Update II: CNN poll of Iowa: Trump 22, Carson 14, Walker 9, Cruz 8, Fiorina 7. Earthquake warning..// eart*!#qu**#@!&ak*(^%3e ”\\/wa##rn(*&ing… new Io*&$wa poll*&^)$^^. Bush is at 5 along with Rand Paul and Rubio. Establishment election fixers for boy Bush are a’skered. Hold me closer tiny dancer.
Update: Echelon Insights post-debate poll: Trump 29, Carson 10, Fiorina 9, Rubio 9, Bush 9. Call him “Zombie Trump” because the GOP establishment and Big Media put him in a coffin, nail it shut, bury him, and still… Zombie Trump. Lots of caveats with this Patrick Ruffini online poll based on Googled information, and Trump is actually down a few statistical noise points from the last Echelon, but still Zombie Trump walks, talks and is fresh as a daisy – confirming all the recent polls that Trump is still tops. The news from this poll? Look at the man for whom the GOP establishment tried to fix this primary election. Bush is 20 points behind Trump. Call the medics!
Let’s start with our “very big big big question for Fox News, Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace, and Bret Baier”: Does Fox News or do any of you have email? or Twitter? or assistants? or texting capacity? or cell phones? or phones? or access to the internet? or Facebook? We hear you do have such advanced technology and have many assistants at work for Fox News. Which leads to a whole lotta other questions.
Now, we know that Fox News wanted to bait Trump to anger so that the guards waiting off stage could come in and perp walk The Donald off the stage. We already wrote about that. We quoted the L.A. Times quoting Bret Baier about the well crafted strategy to ignominiously dump Trump in front of millions after Trump fell into a Cecil the lion type well crafted trap. We know about the anti-Trump strategy, but doesn’t some form of decency and respect as a “fair and balanced” news organization compel a slight change in strategy when a big news event occurs?
Before 8:00 p.m. on debate night (the debate started at 9:00) a rather astounding event occurred. This event was massive in impact, had many implications for Obama, Hillary2016, Republicans, Republican candidates for president, the 2016 elections, war, peace, Europe, the Middle East, and of course impacted the economy and just about everything else. The shocking non-shocker is that this event was a total surprise yet not a completely total surprise and therefore a lot of people anticipated this event, feared this event, or hoped for this event, but in any case were on the lookout for this event. Well before the debate began this event occurred. Fox News viewers, all 24 million lured by Donald Trump’s appearance, heard not a beep or a peep about this stunning event.
The event? Democratic Senator and presumed to be the next leader of the Senate Democrats Chuck Schumer declared his opposition to Obama’s give-Iran-the-nuclear-bomb deal. Move-on immediately attacked Schumer as did James Fallows on Twitter – all well before 8:00, an hour before the debate. Chuck Schumer has long been considered THE vote in congress that could block Obama’s treachery because Schumer wields a lot of influence as a Jewish member of Congress and of course that little bit that he is the Senator from New York. Oh, and on the House side Elliot Engel joined Schumer to oppose the Obama gift to Iranian Valerie Jarrett and the haters of Jews and Israel.
Did Fox News viewers learn of any of this on the night when fifty million eyeballs were tuned on Fox News? No. Not a word. Thomas Sowell, not a Trump fan at all, denounced the debate “moderators” because of their “disservice” to the country on the Iran issue.
Megyn Kelly did not think this was worthy of a question to the Republican candidates for president. Neither did Chris Wallace who frequently indulges himself with foreign policy on his Sunday TV show on Fox News. Bret Baier also did not think this news about Iran merited a mention let alone a question to the assembled presidential candidates for the Republican nomination.
There was an Iran question buried in the middle of the debate. But imagine if the very first question from Bret Baier was an announcement about the Chuck Schumer opposition to Obama’s Iran deal and the question was “Raise your hand if you agree with Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer that the Obama Iran deal is bad.” Would have led to an entirely different night, right? But the strategy was to dump on Trump and not even a world shaking event would be allowed to distract from that main mission. Or we could be wrong and Fox News does not have texting, email, assistants, or breaking news gathering capacity.
