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With Trump, Chances of GOP Win will 'Diminish by the Day' (Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany)

 

"'Politainment' definitely has a bright side. The dark side is Donald Trump. Since the voter-audience is now more than ever oriented toward wit and originality, he who offers it will win; and at the moment, no one's wit is quicker or sharper than Trump's. If he stays in the presidential race he will drive the Republicans to distraction - and their chances of conquering the White House will decrease with each passing day."

 

By Daniel Haufler

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Translated By Stephanie Martin

 

August 9, 2015

 

Germany - Frankfurter Rundschau - Original Article (Germany)

U.S. Republicans have long awaited this moment: The administration of President Barack Obama is coming to an end; and after reconquering the House of Representatives and Senate, they may hope to retake the White House. It's a pleasant horizon after two bitter election defeats of Republican candidates by the hated Obama. The president, who stands for everything conservatives in America abhor: a groundbreaking health care reform that is no less than the most important social reform of last 50 years, a generous immigration laws, gun control and marriage for all, climate protection, military restraint and diplomatic solutions with arch enemies Cuba and Iran.

 

So finally the Republicans could hope put an end to this horror - but now! instead of a primary campaign in which candidates spar acceptably and win votes with their proposals, and of course, with their fabulous biographies that show they have come a long way and risen up from humble beginnings - which is why they want to give something back to America, a formula which virtually no election campaign can do without - the primary campaign has already deteriorated into a clown show. This time, Republicans didn't need as many candidates as they had four years ago. At the time, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, and Newt Gingrich all briefly stirred excitement and earned the top spot in the polls before their campaigns imploded quicker than an old tube television.

 

Fears of the conservative White underclass

 

This spectacle damaged the party so thoroughly - and its eventual nominee Mitt Romney - that from a Republican point of view, it should never be repeated. Back then, Donald Trump, egomaniacal multi-billionaire and successful TV reality show host also considered a candidacy. This is a man who knows no shame, who alternately insults his fellow party members by calling them clowns, losers, stupid, or ugly; who is unafraid of ruining his ties to the political elite, because he himself belongs to the economic elite - and in any case considers himself a genius.

 

 

 

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Trump's performances dominate the media and to widespread voter approval. He leads all the polls by wide margins. The other candidates, however, are barely able to get their messages across. In this sense, the first Republican debate was a Trump show. Nine career politicians attempting to expose him as a charlatan, and media professional Trump sent them like first graders to stand in the corner.

 

However, Trump's success is by no means out of the blue. With his resentment toward immigrants and society's losers he enunciates common ideas supported by Republicans. For decades the party has stood for social exclusion and fighting against state social benefits because they primarily assist minorities in other words, primarily Blacks and Latinos. With his tirades, Trump benefits from the concerns of a poorly educated conservative White underclass that rightly fears job losses to immigrants. His arguments are all the more convincing to these Republican voters because they are coming from a political outsider who has nothing to do with the Washington establishment; and because, as Trump likes to emphasize, he is "really rich" and successful. Seventy percent of potential voters have confidence in his economic competence. This base would prefers one says what one thinks - but doesn't care if that makes it impossible to win against the Democrats.

 

Oriented toward wit and originality

 

However, there is yet another reason for Trump's rise: the trend toward "politainment" - a combination of politics and entertainment. While Marilyn Monroe's birthday song for John F. Kennedy was exceptional at the time, ever since Bill Clinton's saxophone number on the Arsenio Hall Show in 1992, leading politicians have tried to reach voters with appearances on entertainment programs. A quick-witted comment on the talk show of David Letterman or Jimmy Fallon easily displaces a good speech in Congress. No one understands that better than Barack Obama. He made eight appearances on Letterman alone, and seven with satirist Jon Stewart; he even appeared with Zach Galifianakis, whose comedy show only runs on the Internet - and with great success. On Galifianakis' program, Obama had the opportunity to publicize his health care reform and saw results the very next day, with thousands of new applicants signing up for health insurance.

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So politainment definitely has a bright side. The dark side is Donald Trump. Since the voter-audience is now more than ever oriented toward wit and originality, he who offers it will win; and at the moment, no one's wit is quicker or sharper than Trump's. If he stays in the presidential race he will drive the Republicans to distraction - and their chances of conquering the White House will decrease with each passing day.

 

 

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[Posted By Worldmeets.US, August 9, 2015, 3:21pm]

 

 

 

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