Lion of the Blogosphere

Trump is looking more presidential

Immediately after the debate, I wrote that “Trump seemed more presidential than he had in any previous debate.”

Michael Steele, the African-American former Republican National Committee Chairman agrees with me. The Hill reporting on a radio interview:

Steele said Trump’s performance in the debate Thursday night showed his growth as a candidate.

“You can see the maturity,” he said, adding that Trump was likely thinking that he wanted to “demonstrate to people that I can be president.”

“I think he showed a little bit of that last night,” Steele said.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 17, 2016 at 11:51 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. I’m not sure if Steele really meant this or is just saying it because he believes a Trump nomination is inevitable. Because if it is then the Republican establishment will want Trump to start moderating his flame-thrower image as soon as possible. I personally think Trump’s constant insistence that he will be the nominee appears childish and ridiculous. With his never having run for office before, we have no track record for “Trump voters.” What we have are people who claim they will be Trump voters. As with starting a new business, establishing a new political brand is risky. I don’t see why Trump thinks he’s destined to replicate his success in the real estate business in the political arena. Also, since he really is not loyal to any political party and he is not a social conservative, why doesn’t he run as an independent or start a third party? He has the money. If he’s so confident that the country is ready for a dramatic change in leadership then why does he need one of the two established parties to win?


    January 18, 2016 at 12:56 am

    • I thought you were going to say that Trump has been drifting away from the only issue in the election – preventing Muslim immigration. It’s the Muslims, stupid!

      Bar El Islam

      January 18, 2016 at 12:26 pm

  2. My mom watched the debate and said the same thing. She is not much of a Trump fan so it was a grudging compliment.

    Jokah Macpherson

    January 18, 2016 at 8:31 am

  3. After watching the debate, I turned to my dad and said, “He seemed like less of a jerk, tonight.” “He’s still talking about his poll numbers all the time,” said my dad. And then I thought, Trump must have read this old post:


    January 18, 2016 at 8:41 am

    • Trump didn’t read my blog, Trump is what Scott Adams calls a Master Persuader and I now see his point. Trump has always understood the principles that I only recently discovered.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 18, 2016 at 8:49 am

      • You’ve discovered the principles to persuade someone? Please blog about these principles. I can’t persuade anyone to do anything.


        January 18, 2016 at 8:58 am

      • CamelCaseRob, you might want to read Robert Cialdini’s Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. A .pdf is here:


        January 18, 2016 at 11:22 am

      • Trump is what Scott Adams calls a Master Persuader and I now see his point. Trump has always understood the principles that I only recently discovered.

        Trump’s instincts are excellent. Even I can’t determine when his statements are completely unscripted or planned in advance.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        January 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm

  4. The problem with Scott Adams’ view is nicely covered by John Wright:


    January 18, 2016 at 8:59 am

    • Scott Adams’ view may indeed be characterized as “nihilism”, but that doesn’t make it any less accurate. I think Adams general thesis is valid. Trump understands that people are persuaded emotionally, not logically. And for the most part, this is true.

      Great Again

      January 18, 2016 at 10:11 am

    • If Adams were not a nihilist then he’d be dismissed as a “stupid Christian”… like Wright.


      January 18, 2016 at 6:02 pm

  5. Trump said, “I own a big chunk of the Bank of America building in San Francisco through China.” What does that mean, “through China”?

    Enlighten Me

    January 18, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    • “Through”, in business terms, means “having successfully negotiated with.” Imagine you are playing Monopoly with your cousins Hyacinth, Heliotrope, and Petunia. Hyacinth lands on Park Place and has no Monopoly Cash. Hyacinth gives you “Marvin Gardens”. You “own Marvin Gardens THROUGH Hyacinth.” Now, to be accurate, Trump owns only 30 percent of the B of A building, not all of it: Vornado owns 70 per cent. Trump was, from that point of view, an accurate speaker with respect to his ownings: he could have said “Vornado and I own 100 per cent of the B of A building through China”, but as an alert fellow with a degree from “Wharton”, he said, with an admirable display of respect for us connoisseurs of accuracy, “I own a big chunk of the Bank of America building in San Francisco through China.” That being said, he is a politician, and as soon as he is in power I expect him to forget that accuracy is a virtue. That will be a mistake: if he appoints his sister to a judicial position, or sells out the union members that support him, his lack of accuracy will be his legacy. Can he avoid such a legacy?

      howitzer daniel

      January 18, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      • Nobody is going to read your comment after “Hyacinth, Heliotrope, and Petunia.”


