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Sunday, June 19, 2016
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Here’s a very quick thought about the whole Trump-4-President phenomenon and where it might be going. It’s pretty well documented that the major media companies have given Donald Trump a LOT of coverage over the course of the GOP primary season. Trump got more coverage than any of the other GOP candidates, and that arguably gave Trump a big advantage (he didn’t need to spend much on an organized campaign, for one thing).

But now that the primaries are through and it’s time to get down to the big showdown between Hillary Clinton and Trump, things could well change. Many people argue that most of the big networks are biased towards liberal Democrats; if so, then you would expect them to give Hillary Clinton the bigger share of their coverage, and to start cutting back on what has been Trump’s oxygen flow to date. In fact, there is already some early evidence of this. The other night (June 15), CNN, Fox News and MSNBC cut the live coverage of an Atlanta rally by Donald Trump to turn to a speech on national security by former Secretary Clinton. Fox News is the interesting one there — if they start cutting away from Trump, then his campaign could be in real trouble. We shall see; this election has so far been, and will no doubt continue to be, like no other before it!

PS — the BIG question now is whether the GOP Convention in Cleveland is going to turn into The Caine Mutiny. Bogart as Trump, Van Johnson as Paul Ryan . . . only problem is that Bogart is dark-haired like Ryan, and Johnson is fair like Trump . . . Still, I can picture it in my head . . . “CAPTAIN, CAPTAIN, WE HAVE TO TURN THE SHIP !!! WE’RE GOING TO SINK !!! CAPTAIN . . . ”

(Mark Halperin of Bloomberg just hinted that the GOP elders are presently leafing thru their equivalent of the Navy rules of conduct, looking for that mutiny clause . . . )

◊   posted by Jim G @ 1:49 pm      
 
 


  1. Jim, I think you are 100% right. Trump is used to a lot of free publicity also from his reality shows, the “You’re Fired” ones and the Miss Universe ones too. He’s been rich and privileged his whole life. Somewhat like GWB, when life dealt him blows re money, he just went to “Daddy” and the money tree. But now it may be a different story.

    Rather than have a mutiny on their hands, Ryan (in an interview I saw recently) seems ready to let Trump have the nomination and lose the election for this time around and get the GOP together during an time the Dems are in office. Ryan said denying Trump the nomination would not work as he was elected by the people legally.

    What sets me to wondering is the the people who voted for him and think he has just the answers, no matter how odd his proposals may sound. (I was going to use another word for “odd” but decided against it.) How is it he could garner so many delagates to the convention to win the nomination? Cant these voters not THINK. Many of them had a choice of several men who could have been very good and didn’t vote for them.

    The true “goofy” thing might be if the delegates decide to change their mind and vote for another candidate for nominee. Ryan did say when I heard the interview that the delegates certainly could do THAT. Perhaps there movement behind the scenes for delegates “voting their conscience” as Ryan put it. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — June 20, 2016 @ 1:13 pm

  2. Mary — does it sound to you like Rep. Ryan is talking out of two sides of his mouth? (Well OK, he is a politician after all, that’s what they do). First you say “Ryan said denying Trump the nomination would not work as he was elected by the people legally”. Two paragraphs later, you recall that “Ryan did say when I heard the interview that the delegates certainly could do THAT [change their mind and vote for another candidate]. Perhaps there [is] movement behind the scenes for delegates ‘voting their conscience’ as Ryan put it”. Mutiny, by whatever name you call it, is ultimately an act of conscience.

    Comment by Jim G — June 20, 2016 @ 6:57 pm

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