By seizing an issue without fear and making it almost 100% his own, Donald Trump is rising in the only public opinion polls that matter at the moment to potential candidates for president. The only public opinion polls that matter at the moment are those that measure Republican voter sentiment. Republican/conservative Big Media outlet, The Washington Times, explains:
“Would-be 2012 Republican nominee Donald Trump is riding doubts about President Obama’s birth certificate to the front of the party’s presidential contender field, the latest sign that the long-standing fringe controversy is going mainstream.
The New York real estate magnate and reality show star, fresh off a Wall Street Journal poll that shows him tied for second among Republican voters as their choice for the presidential nominee, jumped back into the “birther” controversy Sunday.
“Why doesn’t he show his birth certificate? The fact is, if he wasn’t born in this country, he shouldn’t be the president of the United States,” the billionaire developer said in a CNN interview that aired Sunday. The Constitution requires that the president be a “natural-born citizen.”
“It’s a very sad thing, because the people – the birthers – they got labeled and they got labeled so negatively and even the word ‘birther’ is a negative word. If you come out and … even question, the press goes wild. They get angry at the question,” he said.
Far from backing away, Mr. Trump seems to be embracing the birther controversy and relishing the confrontations with reporters. He has responded in print to critics and blitzed talk radio, morning shows and news programs to talk about birth certificates. Mr. Trump also has said he had sent private detectives to Hawaii to investigate the president’s birth.
Since Mr. Trump embraced the issue of Mr. Obama’s birth – or alternatively why he hasn’t released the state of Hawaii’s “long-form” birth certificate – he has gone from nowhere to the top tier of possible 2012 Republican candidates.”
That the Birth Certificate issue has been of extraordinary help to Donald Trump and that Donald Trump has been of extraordinary help to the Birth Certificate issue is now beyond doubt. But if Big Media is typically in a frenzy to protect Barack Obama on the Birth Certificate issue the same can be said of many, if not most, Republicans and conservatives.
Many of the Republicans/conservatives who do not like or want the Birth Certificate issue to even be discussed do so out of fear. They fear being labeled “nuts” (as if they won’t be anyway). They fear that this is all some sort of elaborate Barack Obama trap.
For these Republicans/conservatives it’s a mirror image reverse reverence for Barack Obama – the sort that Obama worshipers have – that Obama is some sort of extraordinary “three dimensional chess” player. Somehow, it escapes these political opposites that Obama is a boob and that boobery is demonstrated at every turn (such as the latest Republican victory on the 2011 budget). Only when Big Media is fully dedicated to Obama protection on a particular issue (such as his election) can Obama overcome defeat by boobery.
On Sunday, Donald Trump appeared on yet another big TV show as did Obama hench-boy David Plouffe:
“I saw Donald Trump kind of rising in the polls. Given his behavior, and the spectacle of the last couple of weeks, I hope he keeps on rising,” Mr. Plouffe said.
Mr. Trump bluntly disagreed, telling Candy Crowley for her “State of the Union” program that aired Sunday on CNN that “I think it’s a very bad issue for the president, not for the Republican Party.”
According to a mid-February Public Policy Polling survey, 51 percent of Republican voters believe that Mr. Obama was born in another country, a result consistent with other polls taken since the rumor took root in 2008.”
It is very possible that Donald Trump began to “run” for president as a massive publicity stunt. But after the polls in New Hampshire and nationwide vaulted him to the top ranks, along with Mitt Romney, Donald Trump knows he is riding a wave. What might have started out as a stunt, has given birth to a potential nominee. A potential nominee because people like a fighter:
“That refusal to back down in the face of mainstream media scorn has won admirers among the GOP rank and file – and even some grudging respect from other Republican contenders.
“I appreciate that ‘The Donald’ wants to spend his resources in getting to the bottom of something that so interests him and many Americans – you know, more power to him,” former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Saturday on Fox News. “He’s not just throwing stones from the sidelines; he’s digging in there.”
Sarah Palin sees the threat from Trump and is making sure she is not left on the sidelines on this issue. Most other Republican candidates for president are at least two news cycles behind the developments on the birth certificate issue.
