Liberal pundit shocked to find that Trump isn’t following the conventional rules

posted at 10:41 am on August 25, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

The punditry battle to “explain” why Donald Trump remains stubbornly at the top of the polls continues, much to the amusement of those who enjoy munching popcorn and taking in the circus atmosphere of the electoral process. I gave up on it a while ago when I concluded that Trump was winning a game where he simply refused to play by the rules. I’ll violate the tenet of never quoting yourself here and go back to something I wrote a little earlier this summer.

Trump’s comments about the Fox News host were uncalled for and well outside the boundaries of our usual political discourse. And that’s really the entire point I was making about Trump yesterday, isn’t it? Everything he does is outside the normal political process. The man has taken the rule book, set it on fire and dumped the ashes on the heads of everyone else. And what seems to be driving everyone in the politico class to drink is that he still manages to stay on top. This is perhaps the reminder we all needed.

By this point it seemed to me that this should have become pretty much obvious to everyone, even if it runs contrary to the established wisdom. But there are still some folks who apparently missed the memo. One example I noticed today was Steve Benen who is writing for MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s blog. He is clearly shocked to not only find out that there is gambling going on in the casino, but that somebody like Donald Trump could come along and rewrite the rules, spoiling everybody’s good time.

If Trump has big leads in every poll, and his “ideas,” for lack of a better word, are suddenly driving the Republican conversation, how can anyone be so dismissive of Trump’s chances?

The answer has to do with those “rules.” Political science, based largely on careful scrutiny of previous elections, tells us quite a bit about what’s probable. And in this case, everything we know about the process tells us that competitive, top-tier candidates need considerable support from the party establishment, coupled with a top-notch field operation, all built around a competent, hard-working candidate, who has some modicum of relevant experience, and who enjoys broad, sustainable appeal.

In other words, political science suggests the Trump Show will soon end. We’re witnessing a fun amusement-park ride – keep your hands and feet inside the Trump Chopper at all times – but it will stop long before Americans actually start casting votes and/or participating in caucuses.

But what if the rules are wrong? Or more to the point, what if the rules are being rewritten?

At this point it looks as if there’s a slight glimmer of light beginning to flicker behind Benen’s eyes and the smell of all this smoke is finally leading him to at least suspect there might be some fire underneath. But then he goes on to quote Norm Ornstein at The Atlantic in a piece which falls back on the usual, liberal “explanation” for Trump’s failure to dry up and blow away. The problem, as they see it, is that the time of the “reasonable Republicans” is over. (By which, of course, they mean Republicans who act sufficiently similar to Democrats to make them suitable conversational companions without needing to take a bath in Purell afterward.) In their minds, everyone even marginally associated with the Republican party is now so “radical” that they are willing to accept a brutish barbarian like Trump as their standard bearer, leading to their inevitable demise.

But Steve then backs off and reasserts his belief in “the rules” which say that Trump should eventually fail… with one caveat.

The “rules,” in other words, still count. I think. Probably.

But if members of Congress start endorsing Trump, and his lead is still significant once TV ads start blanketing Iowa and New Hampshire airwaves in the fall, all bets are off.

The greatest fear being expressed by the folks in Benen’s camp (and all of Trump’s opponents, really) is that The Donald will wake up one morning and start showing people that he actually knows how the game is played and that he’s got a path to victory in mind. Well, if this latest story out of Iowa is any indication, it’s time for them to hit the panic button. (Reuters)

DUBUQUE, Iowa Thousands of people are expected to stream into an events center here on the banks of the Mississippi River on Tuesday to see Donald Trump. When they do, his presidential campaign will be waiting, looking to convert casual gawkers into hardcore supporters who will cast votes for the billionaire presidential candidate in the Iowa caucuses next year…

When those voters enter the Grand River Center on Tuesday evening, they will immediately be diverted to tables where Trump’s staff will recruit them to be county precinct captains, organizers, and volunteers. It’s a huge competitive advantage in a presidential race where other Republican candidates at times struggle to attract crowds in the hundreds.

Wait… you mean that Trump is using his enormous crowd drawing ability to start recruiting precinct captains and set up caucus gatherings? Why, that sounds positively… political. For the states with primary elections Trump doesn’t need to worry about much beyond gathering enough signatures to get on the ballot. His non-stop cable news, earned media extravaganza will do the rest. But in places like Iowa where they hold a caucus, more work is required to win. And now he seems to be doing it. If I were any of Trump’s opponents I would find that short news item the most frightening thing of the entire campaign thus far.


