[Rushtalk] Run for cover, Donald Trump is really running for president

Tom Matiska tom.matiska at att.net
Sun Jun 21 17:48:06 MDT 2015

On the plus side, Trump has first hand experience with navigating through barkruptcy..... something or next President will have to deal with.   Tom
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Carl Spitzer <lynux at keepandbeararms.com> wrote:

>Freelance journalist in the US
>With the news overnight that Donald Trump will run for the Republican 
>nomination for United States president, life on planet Earth just got a 
>little stranger.
>Pity starchy, serious Jeb Bush -- whose own presidential announcement on 
>Monday has been well and truly stomped on. Unlike Jeb!, Trump needs no 
>exclamation mark after his name, and in hindsight, the garish real 
>estate mogul’s threats to run should have been taken more seriously this 
>time. He’d formed a presidential exploratory committee. He’d hired staff 
>in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. He even shelved the next 
>series of The Apprentice.
>Still, Trump should long ago have been locked behind bars as a serial 
>presidential tease. He blabbed about running in 1988, 2000, 2004, 2008 
>and 2012. Four years ago, he built up a serious head of steam with the 
>GOP base by harping on Barack Obama’s birth certificate. The taunts 
>dried up when Obama unexpectedly released it -- and Trump slunk away, 
>credibility in ruins, seemingly never to seek the bully pulpit again.
>Now he’s back, flanked by wife Melania and daughter Ivanka, brandishing 
>$8 billion of net worth and proclaiming he’ll obliterate Islamic State, 
>be the “greatest jobs president God ever created” and “make America 
>great again”. And he’s already headed to Iowa. Predictions are 
>foolhardy, but one can safely be made. Ignore Trump’s high unfavorable 
>ratings and the 59% of Republicans in a recent poll who say they’d never 
>vote for him. That remaining 41% can do a lot of damage. Expect Trump -- 
>with his coming blitzkrieg -- to ascend from the 5% he is currently 
>polling to near the top of the splintered Republican heap. And to remain 
>right through the first GOP primary debate in Cleveland on August 20 -- 
>allowing him to make his case before a national audience before his 
>inevitable immolation down the track.
>For Republican powerbrokers, the prospect of that first debate now looms 
>as a reality TV nightmare: Trump’s likely appearance the equivalent of a 
>madman with a bazooka crashing the stage and making everyone else look 
>sane by comparison.
>Such a task is harder than it looks, with at least half the GOP field 
>really running to secure a book deal or a regular segment on The Sean 
>Hannity Show -- with no hope of actually winning the nomination, 
>whatever their transient appeal in the race.
>This season’s cast includes African-American neurosurgeon Ben Carson, 
>who has described Obamacare as “the worst thing since slavery” and 
>became a folk hero among conservatives after he mouthed off at President 
>Barack Obama at a National Prayer Breakfast. With zero elective 
>experience and a contentious tenure as Hewlett Packard CEO, Carly 
>Fiorina’s sole role seems to be troll Hillary Clinton and allow the GOP 
>to shove a female face on stage. The notion of Lindsey Graham as 
>commander in chief is ludicrous. Rick Perry’s new glasses fool no one. 
>If they weren’t running for president, Rick Santorum and George Pataki 
>would probably be muttering somewhere in a public park. Governors Bobby 
>Jindal (Louisiana) and John Kasich (Ohio) have credible cases -- but 
>they’re late to the rodeo, and in a GOP that tends to nominate familiar, 
>tested names, both lack the star power to burst through such a crowded 
>That leaves seven plausible nominees, each looking to break out of the 
>pack by winning one of the early nominating contests next year like Iowa 
>or New Hampshire and gaining momentum for the grueling primaries that 
>The best prospects for Iowa include Scott Walker, governor of 
>neighbouring Wisconsin, whose grasp of foreign policy looks shaky but 
>who has impressed conservatives by the unpretentious way he has taken on 
>labour unions and won three successive elections. With its deeply 
>evangelical electorate, Iowa is also pivotal for firebrand Texas Senator 
>Ted Cruz and 2008 caucus winner Mike Huckabee -- anything less than a 
>top-two finish in the caucuses would dash expectations and be near-fatal 
>to their chances.
>The second category of candidates include Bush, rambunctious New Jersey 
>Governor Chris Christie and libertarian Kentucky Senator Rand Paul -- 
>all with little hope of winning Iowa, and for whom the more moderate, 
>flinty state of New Hampshire is a better target. Then there is Florida 
>Senator Marco Rubio -- a gifted communicator with a stirring biography 
>as the son of Cuban exiles. At 44, he offers the best chance of a 
>generational contrast with Hillary Clinton, the potential to steal 
>Hispanic support and the must-win state of Florida in the general 
>election. Yet at this early stage Rubio lacks an obvious reservoir of 
>support within the GOP base. As the race unfolds, he must define himself 
>better to the electorate and find primary states he can win.
>Of course, what effect Donald Trump’s dramatic entry to the race has on 
>these calculations is anyone’s guess. Will he train his fire on Hillary 
>or reserve his juiciest spitballs for his Republican rivals? And should 
>they -- terrified of his tongue --play nice and laugh along, or try to 
>take him out themselves? One thing’s for sure. The GOP race was already 
>shaping as a wild rollercoaster ride. Trump’s entry blows the hinges 
>right off.
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