Lion of the Blogosphere

Advice for Trump at convention

Talk about:


Specifically link immigration to jobs. Jobs jobs jobs.

Law and order; stick up for the police.

Islamic terrorism

Obama/Clinton’s failed foreign policy and how the Middle East is a mess.

Clinton lied about the emails

Do NOT talk about:


Lowering taxes on the top 1%


Any other topic that will scare off a subset of working-class white voters (not all working-class white voters are pro-life, not all hate Obamacare, not all want lower taxes on the top 1% and in fact most of them don’t want that; however, nearly all working-class whites are worried about crime and immigrants taking away their jobs).

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 14, 2016 at 11:58 am

Posted in Politics

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  1. That’s good advice, I don’t get why people hate government health care so much. The basic facts are pretty obvious- we’re way more expensive and don’t get much extra out of our spending. Even if you hate big government, there’s a good argument that national health care would lead to a smaller government.


    July 14, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    • Government healthcare for everyone (rather than the minority of old, indigent and vets) is unAmerican and always will be so long as we’re not transformed into a Third World hellhole. Simple as that.

      Andrew E.

      July 14, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      • Yes, the taxes taken away from hard-working middle-class Americans should only be used to pay for healthcare for poor people who don’t pay taxes. Anything else is “unAmerican.”

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 14, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      • Lion, sure. But then the thing to do is eliminate Medicaid, not have universal health care.

        Andrew E.

        July 14, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      • Rich and poor Americans love government schools and government healthcare. Others, not so much.


        July 14, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      • Leon — While I agree that the middle class is getting screwed by the current system, I don’t think expanding government healthcare to include them will be an improvement. Leftists will immediately claim any difference in outcomes is a result of discrimination and start screaming about closing the “healthcare gap”. Consequently, the middle class will be trapped in a system that uses their own money to discriminate against them.


        July 14, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    • Because Americans are biased against collective action. It’s in large part because of immigration and diversity. Its not even really a question of big government since the government already spends so much on health care that, if it had per capita costs on par with other developed countries, it could cover every single American and still cut spending.


      July 14, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      • Americans would rather keep spending the same amount of money on partial govt. healthcare (Medicare, Medicaid, VA) then spend the same amount of money (or less) much more efficiently to have universal health care for all. Government healthcare for all, at any price, goes against the American DNA. Will never happen.

        Andrew E.

        July 14, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    • Costly health insurance premiums, even under obamacare, are keeping me from early retirement. I’d love to be able to buy into Medicare at, say, $200/mo plus buy a low-cost medicare supplement. Pushing the tail end of the baby boom out of the job market would create a lot of opportunities for the Gen-Xers. Unlike, LotB, even if I had zero W-2 income, my mutual fund dividends and capital gains generate too much income to qualify or Medicaid or a decent obamacare subsidy.

      E. Rekshun

      July 14, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    • Why do you think government health care would be cheaper than what we have now? And how would government takeover of the medical industry create smaller government?


      July 14, 2016 at 6:28 pm

  2. Drudge says the VP is Pence.


    July 14, 2016 at 12:29 pm

  3. These days, you have to talk to people in terms of their own group interests – . nobody’s interested in universal principles. So if you’re on about the dangers of Muslim immigration, you have to remind people that their particular group has suffered. If I was talking about the San Bernardino massacre, I’d say, “A young black woman was killed there, two gay men died, three Hispanic women, etc.”

    Gary Glass

    July 14, 2016 at 12:30 pm

  4. I think you can talk about Obamacare but you have to talk about it the right way. Talk about the exploding premium rates and how it has made health care more expensive. Frame it as a giveaway to the Insurance Lobby. In other words, attack it, but the reason real people hate it and not the reason libertarian Republicans usually give. Everything else I agree with. Maybe one throwaway line about abortion so the TrueCons don’t freak but nothing more. Focus must be entirely on immigration, jobs, and terrorism.


    July 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    • Maybe one throwaway line about abortion

      As LotB has stated before, (nearly) on-demand abortion is settled – it’s the law of the land and has been for forty-three years. Nothing is going to change, ever, regarding abortion. There is no debate. Trump shouldn’t waste his breath on the word.

      E. Rekshun

      July 14, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    • I agree that Obamacare is still a good issue for Republicans. Polls show it’s still unpopular, and it’s probably more so since people now have direct experience it. Premiums and deductibles went up under it, resulting in less covered care. If there were something good to say about the issue the media would be crowing about it, rather than ignoring it. The only people who benefited were the people who got on expanded Medicaid, since they are getting coverage for no cost, and it should be easy to separate that from the main problems with Obamacare.

      Mike Street Station

      July 15, 2016 at 6:24 am

      • Trump needs to tread carefully. The implementation of Obamacare sucks, but affordable healthcare is something that working-class white people like.

        Remember that FDR won a majority of the white vote.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 15, 2016 at 7:07 am

      • Right, but non Medicaid Obamacare has not shown itself to be affordable healthcare. That’s why it’s a vulnerability.

        Mike Street Station

        July 15, 2016 at 7:12 am

      • affordable healthcare is something that working-class white people like.

        The millennials, the middle-class, and early retirees also want affordable heath insurance.

        E. Rekshun

        July 15, 2016 at 12:53 pm

  5. “Drudge says the VP is Pence.”

    Pence is a terrible choice, but better than Gingrich.

    Calvin Hobbes

    July 14, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    • and better than Chris Christie or Marc Rubio or Jeb!

      On the other hand, former Republican and former FL governor Charlie Crist…Hhhmmm???

      E. Rekshun

      July 14, 2016 at 3:30 pm

  6. Is mentioning trade too divisive for a republican audience? If you watch his rallies that’s really his signature issue. He’s actually very mushy on immigration.


    July 14, 2016 at 1:30 pm

  7. Is there anyone announced to speak at the convention so far who would appeal to independents, moderates, and undecided voters rather than trying to motivate the base? Outside of the Trump family.

    Herb Dregs

    July 14, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    • Trump is not trying to motivate the base (the regular voters) DIRECTLY with Pence. Rather, Pence will hopefully make some powerful people in the Republican Party stop attacking him. Those attacks are hurting him.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm

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