I don’t know the name of all the candidates trying to run for president of the U.S. in 2016. I recognize some names. I even know what some of them are reputed to have said. But I haven’t been paying close attention. It’s early yet. I doubt any candidate has shown his or her true colors.
So far, they seem a rather sad lot. When the field thins out, I’ll get more serious. Politics is the grandest sport of all, and the U.S. Presidential election is the Olympic games of politics.
Then, there’s The Donald. Trump.
He’s the top of the list of candidates who scares the daylights out of me. Not because he is outrageous or ridiculous, or is such a clown, but because he plays the fool so well. He has most people — including some opponents — believing his act.
It is an act. Trump is nobody’s fool.
He’s a smart guy. Powerful. Rich. He is not owned by any party or lobby group. He plays by his own rules, whatever that means. Since he has never revealed the rules by which he plays. I’m not sure he has any. I know he wants power and I’m sure he’d be very happy to wield it. But what he believes in … if he believes in anything … is anybody’s guess.
No matter how hard you listen, he never says anything. At least not anything you can pin down. He deflects questions by saying outrageous — nonsensical — stuff. The press eats it up.
What a rich harvest for the media! A cornucopia of sound bites! A bonanza of headlines! Film at 11!
Donald Trump is the jackpot for stand-up comedians, news departments, bloggers, and comedians. He knows it. Plays to it. As long as he keeps everyone talking about his latest gaffe, no one forces him to answer hard questions like “What do you stand for?” and “Why do you want to be president … really?” In this 10 second sound-bite world, he has mastered the art of giving them what they want.
If Trump didn’t exist, the media would have to invent him. I don’t think the American people are dumb enough to actually elect him … are we?