President Trump?


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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

10 thoughts on “President Trump?”

    1. John,
      Very good observation, I am not so sure how many of the other 2/3rds will come out for Trump. I think that was Bush’s strategy the entire time, wait it out and all of the supporters of other candidates will get on his boat. It didn’t happen and I think we still have 5 Republicans, right? As long as the field stays larger than 2 or 3 Trump will sail on through. Until the the remaining vote stays split 35% will win.

      As for the avowed socialist remark, those of us under 50 think that label is a positive and support strong social safety nets and reining in out of control industries. Capitalism has done what it always does, corrupted the system to the point that it creates crony capitalism, soft fascism, or corporatism. Having two corporate friendly party’s in a two party system is ripe for such corruption.

    2. Democratic Socialist. I noticed Elaine Meckler missed the boat on this too.

      Ben, this over 60 year old couldn’t agree more with your second paragraph and I know of quite a few my age are on board as well.

  1. John, “Socialist”, in reality, covers a whole spectrum of ideology. But you’ve always been obtuse in your comprehension of,otherwise, nuanced political stances. And I don’t expect you will ever change your mode of comprehension. You live in a rut of your own making.

  2. I have to admit I would like nothing more than for the Democratic Party nominee to run against Donald Trump. I really do think there are a solid 15%-20% of Republicans who would never vote for Donald Trump, which would mean a down ballot disaster for the GOP. Meanwhile the number of rural and working class Democrats who would peel off to the Donald would be much lower, and African-Americans, Latinos and women would be highly motivated to vote.

    I think that what you probably meant John is that a far higher percentage of Democrats who voted yesterday were willing to vote for an avowed socialist? Yesterday 239,851 South Carolinians voted for Trump and 5,589 Nevadans voter for Sanders.

    1. Mathematically it is almost impossible to stop Trump now. No challenger has the appeal and resources to win more than 1 or 2 states on super Tuesday and March 8th & 15th. Cruz will have to go try to win Texas and Oklahoma to save face. Rubio might challenge in Georgia, Mass and Virginia, but the reality is he has to win in Florida, so he has to spend a lot of time there. The field has stayed split too long and they lost their chance to stop Trump.

  3. I doubt that the majority of people living away from NYC know anything about Trump other than his apparent stance as President would be to consistently address, even command, other world leaders that, “We’ll kick your butt if you do this or that.” It’s a trait inbred in so many Americans — including the Christian, born-again Evangelicals; a natural reaction for many of us and which Dubya acted on when invading Iraq. If only he had opened his history book, he’d quickly discover the mixed-up insanity of the region, viewing war and slaughter part of being a man.

    Trump also epitomizes the ‘in your face’ reputation of New Yorkers from the City and surrounding urban realm. And their is dirt under his finger nails, hidden from the vast number of voters whom lack the neighborly knowledge or urban myths concealed within his unwieldy hair, always changing direction with the fickle winds buffeting the City. He sells palace like apartments worthy of the exquisite tastes of Henry VIII or Louis XVI, while also dealing in the shadowy concealment offered by The Taj and other gambling joints of Atlantic City. In the days I lived but 20 miles from the City — from the Fifties to the Seventies — it was near impossible not to do business with those connected to, or made members of the mob. It was a given. I myself, after returning from Vietnam, worked in an Italian owned, bar and pizza joint where we kept the table most distant from the front door ready for use when one of the local Costa Nostra dropped by.

    Trump is a fighter from dark alleys whose real self remains concealed, akin to his miraculously but unrevealed recovery from the threat and actuality of bankruptcy. I don’t think any of the other contenders know the art of the deal like Trump and, thus, they will be mere also rans.

    Of course this is only my opinion. I haven’t watched any debates, or even any TV since last May.

    Cheers to all,
    Ed P

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