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Trump is playing the game the same way the Left does.

That’s the genius of it.

faraway on August 25, 2015 at 10:42 AM

They can not stand the truth.

Their lies killed.

Only truth can save U S All now.

Seek truth or die.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 25, 2015 at 10:42 AM

Obama broke all the rules AFTER he was elected. BEFORE is better. At least it’s more honest.

RBMN on August 25, 2015 at 10:43 AM

everything we know about the process tells us that competitive, top-tier candidates need considerable support from the party establishment, coupled with a top-notch field operation, all built around a competent, hard-working candidate, who has some modicum of relevant experience, and who enjoys broad, sustainable appeal.

Then explain the lazy, incompetent and inexperienced obozo.

Flange on August 25, 2015 at 10:44 AM

Dear GOPe,

Real Estate Development is 100% planning.

Trump is a expert Real Estate Development manager, investor, winner.

Facts matter.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 25, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Trump is playing the game the same way the Left does.

That’s the genius of it.

faraway on August 25, 2015 at 10:42 AM

Yep. Hard, rough, and back in their face. He doesn’t accept their premise, never apologizes.

He’s teaching us that “how Republicans “have” to deal with the media” is wrong.

As for his strength, people still don’t “get it”.

Trump’s Slogan: Make America Great Again

Nearly everyone else: Manage America’s Decline better than the other guys

ConstantineXI on August 25, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Liberal pundit shocked to find that Trump isn’t following the conventional rules

Sounds like a personal problem.

31giddyup on August 25, 2015 at 10:48 AM

Liberal pundit shocked to find that Trump isn’t following the conventional rules

Sounds like a personal problem.

31giddyup on August 25, 2015 at 10:48 AM

Liberal pundit shocked to find that Trump isn’t following the conventional rules


I KNOW!
He tweeted about 52 minutes ago!

Allahpundit [email protected] · 52m52 minutes ago

C’mon

PublicPolicyPolling @ppppolls

Our new NH GOP poll- Trump 35, Kasich 11, Fiorina 10, Bush/Walker 7, Carson 6, Christie/Cruz/Rubio 4, Paul 3: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2015/08/ppps-new-new-hampshire-poll-finds-donald-trump-in-the-strongest-position-of-any-poll-weve-done-anywhere-since-he-entered-the.html

PolAgnostic on August 25, 2015 at 10:48 AM

all built around a competent, hard-working candidate, who has some modicum of relevant experience

If this were actually true Obama never would have been elected (twice).

bandutski on August 25, 2015 at 10:48 AM

Liberal Illiberal tyrannical thug pundit shocked to find that Trump isn’t following the conventional rules PC.

Fug you, Benen. Where were/are you when your obama doesn’t follow ‘rules’ and convention?

On Trump’s demise, keep kidding yourselves :)

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2015 at 10:48 AM

Ipad or keyboard is at it again… sorry for the dupes.

31giddyup on August 25, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Ipad or keyboard is at it again… sorry for the dupes.

31giddyup on August 25, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Quote

Liberal Illiberal tyrannical thug pundit shocked to find that Trump isn’t following the conventional rules PC.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Liberal/socialists always project, pointing the finger at criminal activity they are actually committing. It is a sure indicator of what they are actually doing.

DimsdalePiranha on August 25, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Another good poll result in the great state of SC. Trump at 30%. Carson at 15% and Bush at 9%. politicalwire.com/2015/08/25/tru…

Congrats @LindseyGrahamSC. You just got 4 points in your home state of SC—far better than zero nationally. You’re only 26 pts behind me.

https://www.donaldjtrump.com/

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2015 at 10:50 AM

And in this case, everything we know about the process tells us that competitive, top-tier candidates need considerable support from the party establishment, coupled with a top-notch field operation, all built around a competent, hard-working candidate, who has some modicum of relevant experience, and who enjoys broad, sustainable appeal.

Where did you pull this come?

Dog Eater wouldn’t have gotten past the first debate if he had been “Larry Smith, white guy”, and Jebby is being shoved in our faces while we’re told to sit down and shut up.

