by Joe Shea
August 7, 2015
CAN TRUMP BEAT HILLARY? LIKE A STICK, WE SAY
BRADENTON, Fla. -- It was a surprise to me this morning when I read the lead story in the New York Times about the 9 p.m. GOP Presidential Debate Aug. 6 in Cleveland. The focus of the article from beginning to end was on Donald Trump, and in that fact is the suggestion that Trump is the likely nominee as things now stand.
But could he beat Hillary Clinton, if she becomes the Democratic nominee? Hundreds of media people preface their articles by saying he would not, and could never become the nominee, but I think he could beat her like a stick.
Hillary's appeal to women is undeniable, and I suppose she could turn enough women against Trump to make a difference, yet I think men are going to be the decisive voting bloc in 2016.
Many of them are full of admiration and respect for a man who doesn't back down, doesn't fade under criticism, and doesn't change his tune every five minutes. There's only one Donald Trump, and people like him come around only a couple of times in a century, and they rarely turn to politics to cap their rèsumé.
It may even be that his success as a deal-maker and negotiator will serve his country better than any other candidate - only one of whom has comparable experience, and none of whom have such such a stongly avowed determination to bring America back to the greatness we once enjoyed, such as in the '50s under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
There is a deep hunger in this country for that sort of restoration, and when Trump vows to "Make America Great Again," we hear and applaud the idea, and at the same time wonder why that isn't the professed aim of the other Republican and Democratic candidates?
Trump will not run away from the challenges he'll face on the road to the presidency, and he will not back down from the sort of things he's been saying all along. If you are as sick of political correctness as I am - it's like a stifling heavy blanket on free expression, as far as I'm concerned - then you may rush to embrace Trump for that reason alone.
If you don't like the extreme skepticism with which most media greeted his candidacy - Don Lemon on CNN roared with laughter as he announced it - then your generalized disgust with the media in general will also push you toward him.
In many ways, on many fronts - as reflected in polls that show him without the traditional base GOP candidates call forth - Donald Trump is making a difference in our aspirations for a new President. Those aspirations can now include straight talk, a refreshing directness and more forceful speech, things we have rarely entertained before.
Ross Perot struck this nerve in 1992 with his plain talk, but gravely disappointed many when he jumped out of the race because someone allegedly threatened his daughter's wedding. Couldn't he afford protection against such an attack? My suspicion was that some huge accounts threatened to drop his cash cow, the EDP automated payross processing firm, if he didn't pull out.
The important question to ask is how a President Donald Trump would comport himself. Would he immediately offend old friends and partners like Mexico and Japan, or put on ice the huge amount of trade we enjoy with China?
Would his plain-spoken style end up offending significant groups of Americans, like Hispanic Americans, women and fellow Republicans? Or would his business sense take command, moving him to avoid costly confrontations while becoming extremely tough at the negotiating table?
My own hopes for Trump, if he becomes President, are that indeed he will renegotiate our trade relationships with Japan, Mexico, and most of all, China. I am far more sympathetic than he is to the undocumented immigrants who flow across our border, believing most of them to be innocent, hard-working, honest and, though unskilled, eager to learn. I don't support the erection of a wall unless it is to show the superiority of magnesium oxide, or MgO, which the Chinese used to build their Great Wall thousands of years ago.
I don't see Trump as a front for Big Oil, so I can at least hope that some of the amazing new technologies that can replace petroleum - such as the Energy Catalyzer of Andrea Rossi and the Hydrino Reactor of Randall Mills - will get useful backing from the Dept. of Energy to help begin the transition to a coal-and oil-free economy. For now, Trump says he wants to rescue the coal industry.
Despite the assertions of media people than he can never be President, I believe he can not only get the nomination but beat Hillary Clinton by an impressive margin.
After all, if he can't, what's the point of being the Donald?