Lion of the Blogosphere

Now is when we need a leader with gravitas

The first thing I ever wrote about the possibility of Trump being president, in January 2014:

It’s reported that Donald Trump is talking about running. (1) Trump is unlikely to run. The guy is full of hot air and nothing he says should be taken seriously. (2) He lacks gravitas. In other words, he’s a bozo.

These qualities actually worked out quite well for getting prole whites in rustbelt states to vote for him, so yes, I was wrong about them preventing Trump from becoming President.

But when the country is in a crisis, people want a leader with gravitas, and Trump has the very opposite of gravitas.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 28, 2020 at 1:48 PM

Posted in Politics

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  1. Or he’s right, and it ends up being like the flu (in the us), especially in terms of raw numbers.


    February 28, 2020 at 1:57 PM

  2. “ Every year, every single year in America, forty million people get the flu, six hundred thousand are hospitalized and sixty thousand people die.”

    Are you prognosticating worse for this? A general claim of “stuff is bad” isn’t enough to claim victory.


    February 28, 2020 at 2:02 PM

    • United states death rate from normal influenza is 0.0143%, with almost no deaths for healthy adults under age 65. Source:

      So far, death rate from coronavirus in China is about 2.3%. Source:

      That’s a death rate that is 160 times higher than the normal flu. Even if the death rate numbers are overstated in China because mild cases aren’t being reported, I think it’s safe to say that if the Cornoavirus spreads as much as the normal flu, at least a million people who would survive the normal flu will die from Coronavirus.


      February 28, 2020 at 4:54 PM

      • Lion, can we put you down for million plus flu, then?


        February 28, 2020 at 6:19 PM

  3. Pence does have gravitas, and that is why Trump deputized him to lead the coronavirus efforts. Please stop with the blackpilling. This administration is taking this seriously and has issued a measured response thus far.


    February 28, 2020 at 2:27 PM

  4. Lion, are you sure you’re not succumbing to fake news about this designed to take down Trump? Even if he did everything perfectly, he’d be attacked by the media for his response.

    “Mick Mulvaney: Media is using coronavirus coverage to ‘take down’ Trump”


    February 28, 2020 at 2:40 PM

  5. Exactly right. To quote The American President, “This a time for serious people, Bob, and your fifteen minutes are up.”


    February 28, 2020 at 2:43 PM

  6. And by gravitas, are you referring to the slick haired, smug Mormon who would sell out to the establishment left in a heartbeat.


    February 28, 2020 at 2:45 PM

    • Well said. Except I think his preferred “gavitas” is 5’4″ with $64B. That’s the real reason Leon has suddenly started bashing Trump.


      February 28, 2020 at 4:09 PM

      • You may well be right.


        February 28, 2020 at 6:33 PM

      • The funny thing about it is that the Trump fans think they’re doing something totally new. They are too dense to see that they’re making the same ad-hominem attacks used to dismiss criticism from the Right of Romney in 2012, McCain in 2008, and Bush in 2000 and 2004. The specific insults have changed over the years, they don’t call you an atheist anymore. But update the epithets and you get the same sentences, almost word for word.


        February 29, 2020 at 9:10 PM

    • Romney is basically your average wealthy conservative boomer. He wants to promote traditional bourgeois values. He has blind spots typical of that group: he doesn’t see how inequality undermines those values and he looks at certain groups with rose colored glasses. He was going to make a deal with the Dems on immigration not because he was “weak” but because that was what he believed in. For the things he wanted to do he would have put a lot of energy into actually getting them done. If there were things he couldn’t accomplish he would accept that and wouldn’t tweet a dozen times that he’s going to do it and leave his followers to explain that actually Presidents can’t do it, three branches of government, blah blah blah.

      Alexander Turok

      February 28, 2020 at 11:08 PM

      • Boomer blindspots hide everything that matters.

