Donald Trump is the Last Person Republicans Need In Order to Win in 2012

Bookmark and Share    According to Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s Executive Vice President and lead Yes-Man, Donald Trump is “a playmaker” and the “Godfather of politics”. In an interview with ABC’s Top Line, Cohen states “Donald Trump will, of course, basically…. become the president or, unfortunately, have President Obama become reelected.”

I’m not sure how to break it to Mr. Cohen or his boss, but Donald Trump ain’t all that!

In truth, he is a moronic ass-clown. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a financially wealthy one, but an ass-clown none-the-less. And if Michael Cohen really believes that his boss will determine the fate of this nation in 2012, he‘s an even bigger fool than Trump is. Of course Cohen could just be making his hefty salary by following the orders of his boss, but he is not doing Trump any favors by feeding his HUMONGOUS ego. Someone should remind Mr. Trump that when it comes to his only perceived claim to fame……..success as a businessman, there exists a truly disastrous trail of bankruptcies, and failed ventures that left countless other people in financial ruin

In fact, over the last 17 years Trump has had a minimum of 19 major business failures, or on the average, one every 11 months.

They include the following:

  • Trump Plaza Hotel bankruptcy – Trump was forced to file for bankruptcy after being unable to make Trump Plaza’s debt payments. Under the plan, Trump agreed to give up a 49% stake in this luxury hotel to Citibank and five other lenders.
  • Trump Shuttle closure – The Trump Shuttle became defunct and was merged with Shuttle Inc,. as USAir Shuttle.
  • Donald Trump personal bankruptcy – In 1994, Trump unloaded $900 million of personal debt and eliminated $3.5 billion in business debt at the cost of those who did business with him.
  • Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts’ bankruptcy – In 2004 Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts filed for bankruptcy.
  • Donald Trump personal bankruptcy (again) – In 2004 Trump again filed for personal bankruptcy protection and restructured his debt in .
  • Taj Mahal bankruptcy – In 2006 Trump’s Atlantic City Taj Mahal casino empire filed for bankruptcy protection to restructure what had become another crushing debt.
  • GoTrump.com – In 2006, just a year after he started this internet service venture, it folded.
    Trump 29 Casino – In 2006, Trump had to end his ownership and management of Trump 29 Casino.
  • Donald Trump Ocean Resort Baja – Investor’s were left holding the bag for up to $500,000.00 in deposits that Trump never returned to them after this intended Mexican resort failed to ever be built. Trump claimed that it was the developers fault, not his.
  • Trump Towers Tampa – Another never built venture after buyers lost $45,000 individual deposits that were never returned despite the fact that the 52-story condo was never built.
  • Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago – Trump defaulted on a $40 million loan used to build the second tallest building in Chicago.
  • Trump Magazine – Thanks to a lack of interest and ad sales, Trump’s magazine which was aimed tat affluent readers, folded and became the third magazine with his name on it to fail.
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower New Orleans – Intended to be the tallest building in all of Louisiana, this 70 story New Orleans entertainment structure was indefinitely put on hold in 2009.
  • Trump Entertainment Resort Holdings bankruptcy – In 2009, Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., the casino operating wing of Trump’s organization, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with a debt ratio of $50 million in assets to his $500 million in debt.
  • Donald Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium – Donald Trump was sued for fraud over his New York SoHo condo offering in 2010. The building is being overseen and marketed by Donald Trump and his children The multiple litigants in the lawsuit charge that Trump advertised that the building’s units were “as much as 60 percent or more sold” when in fact only 16% were sold.
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower Fort Lauderdale – After defaulted on another loan, this time a $139 million loan, Trump announced in 2010 that he was no longer a part of the project.
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas – This 1,282-unit condominium hotel closed on 302 . The 23.6% vacancy rate forced Trump to rent out the building as apartments.
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower in Dubai – Announced in 2005, the $2.9 billion project never got off the ground and has been replaced with a shopping mall.

In total, Trump’s climb to fame and fortune has actually left a trail of financial schemes, scandals, shenanigans, and failures that amount to a sum total large enough to finance a collection of small nations. Yet we are suppose to look up to Donald Trump for his business expertise and look to him for leadership on a national scale? Ronald Reagan himself could not have even been elected Governor of California, no less than President of the United States with a closet filled with as many skeletons as Trump’s closet has in it. But according to Trump’s consigliore, if The Donald does not become President, he will appoint the next President. According to Cohen, while Trump will not endorse anyone until he has personally spoken to all of them……….. “If he does get behind whoever the candidate may be, what’s going to happen is that individual will basically lock up the Republican nomination.”

Really?

Do these people really believe that the 2012 election is going to be another episode of The Apprentice that reaches its climax by Trump telling us who he fires?

