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The Brilliance of da Donald

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Da Donald

Nobody saw this coming. If they did, they were quite right about it. With the dumbing down of America, who would have thought those same techniques could be used in politics?

First, let’s look at the dumbing of America. When we turn on the tube, we have multiple different flavors of reality TV. Whether we’re looking at some sort of outdoor survival or some type of show where “strangers” are thrown together, it is cheap reality TV. This kind of entertainment requires no thought process. Nothing. You sit in front of the tube and veg out.

Next, we have the assault on education. This started way back in the Reagan era. We had education activists who wanted to tell educators what they should and should not teach in the schools. Books like Catcher in the Rye and the Pigman were questioned. They weren’t wholesome enough. They didn’t promote Christian values; therefore, they should be thrown out. I will not get into teaching standards that forced teachers to teach to a test instead of teaching concepts. The bottom line is that all of this has made the average school…well, less average than it was 20 – 30 years ago.

Now, we add to this mix Donald Trump. This is a guy who is good at one thing – promoting himself. He has promoted himself for over 30 years. This is a guy who has learned the entertainment industry. I’m not talking about making movies. I’m talking about learning how to get on the front page of newspapers. I’m talking about knowing how to get reporters to interview you. I’m talking about knowing how to manipulate the situation once you are in the interview, so that you don’t get serious questions. His whole blow-up with Fox News and Megyn Kelly was about the fact that Megyn was asking an almost tough question. He didn’t like that and forced Fox News to apologize. Think about this for a second. Megyn Kelly, not the best or toughest reporter in the world (hell, she isn’t the toughest at Fox News) is singled out by Donald Trump because of her “unfair” questioning. This is a stunt, like everything else. It was designed to tell all of the news outlets that he didn’t want any serious questions and it was designed to bring him more publicity. It worked perfectly.

Donald Trump has brilliantly crafted himself as someone who speaks the truth. Give me a break. This guy will say anything and everything just as long as he is promoting himself. The Republican Party is now sensing that they are being driven off the cliff. GOP leaders like Mitt Romney are starting to speak out. Unfortunately, it is too little, too late. Like Thelma and Louise, the GOP are in that convertible with the Donald at the wheel. My advice to the GOP is to put on your seatbelt and look around to see if there is a crash helmet. You will need it.

PS. Like clockwork, Donald Trump has responded to Romney’s criticism.

From TPM:

“I could’ve said, ‘Mitt drop to your knees’ and he would’ve dropped to his knees,” Trump said. “He was begging. He was begging me.”

Trump added that Romney “did a big choke” in the election against President Barack Obama.

“Mitt is a failed candidate. He failed horribly. He failed badly,” Trump said. “That was a race that should have been won and I don’t know what happened to him. He disappeared.”

What would have happened if Barack Obama would have used that “drop to his knees” line instead of Donald Trump? Fox News would have lost their minds.

Larry Wilmore – Jeb (!) on Black People and Free Stuff

I like Larry Wilmore. I’m not sure that I love him. His show is good, but not great.

I’m not sure why Jeb (!) has decided that all Black people want is “free stuff.” As I recall, another GOP candidate went down that road several years ago and it didn’t work out so well for him. Look, until candidates realize that they will get more votes by bringing folks together we will continue to have this type of derisive politics. Watch the whole video clip. Larry hits it out of the park.

From the Guardian:

Jeb Bush said a message of “hope and aspiration” rather than “division … and free stuff” could help Republicans double their share of votes among African Americans, in comments that drew comparisons with controversial remarks by Mitt Romney during his 2012 presidential campaign.

This time, Bush appeared to be making a subtly different argument than Romney – urging Republicans not to disregard African American voters and claiming many such voters wanted more substantial economic assistance. The use of the phrase “free stuff” nonetheless brought swift media opprobrium.

“Jeb Bush says Dems lure black voters with ‘free stuff’,” wrote CNN, while a commentator on MSNBC accused the Florida governor of suggesting “all you black people want is free stuff”.

Scott Walker drops out

Scott Walker drops out of the presidential race.

I thought that Scott Walker would be a strong candidate. He did battle progressives in Wisconsin and has won most of those battles. He had the Koch brothers in his back pocket. I’m guessing that wasn’t enough. I thought that having a SuperPAC with super amounts of moolah would help candidates keep going and going. Nope, that’s not happening. I guess you need more than a billionaire in your back pocket in order to keep your campaign going.

And now the finger pointing begins:

In interviews, more than a dozen allies and donors said Walker was poorly served by Wiley, who rapidly built out a staff of more than 90 in Madison. Supporters complained that the campaign had an infrastructure better suited to an actual presidential nominee, including high-priced consultants and a full-time photographer who was hired to travel with the candidate.

“Under the national campaign strategy that Wiley had built up, you couldn’t sustain it,” said one major Walker fundraiser. “They needed to run a much smaller, outsider-style campaign.”

Wiley strongly disputed the notion that he allowed the campaign’s spending to get out of control.

“I think everyone needs to put in perspective that in order to get someone prepared to run for president of the United States, you need staff,” he said in the interview. “I don’t think we grew too quickly. I don’t buy that. I think every person on this campaign served a specific role to make sure the governor was ready.”

“We didn’t have a spending problem,” Wiley added. “We had a revenue problem.”

Donations began dwindling in mid-August after Walker’s tentative performance in the first Republican debate, according to several people familiar with the figures.