Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty

Jun. 10, 2016

By Marc Platt

Political Thought:
13 million primary voters have exercised their privilege and duty to make Donald J. Trump the presumptive nominee of a fractured Republican Party.
The most-powerful Republican elected leaders cannot take him down without his consent.
The national media didn't create Trump, they exploited his brand for their own purposes and are now dissecting him piece by piece. The drip drip drip of his unavoidable demise will keep dribbling out until HE decides to exit this surreal stage.
I still truly believe he will get out of this race before the American people absolutely speak their true minds in what would promise to be a Goldwater-esque trouncing. Donald Trump will never allow himself to be "BRANDED" a loser like John McCain, Mitt Romney and other "LOSERS" as he calls them did before him.
My friends and family think I'm crazy for continually saying that he will get out, but I truly believe this man is too thick-skinned and truly does not want this job.
The only person I have felt was equally as unqualified was Sarah Palin in 2008 when she helped to spawn what would become the Tea Party and the rise of The Donald.
When does he leave? When Hillary Clinton is up 20 points in the polls? Does Trump even go to Cleveland?
You bet he will. He will go the convention, because THAT is what he thrives on. A chance to be on the biggest stage.
So...Here I go again...He gets the nomination and puts on a show and bows out sometime after Cleveland. That makes sense to me. Donald Trump head-to-head, mano-a-mano with Hillary Clinton in a general election debate...I don't see it.
Jun. 8, 2016

By Marc Platt

1. How does Trump carry on for 5 months while driving away the donors he would need to fund a successful campaign?

2. How does Trump convince fleeing GOP Establishment officials that he will rein it in.
3. How does Trump win an election if he can't be Trump?
4. Will Paul Ryan do an about face and resign as RNC Convention Chairman? Will he renounce his endorsement at some point in an effort to save the majority in the House?
5. Will the media get wise and start making Trump PAY for all this stuff he has been getting for free?
Answer to #5: NO! He will keep saying outrageous stuff to stay in the news cycles, driving all his support away. He will lose to HRC by a HUGE electoral margin. The Senate will flip and Democrats will pick up a load of House seats.


Jun. 6, 2016

By Marc Platt

Follow along...This will all start to make sense in a moment.

Why does Donald Trump say and do outrageous things? Coming off as a racist, narcisist and xenophobic moron?

You could come up with a ton of reasons easily, but I truly believe there is one reason and one reason only.

This man is HIDING something that he does want exposed in his tax statements. 

Everytime the press and Hillary Clinton hammers Trump about releasing his taxes, he comes up with crazy shit that gets everyone talking for days and weeks on end. He stays in the national conversation without spending a dime on advertising because he has NO MONEY. He can't raise the necessary money to properly fund his campaign.

His hotels are empty. No one is BUYING the Trump brand in the marketplace right now. His family is freaking out as th ehotels are 70% empty since he announced.

If he were to risk exposure by releasing his taxes, it would truly be over. The ONE YEAR of financial disclosure (2014) showed that he made a whopping $14,000 from 'The Apprentice' TV salary. That is just one small clue.

Do you really think he is worth over $10 billion in PERSONAL wealth? Trump University is the tip of the iceberg. EVERY TIME his opponents start to get close on the financial part of this equation, he blasts off with racist remarks. He already knows the world thinks he is a bigotted racist. That apparently doesn't matter to this man.

The main question I have is can The Donald keep this up all the way until that first Tuesday in November?

Jun. 3, 2016

By Marc Platt

There have been so many comparisons of this presidential election cycle to 1964 and Barry Goldwater's issues with African Americans and isolationism. There have also been many comparison's to the 1968 (George Wallace) cycle with the violence at Trump rallies and apparent split parties, etc..

These may be apt comparisons, but let me throw out another cycle that this resembles...1988.

Let's take a closer look at the political climate in 1988. Ronald Reagan was a popular president, despite his terrible "Iran-Contra Scandal." This scandal did not affect his overall popularity. Reagan did preside over an economic (Jimmy Carter) recovery, as has Barack Obama (Dubya).

Obama has good approval (52%) ratings and Hillary Clinton will surely piggyback on that success in the fall.

Here is another similar factor. Mike Dukakis was a stubborn candidate who rarely listened to his staff, just as Trump is. Both candidates made unforced errors that wounded their campaigns. Dukakis did the "Tank" thing that made him look like a jackass, clearly displaying his lack of military experience. Don't get me started on Trump's catalog of mistakes. Those are blatant and aplenty.

We won't know until November just how badly Trump's unforced errors will hamper his dim chances.

Dukakis had no responses in 1988 when George HW Bush's campaign staff did the original dismantling of Dukakis on the "Willie Horton" commercials, regarding a "Weekend Furlough Program" Dukakis shepherded in Massachussets during his governorship. Horton killed while out on furlough and that finally sunk Dukakis.

Hillary Clinton's campaign is adept at knocking any and all of Trump's insane allegations like "Hillary should be in jail because she lies." Clinton and her staff does enough damage control on the wounded Trump campaign, who has hardly spent a dime since he entered the race. 

There are so many similarities between 1988 and 2016, but it really comes down to getting the real message out. That won't happen until after the conventions and into the debates.

It sure will be fun to watch, especially as GOP candidates start jumping ship on Trump in the senate and house races.

Jun. 1, 2016

By Marc Platt

There are a lot of articles being written about Republican Presidential Presumptive Nominee Donald J. Trump's finances. Rightfully so.

His financial success is the basis of his candidacy. This man is now walking a tightrope that could really pull the plug on not just his campaign, but his career.

I have been doubting since Day 1 that he really wants to be POTUS. Now I am wondering if he is sane. The fact that he has so many shady dealings like his phony university, steak company, vitamin company, etc. makes his candidacy dicey at best once the press has vetted him financially.

He won't divulge his taxes. He won't comment on his court case. He attacks the press when they ask him to verify whether he actually came through paying out that money to the veterans in a timely manner after boasting of raising 6 million bucks. The checks WERE written May 24, the very day the press came out with stories questioning his legitimacy as a fundraiser.

I think it is great that the money WAS raised, but that is not the issue. There will be NO TRANSPARENCY in a Donald Trump presidency.

I think Trump's real problem will be not losing everything he has built his "House of Cards" on when the press is finished with him. Forget Hillary Clinton, she is the least of his problems. The national AND international press is going to do a number on him.

He is toast.

It couldn't happen to a nicer reality tv guy.