The Greatest Showman, Great Communicator 2.0?

 

In “Enter Trump,” John Hinderaker points out that President Trump stayed in the wings with Mariano Rivera while “Hail to the Chief” played. Then Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” filled the room and the President walked out with “The Sandman” who put batters to sleep better than anyone else in baseball history. Put this together with his Jamestown speech and his New Mexico rally and there may be an answer to how you overcome a relentless hostile 24/7 propaganda campaign posing as “news reporting.”

If you know boxing and MMA, and President Trump really does, you know the timing he used. Let the formal government riff end. Cue the announcer and bring up the music, walk up through the crowd as your song hits its stride. Showmanship, high level showmanship:

And then there is the epic level troll of the TruCons on the White House home page, “Morning in America.” So true. We are coming out of a long bipartisan down cycle just as we were at this point in the first Reagan term. “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” The Democrats dread that question arising in their supposedly captive voter blocs. So do the RINOs, whose false choices are exposed by the facts created by a Reagan or a Trump.

In Jamestown and New Mexico, President Trump showed how to appeal to people without pandering. In the New Mexico rally, he made a nationwide appeal to Latinos/Hispanics/Mexican legal immigrants. He cited a great sportsman, who he had just honored at the White House, and who is a perfect example of immigrants who wish to become Americans. He cited jobs, wages, and safety. He especially denounced cartels and gangs for trafficking Latin American women into this country for sex slavery, tying that evil enterprise to porous borders. He has recast the unrefined “rapists” comment of 2015 into a formulation that no one can directly gainsay.

In our day, with our choppy and visual social media and cable news byte communication, is the Greatest Showman the new Great Communicator? Is the reality TV star the new B-grade actor, horrifying the bicoastal, bipartisan elite while winning a electoral majority with the forgotten Americans?

 

Published in Politics
This post was promoted to the Main Feed by a Ricochet Editor at the recommendation of Ricochet members. Like this post? Want to comment? Join Ricochet’s growing community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

There are 7 comments.

  1. Scott Wilmot Member

    Dang, that Enter Sandman entrance was so good he might have gained quite a few new supporters in NYC.

    Good stuff.

    • #1
    • September 17, 2019, at 4:08 PM PDT
    • 10 likes
  2. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown Post author

    Unfamiliar with fight walkouts?

    • #2
    • September 17, 2019, at 4:11 PM PDT
    • Like
  3. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown Post author

    And here is the Sandman himself:

    • #3
    • September 17, 2019, at 4:17 PM PDT
    • 7 likes
  4. Gary McVey Contributor

    You’ve got a good series going here on possible political transformation, C.A.B., and backed it up with logic.

    So far, you (and we commenters) haven’t fallen prone to wishful thinking syndrome, and I’ve sen a lot of it over the years: “The Latinos will vote for us, forever, because we’re the anti-abortion party!” “Blacks will come our way once someone tells them Frederick Douglass told them to buy guns in 1881! Yeah, that’s the ticket!” “Of all retired couples who listen to Hannity together, half of them are women! So if we just interpolate that among 330 million people…”

    Here’s a cautionary note: My people, the Irish Catholics, largely moved from Democrat to Republican-voting (though probably not GOP-registered) in only ten years. Nixon didn’t win them over by constantly belittling, denouncing and slighting JFK. It would have been understood that his presidency was still recent and a moment of real pride for most Catholics. Later, they’d peel off, but not in 1964-70. The analogy is clear: constantly telling Blacks that Obama was no good, a cause of their situation, not the cure is counterproductive. They don’t want to hear it yet. Yep, sorry–what works great for us is poison for them. President Trump doesn’t act like he knows that.

    Infrastructure hasn’t happened. Putting young Blacks to work rebuilding their own neighborhoods would be a natural for urban developer Trump. It has been tried, and it works, but it’s disproportionately expensive.

    Big government payrolls get Black votes. In my lifetime Blacks have gone from being about two thirds living in poverty to about 25-30%. They like the government programs that largely did that. They don’t see it like we do and we shouldn’t expect them to. Blacks work in some of the least economically efficient sectors of society–health, education, bureaucracy in general. A disproportionate number of them made it to the middle class via civil service or government jobs. Any massive shrinkage of the government workforce, including the military, would be a direct attack on their livelihood.

    I don’t regard these as arguments, but as realistic facts that would have to be dealt with if the GOP really wants to win over the reachable part of Black America.

    • #4
    • September 17, 2019, at 6:12 PM PDT
    • 9 likes
  5. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown Post author

    Gary McVey (View Comment):

    Here’s a cautionary note: My people, the Irish Catholics, largely moved from Democrat to Republican-voting (though probably not GOP-registered) in only ten years. Nixon didn’t win them over by constantly belittling, denouncing and slighting JFK. It would have been understood that his presidency was still recent and a moment of real pride for most Catholics. Later, they’d peel off, but not in 1964-70. The analogy is clear: constantly telling Blacks that Obama was no good, a cause of their situation, not the cure is counterproductive. They don’t want to hear it yet. Yep, sorry–what works great for us is poison for them. President Trump doesn’t act like he knows that.

