Apr 28, 201612:32 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Donald Trump reads off Cliffs Notes
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Your Humble Squire has issued a communiqué to the Donald Trump campaign, c/o Paul Manafort, Corey Lewandowski, Rick Wiley, or To Whom It May Concern.
Should the Squire of the Stately Manor jump out of his Barcalounger and into the fray, he asks that you, Mr. Trump, eschew campaigning in California, Indiana, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, and New Jersey. In return, Blaska will not campaign in Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. We are awaiting a response, Mr. Trump. Email, Facebook, Twitter, or U.S. Postal Service will get me. The clock is ticking. Willing to negotiate. I take PayPal.
It was, I wrote of a March 30 Ted Cruz campaign event in Madison, unique.
Remarkably short of rah rah, fist pumping, or exhortation. Five empty stuffed lobby seats awaited their occupants. Certainly, one of them would be Scott Walker and the others, local poobahs. Nope! Curve ball! The event was, instead, a little bit Oprah Winfrey — but from the evangelical right. Cruz, now the favorite to win Wisconsin’s presidential primary on April 5, mainly let the women — four in particular — do the talking while he smiled and listened.”
The idea was to humanize a candidate perceived as a hard case. Two of those women were wife Heidi Cruz and the candidate’s 81-year-old mother. The third was Carly Fiorina.
“Is Carly his pick for veep?” Your Humble Squire asked then. The answer came Wednesday. (Thankfully, Richard Schweiker was not available.)
From the National Review: “From their first days together on the campaign trail, he forged a bond with his former rival. Cruz’s wife, Heidi, also hit it off with her. And at a “Women for Cruz” event in Madison, Wis., in late March, Fiorina held hands with Cruz’s young daughters as they walked on stage; held the arm of Cruz’s elderly mother as she exited; and chatted with Heidi Cruz throughout the event.”
Cruz picking Carly as his prospective veep may be a sign of desperation. A great Facebook post has Cruz telling Carly, “As soon as we lose Indiana we’ll pick a cabinet.” But a more desperate sign is laying off campaign staff. Right, Bern victims? (How can socialists lay off staff? Shouldn’t those jobs be subsidized?)
Carly does three things. 1) Interrupts news coverage of Trump’s Tuesday northeastern state landslide, 2) puts a woman on the ticket to highlight The Donald’s rampant misogyny, and 3) puts a siege cannon in the field against Trump/Hillary. Carly will get coverage on her own that most surrogates would not.
You can’t NOT quote Carly, unless you are Sean Hannity, O’Reilly, Breitbart, and other shills.
Trump apprentices foreign policy
The white lab coats here at the Blaska Policy Werkes (and Tanning Salon) captured Donald Trump’s “serious” foreign policy speech Wednesday and put it under the microscope looking for signs of intelligence.
Their takeaways: 1) For once he’s taking something seriously. 2) No name-calling, no preening, no boasting. (Well, almost none.) 3) Teleprompter.
Audience reaction to Trump’s foreign policy speech.
“We must be more unpredictable,” says The Donald, but also, “disciplined, deliberate, and consistent.” The Trumpbots would say “all or none of the above!” As long as it’s Donald.
The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, no socialist, writes, “It was a vivid display as to why he is thoroughly unprepared to become commander in chief. If anything comes of it, one hopes that a third candidate, sickened to his stomach, will have watched this, jumped from his seat and declared himself ready to rescue the country from the possibility that Trump might be president.” — “Trump’s incoherent speech shows why he’s unfit to be president.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Trump on foreign policy was like the Swedish pop rock group ABBA covering Bob Dylan. They got the words but not the meaning.
No need for anyone to jump out of his or her chair, but maybe Condi Rice could grab a microphone. And retired admiral McRaven, retired generals McChrystal and Petraeus, and former defense secretary Robert Gates.