The serfs are making noise, the royalty is getting nervous, and the George Will bards are doing their best to support the king.

Bishop on August 25, 2015 at 10:51 AM

PolAgnostic on August 25, 2015 at 10:48 AM

hehehehehehehehehe

Bishop on August 25, 2015 at 10:53 AM

“Liberal” pundits like Stephen Hayes, Jonah Goldberg at National Review and Jazz, Allahpundit at Hot Air?

mjbrooks3 on August 25, 2015 at 10:53 AM

The serfs are making noise, the royalty is getting nervous, and the George Will bards are doing their best to support the king.

Bishop on August 25, 2015 at 10:51 AM

Those peasants are revolting.

ConstantineXI on August 25, 2015 at 10:54 AM

The serfs are making noise, the royalty is getting nervous, and the George Will bards are doing their best to support the king.

Bishop on August 25, 2015 at 10:51 AM

I think you missed a few letters in that word.

Rix on August 25, 2015 at 10:54 AM

Trump is playing the game the same way the Left does.

That’s the genius of it.

faraway on August 25, 2015 at 10:42 AM

That would be one of the reasons why the left and the GOP are so angry with him and us. Tactics they’d reserved for themselves are now being employed to great effect against them and they don’t like it.

Another good poll result in the great state of SC. Trump at 30%. Carson at 15% and Bush at 9%. politicalwire.com/2015/08/25/tru…

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Schad, think anyone will still try to argue that Trump has “peaked?” :-)

Doomberg on August 25, 2015 at 10:54 AM

Liberal pundit shocked to find that Trump isn’t following the conventional rules

But enough about Noah Rothman & Allahpundit…

all built around a competent, hard-working candidate, who has some modicum of relevant experience, and who enjoys broad, sustainable appeal

Explain Hillary then..

Rogue on August 25, 2015 at 10:55 AM

The Republicans have nobody to blame but themselves for a guy like Trump gaining popularity. In TWO midterm elections, conservatives came out in droves and gave the Republican Party first the House in 2010 and then both the House and the Senate in 2014. And they STILL can’t do anything with that.

As Teddy Roosevelt once said about Taft, “He has the backbone of a chocolate éclair.” So does today’s Republican Party. They should call it the chocolate éclair party.

People have had enough of politicians not listening to them. If all we’re going to be getting is Democrat light whenever we vote and elected Republicans don’t stand up for something in Congress, what’s the point of voting?

We will simply end up like Greece or France, probably also be conquered by some country that doesn’t really care about social welfare states like us yearning to be neutral. And that’s a shame.

Libertyship46 on August 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Exactly. That’s why, unless Trump comes starts killing baby seals on TV or gets caught sending a picture of his privates to some floozy, he’s getting my vote. I simply don’t care for any of the other candidates who refuse to NOT be politically correct. What, at this point, would it hurt if he actually became president, considering the last 7 years we have had to suffer through?

Deckard BR on August 25, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2015 at 10:56 AM

The man has taken the rule book, set it on fire and dumped the ashes on the heads of everyone else.

Someone needed to do it.

Star Bird on August 25, 2015 at 10:56 AM

Congrats @LindseyGrahamSC. You just got 4 points in your home state of SC—far better than zero nationally. You’re only 26 pts behind me.

https://www.donaldjtrump.com/

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Why do those jokers keep re-electing that bastard?

2/3rds of the “Three Amigos” (McCain/Graham/Ayotte) have to stand for re-election in 2016. Unfortunately Miss Lindsey got re-elected last year.

ConstantineXI on August 25, 2015 at 10:56 AM

Trump is playing the game the same way the Left does.

That’s the genius of it.

faraway on August 25, 2015 at 10:42 AM

Trump is beating the R/D Uniparty at their games, and then some.

He’s going for a coalition much bigger than either have.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2015 at 10:57 AM

Schad, think anyone will still try to argue that Trump has “peaked?” :-)

Doomberg on August 25, 2015 at 10:54 AM

When he hits 60+, I’ll say he’s peaked.

ConstantineXI on August 25, 2015 at 10:57 AM

Wait… you mean that Trump is using his enormous crowd drawing ability to start recruiting precinct captains and set up caucus gatherings? Why, that sounds positively… political. For the states with primary elections Trump doesn’t need to worry about much beyond gathering enough signatures to get on the ballot. His non-stop cable news, earned media extravaganza will do the rest. But in places like Iowa where they hold a caucus, more work is required to win. And now he seems to be doing it. If I were any of Trump’s opponents I would find that short news item the most frightening thing of the entire campaign thus far.

