Teflon Trump

Source: The Economist

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  1. formerlawyer commented on Dec 17

    Donald Trump offering simple solutions to complex problems to simple people.

    • intlacct commented on Dec 18

      Actually saying what a plurality if not a majority of Europe believes. Unresponsive political elites are on the run…

    • VennData commented on Dec 18

      intlacct knows what “Europe” believes.


    • ilsm commented on Dec 18

      Complex problems are much less so if the propagandists are shuttered.

  2. A commented on Dec 17

    Simple people maybe – but there are lots of them.
    And they have the right to vote.
    And no one has represented them for a long, long time.

    • DeDude commented on Dec 18

      That is the remarkable thing – he has managed to sell the image that he is “representing” them. A billionaire reality show star representing “joe sixpack”. Indeed very simple people.

    • dyrwolf commented on Dec 19

      As if any of the puppets he is running against are going to represent us.

    • VennData commented on Dec 18

      …so the GOP Media Machine keeps telling them, and herein lies the problem.

      The Trump voter is the stupified Base of the Republican party, turned into Obama hating ignoramuses by screeching morons in Fox News.

  3. stonedwino commented on Dec 17

    Yeah, what formerlawyer said…exactly.

  4. bigsteve commented on Dec 18

    I assume the poll is compose of Republican primary voters. So this is a minority of Republicans who are a minority of all voters. Hillary is probably hoping that Trump is her rival in the general election. Frankly as a Republican super voter Trump makes me puke. None of the Republican candidates running float my skirt. I registered Republican, (my state is a close primary state), but many Republicans actually vote independent. I and wife will most likely pick the lesser of the evils and help make Madam President.

  5. VennData commented on Dec 18

    They called Reagan Teflon too. Now we know from his irresponsible tax cuts, debt quadrupling and cowardly retreat from Lebanon that he isn’t Teflon anymore.

    The reason the GOP Media Machine keeps their leaders “Teflon” is to keep the elite’s tax rates low. There is a belief that admitting any mistake is a mistake. So even The Base won’t admit the mistakes were mistakes because Fox News gives them sophistic notions and soft-headed arguments why.

    If Obama said he wanted to keep all Muslims out of America, don’t you think the GOP would point out that people coming here would just lie about their religion?

  6. RW commented on Dec 19

    To paraphrase H. L. Mencken, the right to vote doesn’t make people wise and free any more than Christianity makes them good; both have to be exercised and the consequences remembered.

    Trump is a salesman who knows his audience will no longer be satisfied with the sweet nothings that movement conservatives has been whispering and whistling in their ears for the past half century. For them the term ‘political correctness’ isn’t just a knock on liberalism, it’s a knock on socially sensitive coding itself; e.g.,

    By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” …So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and …you’re talking about cutting taxes, …and a byproduct …is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me …

    Lee Atwater, Republican strategist (Reagan, H.W. Bush)

    Trump isn’t Teflon, he’s just giving his audience what they want and is rather clearly having a good time doing it; the ratings are hhuge! It’s other people’s problem that it’s more than a TV show.

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