Republicans/conservatives who savaged Donald Trump can really be proud of themselves. Allied with Big Media they have, for all appearances, destroyed Donald Trump as a potential candidate for the Republican nomination for president. Congratulations guys, you slit your own collective throat and made common cause with Big Media – way to go fellas!
Donald Trump is at sea. He is either going to share Osama Bin Laden’s fate and go down in the deep blue – or he is going to take new courage as he surveys the shore from a spyglass.
A few weeks ago, on his hit TV show Celebrity Apprentice, Donald Trump caused a ruckus. Trump asked Meatloaf (the musical celebrity, not a dinner), “should I run for president?” Meatloaf answered “Absolutely… I would vote for you, I would help you with your campaign.” Trump then asked Star Jones (yes, that is her real name) “What do you think Star? You’re a political analyst.” Jones replied “Of course, I’m right here now, ready to roll.”
Donald Trump managed to somehow squeeze that colloquy into a show that presumably had been taped long ago (in November). Somehow that episode and the uproar it caused (O’Donnell and others went nuts) has been forgotten already. If Trump managed to edit that show, couldn’t he just as easily update the final episode?
Republican/conservative HotAir chortled today that Trump had lied because according to NBC there is no Trump “announcement” in the final episode of the show. The usually astute Andrew Malcolm likewise mocked Trump because the final episode had been taped long ago (last November). Somehow all those laughing reports that Trump was engaged in a publicity stunt forgot the recent show (presumably also taped months ago but updated recently) in which Trump outraged the MSNBC crowd.
The point we repeated have made about Donald Trump is that he is showing the way forward. Many Republicans/conservatives hated the “birther” issue because “They fear being labeled “nuts” (as if they won’t be anyway).” The self-described “morons” at Ace of Spades at least learned something from Donald Trump:
“Candidates still can learn a lot from Trump: The party is eager to embrace a tough-talking candidate who treats Obama as what he is, and what he always has been: A professional politician, remarkable only for his ambition and narcissism.”
For their own self-interests, or to protect their favored candidate, many Republican/conservative websites and commentators joined Big Media in a frenzy of attacks against Donald Trump. When (not if) Big Media turns against their favored candidate these collaborators will have nowhere to run and their complaints will sound hollow. When (not if) Big Media declares a favored candidate “racist”, as was done to Donald Trump, the bill for the collaboration will come due.
Donald Trump showed the way when he attacked Barack Obama on the birth certificate issue. Again, the “morons” appear to understand the many reasons why the birth certificate issue resonated:
“1. They really believe the conspiracy theory.
2. They do not really believe the conspiracy theory, but also are not very trusting of Obama and the media, and take a “Prove it” stance.
3. They became sort of surprised (as many were) that there seems to be no clear mechanism for enforcing the Constitution’s requirement of “natural born citizen,” and for reasons I call “hygienic,” wished to make sure this particular part of the Constitution was not ignored as dead-letter and some clear mechanism of enforcement was either created, or an informal method (public pressure) was brought to bear.
4. They generally are sick of Obama getting a pass on everything in life and decided to draw the line here, for whatever reason.
5. They generally want him to produce background information and finally get the vetting Joe the Plumper did, and figured, let’s start from birth.
6. They figure any tool to dig up negative information on Obama is a useful catspaw which should be encouraged, not restrained, by conservatives.”
Few are celebrating the fact that Donald Trump forced Obama to play the birth certificate “landmine” well before the November 2012 elections. The celebrations of Donald Trump’s death though have been many. Some mocked “the air rapidly leaking out of the presidential balloon that kept Donald Trump floating above...” The source of the jubilation is a PPP poll that shows Trump sinking like Osama into the deep blue.
The reasons for a Trump slump could be that Trump, after the Bin Laden news, announced he would take a short hiatus from the campaign and “out of sight, out of mind”. It could be that the birth certificate issue is now considered resolved and therefore the candidate that put it on the map has temporarily or permanently been put to bed. It could be that Republicans/conservatives who support other candidates managed to damage Trump as a Democrat or independent, not a Republican/conservative worthy of Republican/conservative support.
