Update: CNN poll: 64% of Republicans prefer securing border and deportation of illegals over legalization. 64%??? Maybe the voters like someone who agree with them on the issues? Is that part of the “secret sauce?” Is that why “attack Trump” does not work? Is that why “ignore Trump” does not work? Could Trump win? The real question is, “how can you stop him from winning?” Trump appears to be the right messenger with the right message.
Why do we write these “How To Destroy….” articles? Because a word of warning, an ounce of prevention, can stave off disaster. Forewarned is forearmed. We’ve written many articles riffing on “How To Destroy Hillary Clinton” because we want Hillary Clinton to put armor on her soft underbelly so she can survive and thrive.
Thus far our warnings and advice to Hillary have been in vain. There is no armor on her soft underbelly. Instead Hillary appears to have outlined her vital organs in glowing paint to make targeting them easier for her enemies.
The only good news along this front, before we get to Donald Trump (to be followed with some more Hillary news), has been happening in the past few days. Something is happening. The ice is slowly melting. Since the polls from Iowa, Colorado, and Virginia, became public some good news might be happening.
What is this good news? Not much really. But ever since we placed country and principles above political party in 2008 we have found ourselves isolated. Old friends treated us like lepers. Our nationally recognized big name friends mostly no longer called (except those who leaked things to us in deepest background). The big dollar donor associates lost the ability to communicate. In short, once we refused to lie to ourselves and others, did not bury our objections with a shroud of silence about the creep Barack Obama, we became outcasts. We’ve grown happy about the situation and view these “losses” as gains that make us feel better about ourselves. In the past few days however we’re getting more and more “how have you been?” communications. Some of these big time Democrats (many of whom privately detest Barack Obama and think as we do) are now even willing to make outreach to us in a way they must know might not remain very private. We think and hope that this is because they fear we are right that Hillary had better change her strategy to what we suggest or she will find herself a loser. It’s not much hope, but it’s something folks. We’ll get back to Hillary after we teach the “How to destroy Donald Trump” seminar.
How To Destroy Donald Trump
It’s not going to be very easy to get rid of Donald Trump let alone “destroy” him. But there is a tried and true method that might work even though we don’t think it will. Remember when we defended Donald Trump against the whining Republican candidates for president with this little anecdote about Bill Clinton?:
In 1992 Bill Clinton was behind George H.W. Bush, and both of them were losers to the #1 H. Ross Perot. Did Bill Clinton whine? No, Bill Clinton put on dark shades, grabbed a saxophone, and went on the Arsenio Hall show and made his own luck. That’s how its done.
No “heartbreak hotel” for Bill Clinton that election. That little publicity stunt only got Bill Clinton some attention. But at the time that little attention was a pitcher of water in the desert for Bill because Perot had so energized the presidential race that Bill was sucking Perot’s exhaust pipe.
Bill Clinton used that saxophone stunt to get back in the game. But how did Bill Clinton go from a weak third place to inauguration? The answer is one word: theft. Um, we mean good theft. We mean issues theft. Bill Clinton stole H. Ross Perot’s big issue of the debt and deficit.
It wasn’t wholesale theft. Perot still had the oomph on the debt and deficit issue but Bill Clinton shifted his campaign strategy sufficiently to be taken seriously, as no Democrat ever has since, that he would fight the national debt and get rid of the deficit as president. Eventually President Bill Clinton would not only get rid of the deficit but start Andrea Mitchell’s husband a’worrying about how Bill was about to destroy the debt too. Good ol’ days.
It was not the first time Bill Clinton committed grand larceny of an issue. During the primaries in 1992 the befuddled Bob Kerrey campaigned on universal health care. Bill Clinton stole that issue wholesale and retail, lock, stock, and barrel, and won the nomination. Does anyone see how this relates to Donald Trump.
If any Republican candidate wants to “destroy” Donald Trump it’s not going to be with recitations of past positions or “rude” or contradictory statements by The Donald. The only way to destroy Donald Trump is to steal his issues.
Yeah, the only way to destroy Donald Trump is to steal his issues. But that is easier said than done because of the nature of Donald Trump’s main issue.
