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.”
Read the whole thing.
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.”
Read the whole thing.