Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty

Dec. 29, 2016
Political Thought:
By Marc Platt
If you go back to 1932 and look at who America has elected to the Presidency, there are two factors that overwhelmingly were major factors. "Change" and "Charisma" are the two most-common factors that determined the winner. Sometimes BOTH came into play.
1932: FDR defeated Hoover in a year that definitely needed change from the Republican administration who presided over the stock market crash and the ensuing depression. Roosevelt also had charm and charisma which didn't hurt his chances. He won huge by 7 million votes.
1936: FDR defeated Alf Landon who received only 8 electoral votes. FDR's popularity and charisma crushed the Republican candidate.
1940: FDR defeated Wendell Wilkie (a businessman outsider). Sound familiar? FDR was VERY popular and even with the war looming, easily dominated.
1944: FDR defeated Dewey while the war raged on. Dewey was a popular NY Governor, whose baggage would be exposed 4 years later.
1948: Truman defeated Dewey in an upset in what should have been a "Change Election," but America had warmed up to Truman's workmanlike attitude. Dewey was looked at as a stodgy rich guy.
1952/6: Ike beats Adlai Stevenson twice. Ike was a popular and somewhat charismatic WWII general who easily won twice in change elections that cried out for stability in the 1950's.
1960: JFK beat Nixon narrowly almost exclusively on his charm and youth. The two men were actually close friends from their early years in congress.
1964: LBJ crushed Barry Goldwater in what was the beginning of what would become the modern far right movement that spawned Reagan. LBJ was all personality and hadn't mired the country in Vietnam at that point.
1968: Nixon slipped by Humphrey in the ultimate "Change Election." Nixon lied about his secret plan to end the war in Vietnam. He ran his campaign on "Law & Order" after the riots in the urban areas and political assassinations of MLK and RFK dominated that spring and summer. Nixon restructured the south's electoral prominence by turning disgruntled southern voters into Republicans after the civil rights legislation.
1972: Nixon crushed McGovern. Shenanigans and lies would become the undoing of Nixon, who would resign in disgrace in 1974.
1976: Jimmy Carter beats Gerald Ford in a "Change" election. Neither man was that charismatic, but Watergate and Vietnam had taken their tole on the country.
1980: Reagan crushes Carter. Charm, charisma and change all kicked in. The modern far right was now infiltrating all branches of government.
1984: Reagan crushed Mondale and then went on to get bogged down in scandals like Iran/Contra.
1988: Bush Sr. beats Dukakis. This should have been a change election, but Dukakis's stupidity of driving around in a tank and the "Willie Horton" ads did him in.
1992: Bill Clinton outlasts Bush, Perrot. Perrot was the "Personality" of this election, but bizarrely dropped out for a few months before coming back to give Bill Clinton (a charmer in his own right) enough cover to get the job done. This was a huge "Change" election.
1996: Bill crushed Bob Dole. By this time Bill Clinton's charm and charisma were dominating. He would go on to have his sex scandal, impeachment and congressional censure, but left office VERY popular.
2000: Dubya kinda beats Gore. George W. Bush was the guy you wanted to have a beer with. Gore rhymes with bore.
2004: Dubya "Swift Boats" Kerry. Dubya was a dolt, but Kerry and his Frankenberry image did not survive Bush's foul play. We all know how his term ended.
2008: Obama "The Celebrity" cruised past McCain in a "Change" Election full of Obama Charisma. Both factors contributed.
2012: Obama overwhelms Romney with his popularity and charisma.
2016: Trump squeaks by Hillary in a change election. Trump is ALL charisma and no substance, but this was a "Change" election year...So here we are.
Dec. 21, 2016

By Marc Platt

I just heard Republican Strategist Elise Jordan say that the only real scandals in the Obama administration were Hillary Clinton's scandals, that cost her the election.

I want you to digest this incredibly sophomoric way of thinking. I normally actually think this woman is insightful and thoughtful, but this IS the thinking that Republican politicos display when discussing this election cycle.

Obama has had ZERO scandals. The first and only administration with nada, zilch, zero scandals in an eight-year span. William Henry Harrison had no scandals either. He died one month into his first and only term.

Did you know that the infamous "Comey Letter" was just deemed illegal because of search and seizure issues in obtaining Anthony Weiner's laptop? Did you know that the FBI agent who illegally grabbed that laptop has had his name redacted from the document? And we all know the "Comey Letter" was bogus in that they found nothing, zero, zilch...

There were NO HILLARY scandals. The only thing Hillary Clinton is guilty of is being BORING. She was a boring mainstream Democratic candidate.

You can call Donald Trump everything you want under the sun, but not boring. This man is controversial and we are in for the bumpiest ride you can imagine.

Dec. 1, 2016

By Marc Platt

The President-Elect may be up to something the media and public may not realize. He could be draining the U.S. Senate of "deplorables." Think about some of the names being floated and taking jobs: Sessions, Tom Cotton, Corker, Tom Price and others like McConnel's wife Elaine Chow, General Flynn...etc...If they work for HIM, he can control the narrative regarding social issues that these people have been so gung ho on. Remember this guy was Pro Choice, Single Payer Guy for decades. If he calls the shots, these people are out of their old jobs and under his control. Even Mitt Romney would be beholden to Trump's desires.

