Surrender by Fox News! Here we go: Roger Ailes to meet with Trump next week to resolve “differences of opinion” over Fox’s coverage. This is another major victory by Donald Trump. Trump knows he holds the winning trump card and he has forced Fox News to bark surrender. What is going on?
Before anyone else, we at the beginning of the Summer of Trump provided the best explanation for the rise of Donald Trump. And Trump soared to the top of the polls.
Then came a sustained assault after the first Fox News debate, desperate last chance attacks at the second GOP debates, pawn candidates extolled by those whose sole aim is to destroy Trump, hideous attacks from the GOP establishment, vile personal attacks from Fox News and assorted Big Media outlets, millions spent in attack ads by corrupt organizations, more attacks from failed candidates, a concerted mobilization of the hacks and flacks of other campaigns along with the GOP establishment leaders and thought manipulators – the line of propaganda is that support for Donald J. Trump is either “stalled” or entirely over. Unfortunately for the manipulators of information, the latest polls scream out that Donald Trump will continue to rise.
As we wrote, the best explanation for the rise of Trump is this:
WHEN YOU ARE IN A SNAKE PIT YOU DON’T CARE WHO HANDS YOU A STICK. [snip]
The voters find themselves in a snake pit, surrounded by vipers, and they reach up to grab whatever stick is handed to them. [snip]
The voters are in a snake pit and Donald Trump is the stick they will use to beat back the vipers. [snip]
Donald Trump is the stick that hits. And voters trapped in the snake pit need a stick.
Now we have empirical evidence that Donald J. Trump will continue to rise in the polls. Phase I in the rise of Donald J. Trump was when the voters reached for Donald J. Trump as the weapon of choice. Phase II is the voters in agreement with Donald J. Trump’s world view.
Phase II is brought to you courtesy of a Bloomberg poll released today:
Most Agree With Trump on America’s Lost Greatness, Bloomberg Poll Finds
A national survey finds that 72 percent of Americans say their country isn’t as great as it once was—a central theme of front-runner Donald Trump’s campaign.
Americans are “fed up” with politics, suspect the wealthy are getting an unfair edge, and think the country is going in the wrong direction, according to a new Bloomberg Politics poll that lays bare the depth and breadth of the discontents propelling outsider candidates in the Republican presidential field.
The survey shows that 72 percent of Americans think their country isn’t as great as it once was—a central theme of front-runner Donald Trump’s campaign. More than a third prefer a presidential candidate without experience in public office.
There’s plenty of support in this new poll for Trump’s world-view and plenty of room for Trump to grow support even as this poll places Donald Trump at the top, once again. This is a hyper “time for a change” election which is why we so long ago advised Hillary2016 to make Hillary THE change candidate. Hillary2016 has not listened. Donald Trump is now the undisputed “time for a change” candidate to rid us of the Obama stench.
But, say the Trump hate squads, ‘Trump is too bombastic to be the right messenger’ for the GOP. Wrong again losers:
Most Republicans feel betrayed by their party — and show their displeasure by supporting outsiders over establishment candidates in the GOP presidential race. [snip]
Trump stays on top with 26 percent among GOP primary voters, followed by Carson at 18 percent. Fiorina and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are next, tied at 9 percent. All four have gained ground. [snip]
The appeal of outsiders comes from significant dissatisfaction with the party establishment: 62 percent of Republican primary voters feel “betrayed” by politicians in their party, and another 66 percent say the recent Republican majorities in Washington have failed to do all they could to block or reverse President Obama’s agenda. [snip]
Straight talk is part of Trump’s outsider appeal — but does he go too far? Not for GOP primary voters: 65 percent of them say Trump just tells it like it is, compared to 30 percent who think he is “too mean and blunt” to be president.
That second poll which documents once again that Donald J. Trump remains the voice of a vengeful electorate comes from Fox News. It’s why Fox News has surrendered and volunteered to sign surrender terms next week.
Fox News has been at war with Donald Trump. It has been constant attacks against Trump. The latest attack came on the Megyn Kelly show. On that show Trump hater Rich Lowry savagely attacked Trump and when Trump protested, battalions of Trump haters joined in to assist their Trump hater colleague. Result, Trump announced his Fox News boycott.
Millions of regular viewers joined Trump’s Fox News boycott. Trump then took to other outlets to bring up their ratings and bring down Fox News. When the Fox News poll published, the gig was up. Fox News realized that Trump is not going away.
