Donald Trump: A Hopeless Case

Sigh. Donald, Donald, Donald. I wanted to give this guy the benefit of the doubt. But according to the papers, he not only admitted making the Twitter/Facebook comment about Fox News’ Megyn Kelly but stands by it. Fox News just played of video of him saying it.

The truth is always important, no matter how uncomfortable it might be.

I didn’t need to read his low-brow, battle-of-the-sexes post to know that he isn’t qualified for office. His performance in the debates was all the proof needed. He couldn’t properly answer legitimate (if sarcastically posed) questions; other candidates answered for him, making him appear weak and ineffective.

He admitted – to Megyn Kelly, of all people – that he wasn’t going to prepare for the debates. She sneered at him, like a schoolgirl taunting a despised classmate in his weakness. That reaction didn’t exactly raise my opinion of her, but it forebode doom for Trump in the debates.

In my ratings, I gave him a sympathetic 7th place and he’ll remain there because the three candidates below him deserved even lower rankings. Still, he looked uncomfortable and out of place in the debate. He looked that way because he was, in fact, out of his element.

Which is unfortunate – for those who support him.

It’s unfortunate that he continues to engage in these low-brow, verbal wrestling matches with Kelly when there are far more important issues with which to tangle. The five top news stories on Drudge were (in my opinion): 1. ISIS seen building capacity for mass casualty attacks; 2) Illegal alien crime wave growing; 3) Record 93.7 million Americans not in labor force, including 56.2 million women (I’m one of them); 4) Navy to arm sailors after Chattanooga; 5) Media stocks dive on fears of future of cable television.

You would think The Donald would at least be concerned, as a celebrity, about No. 5. Instead, he allowed himself to be baited into this ridiculous war on women match with Kelly. Fox News said it had The Donald’s number and sad to say, they were right.

When my older brother was in his teens and dating, he complained to my mother about the unseemly, unladlylike behavior of some of his dates. He vowed, ala Donald Trump, to give as good as he got.

“No, you’re not,” my mother predicted.

“What?! But Mom, they-“

“No!” she cut him off. “I don’t care how they behaved. What’s important is how you behave. I don’t care if they don’t act like ladies. No matter how badly they behave, you must always behave like a gentleman. A gentleman always treats a woman like a lady, even if – especially if – she doesn’t act like a lady.”

As Alphonse D’Amato said today on Fox News, ‘He’s gone from being the Protest Candidate to the’ – well, I forget what he said now, but D’Amato was right. In other words, he’s gone from a legitimate voice for the common people to a joke in the time it takes, maybe not to boil an egg, but for the sea to wash away a sand castle. A few days.

He acted like a gentleman regarding Kelly at the debates. But he was unable to maintain that poise, and with a few more baiting jabs from Kelly, he went from the political ring back to the boxing ring, his natural element.

For those who supported him as the “protest candidate”, Trump was their champion. The common people were desperately in need of champion, one who would challenge the Republican Party and threaten a third party candidacy if they continued to disregard their voters. That was why he refused to pledge allegiance to them.

To translate Trump (when a candidate needs a translator, you have to know he’s in trouble): ‘If I’m the frontrunner candidate by the end of the primaries but you use your political machinations to give my votes to your preferred candidate, I will run as a third-party candidate.’

That’s what they did, as I explained in yesterday’s post, to Mike Huckabee. Low-information voters were unaware of this particular information. But they knew when McCain was nominated, something went horribly wrong. The voters, particularly young voters like my nephew, stayed home – in droves – and Obama won the election.

“I’m not going to vote for some white-haired old man,” my nephew said. What could I say? I couldn’t blame. I held my nose and pulled the lever for McCain, a man I didn’t trust. Maybe I shouldn’t have.

The GOP had the gall to blame its base, claiming Obama got into the White House because they stayed home.

Imagine that you’re a young man with a job interview coming up. You go into a store, you see a suit you like. You try it on. The suit looks good, fits well, it’s the right color (blue, of course). You take it to the counter to buy it.

But the salesman says to you, “Oh, no. We’re not going to sell you this suit.”

“What do you mean, you’re not going to sell it to me? I want to buy it.”

“We’re not going to sell you this suit because it’s not right for you,” the salesman declares.

“I think I should be the judge of that.”

“But we’ve been in business for 75 years and I can tell you this suit is wrong for you,” he says. “You’re going on a job interview, right?”

“Yeah…”

“Well, we had a young man come in here a few weeks, just like you, who bought this suit and he didn’t get the job. The job applicant who wore the suit we recommended got the job, instead.”

“Wait a minute,” you say. “What’s the suit got to do with it? Maybe the other guy was just more qualified.”