        January 19, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      • Thank you, several people said nice things to me today but that was the nicest! Not as nice as the time I won the CALI award in Mergers and Transactions, but still pretty good!

        howitzer daniel

        January 19, 2016 at 9:54 pm

  6. Since the last debate I’ve seen several GOP establishment types echo that; that Trump was more Presidential. My guess is that the establishment has decided to choose a lesser evil (Trump) over a greater evil (Cruz).

    Mike Street Station

    January 18, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    • I think “the Establishment” is honestly split on the issue. Some would prefer Cruz because he’s more of a traditional conservative, albeit a two-faced one that doesn’t play nice with others. Others prefer Trump because he is at least a straight shooter, even if he doesn’t agree with the Establishment on every issue.

      Great Again

      January 18, 2016 at 5:18 pm

  7. You know Trump is nowhere near as nice as Mitt Romney, or Bob Dole. He’s not as laid back about attacks like John McCain who left his brain back in Hanoi.
    I remember when everyone attacked McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin for something Tina Fey said on Saturday Night Live. Those Low Information Voters sure are stupid. They voted for a guy because he was black. It was some historical thing, by people who don’t know history or anything else.
    I remember when I was growing up, everybody said anyone can be President. After Bush and Obama, I believe them. You know Obama has an autobiography where he said he went to college and didn’t attend class, but smoked pot. That might be good in a Cheech and Chong movie, but that doesn’t seem Presidential to me.
    Now they want to vote for Hillary because she’s a woman. Its another history thing. Maybe these people should look at history and realize these positions actually affect their lives. They say Trump doesn’t have the qualifications to be President because he’s just a Billionaire that runs giant corporations. He’s not a former drunk like Bush, or a guy who never had a real job like Obama, but apparently having real life management experience isn’t required to be President.
    Who knew that President of the United States is an entry level position and that guys like Trump are considered overqualified? I think maybe people should consider overthrowing the Government now, cause this democracy thing isn’t working out.

    Joshua Sinistar

    January 18, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    • It workin’ out for me chemosobby.


      January 18, 2016 at 7:27 pm

  8. OT – Does Ex-boyfriend beta (by looks of him) murdering an alpha (much better looking athlete) and the beta’s former girlfriend (oneitis?) after breaking into her dorm room and finding them together count as beta male rage?


    January 18, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    • Not sure about your characterization. True, the new boyfriend was somewhat better looking in a pretty boy sort of way, but the killer seemed alpha enough, a basketball player and the scion of a well-off farming/ranching family. According to press reports, the crime took place in “a house,” not a dorm room. Just goes to show even an alpha can have oneitis.


      January 18, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    • No. This is normal behaviour.

      Trump will be the greatest president this contry has ever known. He will embarrass us plenty, but will save be the country. Only Trump the Gentile Maccabe!


      January 18, 2016 at 8:13 pm

  9. If the Donald can’t run for whatever reasons, can Ivanka run? she was born on Oct 30, 1981, so she will be 35 on Election Day so I don’t see a reason to disqualify her.

    toos is god

    January 18, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    • She would not be as strong a candidate. First because she is female, and second because she is not as recognizable as her father.


      January 19, 2016 at 4:34 pm

  10. OT: Does anyone know what “ususus” means? I’ve been seeing it at the end of some pro-Trump comments on some political pages. It looks like they’re using it as some kind of a cheer. But I’m not familiar with it. And nothing showed up when I searched it.


    January 19, 2016 at 1:45 am

  11. Scott Adams really is turning out to be quite prescient; I used to just be vaguely aware of him as the Dilbert guy, a cute cartoon that I never paid much attention to. But he’s been scoring bulls-eyes again and again when it comes to Trump. As he predicted, now the mainstream news sites are figuring it out too, which will help fuel Trump’s growth even more. Look at Politico from today: “How Donald Trump defeats Hillary Clinton” (
    “There will be plenty of surprises along the way. One of the biggest will be the help he gets from black voters” — though that’s no surprise to anyone who’s been looking. Black people love Trump.

    Chet Flekker

    January 19, 2016 at 7:16 am

  12. Liberal types are now supporting Trump after Cruz’s NY Social Values debacle. Gotta love the political circus, like a porn or touchdown session.


    January 19, 2016 at 1:40 pm

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