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Running Out the Clock on Donald Trump

Monday, 04 April 2016 08:00 AM Current | Bio | Archive

This column is not normally the place to send Democrats or other leftists looking for political reassurance, but today is different.

I know I’ve been consistently wrong about Donald Trump’s chances for winning the nomination but, like Mark Twain’s broken watch, this time has to be one of the exceptions.

Now that Trump has expanded his confrontational brand of campaign cardio from demonstrators at his events to friendly media outlets covering the campaign, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for him to thread the victory needle.

Booting George Ramos — Univision’s annoying ethnic activist who masquerades as a reporter — from a news conference was a great idea.

Trump could only top that by forcing Ramos to work on the wall or ejecting his brother Anderson Cooper from a future event.

But continuing to support a campaign manager who manhandles a female reporter escalates the “War on Women” from hyperbole to hands–on.

Overall the Trump campaign demonstrates a strange media outreach strategy.

Taking on the New York Times, Washington Post and the rest of the leftist fellow travelers made sense for a Republican primary candidate.

Newt Gingrich pumped new life into his shaky campaign during 2012 following the same formula.

Attacking the only major network that gives conservatives balanced coverage makes much less sense. Yes, Megyn Kelly was obviously adversarial, but Trump should have stopped with his Rosie quip, which was very funny.

Weeks of Kelly cat fighting and threatening to boycott Fox events could be interpreted as demonstrating damn–the–torpedoes independence.

Or, it could remind voters that no one pets a rabid dog.

How putting an arm bar on a female Breitbart reporter fits into his media outreach is baffling.

Breitbart has been all Trump all the time.

I don’t think buying the website would have generated better coverage for Trump.

If favorable reporters are bounced around before the election, God help the mainstream media after the inauguration.

This may explain why Trump prefers telephone interviews; less chance his staff will attack the journalist.

The question now is where can Trump turn for unbiased coverage?

He lost Al Jazeera, Univision, and Telemundo during his announcement. CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, AP, Reuters, and MSNBC turned on him faster than a Chipotle customer who left with a bad taste in their mouth.

He’s offended GOP–friendly Fox News, the Weekly Standard, and the National Review while attacking Breitbart, so what’s left?

Can Trump win if Russia Today is the only free media vehicle that doesn’t hate him?

Aside from his up–close–and–personal media management techniques, the other remarkable phenomena associated with Trump is how many inaccurate comparisons he generates.

The left, and now some of the right, warn that a Trumpista administration is an incipient strong–man regime that will adopt the values of Stalin or Hitler.

This exaggeration gives me another chance to reassure leftists and RINOs.

Trump won’t even run a Capone–like administration for one simple reason: He’s losing the battle to what Lincoln called “the silent artillery of time.”

Trump is too old to be a Nazi, although he can continue to be boorish for as long as he wishes. It takes youthful vigor to be a totalitarian.

There is no evidence of Social Security–aged leaders becoming tyrants.

Any Maximum Leader in his sixties got started 20 years earlier.

Stalin seized power when he was 51. Hitler’s rule in Germany began when he was 44. Lenin was 47 when he climbed the heap of bodies.

The youngest dictator was Mussolini. He was only 39, when Il Duce became a spaghetti strongman.

Trump is also too old for Trumpismo to be a domestic threat. Huey Long was 42 when he died and George Wallace ran at age 49.

At 69, Trump is too old and his hair looks like its already been embalmed. He’s facing a category of term limits that no one escapes.

Think of it this way. Obama was 47 when he began breaking the oath of office.

He’s been able to turn the IRS into an enforcement arm of the left, corrupt the Justice Department with a series of political witch hunts, pack the executive branch with ideologues, bypass the Constitution with executive orders, ignore the law when its inconvenient, nullify the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and still play at least one round of golf each week.

There’s no way Trump can match that pace.

What with supervising construction of the wall, The Donald will be lucky if he can find the energy to keep up his stream of Twitter insults, much less start rounding up Muslims.

His only hope for establishing a regime would be to convince his son Donald, Jr. to run, but the boy has shown zero aptitude for presidential politics.

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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