It is very interesting that one of the biggest faults being leveled at Donald Trump for president is that he is willing to compromise and make deals from the Executive Office and that makes him in the eyes of establishment Republicans–untrustworthy. Given the nature of our Republic, that is the means of managing our government–negotiations. Ted Cruz on the other hand represents an uncompromising approach to upholding the Constitution—which sounds great on the surface, but as he says, the Washington “Cartel” has no interest in the Constitution, and will simply outmaneuver him at every juncture would he be in the White House instead of Trump. That is why I say that Cruz would be perfect for a 2024 run, but Trump is perfect now—because Trump has the skills to come out on top in the current deal making culture that embodies modern Washington. Cruz needs to have some things fixed before he could be effective. Essentially, the party rule that is currently in place on both sides needs to end—before someone like Cruz could be effective in the White House. In its present form, Cruz would be paralyzed by the bureaucracy.
The most epic condition of compromise and coming out on the bad side of a deal was Ohio’s very own Governor Kasich and Speaker of the House John Boehner who went golfing with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. The Republican Party was essentially neutered in that exchange leaving neither Boehner nor Kasich able to do anything against Obama after it. I expect deals to be made in Washington. Our own Constitution was written by making deals between the Anti-Federalists and the Federalists—with Alexander Hamilton coming out mostly on top giving us the Constitution that Ted Cruz reveres so fervently to this day. Later the Bill of Rights was added to appease the Jeffersonian Anti-Federalists because the Constitution didn’t go far enough and they screamed and pushed until somebody listened.
I’m a pretty rigid person—I stick to my guns on things. But I also negotiate a lot. I work with professionals intensely at times, I negotiate around my community, within our family—dealing with children is a constant negotiation—(you can have this if you do that….etc.) But I most of the time get exactly what I want out of the situation. I know where my inner bar is set and what parameters I can live with—which is the benchmark of sales ability. Ted Cruz apparently is missing that. Honesty is a wonderful trait so long as the people you are dealing with don’t want to play any games—but the human race is currently addicted to games and that is unlikely to change anytime within the next thousand years—so the skills needed to lead a capitalist country like America swarming with socialist sympathizers, aggressive global banks, and clandestine terrorists are elements that must be well represented in the White House. And Trump is the only guy in centuries able to even come close to performing such a tricky job. The other one that I can think of was Andrew Jackson, whom even though he was a Democrat, I think a lot of. He did many things wrong, but he had a swagger that was uniquely American and he paid down the debt. Trump reminds me of that type of potential president—which after all the cross-fire and debate, helped make America one of the greatest countries on earth. We wouldn’t have Florida if not for Jackson, and likely would have lost the War of 1812. American needs charismatic characters in the White House once again to rebuild the Republican brand, because right now, that brand is terrible. And before everyone says that Jackson was a racist and was vile, understand that Woodrow Wilson, the progressive hero was far worse. Understand history before placing characters from the past into present context.
I am not disturbed at all by The Washington Times secret tapes. Trump cannot be literal in anything he does because in his mind he knows where his margins are. Do the American people deserve to know where those margins are—traditionally yes? But under the circumstances of our present condition, where you can’t trust politicians or understand what their real motivations are—or trust the media and the hit groups behind them which fund everything—information in this day and age has to be somewhat obscure. It’s a game that has to be played—and the only people you can trust are people who have actually done things. With Trump, I can see the things he’s built. I see his nice family, and that is résumé enough for me. I have a pretty good idea where his margins are based on what he produces. As it stands for instance our immigration policy is an open sore that is guided by George Soros policies. That effort has to be undermined by a really good negotiator who can convince a majority of congress, the senate, and the media of its relevance. A good salesman knows that there is no chance of that happening unless the other party thinks it can get something out of it. Trump knows that the best way to negotiate is to start off with a strong position that scares that crap out of everyone, then working back from that position to make the other side think it got something out of the deal. In reality, Trump gets what he wants, which is an enforceable immigration policy and people will eventually be happy with it—as opposed to the Ted Cruz method which is to draw a line in the sand and force a floor battle over budgets and policy that just angers everyone—and gets nothing done at all. Good management often requires this constant back and force in negotiations, and a good manager knows where to set their high points and how to achieve at their margin without breaking the other side. Optimally, the other side will feel like they got something out of the deal and everyone walks away happy.
I know this game—but I am surprised that more people in politics don’t understand it. It could be said that they don’t know it out of convenience. But after watching the barrage of establishment Republicans berate Donald Trump over the last couple weeks—after the Super Tuesday wins made it very evident that he was really in a position to win the nomination—I was convinced that they really are just stupid. For that reason, they shouldn’t even be in public office. Ted Cruz is a legal mind, and we certainly don’t need people like that negotiating anything. They’ve been doing it for years and they lack the imagination to set a bar at a high mark that they can work to a margin to show compromise. It sounds good on a campaign trail to tell people you won’t compromise, but the Cruz rigidity has given him no ground as a senator to work from. He has no allies, and as a President members of his own party will defy him just to spite him. I think Cruz would have the best of intentions but we all know the path to hell is always paved with good intentions. Personally, I don’t want any more paths to hell. I want a president who knows how to win negotiations domestically, and internationally.
What I want out of a president is a guy who can golf with a couple of politicians and win for a change at the real game being played—the negotiations on position. I was so embarrassed by Kasich and Boehner because they were out-witted by a guy so inept, and has no background in achievement, that they came out looking like fools. Kasich and Boehner came away from that famous golf game licking the feet of Barack Obama. I want a guy on the Republican side who can turn those tables for a change, and leave Democrats thanking Trump for all his hospitality afterwards—for expanding the economy, enforcing immigration, opening up the Second Amendment, getting rid of Common Core, and many other things—then stripping down naked to sell their cloths to a charity that Melania Trump is hosting—then thanking the couple and asking for another chance to give their very shirts off their backs again. That is how Trump will win where Cruz will just create more government gridlock.
You know the situation is dire when the Republican Establishment is dying for Ted Cruz over Donald Trump—even after Cruz had called them essentially an organized crime syndicate. They figure that they can at least stand up to Cruz and make him appear ineffective—and punish voters for going in his direction. But with Trump—they can’t deal with a private sector guy in the White House. Trump would change their culture and that is something that terrifies them. And what we’d end up getting as a result would be so much more than we have right now paving the way for a true Constitutional Republic in the aftermath.
When playing this kind of chess, you sometimes have to think not just four or five moves ahead, but four of five games ahead. That is what is needed to beat these establishment types. This election with Trump is only game one—and we need a lot more victories than one. We need to start winning for the next 100 years. People need to start thinking bigger and working toward those goals with an understanding of how the game is played. This isn’t checkers. It’s certainly chess. Ted Cruz and the rest of the GOP are playing checkers.
Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman
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