I want to stress the importance of reading "The President's Club" for a greater understanding of the bond between living Presidents. Trump has been leaning on Obama since the election was over. Obama and Trump are both very astute politically.

Just look at the Tom Price (our next Health Services Secretary) move. This guy has actually written the bill to repeal Obamacare 57 times. If he pulls that garbage while working FOR Trump and Trump shuts it down, problem solved, right? Trump HAS NO IDEOLOGY. Pay attention to what he does, NOT what he says. You will sleep better at night.

Nov. 18, 2016

By Marc Platt

Economic Populism was the magic bean this cycle. The Democrats did not know how to talk about it. Donald J. Trump knew how to do it and exploited 16 other GOP candidates and then won the big enchilada.

Rust Belt Reagan Democrats who have long felt abandoned by both parties voted for Trump this time. It is their gamble and we will see if it bears financial security in depressed areas that have lost factories. The jobs will not be returning, but Trump has an opportunity to get companies to go to these midwest towns and start the process with infrastructure spending. 

Trump will have to wheel and deal with the best-chance GOP-run congress maybe ever. 

Once again, it is the message that won over. "What do you have to lose?" Remember when Trump would declare that over and over again? Apparently people were listening to this bloviating rich guy in a baseball cap. 

This message won out. Hillary Clinton took a "We have to protect everything we gained" and Trump had the more-successful "They took it away and I can fix it" attitude and THAT is what depressed people want to hear. They want someone to say "I will take care of you. I know how to do it" and just enough people took that message and ignored every character defect this man has to pin all their hopes and dreams on these promises.

For get the "Wall," "Muslim Ban" and "They want your guns" bullshit. Those were the appetizer for the main course..."I will bring your jobs back." THAT my friends won Donald Trump this election. 

When he declared "I build stuff...I know how to do this...I, alone can fix it," he cemented within the long-forgotten underbelly of America who HAVE been forgotten, who HAVE been screwed over by government.

I didn't get it at all, but it dawned on me watching the election returns that politicians are basically businessmen and women whose job is screwing over people to protect their own interests and their consituints.

When a guy like Barack Obama comes along (once in a lifetime) and actually wants to do big things and proceeds to DO some big things, it makes the elected folk a little uneasy. He did the big things by ramming stuff through without their help.

This brings me to Ohio Representative Tim Ryan (Ohio) who is trying to take the Democratic caucus away from 76-year-old Nancy Pelosi. Ryan is and has always been a Democratic Polulist that no one paid attention to...UNTIL NOW. He is a Democrat who will be THE leader of this party at some point. He may not have enough political capitol to wrest the party away from her now, but you should keep an eye on this guy.

Tim Ryan may be the guy in 4 years the Democrats run in the top spot.

Nov. 15, 2016

By Marc Platt

You can say all the right (or left) things and people will love what you are saying, but hate YOU for being the one to say it.

Barack Obama modeled his Affordable Care Act on Romney Care and Republican think tank programs that were developed more than a generation ago. If the GOP had occupied the White House and had both houses in 2009, THEY may have been the ones to enact this legislation.

Romney could have easily campaigned on the issue in 2012. In fact, he likely planned on doing so. The fact that he got that legislation passed in Massachussetts during his tenure as governor leads us to believe that he would have been the one to do the ACA. The GOP hated Obama so much that the fact that he would do anything that could be a political feather in his cap made health care a "No Go" in their minds.

Immigration is a very volatile subject world wide. In Germany, England and France it is a controversial political football. Those governments have a lot of terrorism, as we do in America that makes it easy to blame all the problems of terror on immigrants. That is a naive way of thinking. Some of the right wing politicians who do the "Immigrant Shaming" are reviled by moderate-thinking citizens, but are secretly followed by a great many uneducated people.

In America, Donald Trump screamed the loudest and awoke the sleeping bear electorate in the rural areas of the country who got him over the top in the electoral college that he once tweeted was "a distaster" (November, 2012).

There are a lot of Americans willing to overlook Trump's many moral defects and trumpet his bluster. Politically, it will be very difficult for him to "legislate" his campaign promises like "Lock Her up" refering to his vanquished opponent Hillary Clinton. Right after the election Trump called the Clintons "...good people." (60 Minutes 11/13/16)

There are many people in America on the left and the right who love the prospect of Trump finally fixing our badly desparate infrastructure problems. Trump is a builder who excels at building structures. If he could actually move his Republican elected congress to enact these ideas by fixing roads, bridges and public schools, he would actually have a legacy whenever he does leave office. In this case, they love Trump, the messenger.

One last subject. The far left and the far right are equally responsible for the divided politics in our country. This is not a one way street.

I have been just as guilty as anyone in not listening to the disenfranchised rural Americans who have been left behind. Hillary Clinton missed the boat on this issue and now she is out in the dark, despite winning the popular vote. IN America, the wannabe president must now embrace ALL Americans. That is where we are in 2017 politics.