With Donald Trump my childhood bias against New Yorkers makes it difficult for me to even listen to him, let alone take him seriously as a Presidential candidate. Growing up in rural northeast PA, an area invaded by discontented city dwellers seeking the quiet bucolic life, yet who upon arrival loudly demanded amenities (city sidewalks and streetlights for example) and vocally attempted to school the PA Dutch rural folks on how things should be done influenced my perception of New Yorkers dramatically.. Being one of those backward PA Dutch hicks, a healthy disdain for loud, brash New Yorkers blossomed. Of course, there are a few other things, beyond the bad comb-over, that make me wary of The Donald, like his womanizing ways, which speaks to a character issue that my straitlaced upbringing taught me to view with a jaundiced eye. Then there’s the over-the-top braggadocio and brash mannerisms, which clash with my view that humility is a virtue to be revered.
Of course, to take on the Washington establishment and our venal mainstream media, it’s unlikely the milquetoast, humble types stand a chance of even getting noticed, let alone feared by the permanent political class or the press and that’s why with The Donald they’re pulling out all the stops to demonize, discredit and derail his presidential campaign.
While I can’t see myself voting for Donald Trump, mostly because I want a CINC with a calmer temperament and less bombast, but that Washington outsider/not-a-politician attitude appeals to me a great deal. So far, Carly Fiorina, another successful business person, has captured my interest. With each interview, she shines brighter and there’s a careful, well-studied manner to the way she artfully handles questions, which speaks to time spent researching the gamut of subjects she’s been quizzed on. She can artfully turn gotcha questions right back on the interviewer, she doesn’t wilt under pressure and she doesn’t back down. Plus, she lacks the theatrical circus atmosphere of the Donald Trump campaign, awash in reality show drama.
One of my favorite analysts, G. Murphy Donovan, a native New Yorker to boot, boldly penned a piece, “Trump’s Trump”, at the The American Thinker today, which pinpointed many of the truths nudging at my consciousness about the relentless charge to annihilate Donald Trump’s presidential campaign quickly:
“In any case, the merits of entrepreneurs like Trump might best be defined by the character or motives of his critics. Trump detractors are for the most part “B” list politicians, ambulance chasers, and a left-leaning Press corps that lionizes the likes of Nina Totenberg, Dan Rather, Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell, and Brian Williams.
If the truth were told, most of Trump’s critics are jealous, envious of his wealth -e- and they loath his candor. Donald might also be hated for what he is not. Trump is not a lawyer, nor is he a career politician who lives on the taxpayer dime. Trump is paying for his own campaign. Bernie, Barack, McCain, and Kerry could take enterprise lessons from a chap like Trump.”
Likewise, the GOP establishment roils with anger and dismay that a political outsider is successfully gaining traction without the aid of their political backing, advice, or money. Therein enters John McCain, the Republican the media rolls out at every turn as the voice of the GOP. As a frequent critic and definitely not a member of the John McCain fan club, I’ve penned many harsh critiques questioning his foreign policy expertise and his motives. Here’s my rather prescient view from June 2, 2013, “The GOP policy maverick rides again (unfortunately)”:
“Andrew McCarthy penned a brutally honest assessment of the John McCain Arab democracy projects in a National Review piece, “Syria: John McCain’s Next Libya” (article here). It’s way past time for the GOP to take away the megaphones from John McCain and Lindsey Graham. They spend more time being simultaneously for and against issues than John Kerry and that sure takes policy acrobatics to a whole new level. These two relish all the media attention and they hog the media spotlight to such an extent that President Obama gets a pass on these policy debacles, because Graham and McCain so generously stamp the GOP seal of approval all over these foreign policy disasters. It seems like only a few upstarts like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have the guts to stand up to these bloviating relics. The GOP needs an internal rebellion or maybe it’s time for a new party, because the GOP doesn’t seem to welcome new ideas and their “maverick” should be put out to pasture with his woefully misguided foreign policy adventure notions.”
The GOP’s internal rebellion has come to pass, let us see which maverick rides the winning horse into the sunset.