Donald Trump’s main issue is not really illegal immigration. Sure, illegal immigration and his colorful attack on illegal immigrants got lots of attention. But that is not really Donald Trump’s big issue.
Donald Trump’s main issue is not really the deplorable conditions in this country. Donald Trump’s main issue is not really the fleecing of America by other countries. Donald Trump’s main issue is not really ObamaCare. Donald Trump’s main issue is not really ObamaTrade. Donald Trump’s main issue is not drug dealers and/or crime.
DONALD TRUMP’S MAIN ISSUE IS THE WHOREHOUSE CORRUPTION THAT IS WASHINGTON, THE POLITICAL CLASS, AND BIG MEDIA.
So how does a governor or a senator or even a former Secretary of State steal that issue from Donald J. Trump?
Republican candidates for president, along with Hillary and Saint Bernard of Vermont, know they cannot steal Donald Trump’s #1 main big mammajamma issue. So the first tactic was to attack Trump without restraint. Remember this from Republican/conservative website Hotair:
But this is one gigantic bridge too far. Whether he said that out of ignorance, a desire to cause a stir or – and I pray this isn’t true – because he really feels that way, I am done with him. Completely and absolutely done. Anyone who can allow those words to pass their lips is not fit to command our armed forces and is either too stupid, too oblivious or just too unamerican to serve as President of these United States.
Speaking only as one veteran who survived absolutely nothing compared to Senator McCain, I will close with a simple message. Goodbye, Mr. Trump. Your little show has been entertaining to say the least and, in your own way, you spurred some aspects of the national debate which needed a boost. But the sooner you exit the stage the better. You shall have no vote from me in any election, primary or general.
That writer was joined by the Republican National Committee as well as just about every Republican/conservative/leftist/moderate website and so many “leaders” they are too many to count. Those attacks against Trump were joined by major companies and business leaders and business associates of Donald Trump. The only brave souls that stuck by the Trump were good ol’ Big Pink and the voters.
That writer we cited above? Behold the latest from that “I’ll never vote for Trump” writer:
The full numbers were announced on Jake Tapper’s State of the Union broadcast and he took a fifteen minute phone call from Trump live on the air as soon as he finished reading them. It was a fairly aggressive, wide ranging interview, but Trump came off very well. In fact, as much as I might want to, I’m having a hard time staying mad at Donald Trump. I’m still completely turned off by his McCain war record comments (and no, I’m not getting into the whole thing again this morning) but I can’t deny the appeal of most of the rest of what Donald is selling this summer.
Okay… I can’t stay mad at you, ya big galoot. If you’re the nominee I’ll vote for ya. I can’t risk a “Hillary by default” vote on my conscience.
That’s some big change isn’t it? From “you shall have no vote from me in any election” to “I’ll vote for ya” is a lot of distance. From “not fit to command our armed forces and is either too stupid, too oblivious or just too unamerican to serve as President” to “I can’t deny the appeal” is a walk further than Long Island. So what accounts for this?
The Republican establishment now realizes that the attacks against Trump have backfired. We’ll document why in a moment. So now the strategy is to ignore Trump. Bring up some other failed candidates to the fore for interviews. Drag some elected who have a tough speech into the limelight if only to ignore Trump. Ignore Trump. Ignore Trump. Ignore Trump. As if.
Donald Trump will not be ignored, so writes the leftist Atlantic:
There’s No Stopping the Trump Show
Republicans wish their bombastic frontrunner would go away—but they can’t figure out how to get rid of him.
LAREDO, Texas—You want the Trump show to be over. But it’s not over.
You want to ignore Donald Trump. You think maybe if you ignore him long enough, he will go away. Well, guess what? He’s not going away.
The media, you may have noticed, is full of Trump—explanations of Trump, denunciations of Trump, justifications of Trump, analyses of Trump, handwringing about the coverage of Trump, and accounts of the latest outrageous thing Trump has done. He is on the front page of every newspaper, the top of every newscast. They can’t believe it; they can’t get their heads around it, that this is happening, and not only is it happening, it is the biggest thing in American politics right now. It has consumed American politics. It—Trump—is bigger than the entire rest of the Republican field, which, by the way, has 15 other people in it—governors, senators, very big, very serious people. Trump is bigger than them all.
