If I'd known this highly creative songified summary of the first GOP presidential debate was coming, I could have saved two-plus hours of valuable remaining-life time and just watched a four minute video.
A New York Times piece provides background on the video. I read:
The Gregory Brothers are a music video production group made up of Andrew, Michael, Evan and Sarah Gregory.
How they put the video together so fast is mind-boggling.
On a related note, I loved this post-debate Trumpanalysis by Ezra Klein. Trump is growing on me, in a decidedly weird way. His saying that he'd support himself and not run as a third party candidate if he gets the GOP nomination fits with Klein's take on Trump's marvelous self-referentialness.
You cannot embarrass Donald Trump. You cannot back him down with questions that make other candidates buckle. And the crowd loves him for it. They love him because he does not back down. The fact that Trump doesn't back down is the core of Trump-ism. It is the answer to how he will negotiate with the Democrats, with China, with Mexico. He will get what he wants because he doesn't back down.
Is it lunacy? Sure. But it's an appealing kind of lunacy. It's the ultimate Green Lantern Theory of the American Presidency. Candidates always promise that by virtue of their force of character, they will be able to do what their predecessors couldn't, while making fewer compromises than their predecessors made. It's what the people want to hear.
But Trump goes further. There is no border or boundary to his self-confidence. He doesn't just tell you he won't back down. He stands up and shows he won't back down. He is a mathematical proof for himself.
I watched the whole debate but left Fox before they tried to do the coup d'etat with a supposed group who watched the debate with Frank Lutz. Supposedly this was all neutral but sounds like it was aimed at taking down Trump. The story ahead of the debate was that the wealthy donors had ordered the others on the stage to take down Trump. Looks like Fox went with certain questions aimed at attacking him and then this after show which may or may not influence anybody. I cannot see myself voting for any Republican based on their stand on issues; so I am not an unbiased viewer. I actually did enjoy the show even if most of the canidates seemed to be repeating the same talking points. Do any righties think for themselves or is it lockstep on Iran, the wall, abortion, and shutting down government?
Posted by: Rain Trueax | August 07, 2015 at 02:35 PM
Brian said, "Trump is growing on me, in a decidedly weird way."
That's O.K. but please don't give me the "tingle down the leg" Chris Matthews line. THAT WAS WEIRD!
Brian, you like Trump because YOU ARE the Trump of South SoLame.
I really appreciate the fact that when you carefully formulate a viewpoint and express it, you stand by it. (right or wrong)
I get so sick of wimpy people that honestly take a position but later when the blowback occurs they turn into a quivering pile of jello begging for mercy.
"I'm Sorry. I'm sorry. I'll go to rehab, I'll do community service I'll....I'll....."
Similarly, I thought one of the high points in the debate was the TRASHING of political Correctness.
Heads up to cockamamie liberal robots: You can shove political correctness where the sun don't shine!!
If you don't like what Donald Trump, Brian Hines or Harry Vanderpool has to say here's my suggestion for you:
Tear pages out of your Saul Alinsky, or Barry Santoro book, past them to the inside of a bucket, place that bucket on your head and leave it there permanently. Now, no matter how much you turn your brainless head, you will agree with EVERTHING you see.
Posted by: Harry Vanderpool | August 07, 2015 at 05:21 PM
Most conservatives are fairly certain that Trump will not secure the GOP nomination. Even if he does, he has little chance against Clinton. And even if, by some mysterious fluke, he does become President, he will be denied his chance to be effective once he has the rules of the game explained to him.
Posted by: Willie R. | August 08, 2015 at 11:41 AM