        Romney IS weak. The boomers ARE weak. Personal weakness is why these people have been giving away their children’s inheritance to ungrateful foreigners, for decades.

        If you don’t see that then you’re weak too.


        February 29, 2020 at 1:55 PM

      • Trump is doing a great job far better than anyone else could do or more importantly would do. Since you aren’t educated as a lawyer you don’t understand legal precedent and that reform is a process not an event. What Trump has achieved from the executive branch (the most important branch) is incredible and is putting America back on track. The only problem with Trump is his reforms aren’t being enacted fast enough.

        If Trump never tweeted how would he get his message out? This is the modern era internet usage is normal and far more suited toward his style. Last time I checked you suggested Trump was not going to be reelected still got money riding on that bet? You’re just another delusional person who got off the Trump train too early and when you saw what the Democrats had on offer you came running back.


        March 1, 2020 at 2:18 AM

      • @redarmyvodka,

        Yes I have money riding on Trump not getting re-elected. Because I can grasp the fact that it looks bad when you say you’re going to do something and then are unwilling or unable to do it. “Twitter” is not the problem, it’s the content of the tweets, it’s the endless parade of empty threats and empty promises. As I said in my comment his fans endlessly tell us he can’t do this because of legal precedent, three branches of government, blah blah blah. Okay. Then why’s he on Twitter saying he’s going to do it?

        There are some people who do not really care about competence or results. They just care about signaling that they are loyal to the group. So if the general is part of the group, they aren’t going to criticize his performance. If you do they’ll say “hey, he’s part of our group, what are you, a traitor?” And groups dominated by said people will get stomped by groups which allow self-criticism and care about competence.

        Alexander Turok

        March 1, 2020 at 12:37 PM

      • Who exactly is going to do a better job than Trump? What exactly has Trump not delivered on? I want specifics not vague feelings and you not being able to argue effectively against your idiot liberal friends.

        Everything is moving forward and unlike you I have specifics.


        March 1, 2020 at 4:18 PM

      • You also seem like a crybaby who gets upset when he doesn’t get everything he wants immediately. To succeed in politics you have to be a team player and have to look at the big picture and look at every issue not just your pet causes.

        A lot of the people here whining are the same sort of people who were big into talk radio in the 1990s. The purpose of which is to engage in the daily outrage, validate conspiracy theories, pander to unsuccessful people looking for scapegoats, and to suggest that the broadcaster/blogger/personality/guru is their only salvation.

        The people you look up to like Richard Spencer are attention seeking narcissists who don’t achieve anything in the real world. They only crave e-popularity and are fed assets or they surround themselves with fed assets.


        March 1, 2020 at 4:32 PM

  7. Does Mike Pence possess sufficient gravitas? Do any of the Democrats running have gravitas, sufficient or otherwise?

    Oswald Spengler

    February 28, 2020 at 3:42 PM

    • I linked to a presser Trump had on the corona virus. You know, Pence does have gravitas. He had a very polished delivery at the podium. You know what? It was a stark reminder of how worthless this form of “gravitas” is. We’ve been bombarded with this plastic politician for so many decades that the greatness of Trump is a stark contrast.

      I have nothing against Mike Pence.


      February 28, 2020 at 5:01 PM

    • Yes if only Joe Biden were in charge of our Coronavirus effort…

      “…so when Barack and I fought the Dropsey, we banned popcycle sticks, which were the fashion of the time, because kids were picking them up off the ground and licking them, I know I did…”

      Mike Street Station

      February 29, 2020 at 7:48 AM

  8. He has gravitas when he’s reading other people’s words (SOTU, D-Day anniversary, etc.) The unscripted rallies are the “real” Trump.


    February 28, 2020 at 3:45 PM

    • Trump is generally unable to read from a teleprompter without ad-libbing with bullshit.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 28, 2020 at 3:59 PM

      • Trump is either dyslexic or too vain to wear eyeglasses. Either way, he can barely read.


