All of America is wondering how it is possible that Donald Trump is even in the Presidential race at all, and incredulous that the campaigns are neck and neck according to some polls. I’m astounded that no one else sees his strategy, but here it is: he won the Republican nomination by “sucking the air out of the room” — He was loud, aggressive, obnoxious, and offensive, but he was news. Two hour debates, ten people, and what do we remember? We remember the controversy over his penis size. Carly Fiorina couldn’t even talk about the size of her penis — she was excluded. One down, nine to go… Rubio at least got press coverage out of the deal by being just as outrageous. What did others say? No one remembers. Why? Because Trump got all the coverage. Did they have policies? I don’t know. Did they have plans? I don’t know. Did they give it a lot of thought? I assume so, but I’ll never know, because we talked about Trump’s penis and how outrageous he was.
This is Trump’s strategy: Be outrageous, attract attention away from everyone else’s very existence. Today’s Huffington Post front page is an example. Trump has at least 20 articles about him. Hillary in the headline? 4 times. That means Trump gets 5 times the press coverage that Clinton gets. All the ad money in the world isn’t going to beat that.
Trump has a narrative in the press, Hillary doesn’t. A few shots about emails every once in a while and her narrative is this: Nothing… then corrupt.
Don’t buy the idea that the media is involved in his fall. They are the reason he has succeeded. If the media really wanted to defeat Trump, here’s how they’d do it: they’d only cover Trump when he made a policy speech, or only when he said something rational or intelligent (i.e. like a Presidential candidate should). I assume Hillary is doing that or Tom Kane (is that even his name? I don’t remember) is running around giving speeches every day. Perhaps she’s sitting in a room thinking up policies, or shaking hands, or whatever it is candidates do. We don’t know.
I’m not sure what Hillary’s speeches are about. I don’t know about economic plans or energy plans or military strategy or … much of anything. I assume she’s doing things every day but she speaks into a vacuum.It was a winning strategy the first time. it may be a game winning strategy again. The only problem is that this isn’t a game. It’s our lives.
We need to stop giving him attention unless he acts like a statesman. We need to give Hillary attention for being a stateswoman, if that’s what we expect of a President. I sure hope it is.