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Day 66: POLITICO panel of “expert GOPs” see Trump’s trip as a success

There’s never been any question that something’s seriously awry with the perceptive capabilities of the entire Grand Old Party about its own successes and failures — most recently, 2012’s “skewed polls” nonsense and Mitt Romney’s belief in his bad polling and Karl Rove’s Election Night meltdown live on FOX News over Ohio being called for Barack Obama.  Now we have further evidence: the professional GOP evaluation of Donald Trump’s disastrous trip to Mexico.

You recall this week’s trip?  Where Donald Trump was contradicted about illegal immigration, in Spanish, by the President of Mexico, from an adjacent podium?  Where Donald Trump was rebuked by the Mexican president for his lies about whether the ‘paid-for-by-Mexico wall’ even came up?  Where Donald Trump traveled afterwards to Phoenix to give the darkest speech yet of his presidential campaign?

POLITICO has a panel of professionals in eleven swing states.  Some are Democrats; some are GOPs.  They have been surveyed throughout the campaign for their opinions about the state of the race.  And the panel of GOPs was just surveyed for their opinion of Trump’s trip.

How did a large majority of these professional Republicans characterize his trip?

HUGELY OR MODERATELY SUCCESSFUL

Two-thirds of GOP members of The POLITICO Caucus — a panel of activists, operatives and strategists in 11 key battleground states — rated the Republican nominee’s meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto, followed by an evening rally in Phoenix in which he reiterated his robust immigration proposals, as hugely or moderately successful, despite the potential contradiction between the two events.

These are the people running the GOP in the few swing states that left in this election.  They consider this trip, the presidential “summit” in Mexico and the Phoenix speech, a great  success.

FULL VIAGRA!

“A week after teasing a softening, Trump went full Viagra in his Phoenix speech, burying the crowd in red meat as he returned to his portrayal of America as a dystopian wasteland ruled by criminal aliens,” one Iowa Republican said. “

ANOTHER PHARMACEUTICAL REFERENCE!

“He’s like a kid who takes Ritalin in the morning, and it wears off in the late afternoon,” said a New Hampshire Republican. “The result is two totally different kids in the same day. His parents are constantly monitoring how long it’s been since he took his last dose.”

But one Virginia Republican disagreed. “No one will remember the speech in a week,” the Republican said. “The visual of him with the Mexican president will be in peoples’ minds.”

For Democrats, Trump’s day was almost unanimously a failure: Only a combined 17 percent rated it moderately or hugely successful.

I don’t know if the Republican or Democratic experts are right.  But their perceptions sure are different, and GOP perceptions have been very wrong recently.  It’s almost as if they don’t have their finger on the pulse of the *entire* electorate, only a sliver of it.

As long as these incorrect perceptions are reaching the top of the Trump campaign, I think they’ll make the same mistakes Mitt Romney made: belief in their own victory, despite reality’s known liberal bias.

 

Day 84: “It would please the czar if you would….”

Trump campaign chairman and/or manager Paul Manafort [politico link]:

“The suggestion that I accepted cash payments is unfounded, silly and nonsensical.”

Never a good look, denying one has relations with foreign powers while managing a presidential campaign.  Especially when there’s a handwritten ledger showing more than twelve million dollars in previously undisclosed cash payments.

But now that he’s denied it, what else can we do?  It’s not as if Paul Manafort still works for Putin’s man in Ukraine, or his employment there overlapped with his employment with Trump.  Oh, wait:

His furniture and personal items were still there as recently as May.

This was all predicted back in April, by the way:

Manafort has offered his services to not one but two presidents driven from power through popular revolution — Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine and Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines. He has lobbied for Saudi Arabia, a Bahamanian president suspected of narco-trafficking and a former Angolan rebel leader accused of torture.

For this work, Manafort has been well-compensated. He told a congressional oversight panel in 1989 that his firm normally accepted only clients who would pay at least $250,000 a year as a retainer.

Spy Magazine reported that his firm received $600,000 one year as compensation for his work for Angolan rebel leader, Jonas Savimbi. The Daily Beast reported that Manafort’s work for the Saudis netted him $250,000 for six months of work in 1984. A Justice Department form filed in 2008 from a subcontractor to Manafort’s firm said the PR work alone on behalf of Ukraine’s government was paid at $35,000 a month.

In 2013, Manafort surfaced in a French influence-peddling scandal involving Edouard Balladur, who was prime minister in the mid-1990s. Manafort acknowledged in a Virginia court that he was paid by an adviser to the Saudi royal court more than $200,000 for advice he provided on security issues. That adviser in turn funneled the profits of an arms sale back into Balladur’s political campaign.

Paul Manafort made the usual, similar disclaimer at that time, back in April:

When asked about his Ukraine lobbying on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, he said that Trump was now his only client.

I suppose today’s “unfounded, silly, and nonsensical” is an improvement, somehow?  But have we evidence that, in fact, Manafort’s only client is Donald Trump?

Who else might be?

Day 86: Trump’s Lies Since We Started Here

Twitter pal JustJanis (JustJanis on Twitter) compiled a list of Donald Trump’s lies above.

These aren’t all Trump’s lies, of course — for some perspective, these are only his lies since July 30th, when JustJanis began her list.  And, coincidentally, when I re-launched this here blog.

I’ve written about a blog post every other day.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, has told a different lie Every.Single.Day.

Quite a list.  Do you think he can keep it up?

I do.

Day 98: Patriotism at the DNC

I’m really offended by the almost universal reaction among Our Liberal Media commentators that the 2016 Democratic Convention “looked and sounded like a Republican gathering” because there were American flags, US veterans and Gold Star parents, people who love our country and have sacrificed for us all.   The rich history of Philadelphia must have brought out the latent loyalty-to-country we Democrats have long concealed from our fellow Americans, or something….

It’s absurd.

Democrats have always loved our country: our proud dissent from some of the most misguided American policies in my lifetime has been the highest form of patriotism.  Yet you’d think Democrats just discovered love for country in 2016.  Not so: this simply illustrates that Our Liberal Media have long bought GOP accusations about Democrats hook, line, and sinker.  “Dissent is treason.”  Their wonder at our love of country says much more about their own inattention and willingness to accept GOP attitudes than it does about any evolution among Democratic patriots.

Excuse me, but your assumptions are showing.