The Hill: Trump throwing the election to Clinton?

Columnist Brent Budowsky wonders

Perhaps Trump originally decided to run to get some publicity for his business, or satisfy his ego, but never expected he had a real chance to win. Perhaps it suddenly dawned on Trump that he did have some chance to win, and was petrified at the thought of filing the detailed financial disclosures that presidents are required by law to file, for the same reason he is hiding his tax returns and which, I predict, he will never willfully release. Perhaps Trump suddenly realized he did not really want his finger on the nuclear button. Perhaps he just concluded that he did want to do the work that the presidency requires.

Think about it. If a candidate genuinely wants to become president, would he repeatedly insult the giant wave of Hispanic voters? Would he insult veterans who were heroic prisoners of war by saying that he “like[s] people who weren’t captured”? Would he repeatedly insult the 2008 GOP nominee and great war hero, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.)? More.

Reality check: I doubt it has much to do with Trump’s tax returns. If it did, his opponents could have brought him down long since.

Budowsky points out that many seasoned observers assumed that Trump was doing a head fake on the legacy media’s Perpetual Outrage Machine by saying a bunch of rude things that did not hurt his popularity in the least. (Because the legacy media audience is disappearing and in their circles, the dead still don’t vote …)

Barack Obama thought so, for example. He criticized dying mainstream media for allowing that to happen. Why did they keep falling for the same con time after time like a drunk banging his head aganst a lamppost?

Most of us assumed that, after demonstrating that those strapless blonde ooh-a-pundits are dime-a-dozen these days, Trump would get down to serious politicking — articulating positions voters could at least consider and maybe get behind. He was shrewd enough.

But he hasn’t done so, and the polls show it.

For Trump, it’s obviously just about Trump. But that doesn’t explain why he is where he is. Lots of guys are like him. But so?

Reanalyzing earlier data: The Republicans had long since lost touch with typical American voters, so much so that anyone who claimed to represent hardhats who want jobs again could have taken the nomination from the GOP crony capitalists.

Fair enough. Trump took it. But then the question becomes: Why not someone better suited to the role? When Lincoln led the Republican party, taking a resolute stand against slavery, he was well-suited to the role and able to withstand the chaos of the Civil War.

It would put the matter too charitably to say that Trump is not cut from the same cloth …

One possibility is that globalists on both sides do not need North Americans. No one but Trump wanted to represent the hardhat for the same reasons as no one wants the remaining Christian vote. Such groups do, however, need a party that represents them.

I predict the destruction of the GOP if such a party arises out of the debacle that will shortly ensue.

See also: Thomas Sowell on the U.S. voter’s dilemma

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  • Ed

    Mr. Wharton school… Best education ever…smartest guy in the galaxy better realize a lot of people are desperately relying on him to do his best to close the deal. This stream of conciousness constant asides “…oh by the way…” And “…believe me…” Etc make him seem totally undisciplined and un electable.

  • john700

    My first impression was that Trump was a Clinton plant whose role was to make some good ideas (illegal immigration, the border, trade) look bad. I am still not convinced that this is not the case.

    • I tend to see him as flotsam that the man overboard is clinging to that will probably not bring him to shore.

      • moraywatson

        No doubt you have a rowboat.

        At least those of us clinging bitterly to our flotsam, have hope that this morass can be turned around. We don’t expect much help from those in the rowboats though.

        • FactsWillOut

          She’s a “journalist”, what do you expect?

          • moraywatson

            Pretty much nothing.

          • FactsWillOut

            I’m pretty sure that any politician that doesn’t promise to stamp out abortion with the full force of the state is pure evil in Denyse’s eyes.

        • Clink9

          I would think anyone that is Secretary of State and fires up their own email server is screaming “don’t vote for me you idiots!”

          This guy sounds like Tokyo Rose squawking out of those old radios.

        • I have no rowboat. I do not mistake flotsam for a rowboat.

  • Clink9

    Would he keep spending all this money if he didn’t want it?

    • markbuehner

      What money? No tv ads, no campaign offices.

      • Clink9

        He may have spent a couple hundred bucks so far.

      • FactsWillOut

        Yeah, repeatedly flying across the country and renting huge stadiums doesn’t cost squat. We all do it all the time.

        • Clink9

          Math is hard.

          • FactsWillOut

            😀
            Apparently.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          They’re not huge stadiums.
          They’re yuge.
          signed – the biggest Trump fan.

          • FactsWillOut

            If you were the biggest Trump fan, you would have said “Yuuuuge!!!”.
            Consider yourself outed. 😉

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Dammit, JIm.
            I’m a doctor not a miracle worker.

          • FactsWillOut

            “Kaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • It was one of the cheapest campaigns in history The problem was that he squandered the opportunity.

        • FactsWillOut

          You won’t know that until election day, Miss Pundit.
          Polls are called polls because they serve the same function as the poles used by shepherds.

