Don Junior is a simulacrum of candidate Donald Trump. He frames everything in the context of whether it is America First or Not. Asked why he stays involved in politics now that the campaign is over, he answered that it was for the “good of our children and our children’s children”. Ourselves and our posterity, implicitly.
He attributes the weeks he spent as a kid each summer in communist Czechoslovakia for his inculcation against leftism. History has a sense of humor.
Junior can’t be canned. We’re fortunate he has dad’s ear. No matter what happens, Trump will never
be fully isolated by his counselors.
The funniest moment of the night was when Junior was describing how he’d bought the media narrative about Trump supporters all being angry old white men. So when he was in the airport and a, uh, an, um, uh, it was, when a woman, uh, with dreadlocks–(yes, that will do!)–when a woman with dreadlocks saw him and said “I need to talk to you”, he was expecting the third degree but instead she allegedly thanked him.
Junior hasn’t been a shitlord for that long. Give him time, he’ll figure it out!
Kris Kobach was fantastic. He effortlessly used the phrase “illegal aliens” instead of “illegal immigrants”. It’s not accidental:
Underscoring the intentionality is the fact that he regularly uses the phrase “illegal immigration”, too. Consistently keeping “illegal aliens” and “illegal immigration” distinct while speaking extemporaneously is no mean feat.
What other options are there? “Illegal alienization”? “Illegal invasion” (or merely “invasion”) is probably a bridge too far for now. Kobach is too seasoned and shrewd an operator to fall into anything like a Paul Nehlen or Patrick Little trap. But Kobach never concedes ground or qualifies. He’s unapologetic without being self-defeating.
Junior’s cringeworthy Hispanics-are-natural-conservatives bromide was, to people who pay attention to these things, in stark contrast to Kobach’s observation that “blue-collar workers are natural Republicans, they just don’t all know it yet.” Kobach also said that the blue wall Trump broke by flipping voters in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania is “the future of the Republican party”.
Kobach understands the Sailer Strategy. He probably reads Steve. If he doesn’t now, he did in the past. My first encounter with Kobach was back in 2006 (or maybe 2007), when a local political club headed by Jack Cashill hosted a debate between Kobach and Richard Nadler on the invasion, Kobach in opposition and Nadler in favor. Nadler mentioned Steve multiple times. Kobach countered by redirecting to the arguments rather than the obvious guilt-by-intellectual-association angle Nadler was trying to work.
Here’s a white pill to close out. A week ago, PredictIt had the primary in a virtual dead heat, Kobach 51%, Colyer 49%. After dominating the debate last week and selling out this fundraiser several days before the event date, Kobach has gained some ground and is now up 58%-42%. Trading is light as a feather, but a market signal is still a market signal.
For the sliver of readers who are registered Republicans in Kansas, it is emphatically not permission for complacency of any kind. No matter how wide the margin of victory, we’d trade it all for a little more.