Whatever his aim, what he's doing is brilliant
Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is going at Barack Obama head-on, and it's brilliant. Here's what Trump said on NBC's Today Show recently. Who else could say this and get away with it. The brilliance of it is that Trump can say anything he wants to say:
During a discussion about Obama's birth certificate, Meredith Vieira said, "In the state of Hawaii, they say they have seen this document, that he was born in the United States. That's good enough for them." [Them?? Who the hell is them? An aside: Doesn't it seem odd that the press doesn't seem to have one ounce of curiosity about this issue? As someone who followed Watergate on an almost daily basis the summer of the Watergate hearings, I do find it very strange that even what passes for a "journalist" today (and the term can be used only very loosely), this issue doesn't have any interest for them. Why not?]
Trump: A birth certificate is not even close. A certificate of live birth is not even signed by anybody. I saw his -- I read it very carefully. It doesn't have a serial number. It doesn't have a signature. He spent $2 million in legal fees trying to get away from this issue, and if he weren't lying, why wouldn't he just solve it? I wish he would because if he doesn't it's one of the greatest scams in the history of politics and in history, period.
Meredith Vieira couldn't handle it--her eyes were spinning in her head. And the most hilarious thing is that NBC has to handle this guy carefully because he's got the highest-rated show on their network. Haha. So she tried another way, asking Trump if there was anything he thinks Obama has done well. Haha.
TRUMP: Get elected. I think he did a great job when he ran for office. If I had my choice of having Obama do great as a president and do a really great job for this country and not running, as opposed to running and doing -- I'd prefer that he did a great job. I love this country. But this country is going to hell. 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.
Rush Limbaugh's reply to all of this is that Trump is providing a blueprint for the way to beat Obama in 2012--just go straight at him: Everybody lives in this media-created fantasy that the guy's unbeatable, that he's the greatest orator in the world. You get him away from the prompter, I'm serious, and he's lost. He's a gaffe machine. He and Biden are in the same class, and it doesn't take long to call the roll.
Christiannnnne: "He seems to doubt, yet again, President Obama. He's talking yet again about the whole birth certificate issue.....I know that you've answered all the questions on this birth certificate issue, but what do you make of Donald Trump raising this issue? Do you think it's going to be a big issue during the campaign?"
Pluff: Uh, I don't. I saw Donald Trump's kinda rising in some polls, and his behavior and spectacle the last couple of weeks, I hope he keeps on rising, cause I don't think, there's zero chance that Donald Trump would ever be hired by the American people, uh, to do this job. There may be, uh, a small part of the country that believes these things [hey Pluff, it's not a matter of belief--or faith. Just put the stupid thing out there. What's the big deal?], uh, but mainstream Americans think it's a sideshow, and what they want our leaders to do is focus squarely on the issues in front of us--and blah, blah, blah, talking points.
Actually, I'm thinking that Pluff and the gang are wetting their collective pants over what Trump can do to them. At the very least, he's a big distraction for them--haha, another of their favorite talking points--living rent-free in their heads, boring into their brains like a cancerous worm. Go Trump. He doesn't give a damn what anyone thinks about him, nor does he have to. In the Emperor's New Clothes world that Pluffie lived in throughout the campaign in 2007, anyone who dared to question or criticize Barry Hussein Obama was raaaacist. Admittedly, that worked well for them for a long time, but they finally used the word so often that it lost its sting. So then they went to calling "birther, birther, you're a birther nyah-nyah" if anyone actually asked for Barry Soetoro to give up his legal papers like everyone else in the country has to do if they want so much as a driver's license. Well, thanks to Trump, that's not going to work so well for them anymore either. Hey, Pluffie, it ain't 2007 anymore pal!
Update. I heard a very strange interview with Ann Coulter tonight who insisted that the birth certificate is a non-issue, that "everyone" has seen the long form, that the short form is no different legally, blah blah. I don't understand her position on this, except that maybe she thinks that the issue has been used too often to marginalize people on the right as "crazy birthers." Usually I like what she has to say, but I think she's dead wrong on this issue.
Update #2. This is from a Denver radio show, an interview with Bob Unruh, investigative reporter. They shred Bill O'Reilly's "proof" from Tuesday night about Barack Obama's records--"What a running con that was last night." It's interesting.
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