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Trump on terror.

August 16, 2016

In giving his overview of his strategy to defeat ISIS-inspired terrorism yesterday, Donald Trump was attempting to do the impossible, namely satisfy everybody.

In the main, his speech fleshed out some of the points he has made in the past and it was delivered in a “presidential” manner.

Which is to say, it sounded like every speech ever given by career politicians.

In most respects he didn’t change any listener’s position or opinion, as this mainstream news opinion piece shows. The piece hits on every establishment talking point and comes across being as disjointed as it accuses Trump of being.

For instance it makes considerable note of the fact that Mr. Trump criticized decisions made by previous presidents.

Let’s see, isn’t the guy occupying the Oval Office pretty well known for that tactic as well?

There was also the observation that he didn’t sound exactly like any other President.

Isn’t that kind of the point this time around?

Meanwhile, ABC solemnly intoned that Mr. Trump had introduced another “controversial” element when he suggested he would employ what they call ideological testing.

Seems they haven’t noticed that our current immigration vetting process already includes questions designed to accomplish the same end.

Mr. Trump’s nod to political custom did sound nicely civilized, and some of the lines drew considerable applause, particularly when he was detailing all the times that the system has failed to protect Americans on American soil.

His comment that assimilation didn’t need to mean hostility but  was still a necessary qualification for successful  immigration was also well received.

On average it was a good political speech. Whether it had the desired effect on his more fickle and nervous supporters remains to be seen.

In the end though, the ultimate effect probably didn’t change any minds.

The establishment on either side doesn’t like Trump and nothing he said is going to change that.

His GOP critics aren’t going to shut up. They hated him  before, they hate him now, and they will hate him until and including election day, or maybe even Judgment Day.

Their handpicked “independent” candidate, Utah resident Evan McMullin, has started making the rounds of the cable news shows with appearances on Fox News and other outlets. His impact seems minimal, given that the tentative filing deadlines may have passed in as many as 34 states.

Oh well, at least Mitt Romney will have someone other than Hillary to vote for in November.

The media predictably slammed Trump for not “being specific” and “having an incoherent message.”

Let’s face it.  If he had laid out the Allied strategy for the invasion of Normandy, they wouldn’t have approved of it.

That dovetails nicely with the Clinton campaign that many of his GOP detractors have vowed to support.

It remains to be seen if he can leave all that alone and let the positives, and there were some positives, soak in for awhile.

Almost immediately you had media types trying to pick it apart, hoping to bait Mr. Trump into another quote-worthy Twitter moment.

After all, there aren’t many ratings-plumping moments to be had in a safe and sane Trump speech.

There is also his rather more outspoken base to consider. They may understand why he has to occasionally sound like his establishment foes, but he always risks going too far with that and losing them too.

They love it when he overstates and exaggerates the faults and flaws of his opponents, and that just encourages him to go over the top again.

At this point, the battle lines are drawn.  It’s the rebels vs. the establishment, and it remains to be seen which will win out in the end.

The smart money is on the left-wing establishment, to the tune of maybe as much as two billion dollars in the end.

It seems like a safe bet, given that the Republicans are all in on dividing their voters.

Still, the last time the commoners took on the monarchy here, it was the crown that lost.

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