By: Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Saturday night, my husband and I sat around a patio table having drinks and talking politics with friends. It’s not often that I’m dumbfounded into speechlessness, but there I was. One of the men in our group expressed his enthusiastic support of Donald Trump:

HE: Well, what do you think about Donald Trump?

ME: Ugh – he’s a buffoon and a false conservative!  I don’t think he’s serious about being president, he’s only in for the moment just to agitate.

HE: I like what he says! He’s got my vote!

ME: How can you tell what he says or means? He’s changed position on so many issues!

ANOTHER: He’s for gun control – that’s a deal breaker for me.

HE: Oh, I don’t care about gun control, I’m not all into guns.

This is the part where I started to gape.  Right now, Trump says he is against gun control but he’s also on record for supporting assault weapon bans and longer wait periods.  Overall, his position is inconsistent. My friend went on to explain that having a gun is so unnecessary because if someone was trying to attack me, the odds (“you’ve got to look at the percentages!” he exclaimed) of my being able to get to my gun to defend myself are very small.  “You almost never see reports of someone stopping their attacker with a gun,” he explained. I’m not sure where he gets his information, but it’s not the same place I do.

At this point I started to realize that argument was futile.

Others in the group suggested more staunchly conservative candidates perhaps might merit his attention, like Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, or even Marco Rubio.  The man shrugged, tossed back his drink, and said, “Oh I don’t know much about Ted Cruz and I don’t really care to – Trump already has my vote.”  He repeated this several more times before I turned the conversation to the topic of cats, realizing that politics was a topic on which we would never agree.

This morning I woke up with the sad realization that my conservative vote might cancel out my daughter’s liberal one, but whose vote will cancel out the man in our group last night? And the man’s wife will only vote for whomever he tells her to, so … we may be doomed.

I’m scared that we have come to the point in our society where the general voter cares more about the Kardashians and Donny Loves Jenny than the future of our country. Trump is a buffoon, an entertainer, and a businessman. He says whatever he thinks you want to hear just so he can close the deal. He has no inner-core, no deep, soul searing beliefs in conservative theory.

Victor Davis Hanson:

The mystery among the political and media class is how quickly these disgruntled conservatives will be cleansed and get Trump out of their systems, and whether it will happen before he does other Republican candidates real damage. For now, it will take a bit more of the unfiltered Trump’s preposterousness and anti-PC bluster before his teed-off fans are finally pacified. Scorning or ridiculing Trump’s hypocrisies, narcissism, or outlandishness won’t silence him, much less win over his supporters. That will happen only when voters find a more savvy, more informed, more polite — but equally blunt and unafraid — version of Trump, perhaps a candidate like either Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, or Scott Walker, all of whom are more likely to channel unapologetic conservative anger rather than crudely amplify it.

Mr. Hanson is right on target but I don’t think the fellow in our group last night is necessarily a “disgruntled conservative” but is instead just looking for someone entertaining, like the people on his reality shows.

George Will’s column last week suggests that the Republican party should deal with Trump the same way that William F. Buckley dealt with the John Birch Society in 1962 – excommunicate him:

Indeed, a party has a duty to exclude interlopers, including cynical opportunists deranged by egotism. This is why closed primaries, although not obligatory, are defensible: Let party members make the choices that define the party and dispense its most precious possession, a presidential nomination. So, the Republican National Committee should immediately stipulate that subsequent Republican debates will be open to any and all — but only — candidates who pledge to support the party’s nominee.

Should that happen, you can be sure Trump will pick up his toys and go home. Would he bother to run as a third party then, and ensure Hillary’s coronation?  Of course he would.

There’s enough time for Trump to implode before things get too serious, but the concern is what damage will be done before then. How many more reality-voters and shallow thinkers will Trump win over before he’s done, and who will they turn to when he’s gone?

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Remember the CNN / MSM gatekeepers insist we should follow their lead on what is important and what is not and Memeorandum is supposed to tell us what stories are big.

