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Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, latest Trump post

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, agrees that Trump had a really bad two weeks.

Where I was wrong was forgetting that social media runs the world now. And social media has no 2D game at all. It is pure emotion. And it is not on Trump’s side.

So I will update my description of Trump bringing a flamethrower to a stick fight by saying I forgot the audience have their own torches. Collectively, those torches are bigger than Trump’s flamethrower. And the audience left their seats and attacked, using pure emotion, persuasion, and repetition. Trump is surrounded and outnumbered.

Adams thinks that Trump will be able to use his Master Persuader powers to recover, but he’s not sure how he will do that.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 7, 2016 at EST am

Posted in Politics

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  1. Trump’s woman problem is MSM disinformation.

    And Scott Adams is full of it. (I have a limit as to how often I used the word “bullshit” in one day, oh well, I broke it.) My comments in brackets.

    “So here are Trump’s big persuasion errors so far:

    1. The Nazi salute. [No one cared.]

    2. The David Duke disavowal that wasn’t fast enough. [Oh puhleeze. Everyone with a brain understood that he was saying, “I don’t have to disassociate myself with a person that I am not associated with in the first place.” Although Trump isn’t smart enough to put it that way, people understood.]

    3. Saying women who break future abortion laws should be punished. [Big mistake.]

    You might want me to include on his list of errors his unflattering tweet of Cruz’ wife compared to his wife. [BIGGEST MISTAKE, SCOTT, and the fact that you put this as an addendum shows how clueless YOU are.] But that ploy was more of a mixed result than a complete fail. [No, it was a complete fail.] As obnoxious as it was, it was strong persuasion technique to showcase his mating prowess. [Jesus. Adams is such a total loser.]

    Trump’s aggressive – and personal – attack also sent a signal to stay away from his family, which could pay dividends later. [More insanity. He signals don’t attack my family, by attacking someone else’s family – this is what you call BULLYING Scott.]

    I have no patience for this shit anymore, Lion. Please wake up and start to get a clue. Scott Adams is a bullshit artist.

    The disaster started when Trump attacked Heidi Cruz. I don’t know what the hell Cruz’s marriage looks like but there’s a red line in politics, and one that I subscribe to: don’t mess with another pol’s wife, or his kids. Please. This soured many people on Trump, esp. nice midwesterners who weren’t favorably disposed to the loudmouth in the first place.

    I am looking at Trump as the Al Smith of the Republican Party: the test pilot, but unelectable. Immigration and Trade are disasters not waiting to happen but happening now, and at some point, a smarter guy will rise to the occasion. Kris Kobach?

    gothamette

    April 7, 2016 at EST am

    • I’ve been trying to ignore the campaign lately, it is so dispiriting, but I have one more thing to say.

      Let’s go back to the beginning of the Trump unraveling. The Cruz SuperPAC posted the nude pic of Melania Cruz. Let’s face it, Melania is a whore. It’s a fact. She shouldn’t have done that but she did. However, it was nasty, vicious and underhanded for Cruz to go after her. At that point, Trump could have taken the high road and howled in righteous indignation, “How dare you attack the mother of my youngest son? How dare you! Haven’t we all done things when we were young that we regret?”

      But no, Trump didn’t do that. He dragged the conflict even lower and deeper into the mud than it already was. That turned off a lot of people – including me. I think even Ann Coulter told Trump to zip it up. But the damage was done.

      Yes, the GOPe is made up of the worst people in the US, and they hate Trump, and the media hates Trump, but none of that stopped him until he shot himself in the foot by attacking Heidi Cruz. This doesn’t just indicate personal pettiness and an inability to control himself. It indicates strategic and tactical STUPIDITY. Is that what you want in a President?

      gothamette

      April 7, 2016 at EST am

      • “Is that what you want in a President?”

        I want a president with Romney’s demeanor, who is pro-choice, is strongly anti-immigrant, and supports other HBD-aware policies.

        Since I can’t have that, I will settle for Trump.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 7, 2016 at EST am

      • The Super PAC in question was not associated with the Cruz campaign. That’s just a myth Trump made up because he doesn’t understand the complexities of politics. That ignorance unto itself was a big blunder since it is what motivated him to pull Cruz’s wife into the campaign at considerable cost to himself.

