Sometimes Trump illuminates well the narrow boundaries of a well-trained business mindset. The latest now is his confessed inablity to understand basic politics:
“Rick Santorum was a sitting senator who in re-election lost by 19 points, to my knowledge the most in the history of this country for a sitting senator to lose by 19 points. It’s unheard of. Then he goes out and says oh ‘okay’ I just lost by the biggest margin in history and now I’m going to run for president. Tell me, how does that work? … That’s like me saying I just failed a test. Now I’m going to apply for admission to the Wharton School of Finance. Okay? He just failed a test…. And now he’s going to run for president. So, I don’t get Rick Santorum. I don’t get that whole thing.”
Thinking in strict rank and one-dimensional systems – it makes sense – but society and politics does not work according to a unified system with such kind of logic. Maybe Santorum has changed, maybe people have changed, maybe segments of society have changed, maybe one state is by no means representative of the whole union – and maybe times just are different now.
History shows very few examples of business people in the White House – except for the 1920′s and the 2000′s. Focus on profits and apply a binary thinking on society – and the track record is not very good.
Which also makes one wonder about Mitt Romney – and what his private sector background would do the country, if let loose on regulations, budgets and long-term planning of America.
He sounded fed up a year ago as well.
White House adviser David Axelrod told the Washington Post that Donald Trump called him last summer “asking to be put in charge of the operation in the gulf to seal the oil leak.”
Said Trump: “I know how to run big projects. Why don’t you put me in charge?”
This kind of attitude may resonate very well with all those who’ve had enough of nice talk, lagging excuses and “leading from behind”.
We’ll give it a 70% he might run. He’s not faking the anger – and he’s not the kind of person who stands to watch passivity and incompetence from the sidelines, when things are grinding towards a halt.
He is very fed up.
Full clip here.
It might belong in the gossip columns – but here we go.
Donald Trump on Karl Rove:
“Karl Rove has a loser issue… [he] is the man that ran Bush into the ground,” Trump responded. “Bush finished so weak that we ended up getting Obama. He ran the man into the ground.”
Outspoken and clear. And dead on point.
10 min clip here. Sums up the issues, massive appeal to right and center. Recommended watch.
From 8:30 onwards:
“I love this country, but this country is going to hell,” he says. “I would run a great, great country. This country will be great again. It is not great right now. We have huge deficits, we have huge unemployment, we have huge problems. And we’re not respected. We’re not respected in the world. The world laughs at us. They won’t be laughing if I’m president.”
There is a lot of passion here, and he might actually be considering this. We’re starting to believe him when he says he doesn’t want it, but that he can’t stand to watch anymore.
And he is right. Things are going straight to hell. Another social and financial disaster is approaching. And nothing is being done.
And polling from PPP today:
Obama vs. Trump. 47-38.
The season is closing in, with small warm-ups on the sidelines..
From Donald Trump/The Hill – about Sen. Alexander (Tenn):
“In all fairness, he’s not someone that’s exactly at the top of this list,” Trump said of Alexander during an interview on Fox News. “He’s done very little over the years and he does not seem to be an important player in Washington, unfortunately.”