Trump is so big they are attacking him just to get themselves noticed. [snip]
Trump has the Republican Party by the throat. It cannot figure out how to get rid of him. The party elites, those snobs in D.C. who do not respect or understand the people out there in America, are tearing their hair out over the damage Trump is supposedly doing to the party. [snip]
Yet the party has no power over Trump. He has the money, he has the press, he has the voters.
The Trumpnado in Laredo was not Donald Trump’s last stand. Trump was in Oskaloosa Iowa on Saturday. He was truly brilliant in his very polished politician presentation even as he came off as everyman fighting the powers that be. We thought this was a particularly clever way to do politics:
Trump vs. Clinton: A tale of 2 Iowa rallies
Hillary’s intimate policy seminar could not have been more different than Donald’s bombastic barbecue. [snip]
Donald Trump was in town.
The billionaire mogul gave a rowdy rally in his signature meandering, yet riveting style. He went after a new target — Scott Walker, calling his state a “disaster” and ripping the Wisconsin governor’s fiscal policies. He regaled the crowd with tales of Thursday’s circus-like trip to Laredo, Texas, where he toured the border and showcased his provocative attacks on illegal immigrants. He spent the rest of his time lamenting the state of the country while touting what an amazing businessman he is.
“Who can do better than Trump?” Trump said. “I fix things.” [snip]
He betrayed a little insecurity in going after Walker, who he said was “finally” fair game because one of the governor’s donors had called him a “dumb-dumb.” [snip]
“Wisconsin’s doing terribly. It’s in turmoil. The roads are a disaster because they don’t have any money to rebuild them. They’re borrowing money like crazy. They projected a $1 billion surplus, and it turns out to be a deficit of $2.2 billion. The schools are a disaster. The hospitals and education was a disaster. And he was totally in favor of Common Core,” he said to big cheers, adding later, “I wrote all this stuff down though I don’t need to though because I’ve got a really good memory.”
Trump was also sure to sell the crowd on his resume: “I’m very good with contracts, don’t you want that? … I went to Wharton School of Finance. I was a really good student.” [snip]
“If it wasn’t for me, you would’ve never heard of a ‘sanctuary city’” he said. [snip]
But all the bluster has yet to put him in the lead in Iowa, where he trails Walker in recent polls.
“Will you please put me in first place so I feel better?” he asked the crowd.
That’s a mix of bombast politicians typically use but without the phony humility – along with a schoolboy charm in doing what campaign strategists stress to candidates is an important “ask”. “Ask the voters to vote for you” is something candidates, especially first time candidates, often forget to do. But Trump asks for support from voters with a vanity and charm that is clear English. “Will you please put me in first place so I feel better?” Who does an ask in such a manner? Trump.
That type of pomposity mixed with humility is sneered at by the political class. But for Trump, who was pronounced dead by just about everyone after his remarks about McCain, it works. It works wonders.
It works wonders in New Hampshire. It works astonishingly across the nation. It works miracles in Iowa, as the leftist loons at Vox are forced to admit:
Republicans’ Donald Trump problem just got worse
Donald Trump was supposed to flame out fast. Instead, he’s burning ever hotter in the first contests of the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
The real estate mogul and reality TV star has a seven-point lead over his nearest competitor in New Hampshire, and he’s breathing down the neck of longtime Iowa caucuses leader Scott Walker, according to two NBC-Marist University polls released Sunday morning. [snip]
Scott Walker remains in the pole position in Iowa with 19 percent of Republican saying he’s their candidate. But Trump, who has lagged him by 8 or 9 percentage points in each of the last three polls taken in Iowa, now trails Walker by just 2 percentage points at 17 percent.
Trump’s favorability rating is right side up with Republicans. [snip]
Trump appears to be bleeding support mostly from the bottom tiers of candidates, as Jeb Bush, at 12 percent, is the only other hopeful in double digits in Iowa. That is, Trump seems to be consolidating a lot of the anti-establishment vote.