Does Cohen not realize that his words sound more like something out of a script for a bad remake of The Godfather, or a new cable mini-series comedy about a Mafia family moving into to the White House? When speaking of his boss’s intentions, Cohen sounds more like Paulie Gualtieri, one of  Tony Soprano’s  Underbosses who is better known as Paulie Walnuts, than he does a legitimate spokesman?.

He speaks with a thug-like air of arrogance that comes off as a threat and having such a character represent Trump is no help for the aspiring kingmaker or king that Trump wants to be. In fact by having Cohen in the political role that Trump has him in, is significant reason to doubt Trump’s own political judgment and credibility, especially in Republican presidential politics.

Not only is Cohen’s own political knowledge or more accurately, lack of knowledge, going to hurt Donald Trump, it did not help Cohen himself either, for even though Cohen is a political neophyte, he’s not a political virgin, he‘s more like horny teenager still trying to get to third base. Recent political failures of his own prove that.

In 2003 Cohen changed his Party affiliation from Democrat to Republican in order to run for a New York City Council seat. He lost that election to little known Democrat Eva Moskovitz in a landslide. Then in In 2009, Cohen tried to run for a New York State Senate seat, but ended up quickly abandoning that sorry idea. Now a registered Democrat again, Cohen admits to having voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and was once a volunteer for Michael Dukakis in his failed 1988 bid for President.

So it would seem that not only does Michael Cohen have a miserable track record, and not only is he ideologically challenged, he is also little more than a political opportunist who views Party affiliation as way to gain ballot access, not as a representation of beliefs. But such is what Trump has as his chief political advisor. And now Trump wants to give Republicans his own advice. He wants to tell Republicans who their nominee will be and if they do not take that advice, he threatens to become President himself and proclaim himself to be the Godfather of politics.

Give me a break.

While it would seem that many of the Republican presidential candidates are kissing Trump’s ring as they schedule to briefly meet with him, they do so only as an unfortunate political necessity based on money. As an individual, Trump is worth nothing. Even his own money is not worth much politically. But the financial benefirt that can come to a candidate through access to the wealth of those who are tied to Donald Trump, is worth a great deal. For that reason, candidates like Rick Perry and Mitt Romney will surely take time out of their schedule to meet with Trump and stroke his ego.

But Donald Trump should not take this as a sign of being a kingmaker. He should realize that when all is said and done, a candidate’s or nominee’s political ties to him will be more detrimental than beneficial to that candidate or nominee. Donald Trump’s financial, personal, moral, and legal history is something that can not stand up to political scrutiny on a national level. His background is filled with the type of scandalous intrigue that novelists base bestselling books on. All someone like Barack Obama needs to win reelection is the opportunity to run against Donald Trump. And if he can’t run against Trump, tying whoever the Republican nominee will be the next best thing. Add Michael Cohen’s mouth to that and what you have is a great reason to ask Donald Trump to stick to doing what he knows best…………going in to personal bankruptcy. Lord knows we don’t need anymore politicians to help bankrupt the nation.

The last thing the G.O.P. needs right now is an arrogant, obnoxious rich Republican with a foul mouth and a spokesman like Michael Cohen who speaks in terms that are more reminiscent of a mad scientist’s plot to take over the world than of political dialogue that can be taken seriously.

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Donald Trump Fires His Own Presidential Ambitions

Bookmark and Share As promised, the month of May is producing a significant amount of clarity in the developing Republican presidential field. At the beginning of the month, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour announced he would not run for President. This Saturday, former Governor Mike Huckabee declared that he would not be a candidate in 2012, and now we have learned that real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump will not be running for President.

In an early afternoon statement released by the Trump organization, (see the complete press release below this post) The Donald indicated that his real passionand talent is for business and he is not yet willing to give itup for politics.

This announcement has left many ill-advisedTrump enthusiasts at a loss. Trump supporters were looking for a political outsider, with business experience and a say-it-like-is attitude. Now, withTrump definitely out of the running,his supportersjoin with the significant number of Huckabee supporters who have also been left without a candidate. If you believe current polls, Huckabee and Trump accounted for a third of all Republican voters. This third is now up for grabs and as they all look for a corner to run to, the perfect time for a new name to enter the race has been created.

It is fairly obvious that Huckabee and Trump voters are not pleased with any of the existing names in the Republican field. Now that they are unaligned, they are still not likely to be content of these names. However, as they look for a satisfactory alternative, candidates like Pawlenty, Santorum and Herman Cain could begin to appeal to these newly disenfranchised voters and lure them into their camps. That being the case, now is the perfect time for a new name to jump in and scoop up these wayward Huckabee and Trump voters before they align themselves with an another existing candidate.

