Here’s some video from Donald Trump’s speech Monday in Dallas. Spoke for more than an hour – uh, without a teleprompter.
“George Will is a Disaster,” he said, in response to George Will’s opinion that Donald Trump is a disaster. Here’s what Will wrote a few weeks ago:
Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency. After Donald Trump finishes plastering a snarling face on conservatism, any Republican nominee will face a dauntingly steep climb to reach even the paltry numbers that doomed Mitt Romney.
Trump also got the crowd to boo the media, which is not a difficult thing to do. He might as well have asked them how they felt about attorneys or liquor store bandits.
But the political media have been hard on Trump, in part because they are removed from the people they write for and think a bunch of idiots are rooting for Trump. They don’t get that Americans are a step ahead of them – several, actually – in perceiving the problems this country faces and the need for drastic action to change things.
Whether Trump is the person to do this, I don’t know. But I increasingly believe that the rest of the group running for president are not.
Ronald Reagan was certainly more of a proven conservative than Trump. But what he also had was the determination, the force of personality, and the charisma needed to lead and make changes.
There are no Reagans in this GOP crowd, during a time when we need one. Trump is not Reagan, but he has some of the qualities needed to blow up the consensus that has brought us near ruin.
Oh, and like Trump, everyone though Reagan was going to get us into a war or do something crazy. It’s hard to remember, but the man portrayed as an avuncular, benign old man even by some Democrats today was derided then even by Republicans as a dangerous warmonger.
Turned out, they were wrong.