By seizing an issue without fear and making it almost 100% his own, Donald Trump is rising in the only public opinion polls that matter at the moment to potential candidates for president. The only public opinion polls that matter at the moment are those that measure Republican voter sentiment. Republican/conservative Big Media outlet, The Washington Times, explains:
“Would-be 2012 Republican nominee Donald Trump is riding doubts about President Obama’s birth certificate to the front of the party’s presidential contender field, the latest sign that the long-standing fringe controversy is going mainstream.
The New York real estate magnate and reality show star, fresh off a Wall Street Journal poll that shows him tied for second among Republican voters as their choice for the presidential nominee, jumped back into the “birther” controversy Sunday.
“Why doesn’t he show his birth certificate? The fact is, if he wasn’t born in this country, he shouldn’t be the president of the United States,” the billionaire developer said in a CNN interview that aired Sunday. The Constitution requires that the president be a “natural-born citizen.”
“It’s a very sad thing, because the people – the birthers – they got labeled and they got labeled so negatively and even the word ‘birther’ is a negative word. If you come out and … even question, the press goes wild. They get angry at the question,” he said.
Far from backing away, Mr. Trump seems to be embracing the birther controversy and relishing the confrontations with reporters. He has responded in print to critics and blitzed talk radio, morning shows and news programs to talk about birth certificates. Mr. Trump also has said he had sent private detectives to Hawaii to investigate the president’s birth.
Since Mr. Trump embraced the issue of Mr. Obama’s birth – or alternatively why he hasn’t released the state of Hawaii’s “long-form” birth certificate – he has gone from nowhere to the top tier of possible 2012 Republican candidates.”
That the Birth Certificate issue has been of extraordinary help to Donald Trump and that Donald Trump has been of extraordinary help to the Birth Certificate issue is now beyond doubt. But if Big Media is typically in a frenzy to protect Barack Obama on the Birth Certificate issue the same can be said of many, if not most, Republicans and conservatives.
Many of the Republicans/conservatives who do not like or want the Birth Certificate issue to even be discussed do so out of fear. They fear being labeled “nuts” (as if they won’t be anyway). They fear that this is all some sort of elaborate Barack Obama trap.
For these Republicans/conservatives it’s a mirror image reverse reverence for Barack Obama – the sort that Obama worshipers have – that Obama is some sort of extraordinary “three dimensional chess” player. Somehow, it escapes these political opposites that Obama is a boob and that boobery is demonstrated at every turn (such as the latest Republican victory on the 2011 budget). Only when Big Media is fully dedicated to Obama protection on a particular issue (such as his election) can Obama overcome defeat by boobery.
I kind of like how the show went off on a huge, huge cliffhanger — with superpowered convicts racing into the world (oooh, a man with cats’ eyes! Good power!) and a man from the NSA telling Jim and Stephanie, “The government needs your family’s help.” But I’m intrigued to see what Family fans felt about the ending. Cheated? Frustrated? Am I being too hard on the show’s mythology? And if you think so, can we at least agree that Global Tech sounds like an SNL sketch?