    I agree that he should focus on a dysfunctional bipartisan legislature as the source of bad law and failure to enact good law. He just called out RINOs in New Mexico. Make the target Speakers of the House, not one of which are in the good column since the brief time Gingrich held the gavel. Except, occasionally stick up for the old broad from San Fran, being put upon by the Squad.

    Infrastructure hasn’t happened. Putting young Blacks to work rebuilding their own neighborhoods would be a natural for urban developer Trump. It has been tried, and it works, but it’s disproportionately expensive.

    Yes. More, he needs to do a major event very soon on the New Deal for Black America. Talk about the progress so far and then push for boot-strap programs of apprenticeships in the building trades in the neighborhoods NOW.

    Big government payrolls get Black votes. In my lifetime Blacks have gone from being about two thirds living in poverty to about 25-30%. They like the government programs that largely did that. They don’t see it like we do and we shouldn’t expect them to. Blacks work in some of the least economically efficient sectors of society–health, education, bureaucracy in general. A disproportionate number of them made it to the middle class via civil service or government jobs. Any massive shrinkage of the government workforce, including the military, would be a direct attack on their livelihood.

    This goes back to Jim Crow and before. Hardy individuals made it as cowboys and such way out in the Old West. At the same time, the Buffalo Soldiers were “banished” to do the hard work on the frontier, establishing a tradition of enlisted military service, including all the supervisory enlisted ranks. As the federal civil service was professionalized, blacks got in during windows outside of virulently racist Democrat Party presidents (Wilson).

    While predominantly White female officers were pushing for access to high prestige “combat arms” assignments, disproportionately Black female sergeants wanted stability in the specialties that translated into civilian careers (office administration, logistics,…).

    Note that President Trump has been emphatic on growing military budgets, no cuts in stuff or personnel.

    Note that President Trump highlighted a Black sergeant who had transitioned to a major automobile manufacturer and who was rapidly advancing through their on-the-job supervisor training program.

    • #5
    • September 17, 2019, at 7:36 PM PDT
    • 5 likes
  6. Gary McVey Contributor

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    Gary McVey (View Comment):

    Here’s a cautionary note: My people, the Irish Catholics, largely moved from Democrat to Republican-voting (though probably not GOP-registered) in only ten years. Nixon didn’t win them over by constantly belittling, denouncing and slighting JFK. It would have been understood that his presidency was still recent and a moment of real pride for most Catholics. Later, they’d peel off, but not in 1964-70. The analogy is clear: constantly telling Blacks that Obama was no good, a cause of their situation, not the cure is counterproductive. They don’t want to hear it yet. Yep, sorry–what works great for us is poison for them. President Trump doesn’t act like he knows that.

    I agree that he should focus on a dysfunctional bipartisan legislature as the source of bad law and failure to enact good law. He just called out RINOs in New Mexico. Make the target Speakers of the House, not one of which are in the good column since the brief time Gingrich held the gavel. Except, occasionally stick up for the old broad from San Fran, being put upon by the Squad.

    Infrastructure hasn’t happened. Putting young Blacks to work rebuilding their own neighborhoods would be a natural for urban developer Trump. It has been tried, and it works, but it’s disproportionately expensive.

    Yes. More, he needs to do a major event very soon on the New Deal for Black America. Talk about the progress so far and then push for boot-strap programs of apprenticeships in the building trades in the neighborhoods NOW.

    Big government payrolls get Black votes. In my lifetime Blacks have gone from being about two thirds living in poverty to about 25-30%. They like the government programs that largely did that. They don’t see it like we do and we shouldn’t expect them to. Blacks work in some of the least economically efficient sectors of society–health, education, bureaucracy in general. A disproportionate number of them made it to the middle class via civil service or government jobs. Any massive shrinkage of the government workforce, including the military, would be a direct attack on their livelihood.

    This goes back to Jim Crow and before. Hardy individuals made it as cowboys and such way out in the Old West. At the same time, the Buffalo Soldiers were “banished” to do the hard work on the frontier, establishing a tradition of enlisted military service, including all the supervisory enlisted ranks. As the federal civil service was professionalized, blacks got in during windows outside of virulently racist Democrat Party presidents (Wilson).

    While predominantly White female officers were pushing for access to high prestige “combat arms” assignments, disproportionately Black female sergeants wanted stability in the specialties that translated into civilian careers (office administration, logistics,…).

    Note that President Trump has been emphatic on growing military budgets, no cuts in stuff or personnel.

    Note that President Trump highlighted a Black sergeant who had transitioned to a major automobile manufacturer and who was rapidly advancing through their on-the-job supervisor training program.

    I wish you were chairman of The President’s Ricochet Advisory Council. Seriously; he needs people who are absolutely loyal but also absolutely clear-eyed and tactically creative. 

    • #6
    • September 17, 2019, at 8:59 PM PDT
    • 5 likes
  7. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Beats the hell out of Fleetwood Mac. 

    • #7
    • September 18, 2019, at 6:38 PM PDT
    • 3 likes