Say what you will about Donald Trump, and there’s plenty to say, he appears to be his own man. He’s got that typical oligarchic mindset, much like Steve Forbes, forgetting that inherited wealth is not quite earned. He imagines that he made his fortune without assistance from the luck of the draw, a slide down the right birth canal.
This quote is bandied about, from football coach Barry Switzer, and is apropos:
Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.
Trump has also got a bad case of right-wing economics, imagining that economies are households, people sitting at the kitchen table with checkbooks. That sort of thing flies in politics, so I don’t know if he is really that blockish or if he is just diddling the voters.
But I cannot help it. I like the guy. He’s messing up regular politics. Every now and then we have a breakout candidate, someone who eschews standard issue duckspeak. Ross Perot did some of that back in the 90’s (though in retrospect he appears to have been a mere stalking horse for Bill Clinton).
Candidates are pre-selected by money backers, and handed over to voters after they are deemed reliable. But every now and then a horse gets out of the barn and has to be run down and reined in and brought back. And the process has apparently begun now.
Trump sinking in polls – The Observer
Trump sinking in New Hampshire – Race 4 2016
Polls are often accurate, but can also be used as suggestion devices. Voters are highly subject to manipulation, so that merely seeing or hearing that someone is “sinking” might make its own reality.
Is that sort of thing done deliberately? In American politics? Do news outlets use polls to diddle voters?
Well … duh.
Still … he’s been refreshing. I love it that he says things that offend late night comedians and oversensitive liberals. It’s about the only thing going on in politics that is interesting right now.