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The Reason For Donald Trump’s Success

I’ve been thinking a lot about Donald Trump lately. He’s got some of my otherwise non-political friends very fired up and ready to vote for him. I like some of what he says but some of his comments seem off the wall. I haven’t been able to really see why he’s been so successful in this presidential campaign other than the obvious fact that people like his bluntness. They like that he isn’t afraid to speak his mind. I get that but it wasn’t enough to convince me to join the Trump bandwagon.

I’m still not there but a recent article by Tucker Carlson rings true on why he’s so popular and why he may very likely be our next president. Carlson gave several reasons that explain Trumps popularity and I agree with every one of them. They boil down to a) The establishment Republicans have failed us by never doing what they say they are going to do; b)He speaks many truths that many people feel but never hear from our elected leaders and c)He is a “doer” with a history of getting things done and he can make change happen because he has worked both sides of the aisle to build his business career. It is this last part that I find myself so completely in agreement. The best line of the article is “Anyone can peer through the window in envy. It takes a real man to throw furniture through it from the inside.” This is why I find myself joining with some many others around the country in saying that, while he may not be my first choice, I can definitely now see myself voting for him in the general election.

Yes, Donald Trump’s comments sometimes make me cringe. Yes, I disagree with some of his views completely. But as President Reagan famously said “If I agree with someone 80% of the time, they are my friend”. So I say, “If I agree with Donald Trump 80% of the time, then I could vote for him for President”. I still wont say he’s my first pick…I still think Marco Rubio would be a better pick. But I don’t agree with Rubio 100% of the time either.

Ed Ruth

Carson and Rubio would be Unbeatable

With Ben Carson leading in most GOP presidential primary polls, it seems likely that he will be a contender for the length of the campaign season.  Soon America will be distracted by the holiday seasons and the poll numbers will likely settle down without much change for a month or two.  When the early primary elections occur in the early part of next year, we will start to get a much clearer picture about who is the more likely GOP nominee.  If it is Ben Carson, then picking a running mate like Marco Rubio could make him a favorite to win the general election.

Ben Carson is an incredibly motivating speaker.  His personal story and his professional accomplishments make him a very likeable candidate.  And his calm and consistent manner project a presidential gravitas that Donald Trump is seriously lacking.  An outsider not tied to the Washington establishment, he has all of Trump’s outsider benefits with none of his gaffes or un-presidential bluster.  In addition to being energizing factor among the GOP base, Ben Carson could also offer the possibility of attracting a significant percentage of the black vote.   Black voters who have voted Democrat in past elections have been economically hit very hard over the past several years of the Obama administration and might be more open than normal to looking at a Republican alternative.  The brilliant retired brain surgeon is too successful and capable to ever bring up how his race might be a benefit in the general election but it would indeed be such a benefit.

Barring an unlikely indictment or a hereto for unknown health problem, Hillary Clinton will be the Democrat nominee.  She hopes to maximize advantage among female voters looking to elect the first female President of the United States and to keep the advantage among black voters that President Obama enjoyed in both of his elections.  But repeated polls over the past several months leave both of those in doubt.  One of the worst kept secrets in Washington DC is that she plans on choosing HUD secretary Julian Castro as her running mate as a strategy to get more of the Hispanic vote.  Ben Carson could easily eliminate any advantage she might get from this maneuver by selecting Marco Rubio as his own running mate.

Selecting Marco Rubio as his vice presidential running mate would offer several advantages. First of all he’s a much higher profile candidate then Julian Castro. Most people outside of Washington DC have never even heard of Julian Castro where is Marco Rubio will continue to be building his national profile throughout the candidate selection process.  Also, as a Florida Senator, Marco Rubio would very likely guarantee a GOP win of Florida’s electoral votes.  Julian Castro is a former three-term mayor of San Antonio, TX but it is highly unlikely that a very Red State like Texas would end up voting for Hillary Clinton regardless of who she picks as a running mate.  And Marco Rubio could match Julian Castro word for word in the very likely large amounts of Spanish commercials and public events likely to happen during the election process.

Republicans are not as comfortable as Democrats in using identity politics as a tool in elections.   And both Ben Carson and Marco Rubio are gifted and talented enough to never need to stoop to using race or ethnicity for political benefit.   If they were to become the eventual nominees for the GOP, it would not be because of their race or backgrounds but rather because both have incredible abilities and offer a leadership vision that America badly needs.

Ed Ruth

Third GOP Had a Few Winners; Liberal Media Big Loser

The third GOP Presidential Debate, held last night on CNBC, had few big moments for the candidates but several long minutes of public defeat for liberal media.  The candidates were repeatedly asked questions that could be described as “unskillful” if one were trying to be overly polite to the moderators.  But several of the candidates stepped up to the challenge, calling out the moderators and delivering lines that should help them in the polls.

Donald Trump showed that he has evolved as a candidate.  He was much more disciplined than in the past but was still able to give better than he got from both his fellow debaters and from the moderators.  He won because he did no damage and may have helped his campaign by showing he’s got more substance than many have accused him of having.  No damage and some benefits makes him the debate winner because he’s already leading or basically tied with Ben Carson in most polls.

Ben Carson did well but didn’t seem to have much fire.  His answers were careful and humble on a night when many others were making risky comments and even some attacks to increase their profiles.  I don’t know that he hurt his campaign but I can’t really see where he helped it either.