“Oh, first impressions are everything. This suit is slightly out of style. The other suit is more up-to-date, more fashionable. Let me show you. I happen to have it right here,” the salesman says.

He takes a suit down off the rack. The jacket is too short and too tight. Its collar flares up slightly at the back of the neck. Its cut might suit someone going to a party in the Hamptons, but not a job interview.

“That looks terrible!” you exclaim. “I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing that suit. I want the other suit, the one I chose.”

“Well, I’m not going to sell it to you,” the salesman declares with finality.

You begin to wonder whether this guy’s elevator quite reaches to the top floor. You wonder if maybe he knows someone who’s applying for the same job you are. In any case, you turn to walk out of the store

“If you try to buy this suit in any other store, you’ll never work in this city again!” the salesman calls out. “And you’re going to bring calamity down upon the city. Power failures! Strikes! Tidal waves! Building collapses! Earthquakes! Asteroids! The end of the world!”

Of course, you go to another store and buy the suit you want – and the world doesn’t come to an end. You get the job, too. Ironic, that in the real world, Macy’s refused to sell Donald Trump’s line of suits because he said something they didn’t like.

That’s what the Republican Party is telling its base. Men in expensive suits and slick haircuts have been telling its base that if they don’t vote for the candidate the party selects, the other guy will win and the voters will be responsible for bringing about the end of the world!

As for creating a Third Party, something up until now Conservatives have been reluctant to do, the Republican Party threatens the same sort of calamity. ‘You’ll divide the party! Do you want the Democrats to win!? It’ll all be your fault if you create a Third Party! You’ll never win!”

The voters cowed down and dutifully voted in 2008 for a candidate who had no chance of winning. In 2012, the GOP put a rather good candidate who had one fatal flaw – Masscare. Voters stayed home again in droves, when this time, the candidate didn’t win.

Why did he lose? Because in the debate with Obama he was too much of a gentleman. He didn’t swing when he should have and taken Obama out. Being a gentleman cost him the election.

So along comes Donald Trump. He’s not a gentleman. He’d be the first to admit it. In fact, he’s made it rather obvious that he’s not a gentleman. He’s a fighter. He tells it like it is and promises that if the GOP does another bait-and-switch, he will create a Third Party because he has the wherewithal to do so. The so-called “Low Information Voters” cheer and so do some of us with college degrees.

Trump is a poker player who’s called the GOP’s bluff. That’s why he’s so beloved of Conservatives and the “Low Information Voters.” Would he make a good president? Not if he can be distracted by a feminist newscaster when the headlines are so full of dire news.

Would he make a good president of a Third Party, say, The Conservative Party? Absolutely. While he wouldn’t make a good presidential candidate himself (he hasn’t passed the test so far), he would create a platform for Conservative candidate who could promote their platform without the danger of internecine party warfare. The candidates wouldn’t have to kowtow to a middle-of-the road, compromising, lackluster platform that has no hope of winning over minority votes. Disenfranchised Conservative voters would definitely make the time to vote for a candidate whom they could trust. The GOP betrayed that trust a long time ago.

The Donald drew the line in the sand at the debates. Fox News squawked (and Megyn Kelly squealed with secret delight, I imagine) at the notion that there might be a split in the GOP. They worry, probably rightly, that a party split will guarantee that a Democrat will again occupy the White House after the 2016 election.

Conservatives are tired of being taken for granted, dismissed, and even mocked. They take criticism of Donald Trump as a “clown”, “a buffoon”, and so forth, personally. He stands for their frustration, their sense of disenfranchisement, their dismay at seeing their country being sold out by both parties, their concern about their future, their increasing unemployment numbers, their dwindling or already vanished savings, not to mention their fear of complaisance in the face of the growing Islamic threat.

Trump has the guts to denounce all these failures of our government and both parties. He speaks for the “Silent Majority”. That’s why it’s not wise to overplay the Trump-the-Trump card. You may succeed in bringing him down; but that will only alienate the voters for whom he is a champion and make them more determined to defend and support him.

The post-debate polls have yet to come out. I can’t imagine Trump’s numbers rising. I should think they’d fall and the numbers for candidates like Huckabee, Cruz, Christie, Rubio would rise, all candidates who acquitted themselves much better in the debates.

If any of them were to lead in the primaries and win the nomination, they’d have my vote. But, if they win legitimately, and then the GOP does a bait-and-switch and gives us Bush or Kacich instead, I will not be on board. I will promise to vote Third Party – and I will not be back. I will not pledge allegiance to the Republican Party ever again.

Not all of us are Low-Information Voters.

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