.
So far, the other candidates haven’t credibly established they even KNOW how badly they are getting beaten …

… which makes it impossible for them to “find that short news item the most frightening thing of the entire campaign thus far.”

Clueless!

Why it’s almost like every single GOPe consultant advising every single GOPe candidate is completely incompetent.!?!

I keep waiting for Cruz to start exploiting the “space” TRump has opened up to start building his support …

tick tock .. no time to waste!

PolAgnostic on August 25, 2015 at 10:57 AM

If electing Trump is the death or the reduction of political correctness. That alone might be worth it. Changing the narrative is important.

Oil Can on August 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Why do those jokers keep re-electing that bastard?

ConstantineXI on August 25, 2015 at 10:56 AM


‘Cause he’s got a pretty mouth and they love to hear him SQUEAL!

PolAgnostic on August 25, 2015 at 11:01 AM

I love Trump telling reporter divas (male and female) they suck and won’t tell him what to do….

But Trump makes Obama look like Mother Theresa when it comes to being a diva.

At our house we still support Ted Cruz (and in totality with the H1B visa issue and ObamaTrade).

GO TED GO!

PappyD61 on August 25, 2015 at 11:02 AM

Schad, think anyone will still try to argue that Trump has “peaked?” :-)

Doomberg on August 25, 2015 at 10:54 AM

In-obama’s-pants-ChrisMatthews is throwing the race card at him now, along with others. It’ll have about as much effect as the other crap they keep flinging.

See this
, and it’s just the tip of that -berg.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2015 at 11:03 AM

Our new NH GOP poll: Kasich 11

How is that even possible?
Who are these morons that they are polling?

LoganSix on August 25, 2015 at 11:03 AM

Who wins a brokered Convention……

The Establishment.

PappyD61 on August 25, 2015 at 11:05 AM

..in other, late-breaking headlines: British Red Coats shocked that colonials take pot-shots at them instead of lining up on the field of battle face-to-face.

The War Planner on August 25, 2015 at 11:05 AM

From CL’s link

“You guys understand how significant this is?” Luntz asked reporters, according to TIME. “This is real. I’m having trouble processing it. Like, my legs are shaking.”

“I want to put the Republican leadership behind this mirror and let them see. They need to wake up. They don’t realize how the grassroots have abandoned them,” Luntz continued. “Donald Trump is punishment to a Republican elite that wasn’t listening to their grassroots.”

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Luntz conducted a focus group aired live on Fox News immediately following the first GOP debate early this month, finding mostly negative views of Trump – then also the front-runner.

Trump then went to Twitter to attack Luntz as “a low class slob” who “picks anti-Trump panels!”

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2015 at 11:07 AM

If electing Trump is the death or the reduction of political correctness. That alone might be worth it. Changing the narrative is important.

Oil Can on August 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM

I think that’s becoming my position as well.

As long as Trump is a patriot and a capitalist, I’m not sure that I care about the specifics of anything else at this point.

Star Bird on August 25, 2015 at 11:08 AM

But what if the rules are wrong? Or more to the point, what if the rules are being rewritten?

LOL, sez the guy who supports the party that gets a pass on ignoring rules laws.

antipc on August 25, 2015 at 11:08 AM

The derelict media made the ‘rules’.

They broke the ‘rules’, as it benefited their oxen.

Now, live with it! Trump is fumigating all of you.

Ironically, he’ll make the media more honest and richer too. See CNN.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2015 at 11:11 AM

And in this case, everything we know about the process tells us that competitive, top-tier candidates need considerable support from the party establishment, coupled with a top-notch field operation, all built around a competent, hard-working candidate, who has some modicum of relevant experience, and who enjoys broad, sustainable appeal.

Except for establishment support, Trump fulfils all of those criteria.

Fenris on August 25, 2015 at 11:12 AM

The Left has always set the Narrative (and it’s PC words). The GOPe has always played along.

You can destroy the Left by not playing along.

Trump is holding doctorate level classes on how to do this. Is anyone else listening?

faraway on August 25, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Political correctness is an illogical doctrine, cultivated by a delusional minority, promoted by the mass-media, which maintains that it is possible to grab a piece of shit by its clean end.

