Sunday, May 29, 2016

Does Trump Really Want to be President or Just Love the Attention?

Here is an interesting comment by one of LBJ's admen back in 1964. As Trump in many ways represents the same threat to America Goldwater did then-certainly they are similar in terms of talking openly about using nuclear weapons as well as having the support of a number of white nationalist groups.

Robert: What are the inherent advantages and disadvantages of running against a guy who has no experience, and has never held public office?"

Lloyd: My opinion is that Trump is suffering from what I call “Attention-Seeking Deficit Disorder.” He doesn’t want to serve. He doesn’t want to be president; he wants the attention that accompanies the campaign. And now, I think he’s rather afraid that he might win. [Laughs] I don't think he knows what he’s going to do as president."

"I never had that same view about Goldwater. While we felt strongly that he was not adequately concerned about nuclear proliferation, he had some solid views — views I respected, and which would have enabled him to be an effective president."

Sid: For the purposes of campaigning, Trump’s statements of policy are almost like a voting record. Goldwater’s congressional experience and his statements of policy are what we attacked, and you would attack Trump’s statements just like we attacked Goldwater."

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What underscores Lloyd is what Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort said recently about what Trump is looking for in a VP. He wants someone to do the part of the job Trump doesn't want to do. Turns out Trump sees the job more as a 'chairman of the board' type position for him.

What now? And this is the guy Republicans are unifying behind now? Marco Rubio who said he's a conman is now saying vote for the conman as he's not Hillary Clinton?

"Yesterday, Manafort sat down with the Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman for a fairly long interview, and while the two covered quite a bit of ground, there was one exchange in particular that stood out for me."

"The vice presidential pick will also be part of the process of proving he’s ready for the White House, Manafort said."

“He needs an experienced person to do the part of the job he doesn’t want to do. He seems himself more as the chairman of the board, than even the CEO, let alone the COO.”

"This is no small acknowledgement. For months, it’s been clear that Trump has no meaningful understanding of public policy or even how government works at a basic level. By any fair measure, his ignorance and incompetence about affairs of state is unlike anything Americans have ever seen in a major-party presidential candidate. The question has long been when we can expect Trump to get up to speed."

"And the answer is, he has no intention of doing any such thing. Day-to-governing and overseeing the executive branch apparently represent “the part of the job he doesn’t want to do.”

Basically then, his VP will be running the country. So why isn't he on top of the ticket. We do know, at least, that it will be a white male as to not do so would be 'pandering' Trump claims.

"White men make up about 30.6 percent of the United States population. In 2012 they made up 35 percent of voters. But according to Donald Trump's campaign chair, white men make up 100 percent of people who could possibly be qualified to be vice president."

"That's certainly the implication of what Trump campaign chair and chief strategist Paul Manafort told the Huffington Post's Howard Fineman in an article published Wednesday:

"The campaign probably won’t choose a woman or a member of a minority group, he said. "In fact, that would be viewed as pandering, I think."
"The assumption: The only reason someone might pick a woman or person of color for a job would be because they're a woman or person of color."

So he's announcing he will discriminate in his choice of VP candidate. Right. The fact that guys David Duke support Trump is just a coincidence. Nothing to read into there.

Yet we have Berners telling us it makes no difference whether Trump or Hillary Clinton wins. Just like it made no difference whether Hitler or the Social Democrats won back in 1933.


  1. I made a prediction months ago Mike: if Trump is elected, after six months he'll call a press conference and fire America, explaining that we're a bunch of losers that don't deserve him ... Plus he'll be starting something far more important: a new reality show, and thus won't have time.

  2. If Trump is consciously or unconsciously trying to sabotage himself perhaps he really will show up in Cincinnati in white sheets and pick David Duke as his running mate. It'd be delicious seeing all the reluctant Trump supporters like Rubio, Perry etc try to defend him on that. I'm imagining reporters chasing them down the street as they desperately try to avoid the cameras.

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    1. Somebody should remind him that Jesus had few friends when the critical hour arrived. That didn't seem to dissuade Jesus from doing what was right. I guess Erickson has different standards than his "savior." =)

    2. Somebody should remind Erickson of all the people he threw under the bus when they supported Trump. He's cherry picking here... he only cares about how many friends he'll have instead of creating a hardline purist's enemies list like God and Jesus demand he should.

      He's also probably bracing for the day when Cruz knuckles under and jumps on the Trump Train. He doesn't want to have to admit that Cruz is a POS like all the others on his early enemies lists... when he thought more people would tough it out and remain #NeverTrump. When times get tough, the tough get going. Erickson, on the other hand, starts making mealy mouthed excuses for his "friends."