Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Is It Really That Big of A Surprise?


     
First, if you're curious on my initial view of Mr. Trump, check out: Tips for Donald.
     Yesterday evening, I was working on making dinner for my 2 daughters, with my elder daughter working on her homework at our dining room table, when she made a request.
     "Mom, can you do me a favor?"
     "What's that Babe?"
     "Can you please vote for Donald Trump?"

     If you've been visiting Sadie's Gathering for any amount of time, you can imagine, my response.   However, I managed to keep it together, and calmly asked, "Why would I want to do that?" 

  "Because "so-n-so" told me that President Obama wants to make it so that kids go to school every day of the week."

     Thankfully, neither my daughter, nor "so-n-so," are old enough to vote.

     I assured my daughter that the President does not want kids to go to school 7 days a week.  Then patiently explained the importance of not believing everything you hear and read; and how essential it is to do your own research to make up your own mind.

I finished by assuring her that I would not be voting for Mr. Trump, based on my research.

     It did get me thinking though, about Mr. Trump and his success thus far in the campaign for the GOP nominee, for the President of the United States of America.

To borrow a phrase from the astute Bill Maher, 

     NEW RULE:  We Americans have to stop acting so surprised at the success of the Donald.

      Donald Trump's appeal is due to most of American voters do not have the attention span right now to delve too deep or pay attention to much at this point in the game.  He is developing his likability and we should never underestimate the power of likability.  

      Donald Trump is a joke.  And a bad one at that.  The thing is, the number of GOP candidates is boggling.  I've got plenty to say about that, but that's for another day.  Nobody has the time for deep discussion about policy at this point.  We know the GOP wants to defund Planned Parenthood.  We know the GOP wants to end abortion.  We know the GOP wants to soup up the military.  We know the GOP wants to stop immigration.  We know the GOP is pro 2nd Amendment, but anti 14th and 19th Amendments.  But even the GOP voters don't want to hear it 17 times.  Or is it 18?  Oh hell, I don't know.  Point is- NOW is the time if you can, to RAZZLE DAZZLE 'EM.  Because people are busy; they don't have time for the plot right now.  Hopefully they will before the primary, but again, do not underestimate the power of Razzle Dazzle or the power of likability.  Either can cover a lot of sins.  And with the power of both; well, nobody does that better than Trump.  

     How far can it take Trump?  

I'd say pretty far, unless some campaign managers start wizening up.

     As for his many GOP opponents, I wonder, why nobody has brought up their beloved "family values issue" for Trump.  He's on wife #3.  Oh, yeah, AND SHE'S AN IMMIGRANT.  As is his first wife, Ivana.  Yes, divorce is common in America; but not so much in the presidents we elect.  Ronald Reagan is the only one, who was divorced, and remarried by the time he was elected president.  And he and Nancy had been married already 30 years, by the time he took office.  Out of the other main Republican candidates, only Carly Fiorina, and John Kasich are on their  second marriage.  Lindsay Graham is single.    

     I don't know, maybe there's a consensus somewhere that says that marital history does not matter to voters.  However, according to Pew Research conducted in 2014, religion still factors in considerably.  According to the Pew Research, 53% of all voters and as much as 70% of Republican voters would be less likely to vote for a candidate if the candidate does not believe in God.  Given the GOPs' predominant belief in the merit of "traditional marriage"; I'd be willing to bet that those numbers may hold true concerning "the state of marriage" as well as religion.

     And now, former, (as in 2 days ago) Rick Perry backer, Sam Clovis , is as of today, a proud Trump Man. 

I can't wait to see what's next.


Oh wait... allow me; that would be Jorge Ramos, of Univision.

     All I've got to say is Trump, you're not a nice guy.  And if you didn't like what Megyn Kelly had to say; and by some chance you make it through the primary; YOU'RE GONNA LOVE THE LADIES ON THE LEFT.


Bonne chance, Monsieur Trump.