As for Donald Trump’s decision, it was to be expected. White House 2012 has noted on several occasionsthat while Donald Trump may initiallybe a popular candidate, due to Trump’s nature and character, it would not have translated in to being a popular politician.Hispotential candidacy alsobrought with it an ability to do more harm than good to Republicans. Trump’s antics, unprofessionaluse of vulgarities, and total lack of finesse and diplomacy was arecipefor certain disaster that would have produced a sideshow-like atmosphere within the Republican nominating contests. This side-show would have been a debilitating distraction from the real issues anda from a serious search for a serious presidential candidateto run against President Obama.

In the end,while I have not been very kind to DonaldTrump and his political viability, I must admitthat his decisionnot to run, was a smart one, a smart one for him, for the G.O.P., and the nation.His statement announcing that he wouldnot be a candidate for president in 2012 seemed to be genuine. It reflected Trump’s own acceptance of who he really is and what he is best at.If DonaldTrump is nothing else, he is a personally successful individual. Such personal success does not come by acting impulsively or without an understanding of ones own capabilities. On this decision, Trump demonstratedthat he knows himself well.And while I am sure he truly gave running for president, serious consideration, I firmly believe thathe alsoknows just how serious he can take himself.

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Actual Trump Press Release

For Immediate Release:

New York, New York: May 16, 2011

After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.

I want to personally thank the millions of Americans who have joined the various Trump grassroots movements and written me letters and e-mails encouraging me to run. My gratitude for your faith and trust in me could never be expressed properly in words. So, I make you this promise: that I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politician’s thoughts.

My ability to bring important economic and foreign policy issues to the forefront of the national dialogue is perhaps my greatest asset and one of the most valuable services I can provide to this country. I will continue to push our President and the country’s policy makers to address the dire challenges arising from our unsustainable debt structure and increasing lack of global competitiveness. Issues, including getting tough on China and other countries that are methodically and systematically taking advantage of the United States, were seldom mentioned before I brought them to the forefront of the country’s conversation.

They are now being debated vigorously. I will also continue to push for job creation, an initiative that should be this country’s top priority and something that I know a lot about. I will not shy away from expressing the opinions that so many of you share yet don’t have a medium through which to articulate.

I look forward to supporting the candidate who is the most qualified to help us tackle our country’s most important issues and am hopeful that, when this person emerges, he or she will have the courage to take on the challenges of the Office and be the agent of change that this country so desperately needs.

Thank you and God Bless America!

Donald J. Trump
Michael Cohen
Executive Vice President and
Special Counsel To Donald J. Trump

Draft (fill in name here) for President

Bookmark and ShareAs the Republican presidentialcontest begins to sort out who is running and who isnt running, public anxiety over who can actually be a viable candidate to run against President Obama, mounts. At the moment, there is a great deal of chatter about how the G.O.P. has no one who can mount a credible challenge to President Obama in 2012. Such an assertion is ludicrous, but natural. Without any single name to naturally gravitate towards as the logical leader and face of the opposition to the President, it is easy to believe that misconception. But it is important to remember that recent history shows us that the existence of an undeniably obvious nominee for the Party opposing an incumbent President is rare.

While there are always names that may seem to have the inside track for the nomination, at this early stage in the game, you usually do not have a name that is the clear frontrunner and logical candidate to lineup behind.That’s the case for republicans right now.And it is that sentiment which has forced many who are opposed to a second term for President Obama,to goon the hunt for the perfect candidate. Such pre-primary activity is a natural manifestation of the desire to insure that the incumbent President is not reelected. History has been laced with efforts to draft popular figures to run for the Oval Office.

Perhaps the most famous and one of the only truly successful draft efforts in American electoral history was that of General Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952. That effort actually began in 1948 when Democrats believed that President Harry S. Truman had no chance of getting elected. An active duty General, Ike had believed in being non-partisan when it came to politics, so for Democrats, having him carry their mantle was quite possible. And when it seemed as though Republicans might nominate General Douglas MacArthur as their candidate for President, Harry Truman himself offered to run as Eisenhowers vice presidential running mate if he would accept the Democrat Partys nomination.

Four years later Republicans who had not held the White House in twenty years and Democrats who had noincumbent to run for reelection for the first time in 16 years, clamored for a nominee who could easily win the presidency in 1952. Republican standard-bearerThomas Dewy had been the Partys nominee twice and twice he was defeated. As a result, Dewey was not inclined to run for a third time and Republicans were not inclined to let him run as their nominee again. But Governor Dewey and Massachusetts Senator Henry Cabot Lodge worked to persuade Eisenhower to run for the Republican presidential nomination through an organization called “National Citizens for Eisenhower”. Up till then, the closest name that Republicans had to a frontrunner was Robert Taft.