The Birth Certificate issue and Donald Trump, up to now, have been like Rodney Dangerfield – No Respect. Smart guy Jay Cost last week provided an intelligent assessment of Donald Trump’s entry into the top tier and also voices the disdain for the Birth Certificate issue:
“The Donald Attacks!
Donald Trump going after Obama on the Today Show strikes me as a big deal. A lot of the attention from the various Trump interviews has been directed at his unsubstantiated comments about Obama’s birth certificate. However, I think there is another angle here worth considering. Put those comments aside and listen to what is a very clear, direct critique of President Obama’s tenure.
I hate what’s happening to the country…What we’re doing is unbelievable. If you look at what’s going on, where our jobs are disappearing to foreign countries…You’re going paying 7 or 8 dollars a gallon for your oil soon.
I blame a lot (on Obama). It’s been a terrible presidency…
What’s going on with this country, the way we’re spending money like drunken sailors, we are just absolutely…going to destroy our own freedom…
If there is a shutdown, I think it would be a tremendously negative mark on the president of the United States. He’s the one who has to get people together. I’m a deal man. I’ve made hundreds and hundreds of deals and transactions. He’s never done deals before…How’s he going to corral all these people?…You don’t have the right leader…
I think Obamacare is a total disaster…This country is going to hell.
There is something notable about this. Here is a high profile public figure with a hit television show. He doesn’t have a reputation for being a partisan political operative, and he comes on the Today Show (of all places!) to denounce the president in clear and unequivocal terms. That is something we have not seen yet during Obama’s term. So far, most of the attacks have been from the usual partisan quarters, and they do not get presented in such an unfiltered fashion to the sorts of people who watch the Today Show. Nor, for that matter, are they presented with the kind of directness that “The Donald” is famous for.”
Watching Donald Trump on his many appearances lately is a demonstration of how to go after Obama without fear. Donald Trump, a critic of George W. Bush, is in a real sense a non-partisan. Jay Cost compares Trump to the Perot campaign and quotes from Michael Barone’s 1994 Almanac of American Politics, “,,, made him a bridge between culturally hostile groups in a culturally divided country. Perot’s campaign “departisanized the critique of Bush,” as Democratic strategist Paul Tully put it….”
Jay Cost demonstrates an understanding of the importance of clarity and unequivocal attacks but at the same time wants the attack muddied and less equivocal:
“Now, to be clear, there are big differences between Trump and Perot. The biggest is Trump pushing the ludicrous birther issue. Whether he realizes it or not, it is fundamentally undermining his attack on Obama. To me, it’s a sign that he’s not actually serious about running for president. Still, it is very startling to see a typically non-partisan figure like Trump attack the president in such a direct way.
Subtract out the birther nonsense, and I think what we also have here is a prelude of what is coming down the pike soon enough. President Obama’s overall job approval is split 47-47, but the numbers underneath it are not good at all. On the economy, AP-GfK has him at -6, Gallup at -17, Quinnipiac at -26, and CBS at -14. On health care, AP-GfK has him above water (+4), but Gallup and Quinnipiac have him at -17 and -16, respectively. Meanwhile, check out the right track/wrong track numbers, which are as negative as they have been at any point during Obama’s tenure.
All this tells me that those top line approval numbers are very, very weak for the president. They are probably being propped up by people who are not happy with the way things are going, don’t particularly like the job the president has done with specific issues, but have not yet connected all the dots. Just wait. As the Republican nomination battle begins in earnest, you’re going to see Jon Huntsman, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romeny, and others making the same kind of explicit argument that President Obama is a failure. In other words, they’re going to connect the dots for people, just like Trump did in this interview.”
What Trump is doing is connecting the dots. Americans don’t know who Obama is or what he stands for other than his own self-advancement. What The Donald is doing is bringing to technicolor our own Big Pink mantra “Obama can’t be trusted….” Donald Trump is saying what needs to be said if Obama is going to be removed and sent packing back to the Rezko house (Hey Donald, don’t forget REZKO and the house!). We can be free of Obama but only if the truth is told:
“What happens to Obama’s job approval then? What happens when these Republican nominees start linking high unemployment, high gas prices, out of control deficits, and partisan gridlock to Obama?
