I’ve wondered if Donald Trump’s election win last year meant that we are doomed now to a cycle of emotional, demagogic, logic- and evidence-free campaigns and that the only way for Democrats to retake the White House (and maybe Congress and state offices) is to adopt Trump’s reality-TV theatrics Twitterrhea. Chris Matthews suggested something similar on TV yesterday:
“You know what’s happened in politics under Trump. But if he runs again, it’ll happen again. It’s not about resumé or qualifications, necessarily, or preparation or seriousness. It’s about how you behave on the stage… It’s on the stage, it’s in the moment,” Matthews said [Jacqueline Thomsen, “Franken: You Don’t ‘Have to Be Trump to Beat Trump,” The Hill, 2017.09.05].
National voice of reason Senator Al Franken of Minnesota holds out hope for a return to a decent, qualified President:
“I’m not sure that you have to be Trump to beat Trump,” Franken replied.
Franked pointed out that “the person who gets elected is often the opposite of the last guy,” noting that former President Barack Obama, seen as eloquent, followed former President George W. Bush, who was often viewed as the opposite.
“Maybe the next person to run against Trump shouldn’t feed into your narrative there, which is always a mistake, Chris,” Franken said [Thomsen, 2017.09.05].
Wow—if the electorate does follow the oppositional pattern Franken suggests, the 46th President of the United States is guaranteed a spot on Mount Rushmore.
Related Reading: Speaking of that man in the White House, former District 16 House candidate Ted Curry is doing a little blogging. In a Labor Day post, Curry explains why the self-obsessed Donald Trump is so out of touch with the regular Americans whom he pretends to champion.