I turned on the television this morning to get some details on the Oregon shootout. Should have known better. Last night DJT said he won't participate in the next GOP debate. So once again the man has totally dominated the media. (I use his initials because I refuse to write his name.)
[NOTE: If you are supporting this candidate, best you not read further.]
Veteran newsman Bob Shieffer has temporarily returned from retirement to cover the election this year. He told a story that so well describes the GOP lead candidate. He relates what he calls "the dead cat" maneuver. That in a meeting, no matter what is being discussed and no matter how important it is, if someone throws a dead cat onto the table, that is where the conversation will focus. And so we have seen this process dozens of times during this Presidential campaign process, especially from DJT. When the news dares to focus on anyone else, he throws a figurative dead cat onto the table to once again turn attention to him. Such was his most recent decision not to participate in the next debate. We've seen it so often. And we will see it so many times again. And yet the "media" cannot ignore the dead cat, no matter what else needs to be said.
So I have an idea. How about we designate or form a television network specifically for this candidate? That network could take over the 24/7
In fact, if he is really so rich, why not have him start the network? If he believes we honestly care about one word he says, then he would have our undivided attention.
On a side note: A GOP super PAC is spending massive amounts of money for ads in Iowa. They supposedly "attack" Bernie Sanders as being "too liberal for Iowa" because he wants health care for all, access to better education, closing tax loopholes enjoyed by Wall Street. They have spent half a million dollars so far blasting the airwaves in Iowa as the countdown to caucus is in full swing. (And so we give one more raspberry to SCOTUS for their Citizens United decision.) Why, you might ask, is a GOP super PAC trying to convince Iowans of this candidate's liberal leaning? Doesn't everyone already know that his stance is quite liberal? Could it be that the GOP super PAC would prefer Sanders as the Democrat Candidate? More importantly, should a super PAC from one party be allowed to air any kind of ads in the other party's primary?
I urge Iowans and all Americans to support the candidate of your choosing. Just make certain you are choosing wisely. Look beyond the promises and rhetoric. Look at past behavior and actions. Look for some substantive methods of financing the changes all of us want. Yes, we want all of those things. We even want world peace. But these things are not easy and we need to elect the person most likely to be able to bring us toward meaningful change. Not the person best able to stir up a crowd.
A line from an old poem keeps ringing in my mind.
"Oh Lord, help us and save us."