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Newt Gingrich on Trump

Scott Adams is still the most entertaining guide to why Trump keeps winning. But former House speaker Newt Gingrich has started carving out his own niche, offering a more conventional style plus the promise of better access.

Gingrich was vetted by team Trump as a potential veep and cabinet pick, but he is staying outside government, focusing on long-term Republican strategy — and  his self-appointed role as Trump’s explainer-in-chief.

His book Understanding Trump isn’t out until the 25th of May. But there’s an ebook collection of his election commentary available for Kindle.

Here’s a few quotes from Gingrich’s new interview this week with Spiegel.

“[T]his is the most fascinating presidency of my lifetime. I think it has the potential to be very, very good or to be very disappointing, and I’m doing everything I can to make it very good.”

“[Trump] has a grand direction. He doesn’t have a grand strategy. He wants to re-establish American authority and power and to relaunch the American economy.”

“[T]he incompetence of the government is so massive that even a moderately good executive could regain much ground pretty rapidly. Donald Trump is a very good executive.”

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A Classical Take on Trump


The ever-interesting Victor Davis Hanson is not only a classical scholar but also a fifth-generation farmer. His take for City Journal on Trump’s appeal to rural America combines his knowledge of life today outside the big cities with a dazzling historical sweep.

“To paraphrase Cicero on his preference for the direct Plato over the obscure Pythagoreans, rural Americans would have preferred to be wrong with the blunt-talking Trump than to be right with the mush-mouthed Hillary Clinton. One reason that Trump may have outperformed both McCain and Romney with minority voters was that they appreciated how much the way he spoke rankled condescending white urban liberals.”

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Trump as… Obi-Wan Kenobi?

Trump is good at what he does.

If you loathe Trump so intensely you think he’s a lucky moron, you are choosing to be exactly what he would call you: a hater and a loser.

You don’t have to like Trump to admit how good he is.

With the inauguration less than a week away, a few brave souls willing to break from the herd have started to point out that Trump knows how to win.

Exhibit A is the latest piece by Fred Barnes in The Weekly Standard. It’s mainly a regurgitation of Newt Gingrich and Scott Adams, but since those are two of the smartest commentators on Trump’s tricks, Barnes sees a long way simply by standing on their shoulders 

Barnes is particularly good on Trump’s Obi-Wan Kenobi manoeuvre.

“If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

Trump’s version, laid out in a tweet from 2012, is less mystical, but no less effective.
“When someone attacks me, I always attack back…except 100x more. This has nothing to do with a tirade but rather, a way of life!”

Darth Vader didn’t listen to Ben Kenobi. And Trump’s opponents don’t listen either. Lyin’ Ted, Crooked Hillary, Fake News CNN or the Failing New York Times — all deaf to his warning.

As Barnes puts it:

“The new rule is simple: When you attack Trump, he will hit back harder than you could have imagined.”

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