What Republicans/conservatives and Obama supporters have yet to answer is: If Donald Trump was really the preferred Obama opponent, if Donald Trump was the “weakest link”, if Donald Trump and the birth certificate issue were such losers – why did Barack Obama move against both so very early?
Didn’t it make much more sense to bolster The Donald? That was the argument proffered by many Republicans/conservatives and Obama acolytes. Remember? They said that Barack Obama was going after Donald Trump in order to build Trump up to get the nomination and then they would squash The Donald. What happened to that ridiculous theory?
Donald Trump always said he was the candidate the Barack Obama campaign feared the most. If Donald Trump was wrong – why did the Obama campaign move so hard against him by releasing a birth certificate and by attacking Trump at a Big Media bash?
If Donald Trump was such a weak candidate why didn’t Republican/conservative websites allow the Republican rank and file to reject him at the polls? Why did Republican/conservatives move with such speed and venom to attack such a “weak” candidate? If the Trump message was such a loser, why not let it play out and have the public stone him to death? As we asked:
“If the numbers for not “serious” Trump are so obviously bad (hey, we thought he had celebrity name recognition and that’s why his Republican/conservative numbers were so good) then what is everyone so worried about? What’s the problem?
If Donald Trump is so dead in the water why not let him prattle on about birth certificates and such and beat up on poor Barack so then the big “serious” candidate can come in and harvest the crop?
Republican/conservative Big Media types are busy slamming Trump as worse than Ross Perot, as curdled as New Yorker Rudy Giuliani, and “destined to fizzle.” If they really believe this, then why worry?
Indeed, if you are committed to another Republican/conservative candidate why worry about The Donald? If you are part of the Mark Levin brigade dreaming of candidates that aren’t, thinking Ronald Reagan will rise from the tomb and file candidacy in Iowa – why worry about The Donald?”
For a candidate that is supposedly dead, the attacks continue to erupt. Today’s hit piece on Trump demonstrates that Trump is a wily developer that has benefited from his ability to run circles around inept government officials. The “get a thief to catch a thief” lesson is somehow lost.
Donald Trump is at sea, not firmly ashore. He has promised a decision before June on whether or not he will run for president. The day of decision approaches.
It cannot be comforting that one polling firm which tilts “D” has him now trailing when not so long ago it showed him at the lead. It cannot be comforting that the jackals surround him. It cannot be comforting that he is called a “racist!” It cannot be comforting that the Obama Dimocratic Party views him as enemy #1, the Republican Party views him as enemy #1, and Big Media views him as enemy #1. Donald Trump is essentially alone.
Donald Trump is about to learn something about himself. He is going to learn whether he has a healthy ego or suffers from Obama like narcissism (we’ll have more on this later this week). The problem with an inflated ego is that one little pinprick lets the air out and what you have left is a deflated bag of protoplasm. But a healthy and very strong ego is necessary for anyone who wants to be president.
As Donald Trump surveys the shore with his spyglass he only now understands what awaits him. The attacks will be much worse than the tough attacks he imagined only a short while ago. But Trump should also assess the issues landscape.
The issues landscape for Donald Trump is one full of high ground. Donald Trump had this to say about Osama Bin Laden starting in early April:
“If Osama is in Pakistan, why are we paying [Pakistan] hundreds of millions of dollars a year?” said Donald Trump in an interview on the O’Reilly Factor a month ago.
We’ll tell them that “we want Osama Bin Laden. If you don’t give us Osama Bin Laden, we’re just not giving you hundreds of millions of dollars…You have a 6’6’’ Arab who is on a dialysis machine, and we can’t find him? If you tell me that the leaders of Pakistan don’t know where a 6’6’’ guy is standing, you’re wrong,” he said.
“If we said to them, ‘Sorry folks, we can’t [give you money anymore], you have to give us Osama Bin Laden, [Osama will] be standing on the White House doorstep very quickly,” he said.”
Most importantly Donald Trump is perfectly positioned on the great economic challenges of the day: housing, the economy, debt and deficits. In March of 2009, the New York Times interviewed Trump:
“I hear you are personally acquainted with Bernie Madoff, who visited your country club in Palm Beach.