Marco Rubio had a great night and may have positioned himself as leader of the mainstream candidates.  He was attacked by Jeb Bush and beat back the attack handily.  He was attacked on his finances by the moderators and slapped them hard while turning it to his advantage by speaking to the voters about how he was not born rich and how he feels voters financial struggles because he shares them.  A solid performance with several great moments that will undoubtedly be rebroadcast in the coming days.  This should help him with donors and make it so his campaign has no problem financing for the long haul.

Ted Cruz also had several great moments during the debate.  Some were substantive but his best lines were his attacks on the liberal media, including the debate moderators.  This debate will keep Cruz in the campaign for the long haul as well.

Carly Fiorina had a few good moments but was unfortunately not given enough time to really shine.  The moderators seemed to have made a point of not asking her or Donald Trump many questions so as to give the other candidates more time.  That is unfortunate as she is one of the best candidates on the stage.  Low contributions may make her leave the campaign at some point but she’s a solid candidate for the VP slot if she does end up dropping out of running for the top ticket.  If she does get some bump in the polls from this debate and can increase her campaign coffers, then she too will be in for the long haul.  But I don’t think she had enough time in the spotlight last night to do either.

The remaining candidates, Kasich, Huckabee and the lower tier candidates (Graham, Jindhal, etc) are on borrowed time.  They don’t have the money they need to last more than a few more months.

The big story for the night other than the candidates performance was the embarrassing performance of the moderators.  Their bias was clear from the get go and they didn’t even make an attempt to hid it.  Their questions were unworthy of the event for the most part, shallow attempts at either demeaning a candidate or pitting one against another.  In the end, they only made themselves look bad and further diminished whatever remaining credibility they may have had among conservative viewers.

Ed Ruth

 

 

The GOP Debate and Who Seems to Be Doing Best

The first GOP Presidential Candidate debate on August 6, 2015 was held at the Cav’s Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.  Debate host Brett Bauer started with a doozy in asking a question about who would commit to not running as a third-party candidate. This question was obviously directed towards Donald Trump and he rose to the occasion and raised his hand saying that he would not swear that he would not run as a third-party candidate. I had to think that really hurt him!  Rand Paul spoke up if if turn saying this showed Trump is not a true Republican and that he would be willing to hurt the party and get Hillary elected rather than endorse a candidate that might best him in the primary race.

Each of the candidates had a minute or so to discuss why they should be president. Then host Megan Kelly asked Donald Trump why he should be President when he has social media accounts that has comments that could be taken as disparaging to women.   She said he had called women some very bad names and he jokingly replied “Just Rosanne Barr”…a line that got huge applause.   He fired back saying he doesn’t always have time to be Politically Correct.  He said America doesn’t have time to be Politically Correct when we’re getting our butts kicked politically and economically by China and Mexico.

All of the candidates came obviously prepared.  Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, when asked how he could think he was ready to be President when he has no political experience, replied with the awesomely appropriate line “It isn’t Brain Surgery”.  Rand Paul had a great response on his question regarding ISIS and Jeb Bush had a strong response to his question regarding amnesty for illegal immigration.

Trump was once again in the spotlight when Host Chris Wallace asked him about immigration and how the Mexican government is sending its criminals across the border.   He responded strongly and got a good response from the crowd.  Once again I found myself saying “I know he’s too brash but I like his answers!”

Governor John Kasich started off the conversation after the break with a response that sounded very presidential. Marco Rubio was next and gave probably the most detailed response in regard to illegal immigration.   As I said above, each of the candidates came prepared and I saw no clear loser in the debate.

An hour into the debate, they started talking about Obamacare.  Donald Trump was first up on it and he used his business experience to give a solid answer.   Others had less memorable responses.  Floridians Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio talked about Common  Core educational requirements.  Bush had been taking some hits in the past few months about his openness to federal standards for education and I think he came out with a response that helped take some pressure of him for that issue.

As the clock passed 10pm, each of the candidates got to talk about how they would promote job growth.  Repeal of Obamacare, reduce regulation and reform of the tax code were common responses.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie showed strength in saying that Social Security would have to be reformed.  As the conversation swerved over to the economy, Donald Trump was hit with some very direct questions from Chris Wallace and he unloaded with both barrels, saying he was proud of his business record and was the person American needed to get rid of our $19 Trillion Dollar debt.

Rick Perry and Cary Fiorina’s responses from the forum that had been held earlier in the afternoon were so strong that they were played for candidates to respond to the Iran nuclear agreement.

Abortion Rights issues came up next and Marco Rubio gave a balanced response.  Then Megan Kelly asked Donald Trump a very hard hitting question that led with his background as a Democrat and pointedly asked him “When did you actually become a Republican”.  Trump replied that we should all remember that Ronald Reagan had been a Democrat at one point and that people can change their beliefs.  John Kasich gave a great response on Gay Marriage.  I think I was maybe the best response I’ve ever heard a Republican politician give regarding that issue.

Scott Walker was next in the hot seat as the hosts asked him about the “Black Lives Matter” he gave the kind of level headed response I’ve come to expect from him.  In other words, it was solidly answered but totally unremarkable.

The hosts then asked about Iran, the Russian and Chinese Cyber Attacks and other foreign policy issues.   Donald Trump gave a surprisingly strong response.   It was soon time for closing comments for each of the candidates  All in all, I don’t really think there was a loser this evening.    Rubio seemed to have more good moments than the others.

Governor Walker from Wisconsin came across as call him and very capable and he continues to be the person I think you’ll end up at the end of the day getting The nomination.   I think Walker leading the Republican ticket with a Marco Rubio or Carly Fiorita as vice president would be a very powerful ticket for the Republicans.