Senator Robert Taft

Taft was the establishment’s choice, but a schism between isolationist Republicans, represented by Taft, and internationalist Republicans who wanted someone else, gave the draft Eisenhower movement much momentum. At the same time, the spread of Communism was an issue of most importance and it was the one issue most responsible for Eisenhowers willingness to accept a run for the White House.

Ike believed in the use of diplomacy to contain the red menace in Europe. But Taft had a McCarthy-like belief in weeding out subversion at home. Things finally came to a head behind closed doors when Eisenhower told Taft that he would absolutely refuse to run if Taft agreed to collective security of Europe. But Senator Taft refused and so Ike allowed the draft movement to proceed. He also decided that if he would accept any nomination it would be the Republican nomination. This he determined when he realized that he was not in synch with the Democrats big, central government, liberty eroding approach to all the issues facing the nation.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower

By early January of 1952, Eisenhower made it clear that if he was offered the Republican presidential nomination, he would accept it. And so without Eisenhower even knowing, Henry Cabot Lodge placed Eisenhowers name on the New Hampshire Republican Primary ballot. But Eisenhower still did not campaign. In fact he told people that he did not believe that support for him was a popular as many tried to claim.

Then in February, a Draft Eisenhower for President rally was held in New Yorks Madison Square Garden. The event was expected to draw a whopping 16,000 people to it. But those projections were wrong. An overwhelming 25,000 people showed up. A month later, General Eisenhower won every single delegate in the New Hampshire primary as he defeated Robert Taft by 50% to 38%. The rest is history.

The next closest example of a draft effort, came in 1964. The effort itself though, actually began in 1961.

With the defeat of Nixon in 1960, the Republican Party began its long, contemporary evolution towards the right. The leaders of the Republican Eastern establishment seemed to have exhausted its hold on to the type of influence it had been wielding. And at the same time a growing number of conservatives were beginning to organize. These numbers first took root within the ranks of the National and State Young Republican organizations. but while all this was happening, Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater began serving as the Chairman of the Republican Senate Re-elect Committee. In this position he traveled thousands of miles, spoke before tens of thousands of people and quickly became the most popular face of the growing conservative movement.

By the time 1961 approached, with no clear choice for the 1964 Republican Presidential nomination, Conservatives itching to take the Party over from the liberal establishment, began to organize and think about who their candidate for President would be. Among a small group of political insiders, the consensus was Barry Goldwater. But Goldwater refused to run. He did not believe that he could win and he did not want his family exposed to the rigors of such a national campaign.

Then in June of 1961 Time magazine placed Goldwaters picture on their cover and did a story on his growing national popularity. They wrote;

“Goldwater is the hottest political figure this side of Jack Kennedy…. No Republican is more in demand. Since March, Goldwater’s Washington office has received more than 650 written invitations for the Senator to put in an appearance, plus hundreds of telephone requests. Goldwater’s mail runs to a remarkable 800 pieces a day…[and] visitors crowd around Barry Goldwater’s fourth floor suite in the Old Senate Office Building hoping to earn a passing hand clasp or a hastily scrawled autograph.”

This added to the motivation that a small group of activists already had. F. Clifton White, William A. Rusher, and Ohio Congressman John M. Ashbrook, began a process that combined tens of thousands of conservative contacts and began to organize a process that would get them in to Republican Party leadership positions. The most important of these positions were those of delegates to the 1964 Republican National Convention. This behind the scenes, group of three, eventually became a group of 22 and continued to grow from there. Soon it became known as the Suite 3505 Committee. 3505 being the address number of its New York City office.

Congressman John Ashbrook

After intense networking of Young Republicans, women s groups, and conservative oriented voters of all kinds, the expanded executive committee of this group concluded that Barry Goldwater was their only real choice for President in 64. But Goldwater still rejected the notion. So the committee quickly became an official draft organization that would seek to force Goldwater to run. It expanded and created state committees and between petitions, publicity and aggressive persuasion, Barry Goldwater decided on November 20, 1963 to run for the Republican presidential nomination.

Two days later, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. This changed everything. Kennedy was a friend of Goldwater and the two had come to look forward to a sincere campaign that would test their ideologies. Goldwater also knew that with President Johnson now as his opponent, his own Southern base would be undermined. Two weeks after President Kennedy was assassinated, Goldwater announced that he would not be a candidate. However, The draft movement that had been in place never stopped and on December 11th, 1964, with polls showing Goldwater to be the clear frontrunner for the Republican nomination, he reentered the race.

Both of these draft movements teach us lessons that are relevant to todays approaching presidential election.

