There's always a dark and ugly side to Populism, and here's a perfect example:
Anybody willing to spin some kind of Infallibility Bullshit about themselves or any of their mentors, role models or idols should never get anybody's vote for anything.
hat tip = Little Green Footballs
Gotta give Trump some props though. He's doing one thing really well - he's using a sales tactic called "Isolate And Bypass". He knows this questioner is a complete fucking moron, but Trump also knows he currently has that guy's vote and he's not gonna get anywhere without it, but he can't afford not to widen out beyond his looney-tunes base if he expects to have any chance at all once he gets past the first coupla Primaries. So he has to deflect - "we're looking into it". He doesn't embrace this nutball, but he doesn't alienate him either.
And he uses the Sales-y language that makes it easier for his Spinmeisters to twist it all into whatever shape is needed to continue the illusion that Trump is never ever ever wrong about anything.
Like this (via Crooks & Liars):
You may have noticed Wednesday nite, when Trump and Jeb got into it over the Florida casino thing - Jeb saying he torpedoed Trump, and Trump coming back with the standard blustery blowhard-ery, "If I'd wanted it, I woulda got it, believe me."
So what I think the Press Poodles should ask at the next "debate" is this:
- "In your career, what have you gotten wrong - what mistakes have you made?"
- "What 2 decisions in your professional life would you like to revisit now, and what would you do differently to improve the outcome?"
(Of course, while the Poodles may actually ask the questions, I'm betting they wouldn't think to follow up and demand a real answer after each candidate tried to make a funny out of it.)