To destroy Karl Rove and all his minions is so much fun.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2015 at 11:13 AM

If you still can’t understand why anyone would vote for Trump, this four and a half minute video will explain everything (the most relevant part starts at about 1:38).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va71a7pLvy8

bandutski on August 25, 2015 at 11:14 AM

Why is Trump using his twitter account to attack Megyn Kelly, who has done nothing but return from vacation? What’s the great wisdom in that?

http://nypost.com/2015/08/25/donald-trump-back-to-bashing-megyn-kelly/

TarheelBen on August 25, 2015 at 11:15 AM

From I will never vote for Trump after smearing the POWs to Trump is the man… Great principles, Jazz… Remember, it is all about the polls… Support the man who is # 1 in the polls…

mnjg on August 25, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Hugh Hewitt will be the next ‘debate”s Kelly/Wallace.

Trump is aware of this.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Winning

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2015 at 11:17 AM

New tactic:

Stephen Hayes says conservative audiences reject optimism…
which explains the rise of dour Trump instead of positive Bush.

Yes, yes, “liberal” pundits don’t get it.

mjbrooks3 on August 25, 2015 at 11:17 AM

The Faux pundits are all trash now, leftie/righties, all the same.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2015 at 11:18 AM

New tactic:

Stephen Hayes says conservative audiences reject optimism…
which explains the rise of dour Trump instead of positive Bush.

Yes, yes, “liberal” pundits don’t get it.

mjbrooks3 on August 25, 2015 at 11:17 AM

“Conservative” pundit George Will talked about Trump supporters being close to forcing Hispanics to wear patches on their clothing.

Sad that lefty talking heads are kinder to Trump supporters than righty talking heads.

Bishop on August 25, 2015 at 11:22 AM

Conservatives are simply frustrated after watching McCain and Romney play by Queensberry Rules, while the media and Obama used switchblades and brass knuckles.

If you compare Trump’s comments with what the DNC, Obama and the MSM have said (and continue to say) about conservatives, Trump’s words are still less controversial.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on August 25, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Winning

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2015 at 11:17 AM

According to Trump, “winning” is being ahead in the polls, yet he still trails Hillary (who’s almost in jail and with terrible polling numbers) by 6-12 points nationally?

I guess there is a new definition of “Winning” that I’m not familiar with.

Tater Salad on August 25, 2015 at 11:26 AM

Why is Trump using his twitter account to attack Megyn Kelly, who has done nothing but return from vacation? What’s the great wisdom in that?

http://nypost.com/2015/08/25/donald-trump-back-to-bashing-megyn-kelly/

TarheelBen on August 25, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Kelly is an adult, or at least she plays one on TV. Would you be complaining if he commented on George Will’s TV appearances? ‘Cause he’s a man, or at least he plays one on TV.

Fenris on August 25, 2015 at 11:28 AM

“Liberal” pundits like Stephen Hayes, Jonah Goldberg at National Review and Jazz, Allahpundit at Hot Air?

unipundits at uniblogs and other unimedia for the uniparty…

kudos to all who fight back against the postmodern republic

horatio on August 25, 2015 at 11:34 AM

unipundits

horatio on August 25, 2015 at 11:34 AM

Unitards?

faraway on August 25, 2015 at 11:37 AM

In other words, political science suggests …

Who put that science in there, so the libs could claim !Science!?

What a moron. Credentialed not educated, indeed.

Dusty on August 25, 2015 at 11:39 AM

One example I noticed today was Steve Benen who is writing for MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s blog. He is clearly shocked to not only find out that there is gambling going on in the casino, but that somebody like Donald Trump could come along and rewrite the rules, spoiling everybody’s good time.

Pretty good piece, Jazz, but your analysis would be more insightful, and relevant, if you centered it around someone like Rick Wilson, George Will, or Krauthammer. It’s the failure of the GOP Inc. pundit class to understand Trump’s appeal and success that is the main course here. That the Left has just woken up and is starting to get worried is just gravy.

Joseph K on August 25, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Benen is a cretin. Just last week he was still claiming “I can’t seem to figure out what Hillary did wrong…hurr durr”

If he managed to come up with even an iota of truth about what Trump’s doing, it’s probably because someone handed him a cheat sheet. Written in crayon. Using one syllable words.

