Trump, Perry Sling Mud

I am so much enjoying having Donald Trump in the Republican presidential race. He behaves like a really immature high school freshman running for class president and you know he’s just going to keep taunting the other candidates one by one, starting feud after feud. First, it was Jeb Bush, now it’s Rick Perry, who fired the first shot:

“I have a message for my fellow Republicans and the independents who will be voting in the primary process: what Mr. Trump is offering is not conservatism, it is Trump-ism – a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense,” Perry said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

Perry said the former reality star’s month-old campaign shows “his fundamental misunderstanding of border security.”

Of course, there’s nothing to remotely indicate that Perry understands it any better, despite a couple of ridiculous photo ops taken on gunboats on the Rio Grande. Trump fired back in his usual style:

He does have a point. I’m having a hard time following this. I keep forgetting which one is rubber and which one is glue. But who cares! Keep it going, boys!

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  • Mr Ed

    Mr. Trump is offering is not conservatism, it is Trump-ism – a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense

    True conservatism is a toxic mix of demagoguery, nonsense and religion delivered with intelectual glasses.

  • eric

    Trump missed his opportunity here. How he should’ve responded is: “I have three things to say about Governor Perry. He failed at the border. He should have been required to take an IQ test before entering the Republican Primary. And…uh I forget.”

  • busterggi

    Perry needs to count to three before he says anything. Of course, he’ll never say anything again if he tries to count that high.

  • zenlike

    is not conservatism, it is Trump-ism – a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense

    A distinction without a difference.

  • lorn

    Perry is one of the few Republicans with a military background. I think that Trumps attacks against the veterans, McCain and Perry, are being stage managed with the intent of immunizing the GOP against claims that they are anti-military after their systematic attacks on Kerry’s military record.

    Funny how Trump attacks first McCain and then Perry. The only other GOP presidential candidate with military service is Lindsey Graham. Out of a field of, what? 16 so far — with at least one more leaning –, Trump has attacked two of the three. Coincidence?

    Look for Trump’s attack of military service to build to fever pitch and hit the top of the news cycle before they stage manage a dramatic defense of veterans, celebration of military service and dressing down of Trump. This expiates the sins of Swiftboating Kerry and gets glorification of military service into the spotlight.

    This message and theme will be amplified, massaged, and refined by the GOP noise machine as directed in Rove’s Wednesday meetings and coordination of talking points. Once the pitch and intensity is sufficiently high one of the attacked GOP candidates, I’m leaning toward Lindsey Graham, gets highlighted and this ends with him getting the nomination after several dramatic reversals along the primary trail to add nuance and drama to the story. Look for him to be the underdog at least once and to be presented as clawing his way back. That makes a poignant, and favorable, contrast to Hillary Clinton’s heir apparent status. Americans love comeback stories and favor the moxie of the underdog.

    This all sets up an election with patriotism, support of the military, and military service, all perceived as Hillary’s weakness, as the main theme. It also sets her up against opponents with strong perceived credentials in these areas. A GOP candidate, to be named at a later date, on the GOP side, and Jim Webb from within the Democratic party. The plan here is to make Clinton fight it out on her weak side as her opponents, from both parties, get to play to their strengths.

    Trump’s attacks look to me to be just part of the stage management necessary to set up for the main event. These preliminaries are the manipulations of sentiment and memory necessary to position the American people, the candidates, and the media onto their marks on stage, facing the right way, props in position, with the music of the expected mythology and references playing so that the audience can’t get lost as to who they are supposed to cheer for.

    This stage management and scripting is brought to you by the GOP leadership under direction of Billionaires who think that as long as they own most of the nation, they ought to be able to run it.

    Of course every plan has a flaw. As the military planners are in the habit of pointing out: No plan survives contact with the enemy. This looks like a stage managed setup to me but it is still early and at most this is just the first attempt of the GOP manipulating perception, positioning and media context to favor their candidate. There is more than a year of this sort of shit to go and these are just the initial maneuvers and postures as the sides size each other up and start laying the groundwork for the bloody battles to come.

  • Michael Heath

    Rick Perry states:

    I have a message for my fellow Republicans and the independents who will be voting in the primary process: what Mr. Trump is offering is not conservatism, it is Trump-ism – a toxic mix of demagoguery . . .

    [Heath bolded]

    Ok, so Mr. Perry can say it, but can he define it?

  • StevoR

    @5. lorn : Interetsingly enough :

    However, I find it hard to believe things are quite as organised and stage managed in the Republican camp as you suggest – not sure what a lot of the other candidates would get out of playing along? (Okay, fame, money, fox news positions, one gets to be VP etc ..still.)

  • StevoR

    PS. I also like what The Young Turks’ are doing here :

    with their Freak Sixteen 2016 contest. Nice way of summing up their klown race.