We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
People who have only seen Trump in sound bites watched him go the distance without faltering. Were his remarks long on general observation and short on detail? Yes they were. Did Hillary know more than he did? Probably. Does it matter? Only to people who think the President should be a college professor. You don’t have to know how to do anything as President. You have to have the right instincts and you have to hire the right people.
Yeah, I might tune in now and then if it's Trump holding press conferences and giving oval office speeches. What I do now, and will do if HRC wins, is read several cogent pundits from across the spectrum the morning after the speech. Couldn't conveniently do that before the www.
I hope what we are all focused on is the decision making process. The ability to cram, recite a few facts and parrot the ideas of others, especially stale ideas, is not awe inspiring.
Decision making matters. Who do you think can think quickly and outside the box, if needs be? One candidate already blew the 3AM phone call even when it came at 3 or so in the afternoon.
Again, I repeat, a certain level of intelligence matters, yes, but a wonk's skillset or even expertise does not necessarily translate into innovative, creative, inspiring, or accomplished. In short, a wonk is not necessarily capable of leadership, vision, problem solving, weighing risks and making good decisions, or executive ability.
I hope Trump's campaign team knows the electoral college inside and out. He's gaining in the national polls, but he has to have some major gains in particular states to pull this off. Roger Ailels understands it, but is there enough time?
I have to give my qualifier that I can't stand Trump but will be voting for him anyway, otherwise I feel grimy.