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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Trump the Politico

Mickey Kaus -- one of the original online journalists -- had a little fun on Twitter today with Blake Hounshell, editor in chief of Politico.

Hounshell used Twitter to promote a story "The Alt-Right Comes to Washington" by Ben Schreckinger.

As the author of "Trump the Press" and the upcoming sequel, "Trump the Establishment," I am hard-pressed to come up with an alternative -- alt-wrong as it were.

Now if we including pundits, Bill Kristol wins hands down just for his 15 tweets/statements on TV about reaching Peak Trump.

George Will and Kristol's successor at the Weekly Standard, Stephen F. Hayes tie for second.

But reporter?

Mickey Kaus made a good case for Ben Schreckinger being the wrongest reporter.

From August 7, 2015:
Are voters ready to tune out Trump?
He pleased fans with his blustery defiance, but others saw anger and ego.
Much like the past two months of the presidential campaign, the first Republican debate on Thursday night featured all the hallmarks of a Donald Trump production. But after two hours of blustery denunciation and defiance from the former “Apprentice” star, voters may be inching closer to changing the channel.
From the opening bell, the Fox News moderators and his Republican rivals made Trump the center of attention, hammering him with contentious questions — which he would complain afterward were “not nice” — and frontal attacks. So far, the real estate mogul has thrived on the attention, positive or negative, and he made no catastrophic mistakes on Thursday. But the debate raised the question of whether exposure alone can keep propelling his candidacy.
“Those that supported him found much to like in his forcefulness, conviction and disdain for political correctness,” said Bruce Haynes, a South Carolina Republican strategist and co-founder of the moderate political consulting firm Purple Strategies. “Those who dislike him were reminded why.”
What about the undecideds? “He hurt himself with people who are still forming an opinion,” said Haynes. “They probably had a very visceral reaction to his bombast, his negativity, his pessimism. It stood in real contrast to folks like [Marco] Rubio and [Chris] Christie.”
“I don’t think it’s going to play real well with the voters who haven’t taken a good look at him, so the question is whether he starts to lose voters,” said Patrick Murray, a Monmouth University pollster. “But of course we’ve been wrong about this before.”
Pollster? Relying on a pollster for guidance in the 2016 campaign was like asking a four-year-old for directions to church.

From January 6, 2016:
Donald Trump's low-energy campaign
While rivals blitz early states, he maintains his leisurely pace — and his polling lead.
While Ted Cruz barnstorms through 28 Iowa counties this week and Chris Christie holds nine events in New Hampshire in four days, Donald Trump is entering the New Year the same way he left the old: crisscrossing the country and holding a rally a day, sometimes two on Saturdays.
Trump, who once derided Jeb Bush for lacking energy, has done fewer campaign swings than any of his top-tier rivals — 100, versus, for example, Bush’s 172 — and while others have only increased the pace, Trump has barely expanded his schedule. Next week, he’ll stage a rare Sunday rally.
Like much of Trump’s run, his decision to maintain his leisurely campaign schedule into January is either political malpractice or a game-changing reinvention of the presidential primary process — depending on who you ask.
Campaign manager Corey Lewandowski pointed out that Trump can get in front of more voters during a single one of his rallies — which often draw thousands — than his rivals can in several stops. “If you were a consultant and you could have your candidate in front of 10 people or in front of 1,000 people, what would you suggest?” he said, adding, “Mr. Trump has an amazing amount of energy. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to win this election.”
But Stuart Stevens, the chief strategist for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, said there is more madness than method in the scheduling approach. “Donald Trump is someone who does what he enjoys, and it has absolutely nothing to do with what makes sense to get elected president. He likes having these rallies — he has these rallies,” Stevens said. “He’s in the cafeteria of life and he’s parked at the dessert table.”
Yes, if anyone knows winning a political campaign as well as a pollster does, it is the chief strategist for the guy who missed the two-foot putt that would have beat Barack Obama in 2012.

Never mind that in one rally, Trump drew more people than Jeb Bush drew win a week. Please clap and call Trump low energy because ha, ha, ha, he's gonna lose.

But on Election Day, good old Ben Schreckinger finally got the last laugh.

From November 8, 2016, at 6 a.m.:
Trump ends on an anti-climax
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Donald Trump ended his campaign for the presidency on an anti-climax, flying from a raucous arena filled with smoke and lasers in New Hampshire to finish his night here in a convention center lit with fluorescent lights, portions of the floor left empty as his supporters shuffled off to bed before his final stump speech wrapped just after 1 a.m.
He was preceded onstage here by his running mate Mike Pence, and by Ted Nugent, a shock rocker and the recent author of an anti-Semitic rant.
“We don’t need Jay Z or Beyonce,” Trump opened his remarks. “We don’t need Jon Bon Jovi. We don’t need Lady Gaga. All we need is great ideas to make America great again.”
In his final day of campaigning, Trump remained true to form, comparing America’s inner cities to “hell,” spending much of his energy on feuds with people who are not Hillary Clinton and claiming at venues that were not full that thousands of supporters were stuck outside dying to get in.
Yes, Donald Trump's campaign ended so anti-climatically that the election ended 18 hours later in a boring 30-state landslide.

For President Trump.

You know, the guy who lost that Megyn Kelly Debate, Iowa, and the campaign itself.

At least according to that objective, fair, and balanced reporter, Ben Schreckinger.

But before I bestow the title of Wrongest Wreporter on Ben Schreckinger, do readers have any nominees?

I would not want to rush to judgment and be wrong.


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  1. This is one case where a participation award is actually meaningful.

  2. Does anyone have Ben Schreckinger's phone number? I just bought a new pickup and I need to know what brand of oil he thinks I should use. I kind of like Mobil 1, but maybe a dino oil would be better.

    Maybe he could also clear up a nagging question about self defense ammo. Is 9mm 124gr Gold Dot really superior to anything in .45 caliber?

    I have so many questions. Oh yeah, a friend wants to know whether to marry a blonde or a brunette. I told him to marry the one with the big hooters, but he want to hear it from someone who is knowledgeable about such things.

    1. Blondes are easy on the eye, but they're too quick on the trigger. Redheads, too. Bite ya head off. Pick the brunette, they're nice and faithful. Generally have hairy legs, but you can't have everything.

    2. I'm thinking Royal Purple on the oil.
      Definitely go with the brunette

    3. Definitely brunette. DEFINITELY big hooters. And also, green eyes. Boy have I had some bad experiences with brown eyed girls. Van Morrison got it wrong on that one. Go with Sugarloaf's Green Eyed Lady instead.

    4. I'm 110% with you on the brunette with big hooters, but the secret to my happiness is that I married a woman a lot smarter than I am. My "friends" say they would hate to see one that wasn't.

  3. Hey, give this guy a break. He is one of the top Democrat shills in a very important left-wing organization.

  4. I dunno, Don, I think maybe CNN as a hole (sorry, that would be whole) oughta get it.

    I married a redhead, and all is goooooood.