Trump Only Works for Trump

Other candidates cannot do the things Donald Trump can do and expect to win.

There will be a lot of hot takes in Alabama, which is not suddenly a Democrat state. But there is one take that is inescapable and undeniable. Trump only works for Trump.

`The Roy Moore campaign was confronted with credible allegations that Moore had molested a fourteen year old and dated teenagers while in his thirties.  He all but admitted to the latter and admitted to knowing at least one of the accusers.  Then he denied it all and denied knowing any of the accusers.  The campaign then doubled down on attacking the press in the mode of Donald Trump.`
`In fact, the campaign after the allegations decided to model itself on the Trump campaign.  They shut out reporters from events.  They berated and bullied the press.  They changed their stories in a game of three card monty, shuffling facts before our eyes.`
`That worked with Donald Trump.  He could do that.  But Roy Moore is no Donald Trump.  Ultimately, Roy Moore failed to persuade enough voters that the allegations were bunk.  In fact, there is a real lesson to be learned here.  Credible allegations must be treated credibly.  The Moore team dithered for days before responding, changed their story several times, and then behaved like Donald Trump.  It was unpersuasive.`
`Make no mistake about it, had Roy Moore never faced the allegations and if Roy Moore had faced these allegations with a serious, credible response, he would have won.  But he chose a third option by delaying a response then handling it farcically.  Now a Democrat will represent Alabama in the Senate.`
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TheRight1961
TheRight1961

I would say Trump doesn't even work for Trump. In the General Election what worked for Trump was his opponent. In the primaries it was his celebrity against a huge field which divided the vote of those not taken in by the celebrity. If he runs and wins again, it will be incumbancy. Trump doesn't work for Trump.

Jack_Krevin
Jack_Krevin

You win some you lose some. It happens. Especially when you have to fight against not only the Democrats but your own party who rather preen for a nonexistent moral high ground. Myself I hope Moore runs again after Jones finishes Session's term.

MarkBerwind
MarkBerwind

If you are talking about style, concerning Trump, I agree, but style doesn't supplant substance. Trump has done more conservative things that will affect our country for a generation than the last couple Republicans did. I'm not going to campaign for Trump. That race was decided, last year. We need to move on with 2018 races and build, rather than allow some to obstruct. The anti Trump segment of the party needs to get on with life and accept we don't have "Our" President, but he actually is "Our President", and he needs a Congress willing and able to work with him. His platform was good enough for the number to get him elected. We can live in the past about McCain and Romney, all day long, and just continue to lose races, or we can build upon a core foundation, and try to weed out the Rockefeller Republicans, those who don't value things as God, illegal immigration and abortion, to mention only three. There will always be another fight, as long as we preserve upwards mobility and pushing better candidate without allowing the outside influences. I guarantee that, just a little while down the road, we will find out how were all had, by falling into the Democrats' trap. This is just the beginning. The war was started on November 8, 2016, and it will get bloody, by the time it is over. Don't allow Trump to be the issue. Politics is local. Keep it local and work on your own candidates. If we allow the Democrats to gain back majorities because of what they pulled in Alabama, just what is the point of trying?