Kevin Buck: Trump’s political malpractice

By Signal Contributor

Last update: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Presidential debates have the potential to make or break the candidacies of those seeking the most powerful elected office in the world.

Before the first debate in this election the political talking heads concluded that Hillary Clinton had the most to lose. She needed to meet or exceed the nebulous criteria the national press and the right-wing noise machine had created for her to be judged a success.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, needed only to show up and not kill a stage hand and he would be deemed to have passed his test. The bar had been set so low for Trump that it had been painted on the floor.

After all, Trump has not gone a single day in this campaign without fanning the flames of bigotry and intolerance – or when some mendacious or illegal act from his past cropped up.

He has done and said things that would have disqualified any other politician from either party for any race, and yet the hateful, racist rhetoric continues to endear him to his base.

So I was worried about the outcome of the debate, given the differing standards on which each candidate would be judged.

Once the debate finally started, Secretary Clinton was calm, knowledgeable and totally prepared. The Donald grimaced, sniffed and sniffled his way through his answers and rebuttals, and it was game on.

What followed for Trump was a long slow slide into ignorant gibberish, rambling lunacy and a total failure to show that he could negotiate candy away from a baby, let alone represent the United States and the free world facing down the multiple problems a modern president deals with every single day.

Trump was clearly out of his league. Interruptions, childish bullying and name-calling may suffice to win Republican primary debates, but Hillary Clinton, a former or current first  lady, United States Senator, secretary of state, wife, mother and grandmother schooled him repeatedly during the 90 minutes while he embarrassed himself with the whole world watching.

After Trump’s debacle my only fear was that The Donald would back out of the next two debates.

It would clearly be political malpractice to send him out again because he cannot pivot and become “presidential.” He cannot be anything other than who he is: a greedy, ego-driven narcissist who can be goaded into irrationality by the slightest perceived slight.

And that is a disastrous combination when pitted against a skilled and poised debater, one who is experienced and prepared.

The main reason that Trump will not back out of the second debate is that his sociopathic need to be a “winner” will not let him believe he lost the first debate. The feedback loop created by his rallies and his total reliance on Fox News as the only media outlet he will talk with only reinforce his fantasy that he won the first debate.

Nobody who has been following this election closely believes that Donald Trump will change in any meaningful way.

He will not prepare for the second debate because he has the attention span of a 2-year-old and details like policies, plans and issues are just not part of his world.

He has relied on money, power, fame and bullying bluster for so long that doing the hard work to prepare is a foreign concept to him. That’s what he pays other people to do.

Hillary Clinton is not a charismatic speaker, but her life’s work has made a difference in the lives of millions of people – from the poorest, most disadvantaged to the movers and shakers in the upper echelons of world power.

She has a vision for the future of the United States and world and she has concrete policies and plans in place to make that vision a reality.

Donald Trump cares only about what is good for Donald Trump (and maybe Ivanka and Don Jr., but definitely not Tiffany).

American voters saw Hillary and Trump side by side on the debate stage, and it was obvious who is better qualified to lead America in these tumultuous and harrowing times.

Donald Trump not backing out of the remaining debates would continue to highlight the differences between the two candidates. And for the Clinton campaign, that is the best possible outcome.

Kevin Buck is a Santa Clarita resident. “Democratic Voices” runs Tuesdays in The Signal and rotates among several Santa Clarita Valley Democrats.

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Kevin Buck: Trump’s political malpractice

Presidential debates have the potential to make or break the candidacies of those seeking the most powerful elected office in the world.

Before the first debate in this election the political talking heads concluded that Hillary Clinton had the most to lose. She needed to meet or exceed the nebulous criteria the national press and the right-wing noise machine had created for her to be judged a success.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, needed only to show up and not kill a stage hand and he would be deemed to have passed his test. The bar had been set so low for Trump that it had been painted on the floor.

After all, Trump has not gone a single day in this campaign without fanning the flames of bigotry and intolerance – or when some mendacious or illegal act from his past cropped up.

He has done and said things that would have disqualified any other politician from either party for any race, and yet the hateful, racist rhetoric continues to endear him to his base.