The viewing public and Donald Trump saw the attempt to trash Trump. Unless the viewer had political motivation(s) or was in favor of another candidate and enjoyed the Fox News alliance to destroy Trump and advance the candidate of choice it was apparent to all that Fox News structured (Bret Baier’s word) the questions to take down Trump.
Donald Trump noticed and that’s why Donald Trump went to war against Fox News. Trump has been the star of a “reality show” and dealt with the assaults from tabloid media. Trump knows that how you “structure” (Bret Baier’s word) a debate or a reality show will determine the outcome. Trump saw the threat and instead of ignoring the threat he threatened back.
Now, many say Trump should just have let it all go and stuck to his issues. That was the advice of now removed Trump advisor Roger Stone and even Rush Limbaugh. To be frank, we would prefer Trump stick to the issues. We don’t think the attacks against Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace, and Bret Baier are the course we think is wise. Not our preference. But at the same time we do think that Donald Trump was wise in his attacks against Megyn Kelly, Chris Walace, Bret Baier, and Fox News.
Why is Donald Trump’s war on Fox News wise? Because presidents and presidential candidates do not get to determine the issues. They can only pick and choose which to run on. But then some issues sort of creep up on you or jump on you. Picture the next president who wants to base his/her presidency on domestic issue X. But then in the first week in office Iran explodes a nuke. Continue with domestic issue X, or wake up and address the issue that just jumped on you. Presidential candidates that say “we must stay focused on the issue of blah-blah” while the public wants another issue addressed are stupid losers.
A president comes into office and wants to do X. But then H happens and all hell breaks loose. The president that persists with X and ignores H is going to get in trouble. There is something to not getting distracted, but sometimes what you think is a distraction, is the distraction that people want addressed.
The GOP establishment wanted the issue to be X. The GOP establishment did not want to speak about illegal immigration. Donald Trump spoke about illegal immigration and the public responded. The GOP establishment is not happy because a candidate came forth that spoke about what the public wanted to hear, not what the GOP establishment wanted to hear.
Donald Trump was smart enough to see that Fox News and the political establishment (as we define it that includes both political parties, lobbyists, Big Media, etc. etc.) was out to get him. The public saw that Big Media and the establishment were out to trash Trump. That became the issue the public wanted addressed. Was Trump really tough enough? Would Trump take on his “allies” on Fox News? Would Trump defend himself thereby giving the public confidence that Trump would defend the country? Or was Trump a tough talking schlemiel? Trump gave the public what the public wanted and thereby saved himself from the plots and schemes of Big Media and the GOP establishment.
So Trump went to war. It was a bloody war. In the end peace reigns. But it was a peace won through strength. Donald Trump won the war on Fox News because Trump stood strong.
The vast technological apparatus of modern political warfare targeted Donald Trump and Donald Trump won.
Trump was accused by Rich Lowery of “whining.” Donald Trump, like a queer on Gay Pride day took the “queer” and turned into into a boastful “Queer And Proud” affirmation:
“Well I think he’s probably right, I am the most fabulous whiner. I do whine, because I want to win,” Trump said on CNN’s “New Day” when host Chris Cuomo asked about Lowry’s remarks in a New York Post column.
“I am a whiner, and I’m a whiner and I keep whining and whining until I win. I want to win for our country, and I’m going to make our country great again,” Trump said on CNN.
“Our country right now is a debtor nation, we have airports that are third-world airports, we have roadways that are falling apart, we have bridges that are coming down and that are unsafe,” Trump added.
The fun bit of the “whining?” It was on CNN, not Fox News. Build up CNN, ignore Fox News was the Trump strategy and it worked. But no one should think that while the GOP establishment waged all out war against Donald Trump, that Donald Trump waged all out war. Donald Trump was actually kinda nice.
