Lion of the Blogosphere

The benefit of having a con-artist for president

Mitt Romney said that Trump is a con-artist, as if that’s a reason not to vote from.

I say that one of the benefits of having a con-artist for president is that he can spot when other people are trying to con him. Do you want a president who is easily conned? I don’t.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 4, 2016 at 7:38 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. Are the Stupid Christians going to steal KS from us? They already stole IA and OK from us. Not sure what happened in Minnesota and AK and TX were not stolen from us by the Stupid Christians, but rather by the Stupid TruCons.

    KS is a great state for Cruz. It’s a caucus state with a closed primary and is filled with Stupid Christians. Trump’s lead over Cruz is only 6 points in the latest poll, so you have to figure that Cruz pulls it off. Thanks a lot, Stupid Christians.

    On the other had, if we can get a win there, that will be a real sign of a turning of the tide. I’d like to have some momentum going into Ohio and Florida.

    Otis the Sweaty

    March 4, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    • I personally bet some money on Cruz to win KS. At less than even odds; Cruz is favored to win.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 4, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    • Maybe everyone doesn’t think the way you do. Most people come to terms with this fact of life by the time they reach adulthood.

      shiva1008

      March 4, 2016 at 11:32 pm

  2. I suppose the obvious answer to your question is: no, we don’t. But then someone who specializes in conning others may also con YOU when he wants to. You don’t have to be a con artist to spot and protect yourself against one. I don’t want a candidate who I have to suspect is lying to me. It is bad enough that you can never be 100% certain of anyone else’s intentions. But as in a personal relationship, if you can’t trust the other person it’s time to say goodbye and move on.

    Maryk

    March 4, 2016 at 8:22 pm

  3. Vote for the con-artist not the (soon to be) con-vict!

    Tarl

    March 4, 2016 at 8:37 pm

  4. What are the precedents, and how did they turn out? Lots of bad people have become heads of state or chiefs of government, but which were con men? Hitler outlined his whole plan in a published book, though he may have shared only with his associates the knowledge that after his election there would be no further elections: so no con-man he. Jacob and Prometheus (in Jewish and Greek mythology respectively) did their share of conning; Jacob fared pretty well, Prometheus didn’t. In the Middle Ages and Renaissance lots of princelings (and Popes) took power by guile. I conclude that being a con man is par for the course, and not especially to be punished. Machiavelli recommends lying; his work is officially reviled but much heeded in practice. Being a con man is at worst not a big deal, and probably beneficial.

    Anthony

    March 4, 2016 at 9:18 pm

  5. Rubio has been saying all of this “con artist” stuff non-stop for the last month, and it hasn’t helped.

    Leave it up to a passive, deneutered idiot like Mitt Romney to rehash an obviously losing tactic and push it with the gusto he never showed when it really mattered.

    Camlost

    March 4, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    • If only Romney had done the same to Obama. But then that’s not the role of the outer party.

      Glengarry

      March 5, 2016 at 6:47 am

  6. If you are applying for a job, do you say that you aren’t interested in the work and are only there because you need the paycheck? Of course not. You say that you are particularly interested in the company you happen to be interviewing with and talk about how you can’t wait to get involved and make a huge impact.

    There is no place for honesty in this world except on an interpersonal level. Other than that just lie, lie , lie. Lie so much you don’t even know what the truth is.

    Otis the Sweaty

    March 4, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    • But I thought the reason you like Trump is because he tells the truth about race.

      gothamette

      March 4, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      • Trump doesn’t tell the truth about race and it would be politically suicidal for him to do so.

        Otis the Sweaty

        March 5, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    • This is solid advice. I wish I’d learned it before it was too late. Alas, compulsive truth-telling is probably genetic.

      Harvard Hates America

      March 5, 2016 at 12:28 pm

  7. Hey Lion, how come you’re using the same logo as Trump University’s?

    sestamibi

    March 4, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    • Lion’s logo has bigger paws.

      Mark Caplan

      March 4, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    • Maybe lions logo really is alpha after all?

      Lloyd Llewellyn

      March 5, 2016 at 9:00 am

    • Because he’s Lion of the Trumposphere.

