Negative Fallout From Trump’s Debate Performance Is Largely Dispelled


―op ed by thisdonald

I have had almost 24 hours to process the debate between Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton at Hofstra University last evening. It was the first of three scheduled debates. I pride myself in predicting the way these things go down and I must admit, it did not quite evolve the way I envisioned. I winced each time Trump missed an opportunity to call Hillary out on her numerous failures. I sighed when he failed to confront her with more empirical evidence on the deplorable (there’s a word she understands) state of the economy. And I cried foul when Lester Holt got away with disseminating erroneous facts to supplant the actual ones presented by Trump. The debate ended and left me disappointed and depressed that Trump had not caused her to combust and dissipate into the atmosphere as one more carbon emission from the compost heap that is the Washington establishment.

Then I awakened today and had my coffee and began to put things in perspective. When not working at my business, I listened to the talk show hosts analyze the debate performance from both sides of the aisle. More importantly, I listened to the average American call in and express his or her opinion of the debate. Almost without exception, all who had been a Trump supporter before the debate were not the least deterred in their intent to vote for him. All acknowledged his may not have been a performance one would have anticipated had Trump been a career politician. And most certainly, it was not worthy of a debate or moot court champion. But it was a brave and worthy challenge to an arrogant, elitist politician who represents all that is wrong in Washington. He did call her for what she is ― a person who cannot count one tremendous accomplishment to her credit after 30 years in politics. And all agreed, he accomplished his main objective, which was to show he could maintain poise in the face of confrontation and project a presidential demeanor. Too much so, for my taste but, then again, I have a reputation for being overly aggressive in an argument. I can afford to be. I’m not running for office.

Yes, all in all, it was much more lackluster than I think anyone imagined it would be. But the good news for Trump supporters is that Hillary came off as the automaton mouthpiece spewing the same old rhetoric we hear from democrats when they run for office contrasted against Trump who came across as the fellow you work with who has your back. And that’s what people want. That’s what will get Trump elected. The big cities, especially on both coasts, are full of people who identify with gentrified elitists. But middle America―the people of the fly-over states―share a common sense that sees right through the distain those in government have for those of us Hillary describes as “deplorables”. I believe Trump will continue to climb in the polls right up to election day. Hillary offers us a chance to choose our poison: “Terrorism Or Obamacare”. Get a blender and throw in the effect of skyrocketing health insurance premiums and the loss of health care providers (about to be announced in the Obamacare market just before the election) then add another terrorist attack or two from some religious fanatic Hillary wants to let in and give the vote to―and you have a recipe for Trump to win going away.

There are two more debates to come. Be certain Trump will be on the attack the next time. He’s not going to treat her with kid gloves the way Romney treated Obama in their third debate in 2012. I predict he will go on the offense and it will be she who is on the defense. But Trump’s winning or losing last night’s, or the next two debates for that matter―and it won’t change the outcome. Americans want real change in Washington and Hillary simply offers more of the same failed policies. Come November 8th, the silent majority, and an army of deplorables, are going show up at the polls and dethrone the beltway aristocracy. Mark my word.


November 8th . . . A Day of Reckoning

I am a true conservative. As such, many ask me how I can vote for Donald J. Trump, as I will November the 8th. To me, it’s quite simple. Fellow patriots and I share a love of freedom and a desire to protect our nation’s constitution. I and, I presume, most reading this, realize these things are mutually inclusive and inextricably bound. The Republican Elite and, those who say they will never vote for Trump because he does not conform to the old, “Let’s go along, to get along,” way of doing business in Washington, will fall on the sword of their own hubris.

Permit me to provide you with a crude analogy: If the Mitt Romney or―to my great disappointment―my original choice for president, Ted Cruz, and I were both veterinarians tending to a distressed mare in labor, he would let both die because they couldn’t save them both. I, on the other hand, would let the mare die―if necessary―to save the foul. They would have sacrificed both the present and the future. I would have reluctantly sacrificed the present to preserve the future.




Op-ed by thisdonald

I’ve had approximately twenty hours to process what Ted Cruz said or (more accurately) didn’t say at the Republican National Convention last evening. And also what he did. First, let me say, I have supported him, from here in my home state of Texas, in his Senate elections and all through the presidential primary process. I am a Constitutional Conservative and, as such, Cruz was my obvious and first choice. Had he proven more electable than Donald Trump, he would have remained my choice. Unfortunately, no republican proved more electable than Trump. No one had the charisma or ability to tap into the angst of the American electorate to the degree Donald Trump did and he easily emerged as the people’s choice. Ted Cruz shares my principles and values more than any of the former candidates. However, Ted was a candidate with great intelligence but short on charisma. At least in the context of a contest with Donald Trump. (And so was every other candidate, for that matter.) It doesn’t matter if Ted Cruz was or remains the smartest candidate in the room. Or that he is the most fierce defender of the Constitution. If he couldn’t get himself elected―it paid no dividend. Trump got himself elected as the republican nominee and I think Trump will get himself elected President. Ted will never have the panache of Trump but he could have caught on to what was working for Trump and, like Trump, and had the courage to tell middle America what we so desperately wanted and needed to hear. But he didn’t. He just patiently waited for Trump to derail and that never happened. It didn’t happen because that’s how desperately America needed what Trump was selling. “Make America great again―don’t apologize for who or what we are and―get out on board or get the hell out of the way!” So much did we need to hear this, there was no stumble Trump could make big enough for him to lose his support.

I am more than disappointed that Ted Cruz did not climb aboard the Trump Train last night. That being said, he was on the horns of a dilemma. Literally. He could do as Dr. Ben Carson did―put his personal pride aside and (at least for the time being); forget the disparaging comments Trump made about Cruz’s wife and father; and put our country first by supporting Trump in getting elected. Or―he could break his pledge to support the republican candidate (whoever it was) if not himself. I’ll be the first to say, “That’s a tough one.” Not quite up there with “Sofie’s Choice”, but tough. I’d like to say he made the correct one but I can’t. Being a strict constitutionalist, at least to me, implies putting your country above all else. Including personal welfare and pride. As our Founding Fathers did. Cruz claims to be one but he put family honor and personal pride first. To me, nothing I or my family have will mean much if we lose America and our way of life. And that is what is at stake here. I am disappointed and somewhat embarrassed for him that Cruz did not sacrifice the former for the latter. He should never have taken the convention stage if he could not endorse Trump. That decision has lumped him in with the Republican elites in so many ways. “I endorse Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States!” That’s what Cruz didn’t say last night.

Now to address what he did. I think Cruz was positioning himself for the presidency. I don’t think being a Supreme Court Justice would satisfy him. As qualified as he is, I don’t think he wants to spend the rest of his life behind the bench.  He wants to be on the front line leading the charge. I think he positioned himself such that―in the event Trump fails to be elected; or follow through on his promises; or totally fails to honor conservative principles―Cruz will be there in 2020 to say, “I told you so.” And to offer the alternative.

Lastly . . . you gotta admit―Cruz stands on HIS principles no matter the venue or opposition. Which is entirely why I supported him in the first place. But, for now, Republicans must win back the White House. Which means we have to elect Donald Trump. We have to start somewhere, or as a nation we are doomed. I don’t think even Ted Cruz could turn our sinking ship around after four years of Hillary on top of the eight we’ve already suffered with Obama!

Cruz’s knowledge and defense of the Constitution is too great an asset in Washington to lose. There are too few like him. But he needs to get on board in his support of Trump or―in the event Trump loses to Hillary―forever be perceived as bearing some of the responsibility for Hillary’s election.


(Ted waving, possibly goodbye, to his chances for the White House in 2020.)