A while back we suggested Donald Trump boycott the January debate which will be hosted by Fox News and the same Fox News “personalities” that structured the first debate to bring down Trump. That first debate even had guards ready to remove Trump forcefully if the Big Media “moderators” so dictated. That very real debate boycott terrified Fox News. That’s why the surrender:
“Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes and Donald Trump spoke this morning and plan to have a meeting next week to discuss their differences of opinion regarding Fox’s coverage of Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign. Ailes will be joined by senior Fox editorial executives. Mr. Trump believes he has been treated unfairly in certain instances. FOX News has held every candidate in this race to the highest journalistic standards throughout our coverage. We believe a candid meeting about our differences is required and that any misunderstandings can be handled without compromising those standards”
It is a surrender by Fox News:
The assumption on Twitter is that it was Ailes who caved to Trump and begged him for the meeting, not vice versa. That’s my assumption too. Partly it’s a matter of Trump’s “no apologies” persona: You can’t imagine him groveling to any media platform for airtime, especially when competitors are happy to turn over half-hour blocs of their morning programming to him to ramble on the air about whatever. Partly it’s the fact that Fox felt obliged to put out this press release at all. Any other candidate who whined about boycotting the network would probably either be ignored or would have a private phone chat with Ailes that you and I would never know about. As it is, Fox wants to make sure all the Trump fans out there know that they’re going to give him a respectful hearing despite the fact that he continues to publicly describe their brightest new star as an overrated lightweight who might have been bleeding out of some unspecified hole when she asked him tough questions at the debate. Clearly they’re worried enough about alienating his supporters that they’re willing to give him endless second chances no matter how many hard shots he takes at Fox on social media or on other cable news channels. [snip]
Here he is on CNN this morning talking with Alisyn Camerota on topics various and sundry for nearly half an hour. After he was done with this, Scarborough gave him another 17 minutes on “Morning Joe.” Forty-three minutes of airtime on cable news is what the average presidential candidate gets over a few good weeks, I’d guess. Your move, Fox.
Some losers are frankly too stupid to understand why Donald Trump is so popular and cannot believe our stick v. snakes explanation. The end of the line for these losers is a seat next to Scott Walker on the Losers’ Express:
So what happened to Walker? The short answer is: Donald Trump. Trump’s candidacy has been a tremendous disruption—in the Silicon Valley sense of the word. His support is drawn from such a broad expanse of the party that he’s destabilized not just the support of one wing of the party, but of pretty much everyone running. He unsettled every candidate’s coalition with his rise and changed the topography of the race.
Yeah, Scott Walker got trumped in large part due to his own failures. But like many in the establishment class, Walker doesn’t understand how much Walker doesn’t understand. Walker limps along, like a blind man in a minefield:
Walker to GOP rivals: Let’s stop Trump
On call to donors, Scott Walker challenged candidates to narrow the field against the frontrunner.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told top donors Wednesday that he wants other struggling candidates to drop out of the presidential race so Republicans can coalesce behind an alternative to Donald Trump.
That’s so dumb. The only way that Donald Trump might be stopped is if Jeb Bush gets out of the presidential race. Followed by Marco Rubio – and Kasich and the rest. But small or large the GOP field dynamics will remain and Trump will continue to dominate as frontruner.
Michael Barone, the long time analyst is a must read for those that want to understand the stick v. snakes and how the political universe might be changing:
Are our familiar political alignments suddenly changing?
As the 2016 presidential selection process proceeds, there is increasing evidence that the political patterns we have grown used to, that we have come to consider permanent, might suddenly be changing.
Those patterns include a polarized and closely divided electorate, with partisan preferences highly correlated with degree of religiosity, with clearly defined demographic constituencies within each party and general elections decided consistently by narrow margins. [snip]
One sign is the changing mood of the two parties’ constituencies, their primary electorates. Traditionally Republicans have been regarded as docile, “easily led,” as a political reporter once characterized evangelical Christians. Traditionally Democrats have congratulated themselves for their critical, skeptical nature and refusal to take orders.
That’s not how the two parties look today. [snip]
The third sign of change is the immense audiences for the two Republican debates, and not just for Fox (24 million), but also CNN (23 million). The previous high, for the Democrats’ close contest in January 2008, was 8 million. That was followed by the highest primary turnout in history, 37 million for Democrats, compared to 21 million for Republicans, and to a turnout surge among blacks and young people that gave the Democratic nominee the biggest percentage victory margin since 1988.
Maybe that high viewership only represents celebrity gawkers tuning in to watch Trump. But maybe it also represents, at a moment of high discontent with incumbents and institutions, a curiosity as to whether Republicans can provide an appropriately disruptive alternative. We’ll see whether the first Democratic debate draws as big an audience Oct. 13.
If the Republican primary electorate expands as vastly as the Democrats’ did, all the old rules about how to win may prove obsolete. New voters looking to upset the applecart (or tear down the temple’s columns) may overshadow the suburban economic conservatives who favored Mitt Romney or the non-metropolitan religious conservatives who favored Rick Santorum in 2012.
In general, elections we’re used to calculations show how increasing non-white turnout hurts Republicans. But it’s not clear that Hillary Clinton can match Obama’s 2012 turnout or margins from blacks or Hispanics, and it’s possible that a Republican nominated by an expanded electorate could turn out more whites than Romney, who got just 1 million more votes than John McCain in 2008.
In poll after poll Trump trumps. Carly Fiorina, the pawn that in the world of boxing is the latest “punk of the month” remains in single digits no matter how much her repeated robotic performances garner praise. Even in polls wherein the respondents declare Fiorina to be the winner of the second debate Fiorina inflates to only single digits. As when she was the CEO of Hewlett Packard, Fiorina can’t make the sale.
Still we are told again and again that Trump is stalled, it’s over, kaput… but then… Zombie Trump stalks Washington and scares the snakes.
A great many Americans see Donald J. Trump as the stick to beat back the snakes. The more the snakes snap and hiss the more tightly the stick is grasped.
A great many Americans are disgusted with the entire overlord political class belief that they are the masters and the citizens the servants. The stick will beat back those snakes.
A great many Americans want America to be great, again. That’s what Americans demand. It’s what the voters demand. It’s not just a hat.