        February 28, 2020 at 4:42 PM

      • Interesting point someone Trump’s age shouldn’t be able to read without reading glasses.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 28, 2020 at 4:57 PM

      • Trump is very healthy and some people go their entire lives without health problems.

        Besides there is no need to read when you’re a rich multi-billionaire with hot women.


        March 1, 2020 at 2:22 AM

  9. Trump is doing fine. He acknowledges that the situation could be worse or it could be better, but that the situation is taken care of and the US has the personnel and the resources needed to deal with it.

    The last thing you want is a panic with a massive run on staples at the stores.

    Besides, if this thing is trult apocalyptic, then what is the cost of Trump betting against the apocalypse? Really…nothing. It’s not like anyone can collect.

    I’m still sticking to my story that this is a bioweapon. Since it is a weapon, it has a vaccine and they will roll it in the coming months. It’s just not the the time to fall into a deep state trap.


    February 28, 2020 at 4:56 PM

    • “The last thing you want is a panic with a massive run on staples at the stores.”

      I don’t see why that would be a problem, better for people to stock up now. Last thing you want is crowded stores when the virus is running more rampant.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 28, 2020 at 4:59 PM

      • No panic in SoCal yet, pretty much nobody wears a mask but I noticed today that the two most popular brands of bottled water were almost gone from the shelves at my big chain grocery store. I stocked up on food/water a couple of weeks ago, not that much – enough to last a few weeks, just in case. As for gravitas, well, Obama had some sort of gravitas but he also looked half-stoned, Bush did not have any – he always looked like a retarded monkey to me. Clinton was always smirking. I guess, the last prez with gravitas was Bush Sr.


        February 28, 2020 at 7:21 PM

      • People panicking and shutting a city can kill you a lot faster than the virus.


        February 28, 2020 at 9:04 PM

      • You do not want to make political decisions that make manifest in the present the effects to the real economy against which the stock markets sold off. Closing off schools and doing what China and Japan have done is not an answer.

        Remember, Japan and China have much higher levels of social trust and they can implement this kind of policy. It cannot be done as easily in the United States.


        February 28, 2020 at 11:06 PM

    • Whose bioweapon? You first said it was a US weapon against China, then you said it was a weapon by John Kerry, George Soros, Iran and China against Trump.


      February 28, 2020 at 5:28 PM

      • Whose bioweapon?

        A heretofore unknown party.

        My overarching theory is that there is a civil war inside the deep state. Now, understand what the deep state is. It is not simply the bureaucracy or the intelligence agencies. It is a parallel society. Remember, how during the cold war, one out of every four people in East Germany were working for the Stasi? That is the situation we have in America, though my estimate its is less than 10% of the population in the US alone.

        This parallel society is also global with similar conspiracies operating within countries around the world.

        My suspicion is that there was a mass betrayal of this “Cabal” by a major subgroup. I would guess the Chinese Cabal betrayed the American Cabal in some way and this is what spurred the split. I guess this betrayal had something to do with the rising tide of nationalism around the world, so the Chinese Cabal felt its oats and decided it could go rogue. This probably took American Cabal by surprise, and prompted the promotion of Donald Trump and the removal of failures like Hillary Clinton and the current Democrat Party, since they were somehow blindsided by this betrayal.

        Over time, the situation has gotten more out of control, with Trump probably being a lot less controllable and rogue elements like Bernie Sanders appearing to challenge the status quo.

        This prompted the creation and the release of this coronavirus in China, as a way of engineering a global catastrophe enough so the traditional powers can seize control and probably reset the world to before the 2015 US election race began. People will clamor for the familiarity of that world over the uncertainty of the current transition.

        What were American and Chinese Cabal planning? They were planning on moving their operation from the United States to China, the new rising empire. Cabal probably concluded that America is ungovernable, so the last 30 years or so was a bust-out operation of the United States: mass immigration, offshore outsourcing, wars, massive debt, racial and social instability, moral and cultural destruction, all were being deliberately engineered. Hillary was the final plan. She would orchestrate a limited nuclear war with Russia to cripple both the US and Russian ability to project power, just as Cabal set up shop in China.

