So I’ve managed to step in it . . .
Today’s Sacramento Bee has this column, authored by yours truly, on Donald Trump and his California connections.
- California legislative Democrats who’ve introduced a resolution condemning Trump (they don’t want to you business with the man or his brand).
- Trump comparing himself to Ronald Reagan as liberals-turned-conservatives.
- The media likening Trump’s rise in the polls to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rise to power in California’s 2003 recall election.
My take — and this is where the trouble began:
- Reagan was an optimist. Trump, imo, is a scowling nativist.
- Reagan pleaded abandonment (“I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, it left me”), Trump was a registered Democrat as recently as 2009 — the same party still led by Obama, Pelosi and Reid.
- Unlike Trump, Schwarzenegger was serious about getting up to speed on public policy.
- Arnold was bipartisan; Trump’s only bipartisan moments are his dispensing of insults to both sides.
- Schwarzenegger was a generation ahead of his fellow Republicans on stem cell research and climate change. Trump threatens to push the party backward on immigration.
Since this column ran, I’ve received some no-so gentle feedback, most of which is NSFW However, I did receive this email from a reader. Some points mentioned, and I quote:
— Trump’s optimistic, he calls out the lack of a border fence and claims he can build it.
— Trump doesn’t know anything about government, like the head of the EPA not knowing what CO2 levels are in the atmosphere? Or Nancy Pelosi, you have to read the bill to know what is in it? Or Carolyn Kennedy running efforts in Japan for the US?
— Trump has touched a nerve of the population that are feed up with RINOs elected to stop the growth of government and the Press’ efforts to minimize him feeds the frustration that the public is so over the Main Stream Media Biases.
What this tells me . . .
It’s easy to crack down on Trump as a bully and poisonous for Republicans moving forward. But the border-fence resonates in some corners.
And consider the target-rich environment in which he’s operating.
All of which suggests that if and when Trump goes away, it won’t be because he ran out of ammunition.
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