Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty
By Marc Platt
They haven't cast any ballots in the primaries, yet there is a pall that has been cast over the country by Donald J. Trump. The pundits and establishment do not have a clue how to handle the mess Trump has made of the entire impending presidential race.
I still believe this man wants no part of this job. Being U.S. President is not like being a movie or reality television star. It is a grueling and rather thankless job if you think about it.
Some of our more recent "Greatest" presidents like Truman. JFK and Reagan suffered very low poll numbers at points in their presidency. Obama has had a remarkable run of success in a lot of ways that are completely ignored as his poll numbers sink because of obstruction and world events.
Along comes Donald J. Trump on the stage. He is a man who is expert at reading the news climate and manipulating press outlets to his every desired result. He has tapped into the lowest common denominator by scraping the bottom of the white supremacy barrel with fearful rhetoric.
Trump is just as adept at the social media game as Obama was in 2008 when he got elected by utilizing FaceBook and other available social media outlets and the census information. Trump is smart enough to utilize what works much more so than any of his GOP competitors.
The result could be something worse than a Trump presidency...
What if The Donald went back to being a media celebrity and popped up every election cycle to wreak havoc on the election process. Kind of like a Ross Perot-Ralph Nader-Ron Paul-on-steroids character. Think of Sarah Palin completely gone nuts.
I truly believe Donald J. Trump will long outlive this campaign as a "Havoc-Wreaker-in-Chief" for the next decade.
This man will likely do a lot more damage to senate and house seats for the next 10 years because he can. He doesn't give a rats ass about the Republican Party. He cares about his own celebrity too much to care what damage he inflicts to the GOP.
A Trump presidency would be a lot better prospect for the future of the GOP than a loss in my opinion.
By Marc Platt
I am dead serious. Paul Ryan may be the nominee for the Republican Party in 2016 when all is said and done.
There is a scenario that could play out.
Please follow along.
The GOP class is terrible. These candidates do not really represent the best the Republicans can offer.
Donald Trump has NOT really put an infrastructure together necessary to win the election. I truly don't believe he wants the job. His reasons for running have been covered by me and others for months now.
Jeb Bush is incompetetnt as a messenger.
Ted Cruz is riculous and radically different.
Marco Rubio has become a politically expedient flip flopper.
Rand Paul has no juice for his Libertarian views.
Fiorina lies left and right and has lost her base of support.
Christie could be under indictment due to the Bridge scandal and many of his former staff will be on trial during the primaries.
Lindsay Graham is all bluster for war. Not really playing with the voters.
Hucabee is on life support. Satorun, life support.
John Kasich. Hold that thought.
I truly believe no one will get enough delegates to win the nomination.
Paul Ryan is starting to gain respect in his party and throughout the nation.
What if all the delegates are released next summer at the Republican Convention and they draft Paul Ryan as their nominee? It can happen. He is as close to middle of the road as the GOP will get. He is the one figure who can coalesce support in a way necessary to give Hillary Clinton a real threat in a general election.
If Ryan were to choose Ohio Governor John Kasich as his running mate, Ohio and Pennsylvania are in play in the general election.
Ryan-Kasich could beat Hillary Clinton in a general election. IT is a very scary scenario for the Democrats.
Let's see how this plays out.
By Marc Platt
The MOST important figure in the GOP Presidential race is Ohio Governor John Kasich. He will likely NOT be the nominee, but I contend the GOP has zero chance without taking Ohio and possibly Pennsylvania. If Kasich were to be the running mate for Trump, Cruz or Rubio, he could put those states in play.
He will stick around for awhile and build up his stock in the party.
If I were running for that party, Kasich would be my ONLY choice as a running mate.
Do the math.
John Kasich gives them a chance.
Trump has to pick someone...If he really is serious about being U.S. President..I still think he doesn't want that job.
Marco Rubio (Florida) and John Kasich (Ohio) gives the GOP a chance.
By Marc Platt
I have been writing about this since the summer and no one seems to be getting tired of Donald J. Trump.