        What American Cabal did discover, however, was that their Chinese partners were going to execute them once the transition happened. This is what sparked the civil was in their ranks and why they are working on destroying China, eliminating the fools in their ranks, and re-engineering the internal structure of their organization.

        This coronavirus outbreak is pushing against all margins of every conspirator: the Chinese want to share the destruction equally around the world, whether or not the Corona virus is a real. They want the virus to have a leveling effect around the world, not to isolate the costs among themselves. In America, elements want the virus (real or hoax) to have an isolating and damaging effect on their enemies alone, and others are guarding against that, so it is a tough balancing act.


        February 29, 2020 at 2:31 PM

  10. I’m not so much worries about supplies as much as I’m worried about people. Once supplies start running thin (like Hawaii is out of TP or medicine) then people become dangerous.


    February 28, 2020 at 5:09 PM

  11. Trump is the only on in America projecting courage. If he shows courage he is lying. If he panics that would be worse. I have no idea what would be good leadership to you.

    Dan Hess

    February 28, 2020 at 6:57 PM

  12. “Trump has the very opposite of gravitas”

    The opposite of gravitas (in this context at least) is grit.


    February 28, 2020 at 10:07 PM

  13. The virus seems to take out late middle age people pretty quickly which is great for the insurance industry. Folks with another 20-30 years in them, years of peak health care costs taken off the rolls after a lifetime of paying premiums.

    If this didn’t originate in China I’d be looking to see who bet big on health insurance stocks.


    February 28, 2020 at 10:11 PM

  14. Yeah, now Tom Steyer, that guy has gravitas: “my job is to kick Donald Trump’s ass on the economy.” Whatever that means, I’m in!


    February 28, 2020 at 11:14 PM

  15. Yale is now reporting that everyone needs to humidify indoors to fight coronavirus

    Dan Hess

    February 29, 2020 at 1:35 AM

    • Can you humidify with windows open?


      February 29, 2020 at 2:34 PM

      • No. Even with windows closed, my apartment won’t humidify, there’s too much air exchange for one humidifier. Maybe if I had a few of them running at the same time.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 29, 2020 at 2:36 PM

  16. The good news is the test kits are now being distributed. The new case of unknown origin in Santa Clara county was identified at a lab in Santa Clara county using those test kits that arrived on Wednesday. Samples were sent to the lab on Thursday and the test came back positive Thursday afternoon.

    The new Santa Clara county case was treated at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California. The news article says that the hospital staff had not taken adequate precautions prior to the diagnoses and did not have enough protective gear. The news article says one doctors and several other staff are now in quarantine. Some friends my wife chats with say that El Camino Hospital is now effectively closed and 100+ staff members have been quarantined. I watched the 11 PM bay area local news and there was nothing about that so I would treat this as an internet rumour and wait and see if it is announced.

    I expect over the next week a lot more cases of unknown origin will be identified.


    February 29, 2020 at 2:09 AM

  17. I don’t understand why Trump didn’t throw its financial market cap and take the protectionist cap by closing the frontiers and blaiming foreigners and the media

    Now it’s the media blaming him . I think he has still time to change . Close the frontier and stop immigration, legal and illegal. Put the blame on illegals from China …


    February 29, 2020 at 3:07 AM

  18. Dear Lion. Again and again, you show your neurotic tendencies. Nothing wrong with that, just a personality trait. But based on your previous predictions — and the way in which you obsess in a somewhat predictable manner over potential challenges — I think you need to take your own predictions with a grain of salt. Have a good one.

    Well-meaning Israeli

    February 29, 2020 at 3:50 AM

  19. Your statements past and present prove this is an anti-Trump blog.


    March 1, 2020 at 2:36 AM

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