PetecminMd on August 25, 2015 at 11:55 AM

well outside the boundaries of our usual political discourse.

Ma, ma, where’s my pa?
gone to the White House, ha ha ha!

corona79 on August 25, 2015 at 12:02 PM

“Playing by the rules” got us Harry Reid blatantly slandering Mitt Romney, getting away with it, and being proud of it.

“Playing by the rules” got us McConnell and Boehner saying they needed a GOP majority to get anything done, getting one, and folding.

NOT “playing by the rules” got Obama half a dozen impeachable offenses for which he will never even be censured, much less actually impeached.

Liberal pundit shocked to find that Trump isn’t following the conventional rules.

In other words, he’s shocked to find that this isn’t something that only leftists are allowed to do.

GrumpyOldFart on August 25, 2015 at 12:04 PM

The man has taken the rule book, set it on fire and dumped the ashes on the heads of everyone else.

Someone needed to do it.

Star Bird on August 25, 2015 at 10:56 AM

“The rulebook” consists of conventional wisdom, traditions, and superstitions based on the political non-sequiturs of yesteryear which have allowed the same factions to stay in control of their respective parties for nearly 50 years now. It was bound to come crashing down like a house of cards sooner or later.

gryphon202 on August 25, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Trump is playing the game the same way the Left does.

That’s the genius of it.

faraway on August 25, 2015 at 10:42 AM

Just wait until he starts buying votes. Hilarity will ensue.

RSbrewer on August 25, 2015 at 12:30 PM

“Liberal” pundits like Stephen Hayes, Jonah Goldberg at National Review and Jazz, Allahpundit at Hot Air?

unipundits at uniblogs and other unimedia for the uniparty…

kudos to all who fight back against the postmodern republic

horatio on August 25, 2015 at 11:34 AM

The problem with the likes of Goldberg, Allahpundit, et al, is that while they write some conservative stuff, they always revert back to the assumption that we can’t actually pursue conservative policies because the public won’t have it.

In other words, while they write columns about conservative ideas and trashing liberal ideas, they then tell us unwashed that we still have to accept the status quo and the liberal GOP because we have no choice.

It is a product of wanting to seem “respectable” and be liked by other journalists (the vast majority of whom are raging leftists). They likely don’t even realize they are doing it most of the time, it has become subconsciously ingrained in them to defer to leftism and its assumptions and pretend the leftists are decent people and intelligent (if I had nickle for every time Goldberg writes nice things about New Republic writers and complimenting their intelligence – despite these same writers being rabid liars and idiots, I’d be rich).

To these writers, discussing conservative ideas is fine, but trying to apply the same ideas in practice is gouache. Even Ace at Ace of Spades struggles with this – see sawing between giving up on the GOP and then writing a post on supporting the GOP.

Monkeytoe on August 25, 2015 at 12:34 PM

“The rulebook” consists of conventional wisdom, traditions, and superstitions based on the political non-sequiturs of yesteryear which have allowed the same factions to stay in control of their respective parties for nearly 50 years now. It was bound to come crashing down like a house of cards sooner or later.

gryphon202 on August 25, 2015 at 12:05 PM

The biggest problem is that the “rule book” was written entirely by the left. So, it supports leftism out of the gate. And, the GOP has gone along with it entirely – because of the course the GOP also supports leftism and wants to clamp down on conservatism.

Which is another reason I love what Trump is doing, even though I’m not a Trump supporter (I prefer Cruz and don’t believe Trump is at all conservative).

Monkeytoe on August 25, 2015 at 12:36 PM

Political correctness is one form of a censorship. It causes the same damage to democracy and leads perfectly to the tyranny by those, who are censoring. In fact, it is used by those, who are seriously pursuing to monopolize the power. So, if we still did not understand it, we need to rather wake up and do something about it.

SERGE99 on August 25, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Trump’s Slogan: Make America Great Again

Nearly everyone else: Manage America’s Decline better than the other guys

ConstantineXI on August 25, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Bingo!

Dick Richard on August 25, 2015 at 12:56 PM

So, Jazz admits he is a liberal pundit?

NancyWhisky on August 25, 2015 at 12:59 PM

I guess there is a new definition of “Winning” that I’m not familiar with.

