Trump has spent the better part of his life, if not all of it, demonstrating that he is the alpha male, the silver back, the top wolf in the pack, the one that gets all the females. It’s his brand, his identity. Maintaining his status gives meaning to his life, and makes him a star.
This explains last night, and the whole campaign. Alpha males don’t do humility. That’s for the omegas. When he was describing his Supreme Court picks, he was deferring to them, and to all the conservatives who demanded this loyalty test. He really doesn’t care about the Constitution, or the intent of the Founding Fathers. He was just doing what he needed to do, and it may have grated on him. That’s not how alpha males act.
So when he was asked about accepting defeat, if it came, he couldn’t do the normal, sensible thing, and agree to bow to the will of the people. He had to be the alpha man, and tell everyone he’d let them know down the road. A tone of defiance, of refusal to ever give up.
He probably knew it wasn’t smart politics, but he’ll be out of the politics business soon, and back to being a star. He and Bannon will create a new news network, with Roger Ailes helping out. Some Fox News talent may sign on, and there are plenty of people who would like to get a piece of the action. “Saturday Night With Dr. Ben Carson” may be coming to a TV screen near you.
This network will have Trump as its leading man, and his image, his brand, must be maintained and elevated at all costs. If it means Clinton wins the Presidency, so what? The next four years are going to be a mess, no matter who’s President. His audience is the 35% of the population who believe in him, and hate Clinton, and he’ll use that belief and that hatred to get and keep an audience that will make him a lot richer than he already is. And all the while, the constant stoking of his ego.
As I believe I’ve pointed out, a complete sociopath.
As Derek Hunter of Townhall points out, the system is most certainly rigged. About 15 years ago Evan Thomas of Newsweek admitted publicly that the media advantage for the Democrats was worth about 15 points. The only way you overcome a disadvantage that big is with a political landslide, which is what I hope we see in 2020.
Actually, to give the devil his due, the new Trump Network may help. Pence is my man, why isn’t he theirs?
Off to Bozeman on Saturday, and a Monday meeting with our man in Montana, Rep. Matthew Monforton. In the spring of 2014 the Reagan Project, with the support of the National Tax Limitation Committee, sent letters to every Republican candidate running in a Montana Legislative primary. There must have been 150 of them. We got one reply, from Matthew. He was the only one of these candidates who understood what the letter was about, which was Article V.
These people need a lot of education.