The Kensington Review

23 August 2016

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Latest Commentary: Volume XV, Number 158



Trump's Spending Shows Why He's Losing -- Donald J. Trump claims that he is running an unconventional political campaign, and there is some truth to it. He is doing a great many things that normally don't happen in a campaign. He is also not doing a great many things that most expect in a political race. The data will come in on November 8 as to whether he is a genius who has re-invented American politics or a fascist blowhard who had no clue what he was doing. Based on the current polling, the latter is the more likely. He is losing badly, and the reasons are found in his spending. [23 August]

Manafort's Departure Doesn't Rid Trump Campaign of Russian Ties -- Paul Manafort involuntarily resigned as the chairman of the Trump campaign Friday afternoon. He replaced Corey Lewandowski and was suppose to be the guy who got Mr. Trump on message and to behave in a more presidential fashion. Instead, his watch saw Mr. Trump's polls numbers decline, and insiders say Mr. Trump felt controlled by people who didn't know him. On Wednesday, propaganda site Breitbart's boss Stephen Bannon and long-time associate and Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway took on many of his responsibilities. Mr. Manafort's close relationship to Russia was cited as a pretext for his removal, but the fact is his sacking leaves behind a pro-Putin Republican nominee. [22 August]

US, UK Athletes Robbed in Rio, Authorities Blame Victims -- The Olympic Games are always a chance for the host nation to showcase its culture and revel in past, present and future glories both real and imagined. Crime is, therefore, a threat to the message of the games, and reporting on crime is even worse. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that Brazilian authorities and IOC big shots are being awkward over two different robberies in which Olympic athletes were given the choice of one's money or one's life. It looks from here as though the authorities are blaming the victims and are not serious about catching the crooks. [18 August]

Trump Campaign Re-Organizes Again -- The Trump for President campaign is undergoing another reorganization. Two months ago, Paul Manafort (long time lobbyist and political consultant) replaced Corey Lewandowski (New England political campaigner) at the top of the org-chart. Now, Mr. Manafort will lose some of his powers to Stephen Bannon (a rich ex-banker who funds the Breitbart propaganda service) and to Kellyanne Conway (a pollster and shill who has known Mr. Trump for years). The change stems from the candidate's desire to return to Mr. Lewandowski's mantra "let Trump be Trump." At this stage, Mr. Trump should probably do that. If one is going to re-arrange the deckchairs on the Titanic, one ought to be pleased with their design. [17 August]

Trump's Big Foreign Policy Speech Disaster -- Donald Trump is proud of the fact that he is not career politician nor a life-long foreign policy wonk. He believes that an ignorant amateur will succeed where well-informed professionals have struggled. Yesterday, he offered a speech on national security that would be an embarrassment in a high school debate. It proves once again that he is unfit to know the nuclear codes, conduct international negotiations or even appoint low-level embassy staff. [16 August]

Copyright 2016 by The Kensington Review, Jeff Myhre, PhD, Editor. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. Produced using Ubuntu Linux.



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