It has dawned on me that Donald Trump LOVES running for President. He loves Talking Points, Abusive Putdowns, Poll Numbers, Interviews and Attention. Donald Trump LOVES the action. It is like an addiction. He is like a gambler who must be "In Action" at all times. The camera must always be on him.
I still believe this man wants NOTHING to do with the actual job.
Why you ask?
When was the last time Donald Trump worked for ANYONE ELSE? This man is his own boss. He is not going to work for Americans.
When we elect public officials, they work for us. No bueno with Trump.
He has "MILLIONS" of people working for him. How would this work?
Donald Trump...Public Servant? REALLY?
This is why it will never happen.
Once he realizes that Hillary will trounce him in a general election, he will get the hell out of Dodge City, right?
I still don't believe this man has the vanity to allow people to vote AGAINST him. His ego is far too massive.
Donald Trump LOVES making speeches. I have him in the background (in Phoenix) while I write these words. He just tells us how great he is and how "America will be great again" if we make him our leader.
His followers shout down protesters like earlier this week threatening to "burn the motherfucker alive." Trump eggs them on and never shows one characteristic of being a leader.
I watched Chris Matthews (MSNBC) interview him after the Vegas debate and ask him the birther question. Trump refused to answer the question that will dog him to the general election. Trump was the leading "Obama is a Kenyon" birther starting in 2010. This grotesque notion will ultimately help destroy any chances he has if he were to gain that nomination.
I have been wrong at every turn about how the public would NOT embrace The Donald. There IS a segment of 40% of the 27% registered Republican voters who love these blustering statements about Illegal Immigrants (rapists?), Muslims (keep them all out)...The list goes on and on.
Every time Trump makes an outlandish statement, it is a substitution for his desire NOT to spend any money running ads. Trump is cheap. He won't spend any real money on advertising when he can get free media when the polls begin to dip.
Just understand this man's emotiotional need for attention and you will realize what is really going on in America.
All the other candidates (and public) don't KVELL.
(Webster definition of KVELL: feel happy and proud. "my mom was kvelling—bursting with pride")
By Marc Platt
"Freedom is more powerful than fear"
(Barack Obama, December 6, 2015)
We live in crazy times. There is a presidential election on the horizon and we have a U.S. president who has to walk on egg shells, because he has several constituencies to answer to.
There are men and women seeking that job who are free to say whatever best serves them politically. The mainstream media makes its money reporting what these men and women say. This is a cycle that is set up for failure for a sitting president.
Donald Trump, a man who has never been elected or been in a situation where the public has ever cast a vote FOR or AGAINST in a an election, knows who to work the press. He knows how to make political gains by using the media to report outlandish things with no apparent consequence.
I personally believe Mr. Trump is afraid of losing and will not subject himself to people casting votes for or against him, but I have been wrong at every turn so far in this bizarre political season.
I believe that this man will capitalize on this Fame-On-Steroids phase of his life to make a point that he can "Game" the public and get them to support his "Archie Bunker" mantality.
There is a price that will be paid by Republicans as they drift even farther to the right and it certainly brings out the worse in a fearful and vulnerable electorate.
When The Donald calls for the blockage of "All Muslims" into America as his solution to the terrorism problem, we need to be reminded of two eras in our recent past that we will never live down.
The Japanese interment camps in America in the 1940's during the second world war AND GITMO right now in Cuba. The GOP has blocked the Obama administration from closing this facility for seven years.
For any man or woman to advocate shunning Americans who are Muslims, especially elected officials who make a salary SERVING these very same people who pay their taxes is horrible.
There is nothing to be proud of right now in our politics. We are NOT exceptional at all. We are failing in an epic way as a country.
Barack Obama is the U.S. President and every American Democrat, Republican and non-political person needs to respect the office and get behind him. he is serving our needs as a nation, agree or disagree with his policies.
When we go to war, we go as a country.
If we don't pay attention to history, it will surely repeat.