Trumpalooza Madness and Do the Kochs Stand Inside or Outside the Trump Bubble?

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In the wake of the John McCain fiasco, Donald Trump’s lead has risen to double digits. His bubble, like the so-called Bernie Bubble, refuses to burst, though MSNBC’s Steve Benen notes that there are suggestions that the ripple of outrage has just not yet been reflected in the polls.

So far, Trump has just bombastically insulted and lied his way past all opposition, in true Republican presidential candidate fashion. It’s fun to watch from the outside. As I argued before, they built that.

And if Barack Obama is not Reagan, and thankfully never aspired to be, Donald Trump is more than willing to take that soiled mantle upon himself:

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The Des Moines Register, however, seemingly either doesn’t recognize Trump’s inner Reagan, or doesn’t think a Reagan redux is a great idea: they told Trump to not only apologize to John McCain but to drop out of the race for president.

Trump’s response, posted to Facebook, was typical: the editors of the Des Moines Register are “sophomoric” and mean to the guy who calls everybody names (poor Donald!):

I am not at all surprised by the Des Moines Register’s sophomoric editorial. It was issued immediately after the release of the ABC News/Washington Post poll showing me with 24% and an eleven-point lead over my nearest rival. As one of the most liberal newspapers in the United States, the poll results were just too much for them to bear. The Des Moines Register has lost much circulation, advertising, and power over the last number of years. They will do anything for a headline, and this poorly written “non-endorsement” got them some desperately needed ink.

On the campaign trail in Iowa, a state whose people I have truly gotten to know and love, I have been treated very badly by the Des Moines Register. They were uneven and inconsistent, but far more importantly, very dishonest. They would rarely write the facts or report what really took place. They never captured the energy of each event and it is a constant battle with them by my representatives to get an accurate count of the large crowds I draw. They know the very impressive numbers and either reduce them or don’t report them at all. It is always wonderful to have the support of a newspaper, even a failing one, but this has only given me more motivation to fight harder in Iowa and Make America Great Again!

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The results are anything but what the Republican establishment desires; for now, Donald Trump is riding a wave of gross ignorance to the top of the Republican polls:

There are many factors at play here: Democrats watch this new Reagan and smile and rub their hands in glee. The Republican Party has gotten exactly what it deserves, and just what it has been building for since President Obama was elected: a genuine demagogue with populist appeal.

And perhaps worse, from a Republican standpoint, and because nobody seems to be talking about it, somebody the Koch brothers cannot buy.

It is significant that David Koch was not all that hot on Donald back in 2011, noting then that “Donald’s political positions over the last 10 years have been highly variable and unusual.” In as back-handed a compliment as The Donald himself could have delivered, Koch said, “He’s a wonderful guy, but I don’t think he should run for office.” He went on to opine that “at some point I think he’s going to drop out of the race when he realizes that he’s really not qualified to be President.”

Of course, Trump’s message is similar, if aimed at others: “A number of my competitors for the Republican nomination have no business running for president. I do not need to be lectured by any of them.”

No word yet from the Kochs on Trump this year – they seem to be holding their cards (and their dollars) close to their chest (and who can blame them as the number of GOP candidates rises to 16), all of which means this race is likely to become more and more interesting.

You’ve got to wonder how the Koch boys feel about this: here they are, set to buy the country for a cool billion, and out of nowhere comes Trump, showing that not just money talks, but obnoxiousness. And what about the Religious Right? Are they about to have their dreams of theocracy snatched out of their greedy, lying little hands just as it seems within reach through the likes of Ted “I’m the Messiah” Cruz?

Right now, it is Cruz and the others who are sideshows, and what really matters is that at some point, the interests of the Kochs and that of Donald Trump must come into conflict. Already, Trump has poached the Koch’s Americans for Prosperity for his New Hampshire campaign.

Who will come out on top? The New Ronald Reagan, fresh to the game, or the guys who have already staked their claim by buying Congress?