The turf in New Hampshire is even more fertile ground for Trump. He’s supplanted Bush as the favorite in the “Live Free or Die” state. Trump checked in with 21 percent of registered New Hampshire Republicans, leaving Bush at 14 percent and Walker at 12 percent, in the dust.
“Will you please put me in first place so I feel better?” Trump is 2 points away from feeling much better and being in position to win Iowa and New Hampshire. He’s also #1 in North Carolina so we suspect that South Carolina might be on Trump’s menu. Then there is the Florida primary, winner take all, which up to now was supposed to be a caged death match between Rubio and Jeb. Could Trump, who regularly visits his many properties in Florida decide to contest Florida thereby knocking out both Rubio and Jeb in one bloody stroke? And don’t forget, if Walker loses the neighboring state of Iowa, Walker is out (and what a fool Walker was to attack Trump and follow that up with a Walker donor also attacking Trump opening the door to a Trump attack). So is Donald Trump set to be the nominee???? You betcha!
Outsider Ben Carson? Trump is a bigger outsider and not so soft-spoken. Carly Fiorina? A tough outsider like Trump but without organization and popularity and a problem history at Hewlett Packard. Pataki?, Gilmore?, Cruz?, Graham?, Perry?, etc., etc.? We’ll wait until the August 6 debate; but if Donald Trump is consolidating the anti-establishment voter juggernaut all calculations go out the window.
Think any Washington elected figure such as Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Graham, can steal Trump’s main issue? Think any elected official such as Walker, Christie, Kasich, can steal Trump’s main issue? Think again. Trump is throwing out the moneychangers at the temple and burning down the establishment:
OSKALOOSA, Iowa—Donald Trump said there was no cap in the amount of money he would be willing to put into his campaign for the Republican nomination for president if his message continues to resonate with voters.
Speaking at a free-wheeling press conference following a rally in this city east of Des Moines, Mr. Trump also attacked Republican rivals Jeb Bush and Scott Walker and Democrat Hillary Clinton with accusations that they were beholden to wealthy donors.
Mr. Trump, a real-estate developer and television personality, has almost entirely self-financed his campaign so far.
“Bush is controlled by those people. Walker is controlled by those people. Hillary Clinton is controlled by those people. Trump has none of those people,” he said Saturday afternoon. “I’m not controlled. I do what’s right for the people.” [snip]
“He’s saying the things we really feel,” said Gary Staggs, a 55-year-old small business owner from Oskaloosa. “Politicians can’t say them because they are so afraid of somebody they will offend.”
Mr. Trump delivered a nearly hourly long monologue without notes that touched on the imbalance of trade with China, his wealth and Iowa’s hot weather.
“I love you people. I love Iowa. But it’s hot as hell and I’m sweating like a dog,” said Mr. Trump, who wore a full suit.
“I’m sweating like a dog” is not something that comes out of the mouths of politicians. “I’m perspiring profusely” is the mushy English politicians use, er, utilize.
English when properly wielded is a potent weapon. Winston Churchill rallied Western civilization with profound words of defiance and resolve – and backed them up with fearless action. Like Churchill, when Donald Trump was allegedly in “trouble” Trump did not back down. Trump mobilized his voters with powerful English backed up by equally powerful action when he refused to apologize to the sanitation truck chasing dogs called Big Media and the political class.
Which brings us back to Hillary Clinton. We continue and will continue and continue and continue to scream that the Hillary2016 tactic of the “Obama third term” or hugging Obama or keeping quiet about the disaster that is Obama is a strategic mistake which will lead Hillary2016 to Hindenberg size defeat. We persist that a massive purge of Obama operatives from Hillary2016 and separation from Obama must take place. We will scream and shout that Barack Obama is Hillary and Hillary2016’s most nefarious and dangerous enemy.
Some will insist that no, Benghazi or email stuff is the big problem Hillary has. But no. As we have written, the big enemy of Hillary and Hillary2016 is treacherous Barack Obama:
Hillary faces dangerous enemy in the Obama administration [snip]
Look for Vice President Joe Biden to jump in soon, and lefty Sen. Elizabeth Warren might also take the leap.
Meanwhile, Clinton must play defense against her former colleagues in the State Department and intelligence agencies.
