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Friday, July 17, 2020

Be Harry Truman, not Jimmy Carter



What is with these Rose Garden lectures? President Donald John Trump has become a prisoner of the White House. The way to get the people to get out of the house is to leave the White House and get back into America.

You lead by example. The president is calling for schools to re-open.

OK.

He can begin by re-opening his campaign.

President Trump needs to hold a rally a day. The venue does not matter. The crowd size does not matter. Being out and about does.

Daily White House press conferences put him at the mercy of the press. While we like a combative president, we want him to go one-on-one with Chairman Xi, not Jim Acosta.

The daily covid 19 briefings were a disaster that elevated Fauci to Yoda status while demoting the president to sidekick. Fauci has been wrong on covid 19 every single time. Yet he has credibility on the subject.

Likewise, Andrew Cuomo has killed more nursing home patients than Jack the Ripper, and yet New Yorkers love him.

That daily briefing game is rigged. It is the press equivalent of three-card monte. The president should not play it.

He needs to go back to what worked for him. There won't be an Iowa State Fair this year or any other normal activity out of doors. Red China has seen to that.

But he can make the outdoors fun again. Instead of discouraging him, Tulsa should have encouraged him. Instead of looking at it as 19,000 people not showing up, he should look at the 6,500 people who did.

President Trump should measure the crowd's enthusiasm, not its size. Size does not matter. Being out and about does. People need a reason to vote for him that does not involve hating the New York Times. We do that regardless of who is president.

In 1948, Harry Truman faced the governor of the nation's largest state who was well ahead in the polls.

In 1980, Jimmy Carter faced the governor of the nation's largest state. The polls were even.

Truman hit the road in a train of 16 railroad cars as he toured the country. Give 'em hell, Harry, was his slogan.

Carter adopted a Rose Garden strategy. Iran didn't hold just 51 Americans hostage. Iran held him hostage in the White House.

Truman would go on to win his election, while Carter suffered the biggest loss for an incumbent since Hoover.

President Trump must make his case for winning a second term. He must reassure the public that he will make America great again -- again. He is a salesman. If he has to go door-to-door selling his candidacy, then he should do it.

I get that he is well on his way to raising a billion bucks. But money doesn't matter in a presidential race. States do. Donald Trump proved that in 2016.

He must learn from that experience. President Trump has to hit the road and win those states.

America needs you, Donald J. Trump. Donald, could you please come home?

22 comments:

  1. Tulsa is being misreported. I was there, way more than the 6500 attendees. When I arrived, they took my temp at the first station. At the second I was scanned,then got in line. When the doors opened, there were no tickets, no turnstiles, we all just walked right in. I have a few pictures from when we first got inside, but no photos of the crowd once the rally began.

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  2. Don, I share your concern. Trump is not getting good advice from whomever is running his campaign so far. He may go through another manager or two before election day, but campaigning from the WH garden ain't gonna cut it. Right now, he does not have the appearance of a winning campaign or any campaign. I'm still on the train, but it hasn't left the station yet.

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    1. Maybe you instant gratification people/junkies need your daily political fix but it is a fact that most of the American people could give a rat's behind what goes on between now and the convention. Get a grip.

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  3. Good points. I am sure he is chomping at the big to get out. Don’t know what the wait is for, but hopefully he will be on the road in full force soon.

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    1. He's waiting for the promise of full arenas and those days are long over and his fragile, fragile ego can't handle it. Before a sophomoric reply, answer your own question: What is Trump waiting for? Nothing is stopping him from campaigning. Where is he? At least he has time to golf and hawk beans.

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  4. You know th eidea of a "Trump Train is something he should look at. Steam powered too. UP's Steam isn't doing much right now, Imagine Trump coming into a small town in a 16 Car train. That tain Pulled by UP's restored Big Boy. The largest operating stem locomotive. Smoke . Noise. Donald Trump.
    Stay out of the Down town blue cites, and this is possible.
    Marine One on a flatcar, and it would be all there..

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  5. Trump won't take your advice because his snowflake ego can't handle small crowds. Thus, he canceled his New Hampshire appearance when he knew an empty airport hanger was waiting for him.
    Roll call: Who here has no issues whatsoever sending their kids back to school in a few weeks?
    Roll call: Who here is not wearing a mask at anytime?
    Must admit though, I do agree with you Surber on one point. America needs its president who is willing to "come home" i.e. lead. Too bad Trump is too busy golfing and hawking beans from the largest Hispanic food company in the U.S. I guess President Heel Spurs doesn't want them "to go back where they came from" afterall.
    And why are you blaming China for canceling state fairs. Just earlier today, you wrote that Trump is done being nice to China. China wants Trump re-elected. Afterall, the widest trade deficit between China and the U.S. continues to expand in China's favor throughout the Dump presidency. You need fresh air.

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    1. Roll call: Who here has no issues whatsoever sending their kids back to school in a few weeks?

      Kids are the low-risk demo, genius.

      Roll call: Who here is not wearing a mask at anytime?

      Yo.

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    2. Hahaha...”cleanup on aisle three.”

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  6. Yeah - a three shell monte game with the pea palmed.

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  7. If Trump has shown me anything is that he spends his campaign resources likes its his own money and won't squander it on small venues that will feed a narrative he's unpopular. The Tulsa gathering is a great example. If he underperforms it just gives the peanut gallery more ammo. I expect Trump to find another way around covid. Wake me when we get to the end of August and he's still dithering around in the Rose Garden.

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  8. No indictment without excitement!!
    Exactly!!!!

    Trump administration: 58 indictments and counting
    Reagan: 33 indictments
    Nixon: 28 indictments

    Clinton: 2
    Obama: 0
    Carter: 0

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    1. LOL. Democrats are the corrupt federal bureaucracy, and commies don't indict themselves.

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  9. To be fair, Trump was scheduled to hold a rally in New Hampshire a week ago, but it was postponed because of bad weather. The whistle-stop is a good idea. The last one to pull it off was Bill Clinton, who invited voters to get on the right track. And he must put the "experts" in their place. Truman did.

    "Give 'em hell, Harry" was first shouted by a supporter at one of his whistle stops. Truman replied, "I tell the truth and they think it's hell."
    NB

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  10. The rally I attended in 2016 was a small rural venue and then candidate Trump showed up for a couple of thousand people...Mr. Surber is spot on; people want an excuse to get out, and would love a diversion from being stripped of their Fair in Iowa. Go /mid/West, OrangeMan! ZB

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  11. Dan Bongino, former Presidential SS agent, has suggested the President hold airport hanger rallies again. An open space usually with roof exhaust fans, AF-1 could roll right up to the hanger cutting out the transport time and hassle getting to the venue and parking is enormous.

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  12. The heat index for both tomorrow and Sunday in the WV EP is supposed to be 105. I wouldn’t stand outside in that even for a free BJ from Jessica Korda. Thank you Mr. T for sparing your followers from hundreds of cases of heatstroke, which - unlike the Wuhan - is a thing and definitely life threatening.

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  13. I haven't missed the trolls.

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    1. Didn’t Jesus say “The trolls you will always have among you”? JK.

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  14. Simple.....no school to attend, no property tax. Private schools are better anyway.
    No mask....ever.

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