Donald Trump did not once play the race card against the Red State Gestapo that disinvited him to their rally. Trump could have noted in a loud voice that Red State did not invite Ben Carson to the event at all. “It was racism” Trump could have baited. Trump likewise could have highlighted in Big Media appearances the sexist attacks against Sarah Palin by Fox News that Bristol Palin wrote about:
It’s official. I used to use this blog to point out how liberals use the “outrage industry” to manipulate people and keep their power. Now Republicans are just as bad.
By now you’ve undoubtedly heard that there’s a guy named Erick Erickson, of RedState, who disinvited Donald Trump from a gathering of conservatives because, as he put it, “there are even lines blunt talkers and unprofessional politicians should not cross. Decency is one of those lines.”
Want to learn some “lessons in sexual and political decency” from Erickson? Here are three: [snip]
And we get the Fox moderators asking questions that the New York Times applauds? Please. Let’s don’t use the Democratic “war on women” talking points when we have ISIS to worry about.
Mark Levin said the debates were an “embarrassment as far as I’m concerned… while the New York Times and CNN praised the event, I considered it an exploitation of the process, which is supposed to inform the American people. Not gotcha questions, not gossip… I think the American people are owed an apology.
Oh and before we get off the topic of Fox News and the fact that they are “oh-so-shocked” at the supposed sexism of Donald Trump… here’s a little perspective.
Back in 2010, Chris Wallace joked about having my Mom sit on his lap during an interview. In 2011, Roger Ailes said, “I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings.”
Fox and Erickson need to get off their high horse on how outraged they are NOW about sexism and decency.
No, Donald Trump did not go nuclear, but he could have. Donald Trump waged smart war against Fox News. What Trump did was he focused the mind of Roger Ailes on what could happen.
The next GOP debate in September is on CNN. Trump will get that debate ratings as he did last week. CNN can utilize the next debate to raise their ratings. Pre-debate, debate, post-debate, CNN can use the debate to become a news network not the silly station it is now. Trump was willing to help CNN and Roger Ailes saw that. Ailes blinked. Now Trump can get back to other issues.
Peace through strength. It was a great example of how to deal with Iran, ISIS, China, etc. It was presidential.
Speaking of China, who is the candidate that has been talking about China’s manipulation of it’s currency. Who is the candidate that constantly talks about China’s devaluation of its currency which hurts America? Who is the candidate that alerted the world best about the latest China currency devaluation? Um, Trump. The issues that Trump has chosen to highlight are the issues that matter and that the public understands matter and wants addressed.
Trump owns the China issue because he warned and his warnings continue to prove correct:
Presidential candidate Trump: China devaluation will devastate US
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday said China’s devaluation of the yuan would be “devastating” for the United States.
“They’re just destroying us,” the billionaire businessman, a long-time critic of China’s currency policy, said in a CNN interview.
“They keep devaluing their currency until they get it right. They’re doing a big cut in the yuan, and that’s going to be devastating for us.” [snip]
China has been a frequent theme for Trump since he entered the 2016 presidential campaign, promising to be a tougher negotiator with Beijing in order to bolster the U.S. economy.
“We have so much power over China,” he told CNN. “China has gotten rich off of us. China has rebuilt itself with the money it’s sucked out of the United States and the jobs that it’s sucked out of the United States.”
The markets agree with Trump. The same Trump that has attacked ObamaTrade policies. The same Trump that sides with unions against the Chamber of Commerce on ObamaTrade – unlike most if not all other candidates except for Saint Bernard.
Maybe now that Trump has won the war against Fox News there will be a “fair and balanced” discussion about how correct Trump has been about China and currency devaluation.
Trump won the war against Fox News when Roger Ailes capitulated and called Trump. Trump then appeared on Fox and Friends (but did not discuss Megyn Kelly) and will appear on Hannity as well. Ailes promised that Fox News coverage will be “fair and balanced” and Trump won. Trump’s victory is bigger than it appears.
