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Pat Buchanan had a good op-ed out this week on how Donald Trump can win the debate on Monday.
Essentially, Pat advises Trump to not do a whole lot of anything, other than be presidential, as he was in Mexico last month.
“Beat the point spread” is a good description of what Donald Trump has to do in Monday night’s debate.
With only a year in national politics, he does not have to show a mastery of foreign and domestic policy details. Rather, he has to do what John F. Kennedy did in 1960, and what Ronald Reagan did in 1980.
He has to meet and exceed expectations, which are not terribly high. He has to convince a plurality of voters, who seem prepared to vote for him, that he’s not a terrible risk, and that he will be a president of whom they can be proud.
He has to show the country a Trump that contradicts the caricature created by those who dominate our politics, culture and press.
I agree. No one expects a lot of political sophistication from Trump because, after all, he has run as the un-politician.
Trump doesn’t need to know the names of foreign leaders, for instance.
Laura Ingraham had the best suggestion I’ve seen for that eventuality:
“He needs to say something like, ‘Look, I’m sure that Hillary knows all of the names of the government officials of every country on the planet because she was flying around on our dime asking them for donation [sic] to the Clinton Foundation. What I know is I know solutions. …'”
Trump has gone to school on Clinton. If he stays cool and continues to plink away at her abysmal record, he wins. Just be prepared for the pop quizzes.
Lastly, Trump does need to watch out for the gotcha questions, especially on some of his more controversial statements. For instance, his position on friending up with Vladimir Putin.
Those who get Trump’s shtick know what he means when he talks of being friendly with Vlad, because a man like Donald Trump sees no one he meets across the table as anything more than an opportunity to come out on top.
But Putin almost certainly will come up and Trump should be ready.
The Trump campaign should run out today and have someone throw together a “Reset Button” identical to Hillary’s (misspelling and all).
Then, at the opportune moment, Trump should hold up his replica to Lester Holt, and say, “Lester, Vladimir Putin sent this to me and asked if I could get it to work.”
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