The draft efforts of 1952 and 1964 were both successful in getting the person they intended nominated. But both campaigns involved figures who had some sort ofundeniablyobviouspopularity. For Eisenhower it was popularity among the general population. For Goldwater, it was popularity among a growing movement within the population. Each provided momentum but equally as important, each had a candidate that was at some point in time willing to run. So the question is, can a successful draft effort be waged for the 2012 election?

It is clear that the G.O.P. is not in a position to use 1952 as a model. There is no single figure who is as popular among both Democrats and Republicans as Eisenhower was. But there are some parallels to 2012 that can be drawn from the 1964 draft Goldwater effort. Here we have a comparison that can be made between the emergence of the Conservative wing of the G.O.P. in the 60s, and the rise of the TEA Party movement of the past two years.

But there are two important distinguishing factors that come with this comparison.

The organization of the Conservatives movement in the 1960s involved coordination from within the political establishment, four years before the next presidential election. This allowed for an expedited path to organizing the movements ability to takeover the Party from within and, to elect Party officials and delegates to the National Convention. The TEA Party began on the outside of the establishment and even though it now has a few of its own on the inside, they have much less time to organize than did the effort of 1960. But perhaps the most important of all differences is that unlike the case with Conservatives in 64, the TEA movement has no one person that it is solidly behind. In 64 the Conservative movement had Barry Goldwater as their clear favorite, the consensus candidate. The Taxed Enough Already movement lacks that clear consensus choice. Is it Sarah Palin? Is it Michele Bachmann, Donald Trump, Herman Cain, Allen West, Marco Rubio, or someone else?

Sarah Palin is the one contender with whom a draft movement could possibly be most successful. But even if all the right pieces were to fall into place and a successful 1964-like Barry Goldwater draft effort helped make Sarah Palin the Republican presidential nominee, that draft model failed to win the general election.

Draft efforts that are based only upon movements within a particular segment of society are able to influence the smaller electorate of partisan politics, but they have less of a chance to influence the vast majority of the larger electorate as a whole. This is not to say that the TEA Party movement cant influence the nomination of a Republican candidate that can win the presidential election. They can. But that influence can not come through a draft effort that labels the nominee as the TEA Party candidate. Just as it did not work when Goldwater was labeled the Conservatives candidate. Being a conservative candidate and being the Conservatives candidate create two vastly differently images. The latter is a direct negative connotation implying that one is owned by a particular group. The former indicates ones own sense of conviction. It may be shared with others, but it is not owned by others.

Probably one of the most successful draft campaigns that Republicans could run is one which seeks to make General David Petraeus our nominee. Like Eisenhower he is not seen as particularly partisan, he is not viewed as being owned by any Party or movement, and at a time when our nation is waging one war, possibly getting involved in another, and winding another one down, the choice of a General as our nations leader carries a certain populist logic.

Then again, the sense of the electorate is that our economy and the national budget are our most immediate top priorities. Who would be a natural candidate to draft given that consideration?

If Donald Trump were not such a dangerously fowl mouthed, often irrational and egomaniacal, loose cannon, he could have been a strong draft pick. Were it not for RomneyCare, Mitt Romney with his private sector, managerial, and business experience, would have been another perfect fit for solving economic problems. But we all knew that Romneyhas beenrunning for a long time now, so a draft effort was never even needed for him. In factfor all intents and purposes, he should be the frontrunner without a draft effort.

Governor Mitch Daniels

The person perfectly suited for a successful draft campaign based on the economy would be Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. As a former budget director he earned the nickname The Blade” and his leadership inIndiana, particularly on the state budget, is unmatched. Indiana is one of the most solvent state’s in the nation and its economy has been one of the strongest of all during the current economic malaise. Of course for Mitch Daniels, there is already a very active draft effort underway.

Students For Daniels has aired commercials in Iowa, organized college campuses on state levels, created an active and effective website and maintained a degree of pressure that is all good. But Mitch Daniels seems reluctant to make a decision to run and as such, the draft effort begun by Students for Daniels would need to quickly expand beyond students if it is to achieve its goal. But even then one must ask, could a person like Mitch Daniels attract a crowd of 25,000 to Madison Square Garden as the draft effort for Eisenhower did in 1952? Its unlikely.

Truly successful drafts are rare and at this stage in the game, it is unlikely that such an effort would be very productive. Although there are a handful of names that I believe are worthy of draft efforts and have an ability to generate popular support, many of those names are clearly unwilling to run. Two personal favorites of mine include Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. But with 17 months or so to go, it may not be possible to coordinate the type of effort that could generate the national euphoria for their candidacies that would be necessary for them to accept the nomination. Paul Ryan is quite satisfied with the extraordinary power that he wields as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and while Marco Rubio is a sort of new phenomenon, he clearly intends to pace himself. Rubio does not want to be a flash in the pan.

