Donald Trump’s unofficial campaign for President has gone to warp speed. He is now the top candidate in many of the polls. In the blink of an eye, he has passed Romney, Gingrich, Bachmann and even Palin.
The eyes of the country and the media are upon the Donald. He is certainly saying a lot of things people want to hear. He has been absolutely relentless on the birth certificate issue. He has said political correctness is killing the country. He has not been shy about going after Muslims or the Chinese. He wants to repeal Obama care, does not approve of gay marriage and is pro-life. He says he is blunt and he is right about that. He is blunt. But is he right?
Donald Trump is an American icon, bigger than life. Trump can sell ice to Eskimos. The question a lot of us need to start asking is, what is he selling America?
If Donald Trump really believes what he is saying and would really govern that way, he could go down as a great President. But there are some disturbing questions about Trump.
Trump’s right hand man and political director is a guy named Michael Cohen. Cohen is a former trial lawyer who has an impressive political background. An impressive political background in Democratic politics.
Cohen has been involved in a number of political campaigns and worked for some other politicians. All liberal Democrats. Cohen voted for Obama in 2008 and enthusiastically supported him in the first few months of his administration. Those were the same few months that the Tea Party sprang to life.
Cohen and Trump have a mutual passion. Making money. This is something they have both talked about and Cohen has invested in a number of Trump projects. There is nothing wrong with making money; in fact, making money from the free market is one of the greatest things about America.
Cohen once worked for Joe Moakley, a liberal Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts. He also volunteered for the campaign of Michael Dukakis in 1988.
Cohen in interviews acknowledges his past support of Obama but now says his big concerns are the unsustainable debt, the economic down turn that has cost jobs and America not being respected in the world.
Those all sound like Tea Party positions.
Twelve years ago, Donald Trump, as we pointed out in an earlier blog, was almost 180 degrees opposite of where he sits today. In 1999, while thinking about running for the Reform Party nomination, he said he was pro-abortion and favored a single payer health system. He used the words, “I am very liberal” when talking about health care.
Do people change their beliefs over time? Sure they do.
Do people who want to be elected to high office tell us what they think we want to hear? Absolutely.
What about Donald Trump? In 2007, when congratulating Nancy Pelosi on her election to the Speaker’s chair penned, “you’re the best.” Trump contributed $50,000 to Rahm Emanuel’s campaign for Mayor.
Given Trump’s previous liberal beliefs and given that one of his top operatives helping him has a history of supporting nothing but liberals and absent a “Damascus Road conversion,” we have to wonder if Trump is only telling us what we want to hear.
The 2012 election for president is too important for us to take a chance on just what we want to hear.
People do not want career politicians, RINOs/DINOs, etc.
Quite frankly, given the current state of affairs of the US, a person fully schooled in high level business issues wld probably be best.
They know how to run a business, fix a business, get people moving, etc.
If Romney/Huckabee/Gringrich, etc. lead the ticket, I'm lving for Russia the country that is moving into the area we are leaving -- freedom.
Romney I will not forget: gave MASS a failed healthcare (mandatory participation) plan that BO hellcare is modeled after and has met with BO to advise him on healthcare and the economy. That's enough for me.
The others: RINO city.
Re Palin: although a great mind with great ideas, if she runs then the white house occupant's dream comes true. He's far more worried about a Trump than a RINO or Palin.
The press has put in the minds of the average American that this great person, Sarah Palin, is 'stupid' when in fact she drives the libturds crazy because she is on to them and then alerts us.
Re Trump's contribution record: very wealthy business people always give to both parties. That's how business is done.
He probably has a pending Chicago real estate deal and gave to Rahm's campaign for that reason.
Kathleen, that was an astute and very wise assessment of the situtation. The current occupant of the WH does indeed fear Trump, and someone like Allen West makes BHO's head explode (I love it), so imagine the two of them together...
Allen West said he would consider running as Trump's VP, if Trump chooses to make it official and really step up to the plate:
Trump and West headlined the same Tea Party yesterday in South Florida:
Here is another story on the Trump/West Tea Party yesterday, with a short video clip:
American Infidel: your suggestion could be the dream ticket.
I actually like the combination very much.
So much can happen between now and the primary.
Let's hope a strong ticket (as you suggest) with real solutions to America's problems can claim our White House.
BHO's head explode -- you bet. Everytime a Palin, West, Cain, Trump talk he panics. Good.
Notice the WH is now coming out and countering Trump. Tells you they are worried. Yippee!!!
Judson, I think we are all so disgusted, worried, scared....we really want to believe this man....he is a great businessman and you have to agree, it may just take this kind of non political person to go where we want to go....God help us if he is a lib plant....but if he is not...this may the perfect man to take down o!@#$%^
We need to keep watching and questioning..
Mr. Trump is an incredibly skilled media manipulator, and a salesman extraorindaire. He could sell sand to the Arabs, and ice to the Eskimos. But, I don't trust him. I believe he is very electable, and that he has the skill set to be a great president. He's a strong leader, who knows how to organize, persuade and manipulate, and he doesn't mince words. I'm just not sure that he actaully believes what he's been telling us. Is he really worthy of our trust as a country?
Personally, I suspect that his true motive is to increase his own personal power and finances. I believe, he's just`selling himself to conservatives and the Tea Party, telling us what we want to hear, because he realizes what a strong, organized, and powerful movement we have become. Looking at recent polls, it is apparent that many of us are buying what he's been selling. This my friends is very unfortunate. It is unfortunate in that it is destracting us from focusing on the primary task at hand.
In the coming months we need to stay focused on fighting the battles against the left, and not be too destracted by the early campaigning, and media coverage of those who want to tap into the power of the Tea Party. If we do, we will only grow stronger. Paying too much attention to those who are trying to gain it will just fracture and splinter our movment and weaken our efforts. As our movemnt continues to grow even stronger, our strongest leaders will naturally emerge. I'm confident that our best choices for real candidates will come forward between now and the spring of 2012. That is when we need to focus our support on the forthcoming election.
While discussing "The Donald" and other potential candidates makes for interesting conversation, for now, let's try to keep our eye on the ball. Let's stay focused on our fights against out of control spending, socialized medicine, and the rest of the awful liberal agenda. Let's not allow ourselves to become fractured into groups backing potential candidates, and arguing over who we should promote in 2012, because it will be or focus on, and our conviction to our prinicipal beliefs that makes us strong. It is our focus and conviction on the issues, not on overblown media coverage and endless discussion of potential candidates, that will lead us to victory in the coming months and in 2012.