So I was worried about the outcome of the debate, given the differing standards on which each candidate would be judged.

Once the debate finally started, Secretary Clinton was calm, knowledgeable and totally prepared. The Donald grimaced, sniffed and sniffled his way through his answers and rebuttals, and it was game on.

What followed for Trump was a long slow slide into ignorant gibberish, rambling lunacy and a total failure to show that he could negotiate candy away from a baby, let alone represent the United States and the free world facing down the multiple problems a modern president deals with every single day.

Trump was clearly out of his league. Interruptions, childish bullying and name-calling may suffice to win Republican primary debates, but Hillary Clinton, a former or current first  lady, United States Senator, secretary of state, wife, mother and grandmother schooled him repeatedly during the 90 minutes while he embarrassed himself with the whole world watching.

After Trump’s debacle my only fear was that The Donald would back out of the next two debates.

It would clearly be political malpractice to send him out again because he cannot pivot and become “presidential.” He cannot be anything other than who he is: a greedy, ego-driven narcissist who can be goaded into irrationality by the slightest perceived slight.

And that is a disastrous combination when pitted against a skilled and poised debater, one who is experienced and prepared.

The main reason that Trump will not back out of the second debate is that his sociopathic need to be a “winner” will not let him believe he lost the first debate. The feedback loop created by his rallies and his total reliance on Fox News as the only media outlet he will talk with only reinforce his fantasy that he won the first debate.

Nobody who has been following this election closely believes that Donald Trump will change in any meaningful way.

He will not prepare for the second debate because he has the attention span of a 2-year-old and details like policies, plans and issues are just not part of his world.

He has relied on money, power, fame and bullying bluster for so long that doing the hard work to prepare is a foreign concept to him. That’s what he pays other people to do.

Hillary Clinton is not a charismatic speaker, but her life’s work has made a difference in the lives of millions of people – from the poorest, most disadvantaged to the movers and shakers in the upper echelons of world power.

She has a vision for the future of the United States and world and she has concrete policies and plans in place to make that vision a reality.

Donald Trump cares only about what is good for Donald Trump (and maybe Ivanka and Don Jr., but definitely not Tiffany).

American voters saw Hillary and Trump side by side on the debate stage, and it was obvious who is better qualified to lead America in these tumultuous and harrowing times.

Donald Trump not backing out of the remaining debates would continue to highlight the differences between the two candidates. And for the Clinton campaign, that is the best possible outcome.

Kevin Buck is a Santa Clarita resident. “Democratic Voices” runs Tuesdays in The Signal and rotates among several Santa Clarita Valley Democrats.

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  • MrNA

    Really Kevin / Talk about mud slinging. please re-read your “column”. My perception of Hillary is a self driven liar. I think Donald is a lot more honest. I don’t hear Donald calling the opposition names or belittling their ideologies. I hear Hillary calling the opposition haters, bigots, rascists, DEPLORABLES etc. Hillary is the epitome of what is wrong with D.C. Hillary is the epitome of a politician. Donald is neither of these. Exactly why I support him.

    I can go on and on and on and on and never change a Democrats mind. Trumps support comes from a movement appealing to those who are fed-up with out of control immigration, job loss, skyrocketting debt, unresolved conflict in the middle east, weakening national security, etc…These are issues the Democrats and current Administration have had their time with and instead have divided our nation and called the majority of us names.

    As I write this the TV is on and and it is a constant barrage of name calling by Hillary and unenedi ng useless questions and accusations by the media. America listens. And we hear the Democrats are not listening.

  • “She has a vision for the future of the United States and world and she has concrete policies and plans in place to make that vision a reality.”

    Indeed she does, Buck, and that’s what makes her a disaster for this country. Her “vision” encompasses policies that would be economically disastrous for the country, such as wealth redistributionist schemes that border on outright communism. She’s virulently anti-Second Amendment, having stated that the “Heller” case was “wrongly decided” by SCOTUS, and that she favors the “Australian model” — confiscation — of gun control. Her foreign/military policy expertise has so far managed to throw the entire Middle East into chaos, emboldened Russia to go on a rampage, and ended up encouraging China to aggressively attempt to assert military hegemony over vast swaths of the South China Sea. She still wouldn’t know the truth if it walked up and smacked her in the forehead.