That is why, all things considered, the Republican Party is probably best left to a process that involves the unforced participation fo candidates. We will be best suited by a contest that allows the eventual nominee to have to earn his or her popularity based on their ability to demonstrate the courage of leadership, their innovative solutions to our problems and the capacity to translateconservatism into the practical application of government. A contest that allows for suchabilities to be publicly tested through a hard fought campaign, can truly make those who currently believe that a viable candidate is not on the horizon, begin to believe that the right person has been right in front of eyes all this time.

Political campaigns have a way of producing heroes. Some quickly fade when the campaign ends, others linger on as trusted elder statesmen. But either way, the winner of those campaigns earn themselves at least a temporarydevout following and the 2012 primary process will be no different.

In the mean time, we the people, still seek that perfect candidate. And that search has produced no lack of current draft efforts. Here are just some that can be found:

2012 Draft Sarah Committee

Draft Jim DeMint for President in 2012

Draft Paul Ryan for President

Chris Christie for President

We Need Michele

Draft Cain 2012

Draft Allen West for President 2012

Jeb Bush 2012

Draft Rudy Giuliani for President

Students for Daniels

Draft Rand Paul for President

Draft General David Petraeus for President

Draft Michael Bloomberg 2012

Draft Lou Dobbs for President

Should Trump Run

Draft Gates 2012

Draft Mike Huckabee for President 2012

Draft Jesse Ventura

Draft Dick Cheney for President

Draft Marco Rubio for President 2012

Judge Andrew Napolitano for President

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Trump Shrugged: The Donald Addresses South Florida Tea Party

Bookmark and Share On Saturday, sounding like a protagonist hero straight out of Ayn Rands Atlas Shrugged, Donald Trump electrified Tea Party enthusiasts at a rally sponsored by the South Florida Tea Party in Boca Raton. (see and hearthe complete speech on video below). Referring to President Obama with phrases like youre fired, and calling him the worst President in history, the reality TV star and real estate magnate drew great ruptures of applause with many one-liners but he spent much of his time boosting his ego and painting himself as the savior of a nation in decline.

Trump told the crowd “I have very high aptitude. I was a great student. I went to the best schools.” and “I’ve come out almost always as the victor, and I have to say that because, you know, I don’t want to be braggadocios, but that’s the kind of a person, whether it’s me or somebody else, the country needs as president.”

As has been the case lately, Trump did not leave out his questioning of President Obamas place of birth. but on policy, Trump did give some positions. He declared himself to be an anti-abortion, anti-gun control, conservative, who can handily win the Republican nomination for President if he decided to run. He described Americas infrastructure as third worldly and in desperate need. Trump also pledged that if he became President, he would not raise taxes, and that he would create “vast numbers of productive jobs” and “get rid of Obamacare”, which he called a total disaster.” At one point the political neophyte stated, “Considering the shape the United States is in right now, we need a competitor and a highly competent person to deal with what’s going on,” He later added: “If I run and win, our country will be respected again.” On foreign policy, Trump offered many criticisms of the U.S. and in a swipe at China he said that the United States should take control of Iraqi oil. He alsoremarked thateven though Japan has been “screwing us for 30 years”, helping them after the earthquake and tsunami was right thing to do and he added that the fact he felt that way demonstrated that he did indeed have a heart.

The crowd ate the entire performance up as Trump spoon fed them all the red meat that they could swallow. And thats fine. So long as somewhere down the road he starts issuing details and not Hollywood scripts. Because methinks Donald Trump is no Dagny Taggert, but his pop culture name recognition and television persona is making many others think that Trump has all the right stuff. Unfortunately for him though, year long political campaigns have a way of changing things and it has yet to be seen if Trumps stuff can withstand the political pressure and invasive public scrutiny that politics brings to the table. You have to remember that while both towns are a bit fake, Hollywood and Washington, D.C. are still worlds apart.

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Trump Stumps in Florida. But How Far Can He Really Go?

Bookmark and Share This Saturday, “The Donald”,will speak in Boca Raton, Florida, at an afternoon rally organized by the South Florida Tea Party.

What Trump will say is sure to fly with the anti-establishment crowed and it will certainly help both his television ratings and poll numbers. A recent Public Policy Polling survey already has Trump leading his closest potential rival for the Republican nomination, Mike Huckabee, by 9%. In that poll, following Huckabee who has 19%, are Mitt Romney, 15%, Newt Gingrich, 11%, Sarah Palin, 8%, and Ron Paul with 5%.

