I wrote about Donald Trump last night. It was all I could muster at the time. There is so much wrong with what Trump is doing and how his efforts are being handled by the media. And, as a fun-loving liberal Democrat, there is so much right about what he is doing because I don’t see how anything that is going on with Mr. Trump will end up good for the Republican Party in 2016.
I’ve tried to come up with a way to discuss the whole Trump affair and I’m somewhat at a loss for words. So, I’ll just kind of parcel this out as time goes on and frequently rely on the words of others. This is a good place to start. For those who don’t know, RedState is a very conservative, right wing, Republican website. To see this kind of language coming from them about a Republican candidate for the Presidency is pretty astounding. Here are some samples:
Donald Trump just held a press conference prior to a speech in Iowa which was – and I say this without exaggeration – the most bizarre thing I have seen in a lifetime of following politics.
And then there’s this:
He opened the conference by yelling at Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who he claimed asked a question without being called on. He continued to yell at Ramos at some length about being out of turn, then turned to one of his campaign staffers, nodded, and pointed at Ramos, whereupon the staffer removed Ramos from the conference.
What I find interesting about this description of what happened yesterday is that Trump claims he had nothing to do with Ramos getting kicked out. That it was security that did it. His hands were clean. But, here’s a Republican, conservative writer providing a factual description that suggests otherwise.
And then there’s this:
Watching Donald Trump speak and answer questions, though, is like watching a billion targets appear in the sky all at once, for a political opponent. Each thing he says is so bizarre, or ill informed, or demonstrably false, or un presidential in tone or character, that it becomes impossible to know which target to lock on to or focus on. And to the extent that he makes a policy statement, it is so hopelessly vague and ludicrous that it’s impossible to know where to begin, at least within the context of the 30-second soundbite that the modern political consumer requires (and chances are, he will say something diametrically opposed to it before the press conference is over anyway).
And, finally, this:
Donald Trump is the political equivalent of chaff, a billion shiny objects all floating through the sky at once, ephemeral, practically without substance, serving almost exclusively to distract from more important things – yet nonetheless completely impossible to ignore.
Those last two quotes define the fundamental nature of the problem. Trump is so fascinatingly, fundamentally wrong on so many things, not just from the liberal Democrat perspective, but even from the right-wing Republican perspective, that he is impossible not to watch. During the press conference yesterday, one of Ramos’ questions related to the fact that Trump claims to have a solution to the immigration problem but that he hasn’t provided specifics on how he would actually achieve the objectives he has identified. Trump’s response was something along the lines of, “of course I have, great management,” and then a dismissive comment. How the hell does he get away with this?
One of the things I find interesting is how the “experts” keep talking about how this isn’t how campaigns are supposed to work. He has no organization in New Hampshire, no ground game in Iowa, no this, no that. He says what he thinks instead of what is poll-tested. He provides no specifics. He has no filter. He … he … he …
And, yet, the media continues to feed the machine. The Trump machine. The one that has taken over the political world in this country and is … completely … sucking … the … oxygen … out of the room. What do you think? If the media stopped giving him so much attention would any of this actually be happening? I think the Trump phenomenon is a case study in what is wrong with how the media covers political campaigns these days.
But let me back up for a moment.
The polls basically suggest that Trump may have the support of about 30% of the Republican Party. Which ultimately means that he has the support of 30% of about half of the population. Which means that he really only has the support of about 15% of the population. I fundamentally believe that when this Republican nomination circus finally resumes some semblance of reality — meaning the 836 candidates are whittled down to a handful, Trump will no longer be at the forefront. He is benefiting from two things — first, a media that knows no better; and second, the fractured nature of today’s Republican party. Okay, wait, there’s a third thing Trump is benefiting — that there is a certain segment of the population that wants to be treated like the idiots they are.
There is no way this continues through the November 2016 election and, if it does, I’m buying oceanfront property in Arizona.