29 Replies to “Trumpalooza Madness and Do the Kochs Stand Inside or Outside the Trump Bubble?”

  1. I think that it will be very telling to see who his supporters follow after he fully implodes.

  2. Please, don’t cue-up the Darth Vedar theme, no “he-who’s-name-we-never-say”, or, “say the name 3Xs fast and it appears”, ad-nausea

    Please, no conjuring of haints of any gender with GOP behind their name! (you’ll harsh my mellow, man)

  3. I saw a clip on Stewart showing Trump waving his way off stage and, as he walked off, stage left, there was Dr. Frank Luntz waiting to provide feedback.

    Now, I really don’t know what to make of this dynamic duo: pragmatic? flamboyant? revenge-seekers? And, more importantly, who was involved in making the decision to put those two on the same “team”?!

  4. The fact that the Republicans adore him- is unsurprising, considering what crapola they’ve elected over the years.

    What is important- the rest of us. Cause even with the Diebold machines, sTRUMPet will find it difficult to get elected.

  5. This may be off topic somewhat, but has anyone like
    myself wondered where Colin Powell went? He was the
    lone voice of sanity during the WMD fiasco. Why do
    repugs think Ben Carson makes a better token AA
    candidate? Do they have Powell in witness protection?
    And thanks again to President Obama for issuing a new
    executive order to keep Jon Stewart on the Daily Show.
    Both men are heroes IMHO. Praise up.

  6. This is “Springtime for Hitler” from ‘The Producers’. Trump is just the biggest and richest skunk at a picnic of skunks !

  7. The polls on Sunday’s batch of responses were down 10% from the Saturday batch. He lost 10% overnight. His “will not vote for him” is higher than viable possiblity. We are talking margins that insure he couldn’t come close.

    The August debate will show he is foolish.

    Simple graphs of his odds in the toilet:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/07/21/the-bad-news-for-trump-more-than-60-percent-of-the-country-wouldnt-consider-voting-for-him/

  8. The KOCHS are probably worried that another Billionaire (Trump) is bankrolling HIS OWN campaign and NOT worried IF the KOCHS don’t give him their ble$$ings as they do with the candidates they believe will be their “INSIDE” guy. Trump seems to be daring them to open their mouths at him….. BILLIONAIRE vs. BILLIONAIRE.

    This is getting better by the day. Trump is burning down the GOP’s house. And the chickens are afraid to say PEEP!

  9. I must admit, I am afraid that he won’t implode. I was there when Reagan screwed CA over so badly it took years for it to recover & thrive – under another Democratic Gov.

    When he ran for President, I laughed, much as people are laughing about Trump now, surely everyone could see what a ruinous dimwit he was, waiting for his chance to ruin the Nation just as he did CA. The bastard not only got elected, he served two terms. The GOPTP has since further refined their ways of ensuring election fraud, stifled voter participation & still has the Supreme court on their side. I won’t be laughing until a Democratic President is elected. Never underestimate the dark forces that have taken over the Country. And I used to be a flaming optimist – no more. We MUST get the vote out.

  10. I love watching the tea bag/repub circus with sideshow trump.

    It will be about 5 minutes into the debate when Donald takes over and it becomes a stage just for him. Wonder how long Faux will keep broadscasting, since it will be LIVE. I don’t think they’d be allowed to do a 5 second delay because they would be accused of EDITING. Will it have a R rating for misrepresentation, blatent lies, adult content and violance?

    I’d love for Faux to ask 1 simple question:
    Name 1 GOP accomplishment in the last 30 years which has NOT hurt American or destroyed America.

    Since World War II, Republicans have presided over nine recessions. In the same period, Democrats have had two recessions.