        Pumpkinseed

        April 7, 2016 at EST am

      • Eh, all these overblown hysterical gotchas. I actually liked that Trump shut up that wax mannequin but good rather than bloviating cuckstyle about how much he had been victimized. Loudly appealing for protection because you’re a poor victim is the female way of going about it. Instead, it was a rather measured reply to Cruz Sleaze, merely two ordinary photos of their respective wives, side by side, and the bully wannabes ran away howling for mommy.

        By the way, you’re rooting deeper in the muck yourself than either of those two or National Enquirer with your ‘facts’. Get a grip.

        Glengarry

        April 7, 2016 at EST pm

    • I agree we should stop looking at Adams as some kind of oracle. Reading his latest explanation of his political reasoning, I’m convinced he’s an EST graduate or at least went through TA. He says that the opinions of men don’t add anything to the “collective wisdom” on the issue of abortion. Anyone who believes there are “women’s issues” and “men’s issues” really is no kind of thinker. Obviously, if the opinions of men are irrelevant on abortion, then the opinions of women are irrelevant on military affairs, and that female Air Force general should resign immediately.

      Morty

      April 7, 2016 at EST am

      • Obviously, if the opinions of men are irrelevant on abortion,then the opinions of women are irrelevant on military affairs

        They are

        Otis the Sweaty

        April 7, 2016 at EST am

    • “‘I don’t have to disassociate myself with a person that I am not associated with in the first place.’”

      Thanks, g-mette. This is the pithiest way of putting it that I’ve seen yet. I might use that verbatim.

      Greg Pandatshang

      April 7, 2016 at EST pm

      • Be my guest. I just wish that Trump had used it.

        gothamette

        April 8, 2016 at EST pm

    • Yeah, sure it was a brilliant move, Glengarry. If all you do is hang around alt-right websites, that’s true. If you live in the real world, it was disastrous.

      gothamette

      April 7, 2016 at EST pm

  2. I think Adams is a creative and interesting thinker, but his shtick of claiming to understand Trump on some deep level has surely completely collapsed by now.

    The central flaw of Adams’ analysis was that he misunderstood Trump’s celebrity as evidence that Trump was a “master persuader.” So when Adams says things like “how many times have you imagined Trump sitting in the oval office?” he is mistaking Trump’s weirdness and novelty as evidence he has some deep hold on the American psyche.

    Pumpkinseed

    April 7, 2016 at EST am

    • I think Adams’ theory is a pretty good attempt at explaining Trump — certainly better than everyone else so far — but in the end it doesn’t quite hold water. In other words, he too is ultimately stumped by Trump.

      Glengarry

      April 7, 2016 at EST pm

    • I’ve been intrigued by a lot of Adams’ deconstruction of the Trump phenomenon, but it’s very obvious his deconstruction of society outside of Trump is sorely lacking.

      …I was wrong was forgetting that social media runs the world now. And social media has no 2D game at all. It is pure emotion. And it is not on Trump’s side.

      That is some serious backpedaling there by Mr. Adams. Not only did he bring a disposable cigarette lighters to the flamethrower fight, he’s freakin’ late, too.

      Socially Extinct

      April 7, 2016 at EST pm

      • Well yeah. I mean, claiming ignorance of the power of social media in 2016 is not only as inexcusable as claiming ignorance of the power of television in 1960, it’s inexcusable as someone who claims to understand Trump’s rise, given how important twitter has been to the Trump campaign.

        Pumpkinseed

        April 8, 2016 at EST am

  3. Oopsie for that Melania Cruz.

    This is kind of interesting:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/04/05/this-new-york-daily-news-interview-was-pretty-close-to-a-disaster-for-bernie-sanders/?tid=pm_politics_pop_b

    The News questioned Bernie and gosh, he, too, was vague on specifics. A lot like Trump, no?

    Lion – I gave an example of something that shows Trump’s true character – and I think he failed that test. I’m inherently gloomy about this country but I think the change has to come from Congress.

    gothamette

    April 7, 2016 at EST pm

    • Lion – I gave an example of something that shows Trump’s true character – and I think he failed that test. I’m inherently gloomy about this country but I think the change has to come from Congress.

      Trump is an old, flabby bag of flaws but he’s the only hope out there.

      What matters will be his executive team. Who does he put in charge throughout his administration. Who will he appoint and nominate.

      If he puts together the best team of people he can delegate to them and then go back to being a 16 year old girl on twitter.

      Rifleman

      April 8, 2016 at EST pm

    • Rifleman

      April 8, 2016 at EST pm


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