Now that Trump has trumped Fox News he is catnip for all news outlets who see the opportunity to exploit the rift to get themselves a little bit of The Donald and those juicy ratings. Read this and weep Fox News:
The feud seemed to thaw Monday after the network’s chairman, Roger Ailes, reached out to Trump directly to clear the air.
“I assured him that we will continue to cover this campaign with fairness & balance,” Ailes said in a statement.
Trump said on Twitter that Ailes had assured him he would always be treated fairly by the network.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’m fine with it,” Trump said in a freewheeling, 30-minute interview with CNN’s “New Day” when asked about the flap after concluding his interview with Fox.
The CNN conversation was much more heated, as host Chris Cuomo pressed Trump on his lack of specific policy proposals since declaring his presidential run. His campaign has said it plans to unveil new policy plans soon.
“They want me to come up with a 10-point plan, a 14-point plan, a 20-point plan. It doesn’t necessarily work that way,” said Trump, who argued that, in business, flexibility is key.
Asked about how he would achieve his goal of simplifying the tax code, Trump responded: “Here’s what you can do: You can have a fair tax, you can have a flat tax, or you can leave the system alone, which is probably the simplest at this point, leave the system alone and take out deductions and lower taxes and do lots of really good things, leaving the system the way it is.”
“And I know exactly what I want to do, I just don’t want to announce it yet,” he added. “I’m just not prepared to tell you right now.” [snip]
On both shows, Trump refused once again to rule out a third-party run.
“We’re going to keep the door open, we’re going to see what happens,” he said on Fox. “I want to run as a Republican But I do want to keep that door open in case I don’t get treated fairly.”
The medium is the message. Notice how Trump made news on CNN even as he returned to Fox News? Trump now has both Fox News and CNN as options. If one screws him, he turns to another. If the Republican establishment screws him there is another option. Want to know our experience with billionaires? Two trains running. Billionaires always have an escape route. Billionaires always want another option. Billionaires and successful people always have a two trains running strategy. If one train stalls, they hop on another. It’s the art of the deal. It’s how to win.
What Donald Trump is doing is exactly what we advised Hillary Clinton to do to MSNBC in 2008. Instead we got one single solitary Hillary quip taking down Chris Matthews to his face when he asked Hillary to come to his show. Hillary should have blasted MSNBC and rallied her troops to her side with the same savage fury Donald Trump supporters have rallied to Donald Trump.
All this leads us to a question: Is anyone in Brooklyn watching The Donald? Will Hillary2016 learn anything from Donald Trump’s victories? The troubles for Hillary2016 are mounting and her response is to issue more position papers and garbage no one is reading or listening to. Those position papers really helped against Obama in 2008 didn’t they? To borrow from Olivander from Harry Potter books: The issues choose the candidate, the candidate does not choose the issues.
We hope for an answer from Brooklyn headquarters someday that is congruent with reality and the issues people care about. We won’t hold our breath for the answer. We do however have an answer to our question as to why Donald Trump calls so many people STUPID LOSERS?
Rick Perry has run out of money, can’t pay his staff, so Perry can continue to call Donald Trump a “cancer” because no one cares anymore, he’s out of the running. Rand Paul has decided to turn his entire campaign into an attack Trump careening tricycle.
The rest of the candidates and their supporters don’t realize that it’s either Trump or Bush. There is no other. Carly Fiorina is now fluffed by Big Media and the GOP establishment because fluffing Jeb Bush has not worked. So Jeb will sit back and Tweet. Fiorina and Carson or whomever will be fluffed in turn before they are snuffed. Fluff then snuff. Fluff then snuff – the GOP establishment strategy once Trump is dispatched. It’s an attempt to stop Trump using various squirrel candidates, divide the opposition, then having stopped Trump, Mitt Romney Jeb Bush is last one standing. Fluff and snuff. Fluff to snuff Trump, snuff Trump, then snuff them all. Jeb wins without Trump.
So want to know why Donald Trump calls so many people STUPID LOSERS? Because they are.