For John, BLUF: One has to listen carefully. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From Politico we have an opinion piece from Mr Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review, "Sorry, Donald Trump Has A Point".
You are hardly a name-brand company if you haven’t dumped Donald Trump over the past seven days. NBC, Univision and Macy’s have all thrown The Donald under the bus, in the heaviest blow to schlock culture in this country since the cancellation of “Jersey Shore.”If you made it this far, I will point out that I FAVOR immigration. This is a nation of immigrants For thousands of years. I do believe that a nation has the right, and the duty, to control immigration. I am not in favor of nations controlling emigration. I think that excluding law breakers is OK.
The carnage ranges widely across media, encompassing reality TV (“Celebrity Apprentice”), entertainment properties (the Miss USA Pageant), fashion (the Donald J. Trump Signature Collection) and even fragrance (Success by Trump).
Yes, the 2016 Republican field is so wide and diverse it includes perhaps the nation’s first presidential candidate with his own fragrance….
The shunning of Trump is in response to his uh, memorable presidential announcement that included comments about the alleged criminality of Mexican immigrants that were typically crude. Trump could make a statement about arcane tax policy details related to accelerated depreciation for business investment — and still make you want to take a shower afterward.
. . . As it happens, Trump’s new enemies are doing him an enormous political favor, at least in the short term. There are few things that benefit a Republican candidate in the current environment of left-wing bullying more than getting fired and boycotted for something he’s said. And Trump’s smash-mouth response — oh, yeah, I’m going to sue Univision for a cool $500 million — will be even more endearing to primary voters.
I was skeptical that Trump was really running, but now that the boats are burned behind him, watch out.
Yes, The Donald is tapping into some of the baser motives of the People of this land. On the other hand, careless wording comes into play. By taking the "it isn't illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts" approach we debase our language and allow confusion to run rampant.♠ By conflating legal and illegal immigration the bien-pensant get to tar and feather the average Joe and Jane who worry about jobs going away while taxes go up, due to illegal immigration. Oh, and worry about their vote being diluted.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Thank you former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.