Again, this is something we have not really seen happen yet. The public tends to tune out the partisan back-and-forth among congressional leaders; only a small proportion of the public watches cable news or listens to talk radio, where these kind of critiques have long been a staple; and during the congressional midterm campaign, the focus tended to be on Nancy Pelosi and local candidates. We have not yet seen really high profile figures go after Obama as directly as Trump did.
But we will soon enough.”
Let Donald be Donald. Let Trump be Trump.
JournoLister Dave Weigel was recently shocked at a certain poll result:
“Do you think people who actively and publicly question whether Barack Obama was truly born in the United States are just nutty conspiracy theorists, or do you think there is cause to wonder where he was born and it’s important enough to justify their actions?
They are nutty conspiracy theorists 51%
There is cause to wonder 40%
(Don’t know) 9%”
When you consider that only 24 percent of people doubt Obama’s citizenship — 34 percent of conservatives, 37 percent of Republicans, 41 percent of Tea Party activists — that’s a really high number of people who aren’t offended by birtherism. If true, it’s a huge difference between this and 9/11 conspiracy theory-mongering — the belief that Rep. Cynthia McKinney was a “truther” cost her her House seat in 2002.”
As the effects of Donald Trump’s appearances begin to sink in, expect the numbers in favor of discussing the birth certificate issue to rise. Even New York Times’ reader have not been spared from having to read about the Barack Obama Birth Certificate due to the thrashing Trump delivered unto Gail Collins:
To the Editor:
Re “Donald Trump Gets Weirder,” by Gail Collins (column, April 2):
Even before Gail Collins was with the New York Times, she has written nasty and derogatory articles about me. Actually, I have great respect for Ms. Collins in that she has survived so long with so little talent. Her storytelling ability and word usage (coming from me, who has written many bestsellers), is not at a very high level. More importantly, her facts are wrong!
As far as her comments on the so-called “birther” issue, I don’t need Ms. Collins’s advice. There is a very large segment of our society who believe that Barack Obama, indeed, was not born in the United States. His grandmother from Kenya stated, on tape, that he was born in Kenya and she was there to watch the birth. His family in Honolulu is fighting over which hospital in Hawaii he was born in-they just don’t know.
He has not been able to produce a “birth certificate” but merely a totally unsigned “certificate of live birth”-which is totally different and of very little significance. Unlike a birth certificate, a certificate of live birth is very easy to obtain. Equally of importance, there are no records in Hawaii that a Barack Hussein Obama was born there-no bills, no doctors names, no nurses names, no registrations, no payments, etc. As far as the two notices placed in newspapers, many things could have happened, but some feel the grandparents put an ad in order to show that he was a citizen of the U.S. with all of the benefits thereto. Everybody, after all, and especially then, wanted to be a United States citizen.
The term used by Ms. Collins-“birther”-is very derogatory and is meant in a derogatory way. Had this been George Bush or almost any other President or Presidential aspirant, they would never have been allowed to attain office, or would have been thrown out of office very quickly.
For some reason, the press protects President Obama beyond anything or anyone I have ever seen. What they don’t realize is that if he was not born in the United States, they would have uncovered the greatest “scam” in the history of our country. In other words, they would become the hottest writer since Watergate, or beyond.
Open your eyes, Gail, there’s at least a good chance that Barack Hussein Obama has made mincemeat out of our great and cherished Constitution!
DONALD J. TRUMP
New York, April 7, 2011
A great many Republican/conservative websites have been as dismissive of Trump as Gail Collins. HotAir has been among those upset by the Birth Certificate issue. Yesterday they made The Donald the Quotes of the Day and after a weak attempt to undermine the Birth Certificate arguments they quote Republican/conservative talk leader Rush Limbaugh:
“During an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller on Thursday, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said businessman and potential 2012 GOP primary candidate Donald Trump deserves to be taken seriously as a legitimate candidate, noting that ‘Donald Trump comes to the race with some notoriety — people know who he is.’
“But when it came to Trump’s questioning whether or not President Obama was born in the U.S., Rubio said: ‘I would suggest — if he asked for my opinion — not to focus so much on that issue. There are more important things facing our country. I believe Barack Obama was born in the United States of America …So why are we talking about this?’”
