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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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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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Trump makes an unlikely new friend

When you’ve got Glenn Greenwald arguing Trump’s corner, it may be a sign that your attack is not working.

“Cheering for the CIA and its shadowy allies to unilaterally subvert the U.S. election and impose its own policy dictates on the elected president is both warped and self-destructive.”

Trump has also noticed the value of this moment. He’s not just waiting for figures like Greenwald to protest on his behalf. Trump has also started using this witchhunt against him by the deep state to break the frame of himself as the dangerous fascist. Scott Adams, who has been arguing for Trump’s tactical nous since well before the election, captures it well in a new blogpost, “The Master Persuader Scrambles the Frame”.

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How to Change the World

I saw someone save his own life today.

Some things happen slowly, but conversion can be fast. That moment when someone’s entire frame of mind changes and they can’t continue to act as they did before.

When someone walks into the office and you’re not sure if it’s their twin.

The formal word for it is metanoia.

If people are stuck in the wrong mindset, these moments are how they save their lives, all at once.

And when they save themselves, they create more space to save others too.

If you can change people’s minds, you can change the world.

We don’t think enough about how that happens. We forget it’s even possible.

But it’s real. I saw it today.

Here’s Scott Adams on the art of persuasion. Self-recommending.

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