Other recent polls have Trump similarly positioned. The problem is that in the end, I suspect that both Trump and Huckabee will not be running. Trump will probably declare that the foolishness of the media makes it not worth running. As for Huckabee, he will most likely decide that his clemency of criminals who after they were released, raped and killed two women and killed 4 police officers, will be too much to overcome in a hotly contested race for President. And he would be right.

Taking Trump and Huckabee out of these polls, and the race, leaves Mitt Romney in the drivers seat.

While Trump is currently the candidate du jour, I am going out on a limb when I tell you that the light will dim on his star. What people are not realizing is that with a lack of a political record, Donald Trump is a blank canvas that people are projecting their hopes on to. They also do not realize that in the pop culture, reality based T.V., society that we live in more people are familiar with the name Donald Trump, than they are with names like Haley Barbour, Gary Johnson, Mitch Daniels, Buddy Roemer or even Tim Pawlenty. More people watch The Apprentice than they do the State of the Union. More people are aware of Snookies every move, than they are of what it is the recent budget that has been passed in the House. But when the focus changes and the spotlight of details comes into focus, people will see Donald Trump in a different light.

Trump will be emaciated in the Republican primary and caucus process. He will be out organized, out managed and out maneuvered. His bankruptcies will become common knowledge and they will than be summed by saying, if he bankrupted his businesses, what will he do with the American treasury? His donations to liberal Democrats will force people to question his political beliefs, sense of conviction and ideology. His divorces will come in to play and most of all, his mouth will be a factor. Donald Trumps mouth is big. Very big. And big mouths mean big trouble in politics, a field in which your every word is exaggerated and intentionally misinterpreted. It is Trumps mouth which will bog Trumps campaign in a perpetual mode of damage control. His campaign will be spending so much time trying to correct the message, that they will have a hard time getting out his message, whatever it may be.

So Donald Trump should enjoy his ratings and poll numbers now, because pretty soon, he will not like where they are.

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Trump to Make Decision on “The Apprentice”. But He Has a Lot to Learn

Bookmark and Share Real estate magnate and pop culture publicity whore Donald Trump, will be making an announcement about an announcement in regards to his decision to run or n0t to run for President, on the season finale of The Apprentice. That final episode airs on May 22nd.So we have more than a month of Trumpitis to deal with.

Meanwhile, if Donald Trumps eventual decision to run for President is in the affirmative, he may want to take that month and use for one, etiquette lessons,two,a few lessons in humility, and three, some civic lessons.

In an interview with Time, when Trump was asked how many members of Congress there are, instead of giving an answer, he replied;

“Well I don’t want to answer your questions because this isn’t a history class. You people, you know you are trying to do the Sarah Palin stuff.

And anytime somebody asks me a question like who is the leader of Abu Dhabi, I say this isn’t a history class, okay? And I actually know. And I know your answer too, but I refuse to answer it. You know why? Because it’s not a history class. And because it’s an irrelevant question. Because you could get some stiff who knows every one of those answers but is incapable of governing.”

Now of course it was a trick question. Right? I mean after all, one could confuse Congress to mean just the House of Representative. Or, it could refer to what it usually isboth the House of Representatives and the Senate combined. So Trump was not going to fall for that and instead of saying 535. 435 in the House and 100 in the Senate, he went off on a rant which you just know he wanted to end by saying, youre fired.

Forgive me for saying this, but if Trump does run for President, please let him do so as a Democrat challenging President Obama for the Democratic Presidential nomination. Let President Obama have to spend some money before he has a Republican opponent. In my opinion, that is the only wayTrump can really be of help right now.

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Trumpitis. Why Many Have Caught It

Trumpitis [Trumpitis] noun: a political condition affecting people dissatisfied with politics and government, causing a yearning for a magical individual who can answer all their frustrations with politics and the way that government works.

Bookmark and Share Even though it is early in the 2012 game of presidential politics, if there is any single name that can be considered a phenomenon at this point in time, it is Donald Trump. His name has most definitely inspired the most widespread, out of the ordinary, curiosity and excitement of any possible candidate from any particular segment of society. The entry of his name in to the 2012 Republican contest has upended polls. A recent CNN polls found Donald Trump tied with Mike Huckabee at 19%, followed by Sarah Palins 12%, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich at 11%, Ron Paul at 6%, and Michelle Bachman with 5%. Just inside of one month alone, Trump has jumped from 10% to 19%.

Haley Barbour credits the Trump phenomenon to name ID. Others credit the jump to Trumps very public call for proof that President Obama was born an American. Either way, there exists a large base of Trump supporters who have Type A Trumpitus. This group are not just energized by the possibility of a Trump candidacy, they are vehement in their support of Donald Trump and theyre quite loyal to the idea of his potential candidacy.