Tater Salad on August 25, 2015 at 11:26 AM

Yes, I’m sure you and winning have never met even once.

Dick Richard on August 25, 2015 at 1:17 PM

He continues to move ahead.
No,w if he can just ST*U with the Megyn Kelly nonsense, he might be able to avoid needless flack from that corner of the playing field. Just ignore her: No reason to go all jilted HS boyfriend on her on Twitter…

orangemtl on August 25, 2015 at 1:19 PM

TRUMPZILLA!!!

307wolverine on August 25, 2015 at 1:28 PM

Trump knows how to lead, make hard decisions, how to negotiate and how to delegate. All extremely useful characteristics in a U.S. president.

Øbama has none of these characteristics and it explains his performance.

DimsdalePiranha on August 25, 2015 at 1:40 PM

Who wins a brokered Convention……

The Establishment.

PappyD61 on August 25, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Nope. They may take control and force a fake nomination, but Trump will go third party and a huge majority of the base will go with him. Trump will still win, and the GOPe will still lose.

dominigan on August 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM

According to Trump, “winning” is being ahead in the polls, yet he still trails Hillary (who’s almost in jail and with terrible polling numbers) by 6-12 points nationally?

I guess there is a new definition of “Winning” that I’m not familiar with.

Tater Salad on August 25, 2015 at 11:26 AM

Actually in the last poll I saw for Florida, Trump beat out Bush, Rubio AND HILLARY!

And I’m not surprised you don’t know the definition of “Winning”. Most entitlement parasites aren’t familiar with winning being associated with hard work.

dominigan on August 25, 2015 at 2:04 PM

GOP pollster’s legs ‘shaking’ after Trump focus group

CoffeeLover on August 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Excellent! Thanks for finding this!

I’m thinking several of those 29 Trump supporters explained how angry they were at the leftists controlling government and what they were prepared to do about it… up until Trump came along to overturn the tables on everyone.

Luntz wouldn’t be shaking over hearing about candidate preferences. He’d be shaking over hearing talk of how else that anger could have been expressed for ending the corruption and nation destruction by our officials. Trump is our bloodless revolution.

dominigan on August 25, 2015 at 2:10 PM

I’m not sold either way on Trump. I do like seeing the political class getting a case of the vapors. The hoi polloi are revolting and it’s making them nervous. But I am also reminded of how the French Revolution turned out. Those not sufficiently “revolutionary” enough for either side were killed. Same thing with the Communists.

My questions is this: where do these conservatives go when they are not Trump supporters?

Are they now RINOs? Are people on this site that have been kindred spirits in the cause of conservatism now considered traitors to the cause for their lack of sufficient spirit for Donald Trump?

The GOP needed Trump to happen, because the voice of the people was getting drowned by their fecklessness and repeated betrayal. They lived, and continue to live, in an echo chamber that refuses to acknowledge they have acquiesced to the creeping socialism brought about by the Democrats. The conservatives in this country were tired of weak-kneed, coffer-filling, snake-oil salesmen who promised to fight and then said, “Eh… not this time.” That’s why Trump is happening.

But in the rush to support Trump, it’s becoming clear that there’s a Michael Corleone-style “Don’t ever takes sides with anyone against the family” vibe amongst Trump supporters. At a time when Hillary is in political danger, the Democrats are clueless and the lacquer on Obama’s Iran deal is wearing off, the target should be the Democrats. I don’t want to lose to this Democrat peanut gallery simply because we ate each other alive over “the Donald”. I want to feast on the flesh of lesser beasts: liberals.

Indefatigable on August 25, 2015 at 2:24 PM

Trump is holding doctorate level classes on how to do this. Is anyone else listening?

faraway on August 25, 2015 at 11:12 AM

None of the other candidates can respond like Trump, because they are ALL beholden to some special interest groups, except us peasants.

TRUMPINATOR 2016
JOBS FOR AMERICANS FIRST

Typicalwhitewoman on August 25, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Trump’s comments about the Fox News host were uncalled for and well outside the boundaries of our usual political discourse. And that’s really the entire point I was making about Trump yesterday, isn’t it? Everything he does is outside the normal political process.

Obama running ads that Romney was directly responsible for the death of the wife of a former employee was within the boundaries ? Give me a break. On Republicans are subject to rules.

alanstern on August 25, 2015 at 2:59 PM

The man has taken the rule book, set it on fire and dumped the ashes on the heads of everyone else.

