Tag: Trump

Know When To Walk Away

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Kenny Rogers gave some good advice in his hit song, “The Gambler”. President Donald Trump risked reputation and political slams from Democrats by meeting with Kim Jong Un, premier of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. If he got a good deal, he would be a hero.  It would be Nobel Prize time for the New York real estate developer. It didn’t happen that way.

Trump went to the negotiating table and wound up walking away. You would think that he would have tried to retreat into the background and wait for this to blow-over, but that’s not his style. The President faced the world in a live press conference almost immediately after the failed negotiations, and answered questions for most of an hour without hesitation, and assisted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Donald Trump is an unusual president in that in solving problems he likes to engage with the primary parties. That’s how he made his fortunes, and that’s how he is governing. To him, personal trust is part of the foundation of making a good deal. Knowing and understanding the person on the other side of a situation is all important. That’s Trump, and he places great value on relationships.

We need to place these negotiations into a different perspective. This is not a normal diplomatic situation. For decades those efforts failed miserably.  Kim wanted to be on the world stage, and he rattled his nuclear missiles for years to make that dream come true .  Now, it is Trump’s job to make the little tyrant give up his nukes, or suffer deathly consequences.

Are we on the brink of a nuclear war? Not necessarily, but we need to make Kim think we are. To do that Trump has to talk tough, and get really mean on economic sanctions. Trump is no cream-puff like Obama.

Trump Is Misunderstood

trump_speechIt was a raucous press conference. Yesterday, Tuesday, Donald Trump hosted a press conference at Trump Tower to finally reveal the amounts and dispositions of the money he raised for military veterans when he skipped a Fox News Channel Republican presidential debate.

The press conference was either a resounding success, or a miserable failure, depending on your feelings for Donald Trump. He was vintage Trump with combative, in-your-face, go-to-hell press diatribes headlining his remarks. At one point, he called ABC’s Tom Llamas a sleaze. Llamas didn’t deserve the insult even though ABC News is a sleazy organization.

The press was attacking Trump the whole time during the conference, and it was not cool. You see, they just don’t understand Donald. Donald Trump is your best friend forever if you say nice things about him. If you don’t say nice things, you are demoted to the sleaze level, fast.

The press could have avoided the whole mess just by asking their questions with phrasing like used with Hillary Clinton. Instead of saying, “Why did you skip a televised debate by claiming you raised money for vets?”, why not say, “It was so thoughtful that you skipped that useless televised debate to raise money for the vets. Do you plan to release the details of this wonderful effort?”

Contrast the press attitude regarding Hillary Clinton. Hillary is almost never held to account for her straw-man answers. For example, she keeps claiming that most previous Secretaries of State used personal email. That is not the issue. The issue is that Hillary, exclusively, used a personal email server for ALL of her personal and official email, thereby putting classified information at peril for none other than political reasons. Why doesn’t the press corner her on this obvious distortion?

The press is in the bag for Hillary, and hates Donald Trump. It gets that simple.

I don’t want to put myself in a position of defending everything Trump says. I don’t agree with everything Trump says, but I do believe he has the right to treat the press like they treat him.

Trump may lose the election, but not because he fights with the press. It makes great theater.

Give’em hell, Donald!

Tonght’s The Night

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This is what we have been waiting for. This is the night that all those wannabe tv stars in Iowa go to their chosen precinct meeting houses and talk about all the Presidential candidates. The Republicans have a straight forward method such there is a spokesperson for each candidate to do the selling to the others in the room. The Democrats have a different system in that they will glumly stand around waiting for something to happen. If one standing group is smaller than fifteen percent of the total, the smallest group is broken up and forced to take their dunce hats to another group.

The Democrats have a system known in certain circles as the * “Least Dis-Satisficing” election. If your candidate does not make the fifteen percent cut, they are out. In other words the Democrats do not use a positive system at all, it is like one of those reality shows where people are voted OFF the island.

I can see it now in a Democrat caucus. There will be a bunch of people milling around playing musical chairs, all the while not seeing any difference between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, both avowed socialists. Bernie just wants to give away more stuff. When the music stops, the supporters of Governor Edward O’Malley, the political genius responsible for much of the corruption in Baltimore, will find their chairs missing. Sayonara, Ed.Hillary Clinton Speaks At Event At Center For American Progress

The Republicans have in my opinion a more rational system. In the Repubilcan Iowa caucus, the members listen to the various spokespersons make their cases for their respective candidates. They will then vote for the candidate they like. This approach, attitude wise, is light years different from the negative Democrat approach. The Republicans just choose up sides based on positives, where the Democrats demote based on a negative approach.

My prediction for the Republicans is this:

1st Trump

2nd Curz Cruz

3rd Rubio

4th Christie

5th Fiorina

My prediction for the Democrat Iowa caucuses is: Who Cares? OK, It looks like Bernie may be in the lead, and we will just have to see if Hillary is going to do another crash and burn. Maybe Hillary should confess her national secrets crimes, and serve her jail time. That would be a great excuse for her losing. She will need one.

 

What are your predictions?

 

 

*Note : The term “least dis-satisficing” is one used in business schools when describing how many corporate meetings function. Many times, the alternative passed for action is the one that is the least satisfying alternative, but one that will suffice for the whole group. In life we often vote for the least onerous alternative.

GOP Field Still Crowded

GOP candidates on debate stageYou would think that the field of GOP presidential candidates would start narrowing, but it is still pretty big. So far, only Governor Pataki, Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, and Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin have dropped out. In any normal election year that would leave only one or two main candidates, but this year we have a bumper crop of really smart and experienced GOP candidates.

Forget Donald Trump for a minute. Lots of people would like to forget Donald Trump, but try to do so for a minute. Of the rest of the candidates, we have Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Chris Christi, and several other strong candidates would make excellent Presidents. The problem is that there are so many good choices, it is hard to come up with one overall best choice. That’s where Donald Trump comes in.

Since we cannot forget Trump, we have to be realistic and think of him as the presumptive candidate. That’s when I get all nervous and sweaty. I really don’t think Trump can beat Hillary. She will lie, and he will lie. Their lies will cancel each other, and the woman vote will put Hillary over the top. Or, maybe the woman, Hispanic, Black, Labor, “I feel sorry for myself.”, and Poor White Trash block votes will give the Presidency to Hillary. It will be a sad day in America if we let this happen.

How are the primaries going to play out? Trump will not win Iowa or New Hampshire. That will give Cruz, or Rubio, or Christie some traction going into the Old South, where Trump has been campaigning since almost the beginning of the race. My estimate is that Trump will pull it out in the South will solid majorities in the states that count. Maybe Florida will be split by Rubio and Bush, but Bush might not last until then.

I have not counted delegates, but there seems to be a way for somebody to beat Trump, or at least carry the challenge to the convention in  Cleveland. It’s going to be a rough spring and summer for the GOP candidates. Somebody has to win, and I certainly hope it isn’t Trump.