Trump was in Pennsylvania yesterday, but his intended audience spans the globe, from Tehran to Moscow to Beijing. He was putting on a show, for their benefit.
He looked marvelous, a man without a care in the world. Just a man with nothing special to do on a Monday evening, so why not fly in to Montoursville for a Congressional candidate. It was a picture perfect Trump rally, with an adoring crowd, and Donald Trump, raconteur, at his finest. You can tell when he’s enjoying himself. He starts channeling Jackie Gleason, a boastful Irish New Yorker.
By his whole demeanor Trump spoke to the world audience and said, ” I don’t have a care in the world. I’ve got more oil than I need, a self sufficient continental economy, and the United States Navy. You may have something to worry about. Not me.”
President Trump is belittling Biden’s intelligence, with an eye toward provoking Sleepy Joe into an overreaction. It could work.
In the spring of 1988, while campaigning for President in New Hampshire, Biden was asked about his education. The way Biden heard the question, the guy was making sure Biden had been to college.
Biden blew up, “. . . he started yelling how he’d graduated with three degrees, went to law school on scholarship, clawed his way up from the bottom of the class — or some bullshit — he offered to compare IQ’s . . . all with the chin out, the hectoring voice, like … . . I may be stupid but I’m Einstein next to you! . . . and Ruthie Berry and Jill . . . had to scurry in and steer Joe out of there. He coulda punched the guy out! Joe was always sensitive about his intellect . . .” [p. 480, What It Takes, by Richard Ben Cramer]
This came back to haunt Biden, since he was lying about his three degrees and scholarships. In addition to being a serial plagiarist, Biden just made things up, to make himself look good. That’s what drove him out of the race.
Biden combines an inferiority complex with an enormous opinion of himself. In other words, he’s a whack job.
The United States, by God’s good fortune, has no fear of any nation, or combination of nations. As long as we control the seas our homeland is invulnerable. And with our Japanese and Anglosphere allies, our navy cannot be challenged. We rule the waves, and can project our power all over the world.
Alfred Mahan figured all this out in the late 19th century, and Donald Trump is a student of Mahan. Our navy is the source of of our security and our power, and Japan is our most important naval ally. Their navy has 154 ships, and many of them are state of the art, world class fighting vessels. Along with Australia and New Zealand, and hopefully Great Britain, we have such a massive advantage that no other navy is within sight.
The President and Prime Minister Abe are working out the foundations of a new relationship. They are not going to fail. That is not an option, for them, or for us. Trump and Abe were both made for this momentous occasion.
What Great Britain was to us in the Atlantic, Japan will be to us in the Pacific. Our number one ally, with whom we will have a special relationship. Such that we would consider an attack on Japan an attack on us. We will guarantee Japanese security, in exchange for Japan’s naval alliance.
Japan is like a huge aircraft carrier floating just to the east of China. It is the linchpin of any alliance which seeks to contain China. And Japan is more than willing to play its role.
China is the only other world power we need concern ourselves with, and with a revitalized Japan as our partner, we have nothing to fear from China. And so we have nothing to fear at all.
The United States can be at peace.
I know whereof I speak, since my blinding hatred of Bill Clinton mad me think he wouldn’t be reelected. By 1996, people had caught on to the fact that the phony bastard was a sexual predator. Not just in the past. Now, in the White House. How could the American people accept that behavior in a President? I actually thought the wooden Indian, Bob Dole, had a shot. I was blind.
So when I hear people hating on Trump, I know exactly how they feel. It blinds them to his strengths. Right now this country is doing very well, and Trump can take the credit. To root against Trump, you’ve got to root against America, and that doesn’t work.
Democrats know this, so Trump, personally, must be demonized. It’s their only shot in a strong economy. Most people would be injured by the onslaught of attacks suffered by Trump. But he’s a different breed, a throwback, a big German brawler from Queens, and since they don’t destroy him, they only make him stronger.
Richard ben Kramer’s “What it Takes” is the finest book ever written about American political campaigns. He covers the 1988 Presidential race, and Biden is one of the six candidates he embedded himself with. You get the sense that Biden, his campaign, and his family trusted ben Kramer, and his account rings true.
Joe Biden is an incredibly undisciplined politician. He has an extremely hard time coming to a decision. He has little faith in his own judgment, but is utterly convinced that he has special political gifts. He has a mediocre mind, but thinks he has an inner genius. On those occasions when he connects with a crowd, he can put on a great performance. He has the gift of Irish bullshit, and he thinks that’s all he needs.
The on again off again drama of the announcement of his candidacy could be torn from the pages of “What it Takes”. This is Joe Biden.
How long he lasts before his candidacy implodes is anybody’s guess. He’s never been subjected to the kind of scrutiny he’ll be getting. He’s over the hill, and he’ll make some sort of spectacle of himself when he departs. He’ll be the center of attention when he quits, and he’ll milk it for all it’s worth.
Because, at his core, Joe Biden is above all else a drama queen.