By Rich Pezzullo | The Save Jersey Blog
Don’t take my comments on this race as any endorsement, Save Jerseyans; I’m just an experienced observer who calls ’em as I sees ’em.
The Atlantic doesn’t understand Trump. At 69, with plenty of opportunities around him to do other things, this guy who fixes problems for a living sees America as a place with a lot of big problems that aren’t being looked at.
Their first pot-shot is that he is announced from Trump Tower. That’s not a negative. What Governor or Senator has an office with greater positioning in the media or financial universe than the top of Trump Tower? Trump already owns the high ground in the media war. He doesn’t need to scramble for media. He commands it.
The first political argument The Atlantic makes is that Trump jumped on the “birther” wagon. Here’s the rest of the story. Trump is harassed by government agencies to dot his “I”s and cross his “t’s in manners you could never believe. He has had multi-billion dollar projects held up by bureaucrats insisting on conformity with inane regulations and senseless, often conflicting rules. He doesn’t like it when other people don’t have to play by the same rules.
In the case of the President of the United States, he saw someone he thought was circumventing the rules and process, and insisted that he do the one thing that, before Trump. the president has refused to do. The president refused to disclose his birth certificate.
You may not like Trump’s tactics, but his objective was to do what no person or entity had been able to do up to that point – to get the President of the United States to do what the majority of the people in the United States wanted him to do – to make the “birther” issue go away by disclosing his birth certificate.
Trump, as a private citizen, was able to get the President to do something he did not want to do. He was unafraid of the public relations fallout, he wanted the issue put to bed. And he got it done.
Trump understands politics better than most people – if you look at his donation reports, he’s been generous to both parties. He has cell phone numbers for operatives and elected officials in every state.
Unlike some rich people, not only does he have money, but he has the skill to deploy it and the will to use it to win.
The Atlantic calls him a “clown” without understanding anything about what takes to rise and fall and rise again in the battles Trump has already experienced. He learned about “attention to detail” at NYMA. He’s never forgotten those lessons. He inspects the work of his teams with the same unrelenting eye of a cadet Sergeant with a white cotton glove. His campaign will be organized, hard working, well funded, provided with remarkable field intelligence and focused on finding as many people who like Trump and getting them to the polls on Primary day.
Clowns don’t do that. Senators and Governors only suit up for one campaign every few years. The Trump Organization is engaged in political skirmishes across the country and around the world and they are all under the command of the General Donald Trump – who has learned how to set strategy, delegate tactics, apply overwhelming force, use the element of surprise, wield charm and deploy rhetoric as few others in memory have been able to do.
Don’t dismiss Trump. I haven’t discussed his politics, I’ll leave that for the pundits – but on the campaign field there are few who have ever been as well positioned or equipped to win – and none, except Hilary, are in this race.