Actually, it’s worse. She’s almost certainly up against the White House.
Somebody very high in the food chain leaked the memos requesting the probe. The New York Times, which broke the story, identified its source only as “a senior government official.”
My money is on Valerie Jarrett, the Obamas’ Rasputin, who is known to despise Clinton. If it was Jarrett, she would not do this against the president’s wishes.
That also would be true for any “senior government official” who leaked the memos. Targets don’t get any bigger than Hillary Clinton, so this was not a rogue operation. This was an approved hit. [snip]
It’s also possible the White House is using the issue to keep her in line on the Iranian nuke deal. The implied threat is “look what happened to Robert Menendez.”
Bed – dogs – fleas.
Does this deter Hillary’s dangerous liaison with treacherous Barack Obama? No because we’re told Barack is so popular that Hillary has to tie herself to B.O. and the cult. But the stink of B.O. overpowers the senses:
They Really, Really Don’t Like Him
Our unpopular president.
Barack Obama is not popular. This plain and simple fact may surprise those who read only legacy journalists, who often elide this inconvenient truth. [snip]
Obama’s job approval in this poll was a paltry 43 percent, with 55 percent disapproval. This is hardly a public “closely divided,” but it is typical of the media’s approach. They prefer to gloss over his bad numbers, point out the weakness of the GOP, or emphasize how popular he is among Democrats.
But ignoring a fact does not make it any less true. Obama is unpopular, and he has been unpopular for a while. [snip]
To date, Obama has been unpopular for more than two-thirds of his tenure. If he stays under 50 percent for the remainder of his term, he will have been unpopular for longer than any postwar leader. [snip]
The cumulative effect on the public mood is evident. According to Real Clear Politics, 61 percent of Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track. [snip]
The country likewise does not believe Obama’s policy prescriptions are sensible. [snip]
Though Hillary Clinton is increasingly dominating the political spotlight, the president’s standing will affect the 2016 contest. Clinton is scurrying leftward to keep Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley from winning the progressive vote, but in so doing she risks alienating the middle of the country, which has tired of activist government. And it is quite likely that, as his former secretary of state, Clinton will be seen as Obama’s successor, thus bearing the burden of his unpopularity.
So before our dear friends try to hop on lifeboat Big Pink they better have an answer as to why Hillary is at all tied to Barack Obama and hires Obama cult members to populate Hillary2016.
Before our former dear friends and establishment pals try to cuddle with us they better understand that Hillary2016 is on a slow boat to palookaville. We advised that Hillary had to run a “time for a change” campaign, not an Obama third term “stay the course” mess. We got the mess instead of a call for change.
This is why Hillary’s losing: The issue Jeb Bush and Donald Trump understand, which may keep Clinton from the White House
Her negatives are almost as bad as Trump’s. She’s not trusted, and losing swing states. Start talking about reform! [snip]
Politicians are going to destroy this country. They are weak and ineffective. They are controlled by the lobbyists of the special interests. Every one of these lobbyists that give money expects something for it… They could take a politician and have him jump off this ledge.
–Donald Trump, last Wednesday
And here you thought Trump was wrong about everything. [snip]
Government corruption is perhaps the central issue of the 2016 campaign because it’s the biggest problem facing our country. [snip]
In office Obama forgot all about ethics reforms. It was the biggest mistake of his presidency. Republicans didn’t stop him. It is a hallmark of many ethics reforms, including most of his, that they may be implemented by executive order. Obama didn’t pursue them because he didn’t want to. [snip]
That Obama translated this public anger into a message in 2008 — but didn’t follow up with policy in 2009 — may reveal an underlying worldview. [snip]
I think reform is the key not just to the white working class but to the election. The Democrats must embrace it with specificity and sincerity, but so far they’ve barely mentioned it.
So why is Hillary embracing the unpopular treacherous Barack Obama?
Does anyone think that Donald Trump’s winning big issue can be stolen by the creatures of, by, and for D.C. whoever he, or she, is?
If she does not change her ways and her campaign strategy, Hillary2016 will be destroyed. Donald Trump? How to destroy Donald Trump gets harder and harder every day. Most every voter knows it is time to make America great again.