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  posted on 10/17/2018 at 08:20 PM
OK, feel free to rip and tear - am a good ways through Woodward's book. Although on the surface it was promoted to be negative on Trump, if you read objectively it is really a fascinating portrayal of this phenomenon.

Read it before you slam it (or praise it) it is pretty much flat-source, the graphic EQ of opinion has to be adjusted by the reader. You want pro-Trump, turn the dial, you want anti, turn the other dial. Finding myself impressed and entertained by the sheer wing-and-a-prayer audacity of the campaign, Bannon's insights are hilarious, he was improvising like mad. It is all very Hunter S. Thompson-esque.

It is really pretty amazing how it happened - for or against, win lose or draw it is inspiring that this country can still surprise us. Freedom isn't predictable, and certainly not cozy or pretty.

 
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  posted on 10/17/2018 at 11:01 PM
I read the book and I really wasn't surprised by much of what was written about Trump. The chaotic mess that was the campaign and White House operations showed, to me at least, that this was an operation that was totally unprepared to win. And this group remains pretty much dysfunctional to this day.

The one thing I wonder about is the stories about how members of this administration distract Trump from some of his more erratic plans. Are these people patriots or enablers?

 

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  posted on 10/18/2018 at 01:39 AM
Good question. It's pretty surreal, the whole show. The good that I am taking away is that a dark horse can still win here, I wish it had been Sanders, but still I didn't think a grassroots president was possible in this day and age. Maybe next time. I'm pretty sick of these liberal cardboard corporate cutouts, would like to see a lib come up with the huevos to buck the system.
 

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  posted on 10/18/2018 at 08:02 AM
I agree Brer. The Democrats donít have anyone strong at the moment, but I like the new B.O. so far....Beto OíRourke. Everyone else on the left is allowing themselves to be trolled, become enraged, and spend their time and energy on silliness that the right creates (like Warren). So I give props to the Republicans for pouncing on that - they have learned a lot from their Russian partners. They saw a weakness and exploited it, which is fair. Unfortunately I see Trump winning again in 2020.
 

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  posted on 10/18/2018 at 11:21 AM
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I read the book and I really wasn't surprised by much of what was written about Trump. The chaotic mess that was the campaign and White House operations showed, to me at least, that this was an operation that was totally unprepared to win. And this group remains pretty much dysfunctional to this day.


The other objective book to read is The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis (Liar's Poker, Moneyball) about how the winning team was so unprepared to win they didn't have representatives to send to transition meetings & how experienced civil servants function as lynchpins to keep government working despite their clueless appointed superiors.

My takeaway from the election isn't as positive as others have posted. To me, it showed there are people who confuse TV celebrity & PR with leadership & vote accordingly. It's why some Dems think Oprah should run. In less than 2 years, Twitter has become the platform of choice for officials & midterm elections. Scary.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2018 at 01:17 PM
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Twitter has become the platform of choice for officials & midterm elections. Scary.


Twitter has successfully positioned itself as THE platform of communication for most industries. Obama won in landslides partly because of his social media game. Personally, I donít think the public was ready for smartphone technology.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2018 at 01:50 PM
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Twitter has successfully positioned itself as THE platform of communication for most industries. Obama won in landslides partly because of his social media game. Personally, I donít think the public was ready for smartphone technology.


True re communication, but no one, including our allies, were ready for it to be policymaking from POTUS.

Corporations promoting products/services is one thing. Replacing political TV ads w/tweets is merely next gen. The complete lack of filter, fact-checking, & reflection time for actually governing is what I'm not ready for.

 
 


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