WHY TRUMP IS A BAD HAIR DAY FOR LIBERALS!
“The American people haven't seen something like this in a long time. I'm serious. They have not seen an embattled public figure stand up for himself, double down, and tell everybody to go to hell. What they've seen in the past is an embattled public figure emasculated, shamed, apologize and shrink away.”
(Thus spoke a bold media commentator. I liked his thinking and copied in his transcript with my own comments sprinkled in.)
The entire McCain situation is interesting to me for a whole lot of reasons. There's a conventional wisdom out there, and this is generally how it goes. Public figure slash candidate, makes politically incorrect statement that offends…. Somebody (could be any aggrieved category of globally overheated species or sexual behavior.)
STEP #1 IS ALWAYS THE SAME…
The Washington establishment and media react in selective “OUTRAGE”
The media then REPLAYS whatever the offensive comment was over and OVER AND OVER, news stories never ending about the outrageous statement that the public figure made.
And then the 7 mountain establishment gets together with the “7m” media, and they ALL demand that the public figure immediately apologize, beg forgiveness, and either withdraw from whatever the public figure is seeking to accomplish, or to stay in properly chagrined and rendered irrelevant.
THOSE (7 Mountain) ELITES THINK YOU GET OUTRAGED AT WHAT OUTRAGES THEM!
That conventional wisdom plays out practically every time this circumstance happens. And the reason it does is because people make the mistake of assuming one thing, and that is this… They make the MISTAKE of assuming that the collective outrage of the WASHINGTON, L.A. and NEW YORK establishment elite and their media outlets are reflective of American public opinion.
That's an automatic conclusion that everybody in those lofty HIGH PLACES atop the 7m STRONGHOLDS of America makes. BUT – they are gatekeepers who are often out of touch.
So let's use Trump as an example. By the way, I'm no apologist for Trump, but I've looked at this. Sharyl Attkisson has written a great analysis of this, and it is a fact that Trump did NOT say what he's being reputed to have said. He said it ONE time, he was answering a question, and he said that McCain's not a hero, captured, and he changed and said FOUR different times he is a hero, he is a war hero. McCain is a war hero. He said that four times.
The Washington Post, for example, did not report that at all, never reported that Trump said it once, much less four times. Anyway, see, the facts don't really matter in a circumstance like this. That's another thing. What actually was said by the offending party and the context in which it was said are purposely blurred, lied about, or ignored.
THEY SAY “WE KNEW THIS WAS GONNA HAPPEN!”
So the convention wisdom erupts into full bloom. The media, the Washington establishment, conservative and liberal both, immediately demand that Trump apologize. And then they add that Trump can't survive this, that we were all just waiting for this to happen. We knew it was gonna happen. We knew it was gonna happen 'cause Trump steps in it all the time. So now all these people are saying, “We knew it was gonna happen. We knew it was too good to be true. We knew Trump didn't have what it really took to run a campaign. We knew he was gonna say something totally embarrassing. He embarrassed himself and everybody that supports him. He's gonna have to apologize, and have to withdraw.”
Except one thing hasn't happened… Trump hasn't apologized! Not only has Trump not apologized, he has DOUBLED DOWN and he has to added to his original criticism of McCain. He's calling McCain a bad guy. McCain's a lousy politician. McCain talks a lot but doesn't do anything, Trump says. The VA is a mess. Illegal immigration's a mess. Everything we hear McCain say he supports or cares about, it's all going to hell. He's a bad guy. He's not a good politician. I'm trying to save America. I'm NOT gonna apologize.
This is Trump.
NOW THE ARCHITECTS OF CONVENTIONAL WISDOM DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO because by this time they've gotten their scalp.
By this time, the guilty party has apologized, is begging for forgiveness.
And Trump is not.
Now, remember, there's a common assumption made every time one of these things happened.
Why were they wrong? Because THEY MADE THE ASSUMPTION THAT THE WHOLE COUNTRY WAS OUTRAGED. And that's the key here with this Trump thing. This is the fascinating thing to me. This is something we're gonna learn.
When the reaction of outrage over Trump's comments came, Washington establishment, Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, the media, accompanying it is the ASSUMPTION that the American people, a majority of the American people also find what Trump said unpalatable, unforgivable, unacceptable.
That's one of the things that makes these work, is the ASSUMPTION that the media is simply reflecting public opinion. But we never really know.
The POllING DATA on this is gonna be fascinating in a week or two, or less, maybe, because, remember, the real key to this is this automatic assumption that everybody's outraged; that everybody wants Trump gone; that everybody finds this objectionable; that everybody thinks it's over the top; that everybody thinks Trump has gone too far.
And that assumption is always erroneous, I think. ( He will take a hit and surge to the top again – that’s my opinion. And he will start to scare a bunch of conservatives who fear a Ross Perot style 3rd party split…which will put Hillary in as next Pres.)
That's the thing that's always gotten me is this presumption that the media speaks for a majority of the American people. I know for a fact that's not true. A majority of the American people don't trust the media. A majority of the American people consider the media a problem. And, yet, here is this automatic assumption every time something like this happens. It's pretty much the case in every story they report. There's this presumption… Now, let's take GAY MARRIAGE.
Let's take a story in Indiana with that little pizza shop that got shut down.
There's a presumption reporting it that the entire population thinks that that little pizza shop ought to go away. And it's part of the reporting. It's just as though this is what's normal, as though this is what is. By the same token, massive NATIONWIDE SUPPORT FOR GAY MARRIAGE. Anybody who doesn't is a KOOK, a MINORITY so visible you can't even see 'em. That's how small they are. So, I want to see what happens here, 'cause they're doing everything they can to destroy Trump by acting like he's destroyed himself with voters.
Conventional wisdom is that Trump is finished with voters.
That is what presumes this new political reality, and I don't think it's the case. But it won't take long to find out. And just think how the conventional wisdom is going to be shaken upside down if Trump is not damaged.
CAN YOU IMAGINE? IT WILL BE REAL ENTERTAINMENT!
I don't know what they'll do publicly. Maybe they'll talk about how stupid the American people are, how gullible, or maybe it's white angry men, Tea Party crazies or evangelicals in pick up trucks.
They'll fall back on some caricature that they've used of CRAZY voters in the past to explain why Trump is still doing okay. They can't let this incident show them as being wrong about the fact Trump has to go, because he's just unacceptable. This is over the top, just don't let people talk this way, is not done, and so forth.
The danger is that conservatives who genuflect at the altar of political correctness are in danger of missing the real issue.
1. Fetal tissue is being sold by Planned Parenthood – and Trump is the issue?
2. Iran has been given funding for terror and shouts “death to America” and Trump is the issue?
3. Gay marriage is the new normal and Christians better get in line, and Trump is the issue?
4. Muslims are the largest group coming into America- one just killed 5 good young men who were left defenseless due to Liberal logic about no fire arms at recruiting stations, and Trump is the issue?
The price “the elite” now pay is that “their” D.C. Beltway and N.Y. cocktail party and L.A. celebrity issues no longer matter to a great many people.
Am I the only one who thinks this way? Any ministries out there weighing in on this?