There's no question that the Fox News crew moderating the first GOP presidential debate on Thursday night came out with guns blazing looking to cut Donald Trump down to size. Megan Kelly was especially obnoxious. But part of that should be expected with Trump being the clear frontrunner in every poll in a huge field of candidates. And part of that might be the theatrics that the news business is looking for these days. Like lighting a match and throwing it into a barrel of fireworks to see how big a show develops.
I'm not a Trump fan, but he's putting on a clinic in one area that every other candidate should be taking note of.
He refuses to be bullied.
It really is that simple.
Sure he's brash. Yes, he looks like a game show host. He absolutely is rude, sometimes crude and has a past with all kinds of zigs and zags as to what party he's a member of, what he supports, etc.
I don't see any way he gets the Republican nomination. But I never imagined we'd have a president like what we have now doing to America what Obama is doing, either. And two months ago I never imagined Trump would be anywhere in the top half of the GOP field ever. Much less leading every poll. So, who's to say?
But EVERY candidate in every party should take note of what's fueling his polling numbers. The more he refuses to back down, and the more he refuses to let his detractors tell him what he's going to say and what he's not allowed to say, the higher his poll numbers go.
Americans are starving for a leader with a backbone. Even if he occasionally makes everyone cringe, there's the confidence that we won't have to suffer any more of this "leading from behind" nonsense. Which could also be called Pajama Boy Diplomacy. And, for whatever embarrassing gaffes, there's no question that America will be his top priority. A welcome change from eight years of trying to get the rest of the world to like us by being submissive. Nobody would even suggest that Trump would be submissive to other world leaders.
He's been attacked by self-proclaimed hispanic representatives, he's had heads of media and corporate America ban him from their networks and their stores, he's had the establishment screaming foul over his John McCain remark, he served Megyn Kelly her medicine right back to her and seemed to enjoy her righteous indignation and nasty faces (like one of those stately old ladies in the Marx Brothers or Three Stooges movies who clutched her chest and gasped "Well! I never!" when she was offended by how uncouth someone was in her royal presence), and then made a comment that maybe Kelly was all riled up at him because she was on her period. This last bit of silliness got him banned from the Red State event.
But he refuses to back down. At every turn the GOP establishment and their shills in the "conservative media" proclaim his candidacy to be over. And yet, he polls even higher. Someone keeps forgetting to tell the voters.
Not mentioned most places, though, is that this business of being banned from the Red State thing is a troubling shift in a so-called conservative forum. The idea that a comment, idea or point of view is so bad that its speaker must be demonized and shut down and cast out of the presence of those with a pure and "correct" point of view is the trail that our marxist friends on the liberal side of the aisle have been blazing for decades. It's called political correctness.
Political correctness is basically being offended on behalf of someone else. You may not be an American Indian, but you're a politically correct person if you get the vapors and are are all offended on behalf of Indians over team mascots that some other white person tells you Indians don't like. You might not be gay yourself, but it shows what a politically correct person you are to be outraged on behalf of gays at a pizza place that doesn't want to make a pizza for a gay wedding. You might not be John McCain, or even a former POW. You might not have ever served in the military at all. But you get to turn up your nose, be a mini-hero and denounce Donald Trump as unacceptable for shooting back at McCain for shooting at Trump's supporters. In this case, you might not be Megan Kelly (you might not even be a woman), but you're a certified member of the Cool Kids Club to be outraged at Donald Trump on her behalf for quipping that her bitchiness to him during the debate was due to menstrual problems.
Donald Trump is smashing through all the faux outrage and just keeps pushing forward.
And people are loving it.
How many people paid any attention to Red State's event? Nobody.
How many people watched the first debate where Donald Trump was ground zero for the bombs from the moderators and other candidates and fired back at every one of them? 24 million.
The GOP establishment thinks that it's slowly isolating Donald Trump. But, at the moment, it appears that they are actually isolating themselves. Like the infamous scene in Old School when Will Farrell takes off streaking into town and doesn't realize until later that nobody is following him.
Trump may implode at some point. But Red State is going down a path they may regret. If they're going to play the politically correct game where everything every person says is scrutinized, judged and viewed through the who's-offended microscope and then demonized and banned, then they are no different than the perpetually offended liberals the GOP is supposed to be running against and showing to GOP voters that they're irrelevant in the republican primary process.
Just like the mainstream media shilling for the Democrat party has led to their irrelevance, the conservative media's shilling for the Republican establishment might be its undoing.