The President is on vacation. Congress is on vacation (not that they’re doing much when they aren’t on vacation). No real news is being generated, but if you work in the media that covers Washington politics, you’re not on vacation. You still have to generate stories even when there are no stories.
So what do you do? Make up stories and call that “news.”
August in Washington is always a slow dead month and the “lame-stream media” is always struggling to find something to put on to get the one or two folks not gearing up for football to watch or read their crap. In the absence of real news they have to come up with some fake news. Speculating about who might run for president is an easy way to fill space and kill time. If you’re wrong in 2013, who’s going to remember three years from now?
Iowa and New Hampshire are two of the dullest states in America, but because that’s where the road to the White House begins if a politician flies over them, there’s a reporter waiting to write a story about “So-and-so is testing the waters.” Yawn. It’s boring, trivial, and trite, but it’s easy work to speculate over what Rand Paul or Ted Cruz might be up to though nobody not named Rand Paul or Ted Cruz thinks they have a snowball’s chance of becoming President.
Looking forward to 2016, Trump said he knows Hillary Clinton “very well,” and asserted that she’s “probably” going to be the Democratic candidate.
“It’s going to be in my opinion a tougher race than the last race,” he said. “Really tough. And somebody’s going to have to emerge who’s really strong. … The Republicans have to do what’s right. If they don’t pick the right person – it’s got to be the perfect person – they are going to get drubbed in the 2016 election.”
Who doesn’t know Hillary Clinton is enormously popular, highly likely to run for president again and would be much tougher to beat? After getting their ass handed to them twice by Barack Obama, is there a Republican living who thinks beating Hillary will a stroll in the park.
You’ll never guess who Trump believes who the “perfect person” is to beat Hillary in 2016? Oh, go ahead! You’ll never figure it out.
Trump has been wrong so many times about everything why do Republicans continue to treat him like a wise man? I get they want him to write big checks for them, but I thought the idea was to stop being “the stupid party?”
Want to be taken seriously by the press? First, be a White male if you can help it. Then you need to be rich. Money and the right color are prerequisites to be considered you know what you’re talking about.
Nobody said you had to be smart.
That’s all it takes. Next thing you know you will be flown around the country and people will pay all your expenses for you to come and tell them things they already know. Reporters will stick microphones in your face, furiously scribble down your ever word, and take you very seriously even when they should know better.
Thank you, Captain Obvious! Next week Trump is going to announce the world is definitely round and eating too much chili will give you the runs. Watch for Wolf Blitzer and CNN to break into their regular programming to bring you around-the-clock, in-depth, saturation coverage.
You can tell we’re in the silly season of the year. Donald Trump is talking. That doesn’t mean we have to listen.
- Donald Trump: I would spend ‘whatever it took’ to win White House (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Trump: Republicans Will Get ‘Drubbed’ By Hillary Clinton Without the Perfect Nominee in 2016 (hapblog.com)
- Oh, mommy, please make him go AWAY (Donald Trump is hyping again) (themoderatevoice.com)