I met Madoff a number of times at Mar-a-Lago. He loved golf, and I’d also see him at my golf club, which is nearby. One time he said to me, “Why don’t you invest with me?” I said jokingly, “No thanks, I can lose my own money.”
What do you think will happen to Ruth Madoff?
The wife should be put in jail on the other side of the hallway from him. I think she’s guilty, his sons are guilty, and I think that many of the people in the firm are guilty. He had 16,000 clients, and he’s one man. What, he’s going to send out every envelope every week?
How is the real estate business doing?
My real estate is doing great. Because most of my jobs were finished prior to the depression, as I affectionately call it.”
Donald Trump’s strong suit is real estate. He didn’t get fooled by Bernie Madoff. His own financial history is not without blemish but he does know real estate. Real estate is the issue of the hour:
“Home values posted the largest decline in the first quarter since late 2008, prompting many economists to push back their estimates of when the housing market will hit a bottom.
Home values fell 3% in the first quarter from the previous quarter and 1.1% in March from the previous month, pushed down by an abundance of foreclosed homes on the market, according to data to be released Monday by real-estate website Zillow.com. Prices have now fallen for 57 consecutive months, according to Zillow. [snip]
….While most economists expected sales to decline after tax credits expired, the drag on the market has been greater than many anticipated. “We expected December and January to be bad” as the market reeled from the after-effects of the tax credit, said Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist. But monthly declines for February and March were “really staggering,” he said. They indicate “a reflection of the true underlying demand, which is now apparent because most of the tax credit is out of the system, and it’s being completely overwhelmed by supply.”
….Prices are decelerating in large part because the many foreclosed properties that often sell at a discount force other sellers to lower their prices. Mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have sold more than 94,000 foreclosed homes during the first quarter, a new high that represented a 23% increase from the previous quarter. More could be on the way: They held another 218,000 properties at the end of March, a 33% increase from a year ago.”
Donald Trump can speak like no other about the real estate crisis confronting the country. It’s not just Antoin “Tony” Rezko that Trump can talk about. Obama’s policies on foreclosures have been a disaster. Trump can explain why with clarity and credibility.
Donald Trump is at sea surveying the shore. Donald Trump now knows what he will face from Barack Obama and Big Media. Today the Associated Press buoyed Barack Obama’s non-bounce poll numbers by publishing a poll which is so skewed the poll can only be said to measure the level of deceptions to which Big Media will go to protect and advance the golden calf:
“The Dem/Rep/Ind breakdown in this poll is 46/29/4, as AP assigned most of the leaners to the parties. That is a 17-point gap, more than twice what was seen in the 2008 actual popular vote that elected Obama. It only gets worse when independents are assigned properly. When taking out the leaners, the split becomes — I’m not kidding — 35/18/27. Oh, and another 20% “don’t know.” That’s significantly worse than the March poll, in which the proper D/R/I was 29/20/34, and far beyond their post-midterm sample of 31/28/26. It’s pretty easy to get Obama to 60% when Republicans are undersampled by almost half.
Frankly, this sample is so bad that no real insights can be gleaned from it.”
Big Media will do what it has to do to protect and serve stooge Barack Obama. As we have written, none of the announced Republican candidates can stand up to the brutal assault. Perhaps fighters like Sarah Palin or Chris Christie will enter the ring but they too will be trashed and beaten up.
Donald Trump has stated he will announce his intentions after May 22 and before June 1. On May 15, the last episode of his hit TV show airs. On May 17 Trump will be grilled by Erick Erickson of RedState. On May 22nd the contract with NBC ends and Trump is free to make his announcement. On May 23, Barack Obama goes on his five day European vacation (yes, another one). In June Trump will speak at several fundraisers scheduled in early primary states and Iowa. Today he was in New Hampshire, for all intents and purposes, a candidate.
Donald Trump is at sea. The decision he must make is whether to drift away or advance the flag onto the land. Will Trump yell “FIRE” and unleash the cannons? Or will he lower the flag and order a retreat? Will it be “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead“, “I have not yet begun to fight” or “I’m outta here”?
Donald Trump has a great opportunity. He will either seize it, or give in to Big Media, the Republican establishment, and Obama Dimocrats. At the end of May we will all know what Donald Trump is made of. So will he.