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How VA & Disney explains Trump or why nobody makes Jake Tapper action Figures

Yes­ter­day I had a long debate with the #nev­ertrump hash­tag over the effec­tive­ness of Trump’s attacks con­cern­ing Hillary and Bill’s past. It was occa­sioned by Jake Tapper’s tweets con­cern­ing Vince Fos­ter not­ing that there is

I argued that while I dis­agreed with the tac­ti­cal move of invok­ing Fos­ter (par­tic­u­larly when there are so many gen­uine Clin­ton out­rages out there) strate­gi­cally I under­stand what is being done.

The twit­ter con­ver­sa­tion that fol­lowed con­vinces me that peo­ple don’t under­stand the change in the cul­ture that has enabled Trump.

The best way to explain it is, believe it or not. The VA Dis­ney business.

for the last few years we have been hear­ing hor­ror story after hor­ror story on the VA from wait times to the treat­ment of vets in the care of the VA. These sto­ries include seem­ing lack of con­se­quences for those respon­si­ble for these disasters.

Yet it didn’t make a dif­fer­ence, Obama admin­is­tra­tion did not feel the need to make changes and the media did not see the need to hold them accountable.

How­ever once the con­ver­sa­tion turned from the actual prob­lems in the VA to a minor remark over Dis­ney lines and here comes the out­rage and the apology.

Jake also cov­ered this story

What does that tell you? That the actual real­ity of a sit­u­a­tion is less impor­tant that the cul­tural sound bite.

And that more than any­thing else explains the elec­toral suc­cess of Don­ald Trump.

The GOP 2016 field was incred­i­ble, you had sen­a­tors like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and Gov­er­nors like Scott Walker and Rick Perry and many more who not only had accom­plish­ments but had fought for con­ser­vatism and con­ser­v­a­tive principles.

But Don­ald Trump rec­og­nized how­ever that in the cur­rent cul­ture, a cul­ture cre­ated and encour­aged by the left, that the minu­tia is not what peo­ple are inter­ested in, and has pack­aged his two big gen­eral prin­ci­ples (anti-​illegal immi­gra­tion, anti-​islamic ter­ror) in a way that is both enter­tain­ing and projects strength, while attack­ing his oppo­nents in ways that do the same.

Fur­ther­more con­sider this tweet from #Nev­ertrump in the midst of a debate on Trump’s tactics

That argu­ment unfor­tu­nately flies in the face of math, after all if I was a per­son look­ing to max­i­mize my vote total I might be more inter­ested in get­ting the votes of the 3.19 mil­lion peo­ple who fol­low a WWE star like say Shawn Michaels than the 478 thou­sand who fol­low Jake Tapper.

After all there is a rea­son why Mat­tel makes and Ama­zon sells a Sean Michaels Action fig­ure but does not offer a Jake Tap­per one.

Put sim­ply there are more votes in the tac­tics Trump is using that might draw the occa­sional debunk­ing by Jake, then it restraint that never occa­sions such a critique.

Don­ald Trump and his cam­paign fig­ured this out very early, never Trump has not

This isn’t a pro-​trump posi­tion, or an anti-​Jake Tap­per posi­tion. It it a pro-​math position.

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Yesterday I had a long debate with the #nevertrump hashtag over the effectiveness of Trump’s attacks concerning Hillary and Bill’s past. It was occasioned by Jake Tapper’s tweets concerning Vince Foster noting that there is

I argued that while I disagreed with the tactical move of invoking Foster (particularly when there are so many genuine Clinton outrages out there) strategically I understand what is being done.

The twitter conversation that followed convinces me that people don’t understand the change in the culture that has enabled Trump.

The best way to explain it is, believe it or not. The VA Disney business.

for the last few years we have been hearing horror story after horror story on the VA from wait times to the treatment of vets in the care of the VA. These stories include seeming lack of consequences for those responsible for these disasters.

Yet it didn’t make a difference, Obama administration did not feel the need to make changes and the media did not see the need to hold them accountable.

However once the conversation turned from the actual problems in the VA to a minor remark over Disney lines and here comes the outrage and the apology.

Jake also covered this story

What does that tell you? That the actual reality of a situation is less important that the cultural sound bite.

And that more than anything else explains the electoral success of Donald Trump.

The GOP 2016 field was incredible, you had senators like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and Governors like Scott Walker and Rick Perry and many more who not only had accomplishments but had fought for conservatism and conservative principles.

But Donald Trump recognized however that in the current culture, a culture created and encouraged by the left, that the minutia is not what people are interested in, and has packaged his two big general principles (anti-illegal immigration, anti-islamic terror) in a way that is both entertaining and projects strength, while attacking his opponents in ways that do the same.

Furthermore consider this tweet from #Nevertrump in the midst of a debate on Trump’s tactics

That argument unfortunately flies in the face of math, after all if I was a person looking to maximize my vote total I might be more interested in getting the votes of the 3.19 million people who follow a WWE star like say Shawn Michaels than the 478 thousand who follow Jake Tapper.

After all there is a reason why Mattel makes and Amazon sells a Sean Michaels Action figure but does not offer a Jake Tapper one.

Put simply there are more votes in the tactics Trump is using that might draw the occasional debunking by Jake, then it restraint that never occasions such a critique.

Donald Trump and his campaign figured this out very early, never Trump has not

This isn’t a pro-trump position, or an anti-Jake Tapper position. It it a pro-math position.

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