    You want to talk about “political malpractice”? Her Royal Thighness is the poster girl for the topic.

  • HiTech

    There goes baker spewing the false talking points. Call me when she is indicted.

    • And there’s LoTech, my pet doggy.

      Woof! Woof!

    • nveto

      Clinton got away with a crime- shocking. Unheard of for a Clinton!

      I guess expecting you to look into facts of that case is just too much work. Much easier to stick with the view that democrat=good and conservative=bad.

      When you can explain her policy failures, Clinton slush fund, rigged primaries, and her other thousands of failures and borderline illegal activities, call me. (But you may have to actually do some research and look at something called “facts”) so I’ll hold my breath…

  • Hopeful

    “She has a vision for the future of the United States and world and she has concrete policies and plans in place to make that vision a reality.”

    That is the problem. How did her work in the Middle East during her time as Secretary of State go? What about her speeches in support of the War in Iraq, and then her vote to go to war in Iraq go?

    She may have a “vision” but her time as Senator AND Secretary of State has left us in bad shape compared to where we were before she took office.

    • She has a “vision”, all right.

      The vision of a bat in daylight.

      😀

  • Hopeful

    It amazes me that partisans refuse to see the truth. :hear_no_evil:

    • tech

      Indeed. Same content, difference column.

      I when his fellow travelers will solve the mystery of posting in the new format. It’s an IQ test! 😀

      • tech

        *different

        • tech

          ^wonder

          LOL! So much for typing when distracted, eh?

  • “Hillary Clinton is not a charismatic speaker, but her life’s work has made a difference in the lives of millions of people – from the poorest, most disadvantaged to the movers and shakers in the upper echelons of world power.”

    True, but not in the way Mr. Buck fervently believes. As Trump stated, Clinton has experience but it’s bad experience. We all know what that entails. However, note her supporters can’t articulate her accomplishments and instead substitute broad and grandiose assertions.

  • Gene Walker

    Typical Buck

  • alice abernathy

    Kevin again an outstanding opinion column.*****

    • tech

      An expected endorsement by Resident Evil.

  • Alice Abernathy

    “Trump has done and said things that would have disqualified any other politician from either party for any race, and yet the hateful, racist rhetoric continues to endear him to his base.” DEPLORABLE.

  • NISHKA

    “Clinton, a former or current first lady, United States Senator, secretary of state, wife, mother and grandmother schooled him repeatedly during the 90 minutes while he embarrassed himself with the whole world watching.”

    You always have to listen to your Mother and Grandmother take their wisdom in hopes of not being embarrassed.
    The Donald didn’t listen to Mama or Grandma per Donald.

  • NISHKA

    “Tape Reveals Donald Trump Bragging About Groping Women” SICK,SICK,SICK.

    Add this to the Donald’s gaffes and you have a deranged, sick person unfit to be President.

    If the Republican Party doesn’t condemn him for this they are also deranged and sick.

  • NISHKA

    “U.S. Economy, Showing Resilience, Added 156,000 Jobs Last Month” YIPPEE !
    Not bad for a country marked by fear about the economic future.
    The American job machine just keeps chugging along !

  • tech

    Multiple online personas don’t conceal who you are, LADIMAS/projalice11/alice abernathy/NISHKA.

  • NISHKA

    GET A LIFE tech, and mind your own business.

  • NISHKA

    “Trump’s political malpractice”
    The Grand Old Party picked themselves a real winner.

  • tech

    I have a life, LADIMAS/projalice11/alice abernathy/NISHKA. It’s also as stable and persistent as my user name on this site.

    Since this is a public forum, I ask what purpose does your use of multiple nicknames serve? Are you attempting to increase your comment presence? That seems a fool’s errand as the content and quality of your posts identify you as a single entity, despite your multiple online names.

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