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Old December 17th, 2015, 04:58 PM   #1
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How to play the Trump card

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There's a current presidential candidate who brags of destroying Republicans -- but that candidate is not Hillary Clinton.

There's a current presidential candidate who thinks the government should take private property and give it to others, because the government knows better than the owners how to make good use of it -- but that candidate is not Bernie Sanders.

There's a current Republican candidate who brags of these things, and who gave half a million dollars to the Clinton Foundation, and contributed $50,000 to Rahm Emanuel's election campaign -- but that candidate is not a RINO, or at least so many Republicans say.

This candidate, of course, is Donald Trump.

Look, this is the real puzzle: why is Trump, he of the legendary comb-over and even more legendary self-regard, getting so much attention in the media? Attention which translates to free media for Trump and forces the other GOP candidates to spend more just to be heard?

It's not like Trump has any coherent policy to look at.

On immigration, he wants to expel Mexicans, because Mexico is sending its rapists and murderers, but he loves Mexicans, so he's going to make Mexicans build a wall to keep Mexicans in (hmm, a wall to keep your citizens in, where have I heard that before?) but then he's going to have a "wonderful door" in the wall. And don't you dare ask where the money and courtrooms for 11 million deportations are coming from, because he'll handle that by being so good at hiring managers and making deals.

On Daesh, he wants to bomb them all, and kill them and their families, but he wants to get the Russians to do it because we don't have a real interest there. And he wants to prevent all Muslims from entering the U.S., even U.S. citizens, except then he doesn't, except well, maybe he does -- you figure it out.

Okay, I'll grant, there does seem to be one coherent policy, on crony capitalism. He loves crony capitalism. He's made a fortune out of crony capitalism, and -- see his position on the Kelo decision -- he thinks it's a great thing that the government can legally take property for a low price and give it to him so he can sell it at a high price. He brags about how he gave money to Democrat politicians to buy their votes for his projects.

It's hard to think of any historically Republican position he's taken consistently -- but then he was a registered Democrat for much of the time since 2000, and was a registered Republican for only about a third of that time. It seems he is, at best, a ROWC -- a Republican Only When Convenient.

There is an explanation, though.

Trump, the media master, has discovered how to get legacy media coverage: Say outrageous things that the legacy media thinks are what Republicans really think. He's an actor, playing the bombastic Republican stock character of a thousand media political fantasies.

And they love it. He can say all the things they want Republicans to say, and he gets all the free press he wants. He clearly loves it too: whenever anything -- terrorism, Clinton's ongoing email scandal (remember that?), Benghazi and the repeated lies from the administration -- threatens to become a political story that's not about Trump, Trump says something new and outrageous, and the legacy media story is all about the outrageous thing Trump said. Again. No one has benefitted more, politically, from this than Hillary Clinton.

There seem to me to be two explanations for this.

One of them is that Trump really does want to be president, and thinks this is the way to do it, all -- in Jonah Goldberg's phrase -- for the Greater Glory of Trump. After all, a term as president and he can really raise his price for a reality show.

The other is that he's actually doing this to help his great friends the Clintons, who came to his wedding and whom he was very complimentary about just a few years ago.

I just wish I could tell which one to believe.
Before anyone can figure what to believe, it will be too late. Either Trump will be President (Less feasible) or Hillary will. (More feasible)
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Old December 17th, 2015, 05:17 PM   #2
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While watching the debate, it came to me.

Trump looks good sometimes because every other contender looks SO bad, sounds so bad, and I mean BAD.
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Old December 17th, 2015, 05:48 PM   #3
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I swear it's scripted
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Old December 17th, 2015, 05:51 PM   #4
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You have the closest answer. I am convinced that the polling data for Trump is a pure and total fabricated canard, that is equivalent to the sinking of the Maine, brought to us be the main stream media.

I have no proof of this. It is solely my opinion.
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Old December 17th, 2015, 06:49 PM   #5
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You have the closest answer. I am convinced that the polling data for Trump is a pure and total fabricated canard, that is equivalent to the sinking of the Maine, brought to us be the main stream media.

I have no proof of this. It is solely my opinion.
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2200 hours, taps taps lights out, the smoking lamp is out
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Old December 17th, 2015, 07:54 PM   #6
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You have the closest answer. I am convinced that the polling data for Trump is a pure and total fabricated canard, that is equivalent to the sinking of the Maine, brought to us be the main stream media.

I have no proof of this. It is solely my opinion.
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@ 2051 hours, in the year 2015, on the date of 17th, in the Month of December.
It could be some group of people's intention, but this genie might not stuff too well back into the bottle.

Trump may have dealt the GOP a death blow, splitting it irrevocably. If so, who's he working for becomes a good question.
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Old December 17th, 2015, 09:03 PM   #7
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In Euchre you always have to announce trump when you play a trump card with vigor. You trumped me with a low trump card and I just trumped you back with a higher trump card.
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Old December 17th, 2015, 09:35 PM   #8
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You have the closest answer. I am convinced that the polling data for Trump is a pure and total fabricated canard, that is equivalent to the sinking of the Maine, brought to us be the main stream media.

I have no proof of this. It is solely my opinion.
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Too many different sources all reporting basically the same results for it to be made up.
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Old December 18th, 2015, 04:12 AM   #9
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The Trump phenomenon is easily explained. The Right wing media in this country has made outrageous claims for the past decade. They have not spared us an ounce of vitriol. The Republican politicians are smart enough to take a more nuanced approach and use dog whistles as a wink and a nod to the base that was fired up by Right wing media. Trump has dropped the nuanced approach and sounds most similar to FOX, Limbaugh, Beck and Breitbart. Trump is, by nature, an opportunist. When a Trump supporter says that Trump speaks the truth, what they're really saying is that Trump sounds just like FOX, Limbaugh, Beck and Breitbart that the base robots are accustomed to. This thread is just another attempt to turn Republican stupidity into a Hillary conspiracy. Sorry to burst your bubble. The Republicans cranked THEIR OWN base up to respond to the vitriol and hate that Trump exploits.
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Old December 18th, 2015, 03:24 PM   #10
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Too many different sources all reporting basically the same results for it to be made up.
Maybe, maybe not. Polling data is never random. That is an illusion. Polls have been wrong, even when their is several sources. Most recent. Kentucky Governors race.

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