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There are plenty of things about Donald Trump’s quest for the GOP nomination that are newsworthy and worth a story to top Memorandum.  Trump telling a kid:   “I’m Batman” isn’t one of them

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Director Blue’s latest list of the top 300 conservative web sites based on Alexa ranking and DaTechGuy blog came in at 212 just ahead of the federalist society and just behind gay patriot

While a ranking of 212 isn’t bad (454021 worldwide 78,297 in the US) It’s a far cry from the days when I was in the top 100 with a ranking occasionally hitting above 100,000 worldwide (of course in those days I was averaging an Instalanche every 10 days ) but looking at list it hit me this is analogous to the effect of Donald Trump is having on the GOP primaries.

Let’s look at a screen shot of the top of the list:

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If you look at this list you’ll see Pjmedia.com, where resides the blogfather at 26th with a ranking of 6455 (1370 in the US) and Matt Drudge,  the one who in a sense  started it all at #6,  with a rank of 629. (131 in the US)

While that means in the land of conservative sites those are big the whales, those rankings also mean that in the greater world there are 628 web sites that people rather go to than drudge and over 6400 that people rather go to that Instapundit.  If you go to Alexa and look at the Drudge Report in their list of the top 500 sites in the US  you’ll see what I mean.

 

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In the US Drudge is just ahead of time.com (which I confess puts a smile on my face) but lets look at the sites ahead of it: goodraeds.com, publishers clearing house, weather underground and Sears.

My site gets a spike when I’m linked by Ace of Spades or Instapundit and if Drudge ever links me the traffic spike would be incredible but looking at that list there are over 100 sites that could provide a bigger one.

Those others sites  are more popular than Drudge not because there is something wrong with it, but because they have a greater interest to the greater population.

 

That’s what Donald Trump is to the political world.

The reality is the conservative blogosphere is a niche market in the blogging world, the blogging world is a niche market in the political world and the political world is a niche market in the information that people actually care about.

Trump’s place is beyond that niche market, so when he entered the political world the elites who normally have the clout (the media the Party leaders ) to decide who and what is acceptable suddenly find themselves swamped the thousands of people who used to ignore them.  I’s the political equivalent of Sad Puppies

The self appointed elites of the Sci fi world are horrified that despite their efforts the greater mass of fandom that was always able, but never bothered to vote for the Hugo awards might actually vote for people who they do not approve of.

Rather than arguing for the quality of the books on their slate and reaching out to these new voters to persuade the them that the books they suggest deserve their votes, the opponents of Sad puppies have demonized them as a bunch of racist, bigots, homophobes etc etc etc and have painted their votes as a bunch of ignorant followers.

That’s not going to win friends or influence people.

It’s the same problem for the media and political gatekeepers.  Donald Trump is horrifying the media, the GOP elites and those who have been the gatekeepers can’t stand the idea that a bunch of people who normally would not pay attention might actually select a nominee outside of their sphere of influence and can’t handle the idea that they might have to sell their candidates to the unwashed masses rather than making them choose between their approved candidates.

It reminds them that in the end we are a niche market, Donald Trump is beyond our niche

Final thought, there was a study quoted at Ace of Spades & Hotair that downplayed Donald Trump’s social media power noting that only 39.4% of Trump’s Twitter followers are currently eligible to vote as opposed to say Jeb Bush with 85.5%

Just remember 85.5% of Jeb Bush’s followers is 244,530, 39.4% of Trump’s followers is 1,477,500 that’s six times more.

Update: Instalanche (& traffic spike) thanks Ed While you’re here consider checking out my first foray into fiction a short story called The Eyes at amazon Kindle planned as the first of a series.

Update 2: For some reason the code for DaTipJar button became corrupted fixed.

Update 3: I don’t think I’ve ever had a piece instalanched twice by two different authors at Instapundit (Thanks Sarah) neither of them Glenn. Given the different times of day and authors it will be interesting to see how many people come from one vs the other.

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That name niche market principle applies to DaTipJar.

For a Donald Trump the 22K that would cover my expenses for the and the extra $10K that would pay for the roof, car, floor kitchen and bathroom repairs that I had to put on plastic would be nothing and if my traffic was the size of a Drudge getting enough people to kick in to cover those bills would likely not be an issue.

But I have to take things as they are so if you like what you see here, and have a little extra you can spare.  I’d appreciate it if you would hit DaTipJar





My goal for 2015 is Twenty Two grand which will give me a nominal living doing this.

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