Armistice Day



The Trump Ploy

The media were out to get Trump, pundits from across the political spectrum kept repeating, but the truth is that the media made Trump. Long before the election, Trump became a household name, thanks to the media.

Your average American can’t name any other real estate developer, casino owner or even his own senators, but he has known Trump since forever. For more than a decade, Trump was a reality TV star, with two of his children also featured regularly on The Apprentice. Trump’s “You’re fired” and his hair became iconic. Trump appeared on talk shows, had cameo roles in movies and owned the Miss Universe pageant. In 2011, Obama joked that Trump as president would deck out the White House in garish fashion, with his own name huge on the façade. The suave, slick prez roasted Trump again in 2016. Trump has constantly been in the limelight.

It’s true that during the presidential campaign, Trump received mostly negative press, but this only ramped up support among his core constituency. Joe Sixpacks had long seen the media as not just against everything they cherished, but against them as people, so the more the media attacked Trump, the more popular he became among the white working class.

Donald Trump: The Political Equivalent of the Financial Crisis
By NOAH MILLMAN • November 11, 2016

The 2016 election could present you with a similar problem — even without the explicit racial polarities. Say you focus your energy on attacking Trump and his supporters for being misogynists. You’ll have plenty of fuel for such an attack — but how will the women whose husbands are interested in Trump react? Are they going to let you get between them and their husbands? Or are they going to rally to their defense, and against this insulting, elitist outsider?

To get inside that defense, you can’t rely on female solidarity, or on women’s issues. Any voter for whom that kind of pitch has a strong appeal is already actively supporting you in the primary, and will certainly be with you in the general election. The women you need to reach are precisely those who are less-amenable to this kind of appeal. They are women who would consider voting Republican — who may have voted Republican in previous elections, whatever reservations or frustrations they might have had with that party. . . .

[I]t isn’t about the issues, or about experience. None of that matters if people believe that Trump is a straight-talking independent man who will put America first, while you are a cosmopolitan insider eager to do the bidding of special interests so as to win and retain power. You need to turn that around, and get people to believe that you’re a flawed human being who went into the business of politics in order to accomplish something, while your opponent is a fraud and a charlatan who has accomplished almost none of what he claims, and will do nothing of what he promises.

To make that case, you need to make an emotional connection, which means a personal one. A revelation of common experience that enables them to trust your judgment. That’s what the reintroduction is all about.

That reintroduction never happened. Instead, her campaign did exactly what I had warned wouldn’t work. And somehow, knowing it wouldn’t, I still convinced myself it had.

23 Replies to “Armistice Day”

  1. Parrot Joke:

    A guy is not getting along with his wife. He thinks maybe he’d
    like to have a pet and goes to a pet shop. After looking around
    he spots a parrot sitting on a little perch. He notices that it
    doesn’t have any feet or legs. The guy says out loud,

    “Geez, I wonder what happened to this parrot.”

    “I was born this way,” says the parrot. “I’m a defective parrot.”

    “Ha, ha,” the guy laughs. “It sounded like this parrot actually
    understood what I said and answered me.”

    “I understood every word,” says the parrot. “I am a highly
    intelligent, thoroughly educated bird. ”

    “Yeah?” the guy asks. “Then answer this: how do you hang onto
    your perch without any feet?”

    “Well,” the parrot says, “this is a little embarrassing, but
    since you asked I’ll tell you. I wrap my little parrot penis
    around this wooden bar, kind of like a little hook. You can’t see
    it because of my feathers.”

    “Wow,” says the guy, “you really can understand and answer, can’t

    “Of course. I speak both Spanish and English. I can converse with
    reasonable competence on almost any subject: politics, religion,
    sports, physics, philosophy … and I am especially good at
    ornithology. You ought to buy me. I am a great companion.”

    The guy looks at the price tag. “$200!” he says. “I can’t afford

    “Pssst,” the parrot hisses, motioning the guy over with one wing.
    “Nobody wants me cause I don’t have any feet. You can get me for
    $20 — just make an offer.”

    The guy offers $20 and walks out with the parrot. Weeks go by.
    The parrot is sensational. He’s funny, he’s interesting, he’s a
    great pal, he understands everything, sympathizes, gives good
    advice. The guy is delighted.

    One day he comes home from work and the parrot says,

    “pssst,” and motions him over with one wing. The guy goes up
    close to the cage.

    “I don’t know if I should tell you this or not,” says the parrot,
    “but it’s about your wife and the mailman…”

    “What?” says the guy. “What?”

    “Well,” the parrot says, “when the mailman came to the door today
    your wife greeted him in a sheer nightgown and kissed him on the

    “What happened then?” asks the guy.

    “Then the mailman came into the house and lifted up the nightgown
    and began petting her all over,” reports the parrot.

    “Oh No!” the guy says, “Then what?”

    “Then he lifted up the nightgown, got down on his knees and began
    to lick her body, starting with her breasts and slowly going down
    and down …”

    The parrot pauses for a long time.

    “Then what… what happened next… WHAT HAPPENED?” says the
    frantic guy.

    “I don’t know,” says the Parrot, “that’s when I fell off my

  2. dave, good seeing you today and having breakfast at the “Seinfeld” Restaurant on Broadway. a little noisy inside, but the food and the company were great. next visit, let’s drive to JHK’s town in upstate, invite him and GB to lunch or storm his doomsted, whatever.

    my son and I had sushi for lunch at the restaurant you parked in front of earlier. it’s called “Sushi sushi”, not too bad.

  3. yeah, that vox article calls it about right, i think, political breakdown in 2020. i’ve long predicted widespread famine for the fall of 2024…

  4. i’m sooo happy hillary lost, i almost don’t care what the donald does or doesn’t do. it’s also fun watching women trying to cope with the outcome. recall i said the election would be a referendum on do-nothing obama, who can’t even close gitmo. he has no respect, and is a pathological liar.

  5. Hi EE!

    Hillary: selling influence while Sec. of State. That alone should get her jail time.

    Obama: Lots of promises, nothing delivered. That’s why Hillary lost, and being a crook/grifter, like her husband.

    These people (and their handlers) actually think Americans will continue to vote for them, if they can be clever enough to play the gender card (Hillary) or the race card (Obama). Worked once, but not twice.

  6. @EE

    Quote of the month: “Trump won the election because he addressed the issues that matter to ordinary working people and refrained from such foolishness as running around with his hair on fire blaming the Russians for everything under the sky. Hillary Clinton got exactly what she deserved.”

  7. Thanks JR for unlocking those. it’s an interesting article, as the author goes on to say that if Trump continues on what appears to be his planned economic policy course (basically a revival of “trickle-down” economics), he’ll fail.

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