Big Red Car here, y’all. So there’s a debate amongst the Republican legion on Thursday. The top ten candidates are in the varsity debate while the balance are forced to eat at the kids’ table with the rest of the junior varsity.
So The Donald is number one in the polls. How can that possibly be right? Yes, you are asking yourself exactly that.
Aren’t we supposed to believe that The Donald is a buffoon and has no real chance of winning the Republican nomination? Who are these idiots who think otherwise?
Okkaaaaaaaay! The Donald Trump!
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The Donald is getting traction amongst Republicans for some very discretely identifiable reasons.
He is smart. He is competitive. He doesn’t take shit from anybody. He is outrageous. He is sort of fun.
1. The Donald is saying something that no other politicians have ever said: “Politicians are not competent. They are, in fact, incompetent.”
Note, of course, that no politicians can say that because . . . . they ARE incompetent.
Do you remember the Wollman Skating Rink story from the 1980s? When The Donald rebuilt Wollman Rink for the City of New York?
If not read about it here: The Donald and Wollman Rink
2. The Donald does not take any shit from the press. People like this because people have come to despise the press.
People love watching The Donald mix it up with the press who are giving him more coverage than all the rest of the candidates combined.
The Donald owns the press. The press is his bitch and he is making them sweat.
3. The Donald does not have to kiss anybody’s ass for money. When the entire Republican field went out to see the Koch’s in California, The Donald stayed home.
The Donald doesn’t have to kiss ass to raise money, he’s rich. [Sure, he’s crass and impolitic but he’s still rich.]
Who else can tell the Koch’s to kiss his ass?
Right, just The Donald.
4. The Donald tells it like it is about immigration. The working man in America gets it — legalizing 20,000,000 low skill, low wage expectation workers is going to destroy any hopes of upward wage movement. For about the next two decades.
That’s one of the reasons the Republicans won so big in 2014.
The Donald is not afraid to take the measure of illegal alien criminals.
5. The Donald is not going to bullshit you about anything. Ask him if he likes to pay taxes — “Hell no, I don’t like to pay taxes.”
Who thinks the same thing? YOU, amigo. You do.
The Donald does not think paying taxes — like Joe Biden, as an example — is a matter of civic responsibility.
The Donald is tapping into a body of angst and anger that is real.
The Donald is fun and clever
It is hard not to have a good laugh with or at The Donald from time to time.
The guy is quick on his feet.
When Gawker released his cell phone number — an “older” number — The Donald didn’t get irritated or pissed off.
The Donald had a campaign message put on the phone and let Gawker’s jab turn into a campaign booster.
The Donald is a clever fellow.
Who else in the Republican field would have been that quick witted and thoughtful?
Let me “hep” you with that one — NOBODY!
It is two days before the debates and The Donald has tried to dampen expectations saying that he is not a professional debater and that his opponents are professional debaters. Dampening our expectations.
Here is the Big Red Car’s prediction — The Donald will wipe the floor with his opponents.
He is quick witted. He is tethered to reality. He is clever.
OK, enough about The Donald for now. Just know this — whether you like the guy or not; whether you support the guy or not — The Donald is injecting some dialog into the Republican primary that is taking the starch out of some predictable folks’ shirts.
Who would you rather have a beer with and go to a baseball game with?
Yeah, I thought so. Not Jeb Bush. The Donald! [Son of a bitch would get you a date and pick you up in his helicopter. Might let you fly it.]
The Big Red Car is not endorsing The Donald and is skeptical that he will become the eventual Republican nominee but the Big Red Car likes a good time and, right now, the circus is in town and The Donald is the ring leader. Full disclosure: The Donald offered to repaint the Big Red Car in return for an endorsement. “Just business!” he said.