        • Clink9

          I wouldn’t bet against him at this point. The more crap his own party and the dems throw at him, the stronger he gets.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Nuh uh

          • FactsWillOut

            You took the words right outta my mouth.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            It must have been when you were kissing me.

          • FactsWillOut

            Stop threatening my masculinity!
            ***runs to safe space***

      • Justin St.Denis

        $60 million so far…of his own money.

        • markbuehner

          According to Trump anyway.

    • FactsWillOut

      If money was his goal, he would have become a congressman. They’re all exempt from insider trading laws, dontcha know.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I knew that.

  • We can only hope he comes through.

  • FactsWillOut

    Lincoln was the guy who delivered the death-blow to the constitutional Republic of These United States. After Lincoln, it was “The United States”. Big difference.
    I certainly hope Trump is cut from different cloth than the tyrant that was Lincoln.

    • Slickfoot

      I’m willing to take a chance on him, over ‘The Bitch of Benghazi’.

      • FactsWillOut

        Agreed.
        Most candidates are a roll of the dice, but Hillary is guaranteed snake eyes.
        1. Trump 2016
        2. Article V COS
        3….cowboys and proggies.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      The more I read about the Civil War the more confused I become.
      For instance, Lincoln is portrayed as the Great Emancipator which he may have been.
      But, he also wanted to ship all them darkies back to Africa.

      • FactsWillOut

        Yep. Back to Liberia.
        The civil war used slavery as a pretext for the North to annex the South.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          There’s a bad library joke in there somewhere.

          • FactsWillOut

            Idz speld libary.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            What I don’t understand about that war is that the economics of the industrial revolution had already made slavery obsolete.
            So why not just let it wither on the vine?

          • FactsWillOut

            Because that way, they could not have annexed all of the Southern assets.
            Slave importation was already illegal, and sanctions by the North and the British Empire would have provided very strong incentives to abolish slavery. It would have taken maybe 2 generations max before it was no longer viable.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Damn Yankees!

          • FactsWillOut

            Agreed.

      • It’s true. But racism is not the same thing as slavery. Slavery is the enemy of social progress.

  • Jay Currie

    American voters will begin to engage after Labour Day. Trump will hone his policy a bit but will likely stick to free styling his speeches. He is not going to build a ground game because if he needs one he’s already lost. First debate is Sept 26 as far as I know. 40 days during which more leaks, more FBI probes hit Hilly. And, unfortunately, more terror/BLM attacks.

    Americans get to decide if they want more Obama style managed – sort of – decline or a fresh start.

    • glasnost

      Agreed. Trump supporters won’t need any reminders to get-out-and-vote.

    • FactsWillOut

      “And, unfortunately, more Islamic and BLM terror attacks.”
      Who knows, maybe the left will come up with a third and fourth bunch of rabid murderers to help things along…

    • We tend to assume too readily that the EBT card voter actually cares about any of that. I doubt it. More later.

      • FactsWillOut

        We also tend to assume that all the folk with EBT cards want to keep using EBT cards and not get a job.

        • It’s unclear. Many may not be employable. This is a looming issue I hope to address later.

          • FactsWillOut

            Many were previously employed before the meltdown. I am of the opinion that the meltdown was a result of an onerous regulatory environment.

          • FactsWillOut

            I suppose we have a difference in outlook. I’m essentially a libertarian, so all I see is filtered through the lens of economics.

    • Alain

      On the topic of more terror attacks which includes BLM, it still would not surprise me that these will actually be encouraged with the objective of declaring martian law and cancelling the election. Obama has complained that he isn’t quitting but being forced out. I put absolutely nothing beyond what the Left/Establishment will not do.

    • El Martyachi

      It’s all your fault Jay.. the whole shebang.

  • Blacksmith

    “Would he repeatedly insult the 2008 GOP nominee and great war hero, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.)?”
    Step away from the koolaid, it has rotted your brain……

    • Justin St.Denis

      As it turns out, McCain sang like a canary for years while a POW. No hero there. Just a survivor.

      • Blacksmith

        I had heard the same. He is a politician so therefore he is a liar.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    Actually I wouldn’t call this an election where Trump is throwing the election to Clinton but moreso the election being microcasted by the media to defeat Trump. I do notice that right wing organizations which have always hated protectionism seem to be jumping on the bandwagon. Trump wants heavy tax cuts and corporate tax cuts and yet wants improved trade agreements? As someone that actually opposes NAFTA, EU trade agreements and others, including the one from 1984 between the US and Canada I feel that Canada should have protectionism, but trade valuable goods like Russia and China do. That way government can designate value-based industries and even clothing and other goods can be made by labourers again and factories can pop up. That is something which no party is talking about, and the fact is Trump only wants slight variations but he wants to keep the same old same old. Where is the change? He has given in too much to the neocon Pence. Clinton is a pure fascist because she wants Keynesianism but lowering taxes for corporations and more welfare without jobs coming back. I believe you can save industries and social programs but still be fiscally responsible and have the government designate industries and be for a true mixed economy.