Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
- A reporter on Fox News last night compared the leadership style of President Trump to that of the late NY Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, as if that’s a bad thing. I beg to differ. Yeah, Steinbrenner was a bitch to work for – he fired Billy Martin alone on 3 different occasions – but here’s the record: While he was running the Yankees, they won more games, more division championships, more league championships and more World Series titles than any other team in Major League Baseball during those 38 seasons.Steinbrenner’s record is so impressive that ESPN, in an article written upon his death in 2010, ranked him as the the greatest owner in the history of Major League Baseball, and the third-greatest in the history of all of professional sports. Steinbrenner was pugnacious, he was disagreeable, he was often rude and profane, but more than anything else, George Steinbrenner was a winner.
Donald Trump was not elected to the presidency to be nice to everybody. He was elected to erase the horrific legacy of Barack Obama. He was elected to return this country to its former status as a leader in world affairs (A real leader, not a “leading from behind” leader). He was elected to get the economy up and running again after 9 years of endless economic stagnation. He was elected to halt the unfettered invasion of this country by illegal immigrants from all over the world. To put it simply, he was elected to be a winner, and make this country a winner again on the world stage.
I’d say the comparison to Steinbrenner is pretty apt, and frankly, it’s a compliment.
- The jettisoning of Reince Priebus has been inevitable since day 1. The only surprise here is that he managed to last 6 months before getting the boot. Priebus was brought into the Administration for several reasons, the most key of which was the thought that he would be able to work with his pal Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders in congress to get things done on the legislative front. With this past week making it obvious that the Republican governing majorities in the House and Senate are the same old feckless, do-nothing majorities the party fielded during the Obama years, there was no compelling reason to keep the serial-leaking former RNC Chairman around.
- My only disappointment about Friday’s events was that Priebus was the only elimination from the White House staff of incessant leakers. In his profanity-laced interview with the New Yorker, The Mooch had promised he was going to fire “4 or 5” leakers on Friday, so I was on pins and needles all day long, waiting to find out who they would be. But hey, maybe the others have already been fired and the President just hasn’t gotten around to tweeting about them yet.
- If you think Kid Rock’s announcement that he plans to run for the U.S. Senate in Michigan next year is just an attention-seeking joke, you might want to think again. The singer is clearly serious, and a new public opinion poll released on Friday shows him with a lead of 49-46 over the awful Democrat incumbent, Debbie Stabenow. This is a poll taken by the Trafalgar Group, which was one of a tiny handful of pollsters that correctly predicted the victory of Donald Trump in Michigan last year. Maybe the only one. If the Democrats can elect a washed-up comic to the Senate (Al Franken), why can’t the Republicans elect an aging rock star? And if Senator Kid Rock is sworn into office in January 2019, can Senator Ted Nugent be far behind? If not, why not?
Just another day in The Mooch’s America.
That is all.