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Donald Trump to the Rescue, Again

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Friday, 18 Mar 2016 03:20 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Once again Donald Trump is unafraid to say what professional politicians are too timid or too consultant–bound to express. In a single statement Trump summed up exactly what middle America is thinking, regardless of potential media backlash.

And the response of the surviving GOP presidential candidates only serves to show once again how out of sync they are with the electorate.

Thursday, Trump was asked about the upcoming debate in Utah sponsored by Fox News and Lunesta.

His reply freed us from hours of repetition, pandering to mailmen and incessant mentions of Ohio. Trump declared, “I think we’ve had enough debates. How many times can the same people ask you the same question? . . . I won’t be there, no.”

I know just how he feels. Since about the 8th debate I’ve been DVRing because I can only endure watching in small doses.


When my wife mentioned the Utah confrontation I had a sinking feeling, because it was news to both Donald and me. “Well you know, I’ll be honest: Nobody even told me about it,” Trump answered on "Fox and Friends." “I thought the last debate on CNN was the last debate.”

Now the only way Fox could persuade Trump to attend would be to offer appearance money, like Goldman Sachs does when it wants Hillary to say a few words.

After all, paying Trump would only be fair. He’s been the greatest boost to cable news audiences since the invention of cleavage.

The video SWAT team at Fox is probably heartbroken they won’t get another chance at Trump. They no doubt had a long list of videotaped contradictions, misconceptions, and back–peddling that Megyn Kelly planned to use in an effort to embarrass Trump.

Kelly versus Trump has got to be the most futile vendetta since Michelle Obama declared war on obesity.

Even Kelly should be able to grasp the fact that a man who boasts of his infidelities, assures us his plumbing is extra large, and plasters his name on products that aren’t his, remains immune to normal candidate standards of behavior.

Kelly would have a better odds trying to catch Kim Jong–Un at a showing of "The Interview."

In the beginning there was a certain car crash fascination to the GOP debates.

I wondered when Trump would finally say something so outrageous his campaign would implode. I’m still wondering. I imagine I’ll be wondering when Trump accepts the nomination in Cleveland.

(Right now geography is the only justification for John “The Apostle” Kasich remaining in the race. Did you know he’s governor of Ohio? Since the convention is there — in Ohio! — Kasich is no doubt hoping that nothing propinques like propinquity and, in the event of a deadlocked convention, the nearest governor still in the race will be nominated.)

After Trump bailed I started a list of things I would rather do than watch Ted Cruz “debate” Kasich. It started with medical procedures and rapidly progressed to watching a Melissa McCarthy movie and joining a yoga class.

Then Cruz and Kasich pulled the plug, too.

After so many months on the periphery, teetering on the edge of demotion to the kiddie table, one would have thought Kasich would relish the chance to be center stage. He could have eliminated the in his neck crick he got from looking sideways down the long line of candidates.

With only two participants, Kasich could have told us more about his dad’s strategy for dealing with dangerous dogs.

Instead, he and Cruz declined to participate in the most ungrateful manner possible.

Rather than thanking Trump, they claimed the man without a filter was a coward!

Nobody believes that.

Cruz called Trump “Ducking Donald.

Kasich’s camp contended that Trump was avoiding a confrontation, when in fact he was performing a public service.

No Trump equals no ratings. This is probably the real reason Cruz and Kasich pulled out.

They had no interest in having their Trump-less audience compared to previous debates with the Donald.

Trump has outgrown debates.

The public knows him and probably knows more about his platform than Trump does.

The New York Times calculates Trump has received the equivalent of $1.8 billion in free media exposure, far surpassing the $82 million Juan Bush spent on paid advertising.

Trump has spent far less money on advertising than any of the remaining candidates. Even the socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders has spent almost three times more on ads than Trump’s $10 million.

Trump can afford to sit on his lead and run out the clock, content in the knowledge that the richest candidate has had the most impact while spending the least.

In light of that, why shouldn’t Trump get Mexico to pay for his wall?

He got the mainstream media to pay for his campaign.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher (for the League of American Voters), and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.



 

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Trump has spent far less money on advertising than any of the remaining candidates. Trump can afford to sit on his lead and run out the clock, content in the knowledge that the richest candidate has had the most impact while spending the least. He got the mainstream media to pay for his campaign.
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