Someone needed to do it.

Star Bird on August 25, 2015 at 10:56 AM

“The rulebook” consists of conventional wisdom, traditions, and superstitions based on the political non-sequiturs of yesteryear which have allowed the same factions to stay in control of their respective parties for nearly 50 years now. It was bound to come crashing down like a house of cards sooner or later.

gryphon202 on August 25, 2015 at 12:05 PM

The biggest problem is that the “rule book” was written entirely by the left. So, it supports leftism out of the gate. And, the GOP has gone along with it entirely – because of the course the GOP also supports leftism and wants to clamp down on conservatism.

Which is another reason I love what Trump is doing, even though I’m not a Trump supporter (I prefer Cruz and don’t believe Trump is at all conservative).

Monkeytoe on August 25, 2015 at 12:36 PM

The “rules” Benen cites have no factual foundation other than “the way it ought to be” — Political scientists do study the ebb and flow of elections and try to identify the “factors” that are at work, but most of the ones they cite are economic or systemic, rather than the rather simplistic formulation Benen gives.
As commented on throughout this thread, those are the rules for Republicans so that the Dems can trounce them with cut-throat strategies and often illegal tactics.

Obama running ads that Romney was directly responsible for the death of the wife of a former employee was within the boundaries? Give me a break. On Only Republicans are subject to rules.

alanstern on August 25, 2015 at 2:59 PM

FIFY – and totally agree. Plus you could have cited quite a few more “boundary breakers” to buttress the argument.

AesopFan on August 25, 2015 at 11:25 PM

Trump is playing the game the same way the Left does.

That’s the genius of it.

faraway on August 25, 2015 at 10:42 AM

That’s kind of Benen’s point: the rules favor the Dems, and it’s not fair for the GOP (represented by Trump in this case) to flip the playbook.

..in other, late-breaking headlines: British Red Coats shocked that colonials take pot-shots at them instead of lining up on the field of battle face-to-face.

The War Planner on August 25, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Conservatives are simply frustrated after watching McCain and Romney play by Queensberry Rules, while the media and Obama used switchblades and brass knuckles.

If you compare Trump’s comments with what the DNC, Obama and the MSM have said (and continue to say) about conservatives, Trump’s words are still less controversial.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on August 25, 2015 at 11:24 AM

“Playing by the rules” got us Harry Reid blatantly slandering Mitt Romney, getting away with it, and being proud of it.

“Playing by the rules” got us McConnell and Boehner saying they needed a GOP majority to get anything done, getting one, and folding.

NOT “playing by the rules” got Obama half a dozen impeachable offenses for which he will never even be censured, much less actually impeached.

Liberal pundit shocked to find that Trump isn’t following the conventional rules.

In other words, he’s shocked to find that this isn’t something that only leftists are allowed to do.

GrumpyOldFart on August 25, 2015 at 12:04 PM

AesopFan on August 25, 2015 at 11:27 PM

But in places like Iowa where they hold a caucus, more work is required to win. And now he seems to be doing it. If I were any of Trump’s opponents I would find that short news item the most frightening thing of the entire campaign thus far. — Jazz

Ahem:

Dear GOPe,

Real Estate Development is 100% planning.

Trump is a expert Real Estate Development manager, investor, winner.

Facts matter.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 25, 2015 at 10:46 AM

all built around a competent, hard-working candidate, who has some modicum of relevant experience

If this were actually true Obama never would have been elected (twice).

bandutski on August 25, 2015 at 10:48 AM

You are assuming that the adjectives applied to the President in office, not the community organizer campaigning for office. Obama had exactly the qualities for a candidate, although his competency was limited to reading stirring speeches, his supporters did the most of the hard work, and his relevant experience was primarily in running crooked campaigns.

As Teddy Roosevelt once said about Taft, “He has the backbone of a chocolate éclair.” So does today’s Republican Party. They should call it the chocolate éclair party.

Libertyship46 on August 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Oh, let’s don’t — I like chocolate éclairs!

If electing Trump is the death or the reduction of political correctness. That alone might be worth it. Changing the narrative is important.

Oil Can on August 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Excellent analysis here:

Monkeytoe on August 25, 2015 at 12:34 PM

AesopFan on August 25, 2015 at 11:28 PM