“He’s tackling this birth thing head on. I mean head on. And they can’t say that Trump is part of the Tea Party. He’s not there. I mean he’s a marginal Republican in terms of the way people classify, but I mean nobody is out there tackling this the way he is. I actually think, by the way, that Trump is providing a blueprint here. The way to beat Obama 2012 is to just go at him. Everybody lives in this media-created fantasy that the guy’s unbeatable, that he’s the greatest orator in the world. You get him away from the prompter, I’m serious, and he’s lost. He’s a gaffe machine. He and Biden are in the same class, and it doesn’t take long to call the roll.
“There’s a mythology that has been created about Obama that unnecessarily makes people afraid, and Trump is illustrating the way to do this, and Paul Ryan’s budget, just go right after him. You just go right after him, instead of pussyfooting around, worrying about what the independents are gonna say or worried about what the people that pay attention to politics two days a year are gonna say, just go after it. Last night while appearing with the Reverend Sharpton in New York, Obama said that he stood by his record the past two years, said he is proud of what he’s accomplished. Well, what is that? What has he accomplished? That’s not an achievement. That is an albatross. Obamacare? What has he accomplished as president, except ruining the economy? Is that what he’s proud of? The scary thing is it very well might be.”
I actually think, by the way, that Trump is providing a blueprint here. The way to beat Obama 2012 is to just go at him. Everybody lives in this media-created fantasy that the guy’s unbeatable, that he’s the greatest orator in the world. You get him away from the prompter, I’m serious, and he’s lost. He’s a gaffe machine. He and Biden are in the same class, and it doesn’t take long to call the roll.
“There’s a mythology that has been created about Obama that unnecessarily makes people afraid, and Trump is illustrating the way to do this, and Paul Ryan’s budget, just go right after him. You just go right after him, instead of pussyfooting around…
Limbaugh was celebrating what Trump said on the Today Show:
“RUSH: I know some of you people in this audience don’t like Trump, but he went to the Today Show today and he dropped a stink bomb on poor old Meredith Vieira. She didn’t know what to do with this. This was just amazing. We’ve got the audio. During a discussion about Obama’s birth certificate, Meredith Vieira said, “In the state of Hawaii, they say they have seen this document, that he was born in the United States. That’s good enough for them.”
TRUMP: A birth certificate is not even close. A certificate of live birth is not even signed by anybody. I saw his — I read it very carefully. It doesn’t have a serial number. It doesn’t have a signature. He spent $2 million in legal fees trying to get away from this issue, and if he weren’t lying, why wouldn’t he just solve it? I wish he would because if he doesn’t it’s one of the greatest scams in the history of politics and in history, period.
RUSH: That’s true. If Obama was not born here, this is a huge scam. Not just in politics, but one of the greatest scams ever. Meredith Vieira, by the way, is leaving NBC. She’s leaving the Today Show, and she might be leaving Who Wants to be a Millionaire. She hosts that game show. She came back at Trump and she said, “You have people in Hawaii searching this?”
TRUMP: They cannot believe what they’re finding. I would like to have him show his birth certificate. Can I be honest with you? I hope he can. Because if he can’t, if he can’t, and if he wasn’t born in this country, which is a real possibility — I’m not saying it happened. I’m saying it’s a real possibility, much greater than I thought two or three weeks ago — then he has pulled one of the great cons in the history of politics, and beyond. [snip]
So here he is, I mean as off the reservation as a State-Controlled Media apparatchik can possibly witness, she finally said, “You’ve criticized Obama quite a bit in this interview and in the past. What do you think he’s done well?” I always used to get this question. When I deigned to go on these shows, “Is there anything nice you can say about Obama? Well, is there anything he’s accomplished?” I always got a question like that. Here’s what Trump said.
TRUMP: Get elected. I think he did a great job when he ran for office. If I had my choice of having Obama do great as a president and do a really great job for this country and not running, as opposed to running and doing — I’d prefer that he did a great job. I love this country. But this country is going to hell. I would run a great, great country. This country will be great again. It is not great right now. We have huge deficits. We have huge unemployment. We have huge problems, and we’re not respected. We’re not respected in the world. The world laughs at us. They won’t be laughing if I’m president.”
Republicans/conservatives at TownHall do not appear as shocked as the HotAir guys:
“President Donald Trump.
Do those words, strung together in that order, seem strange?
After the release of last week’s Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showing Trump tied for 2nd among the prospective Republican presidential nominees, a lot of people are undoubtedly trying to wrap their minds around the idea.
