ART OF THE DEAL
When President Trump pushes back against the impeachment hearings, millions of his fans are delighted with his rapid response — delivered while he tends the vital business of the White House and his 2020 reelection campaign. However, the Democrats also are ramping up their aggression — now deploying strategic, carefully researched descriptors to convince Americans that wrongdoing has occurred.
“Dems throw words at walls, hoping something will stick. Quid pro quo, bribery, extortion, abuse of power, obstruction and witness intimidation are all getting a tryout. The search for buzzwords proves the entire enterprise is 100% political,” writes New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin.
It’s a marketing thing.
“It turns out impeachment is actually about polling. The Washington Post reported on Friday that Democrats have stopped using the term ‘quid pro quo’, instead describing ‘bribery’ as a more direct summation of Trump’s alleged conduct. Why the change, you ask? It turns out the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ran focus groups in battleground states in order to determine the most effective messaging,” writes PJ Media columnist Matt Margolis.
“Democrats are essentially deciding what to accuse President Trump of doing based on polling in key battleground areas. Apparently Trump’s crimes aren’t clear enough. Democrats need to run focus groups to figure out what language has the strongest impact,” says Mr. Margolis.
All these fancy maneuvers and scare techniques, however, have not fazed the president, who continues to take care of business without losing a beat. And that is how it has been for the Mr. Trump for a very long time. Let us revisit one of his thoughts that surfaced over three decades ago and still appears to be percolating.
“In most cases I’m very easy to get along with. I’m very good to people who are good to me. But when people treat me badly or unfairly or try to take advantage of me, my general attitude, all my life, has been to fight back very hard,” Mr. Trump wrote in “The Art of the Deal,” his bestselling book originally published in 1987.
“The risk is you’ll make a bad situation worse, and I certainly don’t recommend this approach to everyone. But my experience is that if you’re fighting for something you believe in — even if it means alienating some people along the way — things usually work out for the best in the end,” Mr. Trump advised.
Politico/Morning Consult poll, which also finds that public interest in the impeachment proceedings is on the wane.
“As investigators look to continue making their case for impeachment to the public, support for the inquiry has ticked down over the past week,” notes the poll analysis. “The survey, which has tracked support and opposition for the inquiry each week, found that support for the investigation inched down 2 percentage points — to 48% from 50% — while opposition to the inquiry ticked up 3 percentage points — to 45% from 42%.”
“Voter opposition to the impeachment inquiry is at its highest point since Morning Consult and Politico began tracking the issue,” says Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s vice president. “A key driver for this shift appears to be independents. Today, 47% of independents oppose the impeachment inquiry, compared to 37% who said the same one week ago.”
Mr. Istvan ran for president in 2016 as a Transhumanist Party candidate, and for California governor as a Libertarian. This time, campaign manager Pratik Chougule says he is “running as a new type of Republican politician” who backs universal basic income, free college and believes in “licensing” parents to ensure they are ready to raise their kids. Mr. Zoltan also favors “nearly open borders” and the use of drones to prevent mass shootings, among other things.
So far, he will appear on the New Hampshire presidential primary ballot, and the press has begun to notice.
“Meet the cyborg who’s running against Donald Trump for president. Zoltan Istvan, a leader of the transhumanist movement to merge humans with technology, is challenging Trump with a plan for America that’s beyond radical,” notes CNET.com — zeroing in on the candidate’s ideas about abortion.
“Within 10 years, I expect artificial wombs to improve to be able to handle fetuses around 16 weeks, which would give many women a third choice. There are 50 million abortions a year. No longer will one have to be pro-choice or pro-life, but one can also say: I’d like to give my child up for adoption via an artificial womb,” Mr. Istvan told the news organization.
What’s happening during the impeachment hearings? The art of the deal perhaps — with President Trump pushing back, just as he outlined in his 1987 bestseller.