August 12, 2015

YOU HATE IT FROM BARACK OBAMA. BUT YOU LOVE IT FROM DONALD TRUMP, Rick Wilson writes at IJ Review:

You hated how Obama rode the wave of constant attention from the mainstream media into office, and how they played along with his game, draining the life out of every other candidate by describing him as an inevitable juggernaut, an unstoppable political force, and a game-changer who was tapping into something deep and powerful in American political life.

But you love it from Trump.

You hated how Obama’s naive ignorance of the real and brutal world of international affairs was papered over by his hollow promises to make the world respect the United States again.

But you love it from Trump.

You hated Obama’s casual disdain for people who weren’t from a major city where, you know, all the rich, smart, educated, liberal people like him live.

But you love it from Trump.

And as Sonny Bunch adds at the Washington Post, both men are a product of the pop culture of the last two decades:

Instead of looking to Mike Judge as the explanation for The Donald’s appeal, maybe we should look to Aaron Sorkin. He’s spent a career insisting that straight-shooting, real-talking, non-bush-beating pols are what get the people all hot and bothered. Who can forget the rousing finale of “The American President” when the triangulator stops triangulating and spits hot truths about gun control and crime bills and the environment. Let’s not forget “Bulworth’s” bravado or “The West Wing’s” response to the wickedness of the Bush presidency and the squishiness of the Clinton years.

In this fantasyland, Sorkinesque Real Talk inspires not snickering but action, not plummeting polls but massive new support. The courage of a pol’s convictions will carry him far.

Especially when he’s the World’s Biggest Celebrity, whether it’s 2008 or the road to 2016:

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