I’d vote for this hair.

Someone makes an unironic case for Donald Trump for president. You know, of the United States. And it is awesome:

First, let’s address the “experience” issue. Give me a break. We currently have a president whose political experience includes a relatively short time in his state’s legislature and less than a full term in the U.S. Senate. I think the results of the last six years make that “experience we can’t believe in.”

This argument makes no logical sense. If you want to argue that Obama was unprepared to be president, the conclusion is that we should be electing?more experienced people to the presidency, not less. “Obama wasn’t experienced and therefore he sucked, so experience is irrelevant” is less like logic than like words thrown together at random. Also, at least get the fucking slogan right. Yeah, remember Barack Obama’s world famous slogan, “Experience we can believe in“? It was the other guy who talked about experience a lot. Then he picked a hockey mom with some form of aphasia as his running mate. Moving on:

Of course, today Trump has multiple business interests, the vast majority of which have been wildly successful. Always a hands-on businessman, he has dealt with virtually every aspect of life — from business negotiations to being, for many years, one of the nation’s most visible television personalities.

I personally hate the linguistic construction of a range where it’s not a range. If you’re going to put “from ___ to ___” in something you publish, those blanks better be filled by numbers, or some other recognizable sequence, like days of the week, letters of the alphabet, something like that. I hate it because it’s lazy writing that implies a sequence so frequently where none exists: there’s no relationship between being a businessman and a TV presenter, and that’s not granting the premise that these two roles comprise?all aspects of life. As for the first part, what failed casinos? Which bankruptcies? What’s that, Atlantic City is dying? “Wildly successful” is a bit too strong there.

During his hugely successful career, Trump has dealt with government, including government regulations, public policy and big-name politicians. He is adept at dealing with media and certainly knows how to handle a crisis.

One could point to his sensitive work on the foremost public policy issue of our time: the exact?location of President Obama’s long-form birth certificate.

If Barack Obama was considered qualified by a lapdog national media in 2008, then Trump is “uber qualified” in 2016.

See, I tend to remember the question of Barack Obama’s experience being extensively, if not always effectively, questioned during the 2008 campaign, both by the media and his opponents. Given the weakness of the Republican Party and of Hillary Clinton among primary voters, these concerns were not (to use one of my word-hate terms) game-changers. In retrospect, and I say this as someone who voted for him twice, he?wasn’t ready. But not in ways that people at the time said. McCain immolated his experience argument the moment he selected Sarah Palin as his running mate, and Hillary Clinton?wrongly seemed to think that this ad had something to do with experience rather than being a plain old ad hominem attack on Obama’s character:

The real problem was that Obama had zero understanding of his opposition. He looked at his work with Republicans in the Illinois Senate, his work with two senior Republican Senators on specific issues, and extrapolated too much from it. There was no small measure of arrogance to it too, but he legitimately believed that the culture wars had reached a turning point and that, with some hard work, he could end them altogether and bring about a new, cooperative era of politics. He was right about there being a turning point, but wrong about the direction, and so he built his strategy around things that were impossible. Had Obama won his 2000 House race, say, it’s quite likely he would have had a much more realistic picture of his Republican opposition, though I take it as a given that he would have voted for the Iraq War were he in Congress then and thus would never have become president. (Anyone want to disagree with that after the past six years?) Anyway, this is to say that the issue was very much a live one. It just turned out not to be disqualifying in 2008. Moving on, this might well be the biggest stretch:

Trump probably comes the closest these days to having Reagan’s star quality, mixed with conservative beliefs. He has the ability and the willingness, as did Reagan in his breakthrough moment during New Hampshire’s 1980 primary campaign, to remind folks that he “paid for this microphone” and will darn well be heard. (Interestingly, and by coincidence, both Trump and Reagan were stars at one time for the same company — GE.)

At this point, every Republican comparing themselves to a Reagan of the mind is simply par for the course. But it strains credulity to compare a former two-term governor with a strong record of accomplishment and who consistently demonstrated the ability to work with a wide variety of interests?(and a man who damn near primaried a president in 1976) to a guy whose political career consists of pretending to consider running for president quadrennially since the 1990s. Yes, Reagan had great communication skills, but Republicans increasingly seem to be falling into the trap that has ensnared liberals for decades, the Sorkinian trap which says that all we need is a frontman with the right charisma and eloquence that will just SPEAK THE TRUTH and cause scales to fall from everyone’s eyes. It’s feel-good loserspeak, nothing more, and Reagan’s ability to deliver a good speech was only one element of his political skill set. If it were all he had, or all that were needed, then he would have introduced GOP presidential nominee Guy Vander Jagt?in 1980, not the other way around. But even if it were not, in what universe would Donald Trump?be considered the most plausible contender for this job? And anyone who knows Reagan’s movie career knows that “starpower”?is a cruelly ironic way to describe a guy who was washed up during his prime.

Anyway, he goes on to argue that Trump would force other presidential hopefuls to address the issues they “normally don’t have to face” in debates, like conspiracy theories about jobs reports, even more American troop presence in Iraq, and China tariffs. You know what, I agree with this guy. Trump should run. I’d love to have him raise these issues in Republican debates, I think that would be really great for him and for his fellow Republicans. It’s too bad list of casino gamesnobody cares about his phony presidential runs anymore.


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