If it seems out of reach for you, consider this: it was only three and a half years ago that the words “Barack” and “Obama” were so foreign to the American lexicon that they drew red flags from your spellchecker (and if you haven’t enabled a Microsoft update on your computer lately, you may still be plagued with red flags).
So here we are today, into the third year of the Obama presidency. And when Trump says things like “ America has become the laughing stock” of the world, and the world’s “punching bag,” and we’re all getting “ripped off” by our government – well, it’s difficult to argue otherwise. His words resonate deeply with a good many of us.”
TownHall is seeing the possibilities. HotAir appears to be more in agreement with the hotair souffle called Plouffe.
“Those birther attacks must really be taking a toll.
Obama’s Senior Adviser David Plouffe blasted Donald Trump today for investigating the president’s birth certificate. Plouffe told Christiane Amanpour on ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” that questioning the president’s birth certificate gives Trump “zero chance” to becoming president.
Nice try, Plouffe.
The New York Daily News reported on the interview:
Chief advisor David Plouffe unleashed a barrage of stinging comments on Trump, who has recently trafficked in fringe conspiracy theories about Obama’s place of birth while taunting America with hints of a presidential run.
“There is zero chance that Donald Trump would ever be hired by the American people,” Plouffe told ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.”
“I saw Donald Trump kind of rising in the polls and given his behavior and spectacle the last couple of weeks, I hope he keeps rising,” Plouffe added.
“There may be a small part of the country that believes these things, but mainstream Americans think it’s a sideshow,” he said. “That’s not leadership, that’s kind of sideshow behavior.”
Never one to miss an opportunity to grab an opportunity (Palestinians take note) Donald Trump hit back at the hot air souffle:
“Trump countered that he represents Obama’s biggest nightmare in the 2012 race and that the White house is running scared.
“I know for a fact that I am the only candidate they are concerned with,” Trump told The Daily News. “They are very concerned because I am challenging him as to whether or not he was born in this country where there is a real doubt.”
“He should focus on properly dealing with the Chinese, the Saudis and all of the other nations that are ripping off the United States instead of making up quotes about Donald Trump,” the “Apprentice” host blustered on. “Barack Obama has done a terrible job as president.”
While Trump is not viewed as having a real chance at winning the presidency, experts say his remarks cut to the core of what irks the White House the most, which explains the hostility behind Plouffe’s diss.
“There is no issue that irritates the White House more than the birther issue,” said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.
“They view it as a symbol for those who refuse to acknowledge Obama as a legitimate president,” he said. “The fact that someone as prominent as Trump is bringing this up is a source of real frustration.”
Sabato believes that Donald Trump will soon fade away. Sabato is not alone in that belief… or is it HOPE. Politico is horrified about the Donald and every day there is an anti-Donald Trump JournoLister taking shots.
“Real estate mogul and potential 2012 presidential candidate Donald Trump has again reiterated his doubt about President Obama’s citizenship, lamenting that the media has helped turned the ‘birther’ term into a ‘negative word.’
“I can guarantee you, my hospital has all the information, how much my parents paid for that unfortunate day when I was born into this world, this rather crazy world. But the fact is, nobody has any information. And his people in the United States don’t even know which hospital. His relatives don’t even know which hospital he was born in,” Trump told CNN’s Candy Crowley in an interview aired Sunday on “State of the Union.”
“So this – it’s a very strange situation, that’s all I can tell you,” he continued. “And you know, it’s a very sad thing, because the people – the birthers, they got labeled and they got labeled so negatively and even the word birther is a negative word. And I always tell people, I was a very good student, I went to the best college, I went to great schools, I’m — I have very high aptitude, because if you come out and say — and even question, the press goes wild. They get angry at the question. And the fact is, if he wasn’t born in this country, he shouldn’t be the president of the United States.”
“Why doesn’t he show his birth certificate?” Trump asked.”
If Barack Obama ever comes up with a legitimate birth certificate that contains no damaging information on it we will all be able to thank Donald Trump. If Obama refuses to ever produce a birth certificate The Donald will continue to hammer Obama.
Donald Trump is holding something potentially more valuable than the race card.
Donald Trump is holding a Trump card. That “Ace” beats race.