Jeff Lord is downright giddy now that Donald Trump has joined the GOP presidential race.
Jeff tells us it is “a fool’s errand to underestimate Trump” because of his – wait for it – “Reaganesque optimism for his country.”
I guess this means Jeff has given up on Ted Cruz. Three months ago, Jeff was placing the Reagan mantel on Cruz. But Cruz hasn’t exactly set the world ablaze. So I guess Jeff is scrambling for another Reagan.
Trump might sing the praises of Reagan today, but when he was in office he sang a far different tune. In The Art of the Deal, Trump wrote this about The Gipper:
Ronald Reagan is another example. He is so smooth and so effective as a performer that he completely won over the American people. Only now, nearly seven years later, are people beginning to question whether there’s anything beneath that smile.
The same could be said of Trump who at various times called for Canadian style health care and criticized George W. Bush for not negotiating with Iran’s then President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Neither of these positions exactly conjure the term Reaganesque.
Reagan won people over with his sunny disposition. Trump has a sullen, abrasive personality. If you were to ask me to name all the people who reminded me of Ronald Reagan never in a million years would Trump cross my mind.
Now I’m not underestimating Trump. The one thing he has going for him is name recognition. He is better known than any of the Republican presidential candidates including Jeb Bush.
Come to think of it, the only presidential candidate who is better known than Trump is Hillary Clinton. God help us if our two choices for President are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
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