    List of recessions in the United States
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_recessions_in_the_United_States

  11. We’re in the same California boat.

    CA governors – D-Pat Brown 59 – 67, R-Ronald Reagan 67 – 75. D-Jerry Brown 75 – 83 he couldn’t stop the implosion of Reagan, R-George Deukmejian 83-91 and R-Pete Wilson 91-99 **these 2 R’s RUINED CA’S ECONOMY** D-Gray Davis 99-03 **this D tried to FIX the R’s MESS** and congressman R-Issa bankrolled the recall of Davis so CA tried the R idea again with Schwarzenegger: during Ahnold’s tenure: CA went DEEP into debt, and recession at the same time. R-Schwarzenegger 03-11
    Yet what pulled us out of or deficit and recession is LIBERAL BLUE policies via Governor Jerry Brown.

    Reagan RUIED Pat Brown’s vision of California

    This is heart breaking to read
    Liberal governor Pat Brown’s 1959 inaugural address
    http://governors.library.ca.gov/addresses/32-Pbrown01.html

    Edmund G. Brown Is Dead at 90; He Led California in Boom Years
    http://www.nytimes.com/1996/02/18/us/edmund-g-brown-is-dead-at-90-he-led-california-in-boom-years.html

  12. Did you notice the gal front row stage left of Donald with that “OH, I’M ON STAGE WITH A CELEBRITY WHO SHOOK MY HAND” with the giddy ignorant tea bag look?

    They LOVE this celebrity crap.

    These are the kind of people who go past the “THIS STREET DOES NOT GO TO THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN” and end up lost in the Hollywood Hills. Or stand in the middle of Hollywood blvd to take a pic of the chinese theater, blocking traffic.
    I stay away from all tourist attractions in the summer.

  13. first of all, bankrolling his own campaign………? I doubt he has spent much $ of his own yet at all. He is getting all the huge press and all his opponents are out in the cold just because of his comments and his ability to always provide a 3 ring circus atmosphere……….Trump doesn’t have the actual do re me cash required to self fund a real campaign, for that reason alone I doubt he goes the distance.Yes he is a billionaire but almost all of it is in real estate and he doesn’t have just billions sitting around in off shore accts just waiting to be put into use.

  14. Totally valid point…thus far DT has gotten all his attack ads on every news channel…every 5 minutes…
    …one more thing: the Graham and McCain debacles show Trumps character more than he realized: any criticism of the DT brings a full broadside attack…would you trust him in the Oval Office???

  15. Thomas, Trump may be attempting to save America!

    Trump knows Koch Bro’s Citizens-United $$$ has created/groomed/positioned Scott Walker. There may be even more political $$$-shenanigans happening we’re unaware of yet.

    What if Trump is attempting to save us from Plutocracy’s Presidency Toe-Hold?

    “Koch’s are using their vast wealth to change rules and laws in order to fit their political views, the Koch brothers are undermining our Democracy.
    That’s a betrayal of the Most Precious Thing Americans Share”.

    http://billmoyers.com/2014/03/27/the-koch-brothers-and-the-danger-of-american-plutocracy/

  16. I think it’s just grand that the Republicans had this election cycle all figured out. Then Trump stumps. Now I get to enjoy the squirming uneasiness unfold.

  17. I doubt seriously that The Trumpster is nearly as rich as he claims. He loves to brag, that’s all. He will never be able to finance a presidential campaign without outside money. I also doubt that the koch machine will ever “allow” Donald to get anywhere near the White House. They have to buy someone they can control, i.e., their choice of little Scottie Walker. Now he is nothing but Reagan Junior. Or, the perfect puppet. Whenever he opens his mouth out spews koch ideology. The funniest thing I have seen lately is Rick Perry’s self-rightous sermonizing of Trump. First he never wrote a word of that little ditty. Heck, he even had trouble reading it out loud. However, every word was an indictment of the entire gopee. They truly are a “cancer” that is destroying America. That is Trump’s only purpose, however unintentional. He is finally blowing the cover off the disreputable hate group that the gopee has become.

  18. I read this today. The liberals nightly prayer:
    Now I lay me down to sleep,
    I pray the Donald’s lead will keep,
    If he should fail before the vote.
    May the GOP find another Dope.
    Amen. LOL

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