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Re: State of the Union - pre/post election & whatever...

Post by kyotebue2 » Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:30 pm

Gallup polls have Trump's approval rating at just 38% 120 days until the election.

Re: State of the Union - pre/post election & whatever...

Post by Condottiero » Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:17 pm

Trump Believes That He Is Losing Because He Hasn’t Been Racist Enough...

:roll:

In truth, Trump’s approach to the 2020 campaign is no more rational than his approach to COVID-19. The president has as much reverence for political empiricism as he does for the public-health variety. To gauge the efficacy of a given campaign tactic, Trump does not turn to polling crosstabs; he turns on Tucker Carlson. The mogul’s religious devotion to right-wing media was a source of genuine strength in the 2016 Republican primary. Other GOP candidates pandered to Red America’s legions of Fox News grandpas, but only the billionaire was authentically one of them.

In the present context, however, the fact that Trump is a maniacal narcissist and cable-news addict works to his detriment. Other candidates court media attention in order to secure political power. Trump, by contrast, sought political power in order to secure media attention. His highest ambition is to see himself affirmed on his favorite television programs, and to feel himself loved in front of an audience of hooting supplicants. Convening mask-free, indoor rallies in swing states with soaring COVID-19 infection rates is a poor way to go about trying to win reelection, but it’s a sound strategy for securing an applause junkie a quick hit of validation. When Trump carefully monitors Tucker Carlson’s assessment of his racial politics — while ignoring that of swing voters — he is undermining his own long-term political interests, but faithfully attending to his near-term psychological ones. Of course, the president isn’t inclined to view himself as self-destructively narcissistic, and has thus (reportedly) convinced himself that his favorite infotainers channel the preferences of a “silent majority” too taciturn to make itself heard in opinion polls.

Re: State of the Union - pre/post election & whatever...

Post by Condottiero » Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:02 pm

Frederick Douglass statue vandalized, ripped from base in New York...

Retaliation from butthurt neo-Confederates?

Re: State of the Union - pre/post election & whatever...

Post by Condottiero » Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:42 pm

Ssanemax wrote:
Condottiero wrote:Why is there a discussion over the mysteriousness of Trump's 2nd term plans? If he wins, he's going to be a lame duck, like most other presidents in their 2nd term. He'll continue golfing and being a general idiot who abuses EOs...


He might win with a better senate and house. It's 4 months away, for most of his voters his excellent record on Coronavirus will just be a bad dream, and they can remind themselves he is still the man who matches their view of how the world should be. Then he can roar into action building that wall, making America Great Again, Locking Her up and grabbing that pussy. (No, not the one he just locked up - though it might be a handy image for some of his voters - like I use Edwina Curry in the throes of orgasm under John Major as a handy way of keeping myself in business when my wife wants more than 3 minutes of my time.

Thanks to the 22nd Amendment, 2nd terms amount to nothing more than an approval of the 1st term. Outside the views of his base, I doubt there's been anything approval worthy of his 1st term. I don't think the Republicans are going to pick up any seats in the House and the Senate can't pass anything thanks to turtleneck's own partisan agenda. Legacies aside, most presidents care about 2nd terms on partisan grounds, but Trump doesn't care about ideology or following through with his own ideas, nothing beyond winning at all costs. Any speculation about his 2nd term plans is pointless, as he doesn't have any!

Re: State of the Union - pre/post election & whatever...

Post by Ssanemax » Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:27 am

Condottiero wrote:Why is there a discussion over the mysteriousness of Trump's 2nd term plans? If he wins, he's going to be a lame duck, like most other presidents in their 2nd term. He'll continue golfing and being a general idiot who abuses EOs...


He might win with a better senate and house. It's 4 months away, for most of his voters his excellent record on Coronavirus will just be a bad dream, and they can remind themselves he is still the man who matches their view of how the world should be. Then he can roar into action building that wall, making America Great Again, Locking Her up and grabbing that pussy. (No, not the one he just locked up - though it might be a handy image for some of his voters - like I use Edwina Curry in the throes of orgasm under John Major as a handy way of keeping myself in business when my wife wants more than 3 minutes of my time.

Re: State of the Union - pre/post election & whatever...

Post by gustav » Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:35 am

Nice fireworks btw. Sure the 130K dead would have loved them too.

Re: State of the Union - pre/post election & whatever...

Post by Condottiero » Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:28 am

Why is there a discussion over the mysteriousness of Trump's 2nd term plans? If he wins, he's going to be a lame duck, like most other presidents in their 2nd term. He'll continue golfing and being a general idiot who abuses EOs...

Re: State of the Union - pre/post election & whatever...

Post by Condottiero » Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:09 am

Jakar Nilson wrote:Will Kanye jumping in the race have any effect, or will he be like Joe Exotic was in 2016?

Who knows? Trump treated 2016 like his previous runs, just a publicity stunt and never expected to win. If West wins in 2024, expect a tackier looking Executive Mansion...

Re: State of the Union - pre/post election & whatever...

Post by kyotebue2 » Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:51 pm

As if 2020 couldn't get any weirder, yes Kanye will be the Tiger King of 2020.

Re: State of the Union - pre/post election & whatever...

Post by Jakar Nilson » Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:42 pm

Will Kanye jumping in the race have any effect, or will he be like Joe Exotic was in 2016?

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