes laws. Obama is no leader and, even with a Democrat majority, did not work well with Congress. Trump is a deal maker. With a motivated Congress a real leader can get a lot accomplished. Like, maybe, shut down a lot of unnecessary and/or redundant government entities and balance the budget, build a wall on our border, tell China to choke on their junk, etc. - Elric

  2. I like the way you think, Elric. I do think The Donald will pull an Elephant out of his hat. Or his hair.

  3. Did you see the celebrity list for Soetero's 55th bday bash, just before he takes off to Martha's Vineyard? A real man of the people, that guy. More of the same with Hillary. I mean, her travel/accommodation demands make Van Halen look like a bunch of pikers. DJT would have a nice simple meal with his family and then get back to work on his birthday. It's a clear and easy choice...Trump 2016.

  4. I hope he can pull it off Don, but these "undecided" voters (who will decide this race) are mostly voters not particularly impressed with Trump or Hillary. If they make a decision, it will be hard to back off on it. Hillary's strategy is to paint Trump as twitter happy and of poor temperament. I want him not to stop fighting, but stop punching down. The target is primarily Hillary and the media. Why didn't Trump challenge Stephanopoulos as being biased and not questioning Clinton on the Benghazi gold star parents? Why not the campaign? Why not his kids? And while Trump has been brilliant in getting this far, campaigns still require discipline. He need not focus group issues, but having a strategy for dealing with media traps is essential. I know he can win this thing, but this week was definitely not good for him.

  5. "You either adapt or die.

    Trump ain't about to die."

    I read all the nonsense this week about Trump "withdrawing" and said to myself (I'm the most intelligent person I know, after all) that he didn't come this far and fight this hard to give up.

    Glad Surber and Ras see it better than I do, they really are more intelligent than I am.

    1. I believe all of those articles were examples of "wishcasting" by various self-defined movers and shakers and powers-that-be within the GOP. They so wanted those things to be true because then the bad man would go away all on his own and everything would be made right again!

      In a couple of weeks, when the latest hysteria dies down, that stuff will be long forgotten as other things come in to drive.

      -Mikey NTH

  6. "We need a leader." "Management by wandering around."
    I think I've mentioned the intellectual dichotomy of ratio and intellectus before. The simplest way of describing these two sides of the mind are that ratio is the analytical approach to things, while intellectus relies on non analytical thinking, experience, what lies before the eyes in front of a mind prepared to understand what it sees at a glance. I bring this up because contemporary thought is dominated by ratio, the notion that all one need do in order to understand anything is to break it down into its components and see how they are put together. Example: Tim Burton's Nightmare before Christmas. Jack Skellington sees a family celebrating Christmas and tries to understand it by doing chemical analysis of the tree ornaments. In wars we see leaders come to the forefront by their actions. In peacetime the technically and socially savvy ass kissers make it to the top. Robert MacNamara was Kennedy's whiz kid secretary of defense, who had been CEO of a car company and everyone thought it was great that he never visited the factory floor. He turned out not to be a leader at all. In most organizations today they have leadership seminars where the teacher's pets of the organization are taught "leadership" out of Disney corporation cook books. Something that is in reality poorly understood by analytical means is reduced to a silly mnemonic.
    The opposite of this is intellectus. It is totally non analytical and is not something that can be taught in a classroom, or even given any kind of easy definition. Think of a word like "culture" and how it applies to human diversity. You cannot say what any culture is in any definite way. Real leadership is one of those things. It is gained by experience and is experienced by those in contact with it. It can't be formulated in an alphabetical test tube. But the people who want to make everything in life analytical aren't going to let that stop them. And they hate with a vehemence that they aren't even aware of anyone who falls outside of the categories of their prejudice.

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    1. Read the comments and my comment above. Keller is a leadership in a box guy. He is clueless.

  8. Cover Me, PorkinsAugust 5, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    It's August, and during the intermission between attacks and revelations of how low Clinton can go, there's an opening for opponents of Trump to flood the zone with whatever.

    None of this makes Clinton any less loathsome, or today's state of affairs less unsatisfactory.

    If the pile-on from cowards is getting you down, unplug for a while. Nothing much is going to change.

  9. When you are throwing out your October surprise stuff in August — including having the SITTING PRESIDENT attack on “fitness” — you aren’t winning.

  10. I trust opinion polls just as much as I trust the lying media that spawn them. They can be just another way for the left to lie. I bet they are over-sampling Democrats to make their broad look "good".

  11. Washington today is like the Commodore Hotel was in the 1970s. Trump will gut it and make it better than you have ever seen it. He made Manhattan great again. Of course he will Make America Great Again.

    Now the facts about the New York Grand Hyatt. Fred Trump Sr., Donald's father, was the mover and shaker behind the rebuilding of the Commodore. But Fred was in trouble with the authorities for windfall profits abuse, so he needed a front man - which was Donald's role. Fred's crews, Fred's business, political and banking contacts, and Fred's guarantee on the construction note provided the magic that did the job. Google tells you all this is a "New York Minute."