While being at the same time both the bad boy and the presumed savior for our nation’s future constitutional existence, Donald Trump has been a fascinating combination of attraction and rejection for America, and his ascendance to the leader of the pack of Republican candidates for president has been truly astounding.
The establishment Republicans are tying themselves in knots to get rid of the political threat of Trump, but with establishment Republicans and Democrats both opposing his candidacy, he looks better all the time. Plus, his double-digit polling lead over the nearest Republican darling candidate demonstrates the popular sentiment in favor of Trump on the part of the fly-over rabble out here in the real America.
Given all the uproar we are getting from Fox News about their plan to contain and control Trump during the first debate, it almost gives the impression of Fox, along with the Republican fancy-pants, branding Trump as a bad boy who is suspect and needs to be carefully watched and controlled. So it will be interesting to see how Fox treats Trump, and we’ll learn whether or not Fox is establishment-influenced or if they will treat him as just another candidate they are presenting to the public (remember the “We Report, you decide” motto of Fox? I haven’t heard that expressed for some time now).
Someone please tell Jeb Bush: Hillary is your opponent, not your ally
By way of comparison, and to contrast what Jeb Bush does and the way Donald Trump conducts a campaign, a few days ago Jeb Bush made a statement about an excessive and redundant half-billion dollars being spent on “women’s health issues”. Hillary began screeching and screaming about Jeb’s truthful statement and Jeb immediately apologized and sought forgiveness. I‘m certain Trump would never apologize if he made such a statement. If Jeb meant what he said why would he back off when his opponent objected? The objection of an opponent is the perfect opportunity to defend your stated position and convince your potential voters of exactly where you stand on an issue and why you believe it. This was Bush’s opportunity to win converts to his campaign and get more followers. It makes me believe that he didn’t mean what he originally said, so I have to believe he agrees with Hillary on the vast spending big government does.
This missed opportunity of Bush to express and defend a conservative position is the reason why so many Americans feel betrayed by our Republican representatives and why we want them eliminated from the public scene and real conservatives installed in their place.