If you dont believe me, let me give you a random sampling of comments about The Donald that have been made by voters here, on White House 2012.

Beth Avery writes;

Donald Trump needs to run for president, he is the only one that could win this race. He would even have Democrats and Independence besides a strong support from his own party, the Republican Party. He has a no fear policy and knows what we need and will do it.

Robert Conley writes;

It has been many years since I have been excited about a presidential candidate. Mr Trump has the experience needed to run a country in this global business climate that we find ourselves in and the nerve and backbone necessary to accomplish what no president has done since Teddy Roosevelt. That is to show the world that we are a strong and dominant force in the world and not an apologetic scapegoat and third world ATM machine.

Jim Rutkowski send us this message.

TRUMP WILL TELL OBAMA youre fired. I believe Donald Trump has what it takes to defeat Obama in 2012. He even has the Hollywood Star power to win the former Obama MTV Twitter/Facebook generation vote, he is a shoe-in in my view. We must be aggressive and inventive, and Donald Trump is in the In-Crowd right now, a crowd we need SO badly, hes a bit hip, and believe me, WE NEED HIP TO BEAT THESE liberal hipsters. Its a new world now, with a new kind of voter, lets face this election with the power and relative youth we need in an ALREADY popular Republican candidate. Please contact me if Mr Trump decides to run for President, I would like to vigorously campaign for this American winner

Other statements sent in to WH12 include remarks like;

The Republican party should be begging you [Donald Trump] to run and I am supporting you because you will not only have strong support from the Republican party you, will have Democrats and Independents voting for you. Your campaign slogan should be ‘Believe in America!’

There are many gems, just from this website, but in general those who have become diehard supporters of Trump, all profess that Trump can win and that he will tell it like it is and do what needs to be done.

But why exactly are a growing number of voters feeling this way? What accounts for this Trump phenomenon?

Call it Trumpitis.

Trumpitis , by definition, is the only thing that can account for Trumps popularity in politics.

Trumpitis is spreading because of a large number of anti-political contagions. People are steadily unhappy with politics and politicians. This is nothing new. Ancient Romans were often unhappy with their leadership. They just couldnt always do much about it. But this anti-establishment sentiment tends to reach a fevered pitch when the proverbial waste hits the fan and problems, such as our national debt, reach crisis levels. It is also the result of President Obamas famous presidential campaign for hope and change. More than two years after that effort, people do not feel a great deal of hope or see very much change.

Another contagion is the continued existence of broken promises in politics.

Perhaps more than any other President, President Obama has broken more promises than a used car salesman. Instead of ending wars, he gets us into a new one. Instead of closing the Guantanamo Bay prison, he fills it. And the list goes on.

Another aspect of Trumpitis is the fact that there is no one single establishment candidate that has a lock on support. With the more than two dozen names circulating, each of them have their own small and limited base of support, be it regional, ideological or issue based. This void allows for the populism of Donald Trump to overshadow the splintered base of all the rest.

But other reasons for Trumpitis include the fact that Donald Trump is a clean political slate. He has no political record for people to hate. As such, people are projecting their hopes on Trump. These hopes are further buoyed by Trumps bluntness. Many people find this refreshing in politics. They are tired of politicians saying what they dont mean or not coming right out and saying what they mean. Trump currently trumps others on that front.

Trumpitis and Donald Trumps seemingly growing political popularity is essentially based on a type of hope and change that President Obama failed to deliver. The American people hope for a President who puts America first. They dont want Americas positions on terrorism moderated because jihadists dont like our no tolerance on terrorism position. Americans hope for a Mideast policy that helps lower the cost of a barrel of oil rather than raise it. And Americans want a process that is changed by political leadership that does what is says, and says what it means.

In a perfect world, Donald Trump fits that build. In a perfect world, saying youre fired solves the problem. But the problem is this is not a perfect world and Donald Trump is not the perfect candidate that Trumpitis infected voters think he is.

For one thing, while the thought of running government like a business is very attractive, government is not a business. If it were, more of us would be involved. The fact is that government needs to be cut. Yet we have not heard where Donald Trump or if Trump intends on cutting government. And if he does begin to articulate such cuts, you can bet that a small percentage of those infected with Trumpitis will be cured of it.

The fact is that there are thousands of positions that we have not yet heard about from Donald Trump but rest assured that as soon as we start hearing them, many people will getting vaccinated for Trumpitis.

So before too many people jump on the Trump bandwagon and place the hope of the GOP and the nation on Donald Trumps shoulders, let us realize he is not Atlas and let us realize that his shoulders are not the issue. The real issue is what will come out of his mouth regarding the issues of the day. Once we start hearing those words of detail, how popular Donald Trump remains, will be like a crapshoot at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. Its anyones guess.

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