Preface: For many years, everytime George Brett came to bat (whether the Royals were playing the Twins or not), in the moment, I cringed and expressed how I didn’t “like him.” But, when I looked at the box score and his stats over the course of the season, I had to always admit the guy could hit and was a heck of a baseball player. No matter the pitcher’s strength (fastball, curve, slider, etc.), Brett had a strategy to take that strength away and augment the pitcher’s weakness.
So it is with Trump. Hyperbolically, it seems 9 out of 10 times Trump opens his mouth, I cringe and often times disagree with him. But, when I look at the “boxscore,” I have to admit the guy knows how to play to HIS strength and make the other side play to their weakness. Like Brett, sometimes I just have to grudgingly give Trump the respect he earns by the results.
I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP. A FEW DAYS AGO, TRUMP TOOK A BIG SWING AND MISSED, DARING THE DEMOCRATS TO RESPOND IN A PARTICULAR WAY. AND, DANG IF THEY DIDN’T THROW A FASTBALL DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE PLATE AND TRUMP HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK. Yesterday on my drive home, I had on MSBC radio on to hear what they were saying about the Democratic Convention. Rachel Maddow was having a conversation with Senator Warren (wasn’t really an interview). Anyway, Maddow throws what she intended to be a softball to Warren about Trump’s call for Russia to release (if they have them) the 30,000 personal (not turned over to the government) emails from Clinton’s personal email server.
A) Warren goes off on it is treasonous to for Trump to ask a foreign country to hack a high ranking government officials computer because of the risk to national security.
- The server is in the hands of the FBI and can’t be hacked any more. If they have the emails, Russia already committed the crime and wouldn’t it be better off knowing they have the information?
- I thought the emails were only about Clinton’s appointment with her hair stylists, emails to her daughter about her grandchild, and to her husband. According to Hillary, there is nothing on those emails which are a risk to national security. But, to Senator Warren they are a risk to national security. What does she know that we don’t know?
B) Warren goes off on the illegality to ask Russia to directly influence our sovereign election. Ummmmm, It is against both US and Israeli law for the US government to influence an Israeli election. Where was Senator Warren’s outrage when both Obama campaign funds and State Department funds were used to try to defeat Netanyahu in last year’s Israeli election?
However, I admit it is the nature of politics for one side to tactically respond to the tactics of one’s opponent. And, in a vacuum, Warren’s response could be characterized as “par for the course” and not surprising.
But, the standard tactical response must contemplate the larger strategy, which for the Democrats is to address Hillary Clinton’s high unfavorable rating with the public (which at its core is Hillary is not considered trustworthy). And the two biggest factors working against Clinton is her lack of forthrightness on her own personal email problem and most recently the revelation from emails that the Democratic National Committee didn’t follow its own rules of neutrality in the Clinton-Sanders primary (resulting in Hillary lapdog leaving her “neutral” position as head of the DNC directly to the Clinton campaign).
Strategically, ANY discussion of emails, foreign hacking, etc. feeds the Trump narrative. The Democrats took Trump’s bait “hook, line and sinker.” In addition to Warren, nearly every speaker yesterday RESPONDED to Trump which had the effect of reminding people about the emails, enhancing Trump’s gravitas, and making Hillary look small.
What is the major news story in the major papers and on the news channels? Not a narrative from the Convention on how Clinton presidency would be good for Americans but emails and treason. I’m not sure Trump could have gotten a better result if he had written the script himself. Warren is right. You just can’t make this stuff up.
Bonus News Item #1: President Obama’s speech was essentially a plea for Democrats to come together to preserve the work and legacy of his Presidency even if Democrats don’t want to do it for Hillary. It was a glaring admission of how small Hillary is on her own. Contrary to Hillary who openly admits she NEEDS Obama, Sanders, et. al., Trump has made it clear he doesn’t need the endorsement of Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, or anyone else to win this election. He is willing to stand on his own. Warren is right. You just can’t make this stuff up.
Bonus News Item #2: When the ink isn’t even dry on his endorsement of Hillary at the Democratic Convention, Bernie Sanders announced he is leaving the Democratic Party and returning to his historical Independent Socialist (caucusing with the Senate Democrats). Bernie’s decision/announcement before the Convention even closes will be seen by many of his supporters as a signal Hillary and the Democratic Party didn’t move enough and their home is not here. Warren is right. You just can’t make this stuff up.