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Trump’s miscalculation

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The candidate contemplates new ways to lose.

Max BialystockHow could this happen? I was so careful. I picked the wrong play, the wrong director, the wrong cast. Where did I go right?

You’ve all seen The Producers, right? The Mel Brooks flick about a Broadway man who wants to put on the biggest flop that ever was so he could abscond with the old-lady investors’ cash?

Well, my wife had the stunning observation last week that we’re seeing it play out in real life, only it’s not Springtime For Hitler — it’s The Trump Campaign!

There’s really no other explanation for his 3 a.m. Twitter rants about Alicia Machado last week. He’s trying to lose the election, folks, and that tells me that he actually does have the temperament to be president.

Quite the paradox. He knows he’s incapable of running the most powerful nation in the world, and that qualifies him to do it!

Not really.

It’s pretty clear to me, though, that he doesn’t want the job after all. It was a lark at the beginning, kind of a giant focus-group experiment. How many people will follow a belligerent, crude, disrespectful, ignorant, dishonest, and freakishly orange man in spite of all these flaws simply because he says what they want to hear? And it turns out the answer to that is effing millions! This has shocked him, and as the possibility has grown in recent weeks that he might actually win this thing, he needs to derail the train as quickly, yet sneakily, as he can.

The Machado incident marks the beginning of Act III in his version of The Producers. And he’s terrified that the crowd is still roaring with approval.

Look for even more outrageous statements and behavior as the days dwindle down. He needs to turn the heat way up if what he’s done so far doesn’t knock his poll numbers down to size.

I wonder what Mel Brooks himself would say about Trump. Oh, this: “If I were doing a sitcom I’d do it about a powerful idiot like this guy, who’s running a big corporation or a big network and we’d get to see behind the scenes what an idiot he is.”

Maybe this is even more strange than we thought. Maybe The Trump Campaign is actually Mel’s latest project!

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17 comments on “Trump’s miscalculation

  1. Charles Yallowitz
    October 4, 2016

    Interesting. So, our choices are now a man trying to self-destruct on purpose and a woman that seems to do it by accident? I keep getting the feeling that we’re on the edge of a national upheaval and it won’t be anything like people are expecting. Just a big mess.

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 4, 2016

      Yes, I think we’re headed for national angst like we’ve never seen before. Yipeeee!

      • Charles Yallowitz
        October 4, 2016

        Hope it stays at angst and doesn’t boil into a homicidal rage. The negativity and hate has gotten to disturbing levels. You can’t just wipe that way too, so I wonder what the enraged groups will do if their side loses.

  2. pinklightsabre
    October 4, 2016

    The strange thing, that’s almost empowering but confronting to me, is what if we imagined we’re responsible for creating this, for the millions of people who do support him, rather than just saying they’re idiots and shutting down? I know that sounds ‘out there’ and quasi-Zen, but I’ve tried to do that in my mind at least. We have friends who just refuse to go there, who won’t acknowledge his supporters, but that doesn’t seem to advance the issue anywhere, it only exacerbates it. Maybe to dig a layer lower and consider why/how are we this broken to put an obvious idiot on stage to lead the country? It’s really terrifying, French revolution style.

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 4, 2016

      So right. How did we get here? I do know it takes two to tango, so for progressives simply to say, “Let’s talk,” isn’t enough. A couple weeks ago a Trump man nearly spit at my feet when he saw my Bernie Sanders hat! “Damn liberal,” he said. Whoa.

      And it’s important to remember, those guys aren’t going anywhere when Trump loses. They gawn be mad as hell!

      • pinklightsabre
        October 4, 2016

        They gawn be!

  3. kingmidget
    October 4, 2016

    I’ve toyed with this idea ever since he started his campaign and achieved more success than people thought possible while he broke all of “the rules.” He doesn’t really want it, but I’m not so sure about that anymore. I think he’s just crazy enough to want it and think that this is the way he can win. Hell, it worked in the Republican primary — him being unhinged, that is.

    I really don’t know anymore. Maybe some time after election day we’ll find out the truth. Kind of like after election day in 2012, one of Romney’s family members disclosed that Mitt didn’t really want to run for President.

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 4, 2016

      Maybe we’ll wake up on Nov. 9th and it will all have been a terrible dream.

      Fat chance!

      • kingmidget
        October 4, 2016

        I just hope to wake up on October 9.

  4. Pamela Beckford
    October 4, 2016

    I’m constantly amazed at his followers (it’s like a cult) who defend all the things he says. I’m frightened

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 4, 2016

      Me too. I don’t talk politics with strangers these days …

  5. 1WriteWay
    October 4, 2016

    I think deep down (or as deep as The Donald can get), he doesn’t really want the job. The power, the attention, yes. The job and the low pay, no. I don’t think he has the mental stamina to sustain four years of this. No doubt he’ll have other people in place to do the heavy lifting, but he’s an attention-whore. And the attention he’ll get as president will be relentless.
    William is right about our need to figure out how we got here especially since we are not in the kind of economic crisis that gives rise to dictators and authoritarians. I keep thinking about Rwanda in 1994 and the power of the radio to incite people to murder their neighbors. Social media is driving a lot of the frenzied emotion these days, with the spewing of misinformation as well as inflammatory memes and messages. We have WikiLeaks that dumps mostly meaningless and catty data like confetti, distracting the public and journalists. We have journalists and media moguls that are more concerned with ratings and subscriptions than the accuracy of their reporting. I don’t entirely blame Trump supporters. For some of them, this is their last chance to feel relevant in an ever-changing world. They are rapidly becoming the minority in a world they no longer recognize. I can almost feel their pain because they project a world I don’t want to be a part of.

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 4, 2016

      Great points, Marie. I agree completely. And I do think a lot of Trump supporters are simply people who always vote Republican no matter what. He’s the candidate, so he gets their vote by default.

      That said, a lot of them really believe what he says. That good ol’ “basket of deplorables,” I guess.

  6. John W. Howell
    October 4, 2016

    I still think Trump has decided that Hillary should win so he will make sure she is elected. Let’s start another conspiracy theory with the idea that Trump will get to decorate the white house as his reward for helping Hillary. The scary part is Hillary has all the makings of a fine usurper of individual rights and will no doubt take the aggressive track in dealing with the Congress which will lead to a ton of Executive orders. They might eventually be found unconstitutional. It will be too late then. We can say hello to Kim Jong Hillary.

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 4, 2016

      Hmmm. And what individual rights are you afraid HC wants to snatch away from you?

      • John W. Howell
        October 4, 2016

        The right to choose my own doctors

      • Kevin Brennan
        October 4, 2016

        Oh, come on. You can do better than that! I lost the right to choose my own doctors every time my employers offered insurance through an HMO … Long before the ACA came along.

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