      Mike Street Station

      March 5, 2016 at 9:19 am

    • It’s a Czechoslovakian lion. The design as been around since the 1300s. My logo is, I believe, the current official government version. The question is, why couldn’t Trump University, which had real money, have hired a marketing firm to come up with a better and more original logo?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 5, 2016 at 9:20 am

  8. Is it true that con men are hard to con? I have heard otherwise. The saying is you can’t con an honest man.

    Look at Trump University, you could argue that Trump himself was conned into lending his good name (such as it is) to a scam. I don’t know how much Trump personally got from Trump University but I doubt it was enough to compensate for all the trouble it is causing him now.

    James B. Shearer

    March 5, 2016 at 12:12 am

  9. An interesting thought exercise:

    Say you meet Rubio, Cruz, and Trump. Whose mind do you think you would have the easiest time changing?

    Mex

    March 5, 2016 at 2:19 am

  10. Trump does indeed have the con artist skillset, and has used it inappropriately in the past. I don’t want that kind of thing to be rewarded. I respect those who feel they cannot vote for him in good conscience due to what he’s done in the past.

    But his actions over the last year have convinced me that he is a *repentant* con artist, now using his skills to do the best job he can to represent American working class interests which have been systematically locked out for decades. In contrast, most of his opponents, including Hillary, are unrepentant con artists. So, unless a miracle happens and Sanders wins the Democratic primary (in that situation, I can’t vote for Trump in good conscience because Sanders is clearly not a con artist, and I don’t want to reward the prodigal son more than the guy who never went evil in the first place), Trump can count on my vote. And I think an increasing number of Christians, and even some nonreligious Americans as well, will reason along similar lines.

    DB

    March 5, 2016 at 4:09 am

    • I don’t think Trump is capable of repentance because he can’t accept that he’s ever done anything wrong.

      Lloyd Llewellyn

      March 5, 2016 at 8:41 am

      • He said as much openly in that one interview where he was asked if he’d ever asked God for forgiveness and replied no.

        Morris

        March 5, 2016 at 9:52 am

      • You have to look at the big picture here.

        Will he ever openly apologize for anything? No, probably not. While there are effective leadership styles which incorporate that, Trump doesn’t understand them well enough.

        But what is he ultimately trying to use his “dark” persuasion skills to accomplish? Yes, he wants his name in the history books. But he’s on track to actually deserving that (while, in contrast, I’d buy the claim that any profits/etc. he made from Trump University were undeserved). That counts for at least as much as a verbal admission of past wrongness in my book.

        DB

        March 5, 2016 at 10:43 am

    • So, unless a miracle happens and Sanders wins the Democratic primary (in that situation, I can’t vote for Trump in good conscience because Sanders is clearly not a con artist, and I don’t want to reward the prodigal son more than the guy who never went evil in the first place),

      Sanders honeymooned in the USSR. He’s never repented of his support for Communism which is responsible for tens of millions of deaths in the twentieth century. He’s still pro-choice and has never repented of his support for the murder of the unborn. He believes in large scale redistribution of private property and income. The guy knows how immigration is destroying the working Americans he claims to care about and he completely folded to the left on this issue the instant he faced any pressure on it. He surrendered to the BLM brownshirts faster than the French to the Germans. Sanders is a coward who’s never been able to make an honest living his entire life.

      I don’t think Trump is capable of repentance because he can’t accept that he’s ever done anything wrong.

      Not true. Watch the CNN townhall from before South Carolina. At the end he talked about how he was responsible for his first two marriages not working out. And that he regretted letting his work essentially destroy those relationships. What larger admission of fault could he possibly make?

      He said as much openly in that one interview where he was asked if he’d ever asked God for forgiveness and replied no.

      Trump views religion as a private matter. He’s not going to go around telling people what he does or doesn’t say to God. He views it as nobody’s business which is why he answers the way he does to that question. This is one instance where Otis is right about Stupid Christians wanting an open Bible thumper.

      Andrew E.

      March 5, 2016 at 10:36 am

      • Not true. Watch the CNN townhall from before South Carolina. At the end he talked about how he was responsible for his first two marriages not working out. And that he regretted letting his work essentially destroy those relationships. What larger admission of fault could he possibly make?

        Oh, interesting. I’ll take a look, and raise my opinion of him if this checks out.

        DB

        March 5, 2016 at 12:39 pm

  11. I don’t think Trump is a con-artist. He’s probably the most honest one running. Meanwhile, Romney huddles with his establishment cronies trying to screw the voters out of the candidate they want.

    destructure

    March 5, 2016 at 6:40 am

  12. Clay Carlin

    March 5, 2016 at 1:34 pm


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