Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot?! What is going on with Donald Trump? I can’t figure him out, but here are some impressions that I have right now about his potential candidacy for president in 2012:
7. He’s got bad hair. Now, I know that shouldn’t be a problem, but it rather is (let’s face it, a lot of the Romney zombies like him, in no small part (pun intended), because he has good hair).
6. He’s got that brash, “ugly American” thing going on. I’ve never liked it, the ostentatiousness, the gold towers, the planes and bottles of water plastered with his name and/or image. Yes, I understood that it was about business and brand, but it just seemed so . . . crass. Is so crass. In any prior year, this would have been a deal breaker for me, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I could give a rat’s patootey what the frak the world thinks of us. We tried the guy the world was in love with for his “humility” (HA!) and his “thoughtfulness” (deer in the headlights ineptitude is more like it), and it failed miserably.
5. He’s rich. (next bit from a comment I posted at Big Government sums it up):
I just conducted an unscientific survey of one–the lady who’s cashier at the local liquor store. I asked her if she’d ever vote for Trump, and she sort of snorted, shook her head, and said, “He’s a millionaire, what does he know about working people?” To which I responded, “Well, Obama’s a millionaire, too.” Two beats. Creeping look of incredulity, then confusion, then a shrug, a head duck to the shoulder, and a a “well . . . “. It trailed off and was clearly a “well, that’s different.”
However, he’s got more bitter clinger cred than BO does with normal Americans (which, if you think about it, isn’t saying a whole lot) because he’s plain-talking and direct, not condescending and sneering. And he’s not petulant, but he is . . . well, grating. But he says what he means and means what he says. There is a great hunger for that right now in this country. (Well, okay, so that’s the “pro” side of this “con”)
4. No political experience. This is a big one for me (and one of the reasons I’m luke-warm about potential candidates like Herman Cain). Trump’s no dummy, and once he’s in the WH, he’d learn way more than we can ever know, AND he’d be able to process it and act on it (unlike the blight and disgrace currently occupying the WH).
3. He’s got that “cowboy” thing going on that indies are wary of after President Bush went on a progressive big-government, big-spending, amnesty, let’s go to war spree. I can very much hear Donald Trump say something like: we want him “dead or alive.” (I personally don’t have a problem with the cowboy thing, but that’s a biggie for indies and thus is a con for Trump).
2. He donated to Twinkle Toes, to Chuck I’m a freak of nature Schumer and to Anthony I’m a bigger nutjob than Chuck I’m a freak of nature Schumer Weiner. This is horrendous, of course, and when you add in Harry I’m a whiny asshat Reid and other dems last November (yes, November 2010!), it’s damning. Very, very damning. Very.
1. He donated to Nancy Pelosi’s 2010 campaign (this deserves its own “con” listing–it’s that infuriating) and has said (*shudder*) that he likes her and (*other shudder*) that he thinks she’s “the best.” This, compounded with his aforementioned donations, is ten kinds of not good, probably a deal-breaker (for me, anyway).
9. He’s got mostly-positive name recognition and is well-liked in a broad cultural sense. Usually not something I’d care about or count as a “plus” in a presidential race, but this is neither the usual election nor usual times. As we all know, the general public doesn’t have a clue what is going on in this country, but they know Donald Trump, and they like and admire him (even if that admiration is grudging). Sure, a bunch of people hate him (a lot of people hate BO, too, but he’s still running), but anyone who watches The Apprentice or Celebrity Apprentice likes and respects Trump. That matters. Consider: California elected Ahnold. Twice. Independents, heck even lefties, will vote for a celebrity republican. That’s just fact.
8. Let’s face it, the “birther” thing is freaking hysterical. I still get giddy simply remembering the sprogs shrieking about the “invalid” birth certificate he first released and demanding a long-form. Irony lost on them maybe, but not on a lot of people who’d not been paying attention to that point and are now wondering why it’s okay to demand a “real” birth certificate from Trump but not from the sitting president of the United States. Masterful move.
AND he’s even got investigators on it, and most importantly, if he does find anything, he will definitely release it. Unlike Hillary Clinton, who knows something (I’m convinced of this), but for whatever reason chose not to release it (oooh, maybe her camp will leak it to the Donald?).
BUT is he doing this to deflect TEA Party attention from his donations to socialist progressives in the big big big 2010 midterms?
7. Trump will make mincemeat, mincemeat, of the Dolt in Chief in any and every debate. Trump will destroy him, and in such a way that some of the most die-hard, lunatic lefties will cheer.
6. Trump is a respected businessman who knows both the stock market and the real estate market like the back of his hand (this would come in handy given that our economic crisis is due, in no small part, to both). He’s savvy and smart as a whip when it comes to Wall Street and the real estate markets. We’re in an economic mess, and he can fix it or at least put us on the path to success.
5. Trump has more international experience than BO does–not “did” when he ran in 2008, but does, today. Trump understands the global market and globalization through and through (he’s also a proud free-market capitalist).
4. Trump understands what is happening with Islamofascism. He not only vehemently rejected the notion of the Ground Zero victory mosque but put his money where his mouth is and proposed an offer for a share of the land, an offer that was “25% more” than was paid for it. This was rejected by the shareholder, who’d asked for $18 to $20 million . . . so maybe it wasn’t a serious offer. (Well, okay, so that’s the “con” side of this “pro”)
3. The Donald is fearless. Fearless. He will not be cowed by anyone, no one. He will be bullied or blackmailed by no member of Congress, no foreign leader, no lobby, no union, no nothing. No one. No way, no how. He would spot a thug tactic and respond appropriately and swiftly; he would smell a bribe ten miles away, and smack down the fool who dared try it.
2. Mr. Trump cannot be and will not be bought. He will not take bribes nor will he be bullied by powerful interests, foreign or domestic.
1. Donald Trump loves America. Loves it.
There are plenty of people who think he can win. Me? I’m not so sure that’s the most pertinent question (“can he win?”). I’m interested in hearing why he made those contributions to those sprogs last year. Maybe we should be asking “should he win?.”
What say you?