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Democrats don’t know how to run against Trump
2016-05-06
[WASHINGTONPOST] Trump, as the underdog, is not without some advantages. First, the selfish interest of the news media demands there be a close race. So for the next few months, the media will ensure the race stays competitive and will sustain wall-to-wall coverage of every insult and barb. Much of the media will do Trump’s work for him by simply repeating what he says. He knows how to effectively leverage the media.

Trump doesn’t do policy and poise very well, but policy and poise are boring. The media likes the bile and blood that spews from the Trump campaign, and they will help spread it around. The sooner the race becomes "Shouting Hillary" vs. "Insulting Trump," the more the media will like it. And, oh by the way, in elections where there are a lot of heat and venom, turnout goes up, not down.

Another "advantage" Trump has is that nothing is out of bounds for him, there’s no place he won’t go and nothing is too low. Most recently, Trump actually thought a good way to sully Ted Cruz before the Indiana primary would be to push the National Enquirer story that Cruz’s father had some proximity to the JFK liquidation. What will he not do? If it hadn’t happened, I would have told you it was impossible for a real candidate to stoop so low.

We can only imagine the outrageous insults and taunts Trump will lob at Clinton, her surrogates, her staff, her contributors, her family and her sympathizers. Nothing and nobody is off-limits, and everybody will tune in to hear the latest. Will Clinton and crew respond in kind? Respond at all? Wait? Wait until when? Before the convention? After the convention? October? Trump will dish it out, he can take it and none of his tactics have caught up with him so far. Trump has high negatives, but elections are relative. He needs only a 50 percent market share against one opponent on one day in November. Clinton’s brand is already sullied, and running against Trump will not be a flattering experience.

The Donald puts everyone on their back foot, especially anybody who thinks campaigns should be conducted with a set of rules and with a modicum of dignity. Trump has been selling and nurturing grievances and he will be eager to goad Clinton into a fight. When the polls tighten, she will face cries to "fight back" -- and when she does, she will be on Trump’s turf and anything could happen.
Posted by:Fred

#14  Dems are going to get their army of thugs and low lifes and riot and try to create mahem to derail the election. Just wait. They will do ANYTHING to throw the election, especially when they are losing. Head on a swivel, folks, powder dry.
Posted by: Alaska Paul   2016-05-06 20:53  

#13  No safe zone for the weak minded in elections. Not like at PC-Insane colleges.
Posted by: 3dc   2016-05-06 20:37  

#12  Democrats don’t know how to run against Trump

No surprise. They will figure that out after they figure out how to run an economy and learn how to stop pandering to all their constituent splinter groups required to hold any kind of majority.
Posted by: gorb   2016-05-06 17:00  

#11  The end result of the election is going to awful, but getting there is going to be amazing entertainment.
Posted by: Shipman   2016-05-06 15:52  

#10  Easy. Start attacking Gary Johnson.

Dude! Get ready to Feel The Johnson!

(Wait... maybe that's for some other candidate...)
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain   2016-05-06 15:06  

#9  You mean throwing bottles and rocks at Trump supporters didn't work?
Posted by: Unelet Protector of the Sith2424   2016-05-06 14:18  

#8  Trump doesn’t do policy and poise very well, but policy and poise are boring.

Nonsense. Trump's policies are why he is now the presumptive nominee. Just because WAPO doesn't like them doesn't mean Trump doesn't do them. If the media prefers to cover the "bile and blood" it's because they are lazy and stupid and because it fits their narrative that Trump is a vulgar bully compared to the oh so proper and correct Hildebeest.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305   2016-05-06 12:51  

#7  Easy. Start attacking Gary Johnson.
Posted by: Iblis   2016-05-06 11:31  

#6  When does Newsweak have their "We are all KKK members now" splash on their website nobody visits?
Posted by: M. Murcek   2016-05-06 09:29  

#5  Democrats don’t know how to run against Trump

Someone who actually fights? Someone who uses your own playbook? Someone who has his own army of zombies to match yours who won't care what you say about him? Someone who found the largest special interest group in the country? The one you have been disparaging and abusing for half a century? Well, you got their attention and he's got theirs.
Posted by: Procopius2k   2016-05-06 08:45  

#4  We will deal with Trump like any nominee. And as any other President we had. There have been much worse in Our history. Especially the one we have now.
But DO NOT let another communist take office under any circumstance.
Posted by: newc   2016-05-06 01:25  

#3  Sure they do. Look how their EU mentors dealt with Pym Fortuyn.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru   2016-05-06 01:22  

#2  Trump needs to keep inside the Hildabeast's OODA loop and she will have to look up to see down.
Posted by: Alaska Paul   2016-05-06 00:34  

#1  The Republicans didn't know either. The press gave him $2bln in free exposure, and will continue to do so - they get ratings and ad dollars by the truckload. Wouldn't surprise me if they did the math and putsched pushed Trump into office for 4 years of big money just to see the fight between him and the Congress and courts.
Posted by: Anguth Jogum9364   2016-05-06 00:16  

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