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Posts Tagged ‘VICE PRESIDENT’

PRODUCING POLITICAL SOAP OPERAS

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 25, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– The obnoxious press; it’s all about the money.

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Please note: This column was originally written on April 26, 2016 for News Talk Radio. Some changes have occurred wince its publication, but the point of the article remains intact.

This has to be one of the most tumultuous electoral cycles in recent memory. The Democratic Party is split between an openly Socialist candidate and a classic politician few people trust. In the GOP, candidates smear the front runner and call each other names. Old nominees are coming out of the closet to take jabs at the candidates, and for the first time in forty years, there is talk of a contested convention, and political demonstrations threaten the safety of rallies. If you listen to the press, the Republican Party is imploding and a new party will likely emerge.

And that is just the point, it is the media stirring the pot more than anyone else, and it’s all about money.

Traditionally, the bread and butter for the media is political advertising, and with 17 GOP candidates, the political year started out as a bonanza. Even the Republican debates generated record setting ratings and revenues, thanks in large part to a controversial candidate, businessman Donald Trump. Slowly but surely though, the gravy train dried up as the candidates, one-by-one, suspended their campaigns, particularly Governor Bush and Senator Rubio who spent approximately $150 million in campaign advertising. With these candidates gone, the media felt the pinch of a greatly reduced cash flow.

So, what to do? The Wisconsin primary was a flashpoint for the press. Senator Ted Cruz was dangerously close to being pushed out of the race, and if he went, Governor Kasich wouldn’t be far behind, along with their advertising budgets. This would leave only one candidate remaining, Donald Trump, a notorious skinflint in terms of campaign advertising. This caused the media to come to the defense of Cruz by openly attacking Trump, thereby winning Wisconsin and allowing Cruz and Kasich to remain in the race.

Wisconsin though was followed by New York, Trump’s home state, and today’s Super Tuesday of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island, which Trump should win handily. By doing so, Trump is building momentum which will carry him through the remaining primaries.

When you study the polls for the remaining contests, Trump already holds substantial leads, but the press doesn’t want you to know this and will argue Cruz and Kasich may still pick up a few more primaries. File this under “wishful Thinking” as the press doesn’t want to lose its audience until the party conventions, a few short months away. If Trump wraps it up early, and it is probable he will, the media will have nothing to sell to its audiences which would be catastrophic to their operations. The same is true if Hillary Clinton clinches the delegates for the Democrats next week.

So, what we are watching is a well scripted political soap opera intended to keep money flowing into the coffers of the media. As with all soap operas on television, it is a figment of someone’s imagination, certainly not based on reality. For example, every television network and newspaper claims Trump will have difficulty making the 1,237 delegate count by the convention. In other words, they want you to believe it as a nail-biter so you will keep coming back to watch them. It is no longer about fair and accurate news reporting, as much as it is about “Days of Our Lives.”

In short, it’s all about the money.

The truth is, Donald Trump has this one in the bag. It won’t even be close. And, Yes, the media will feel the pinch as a result.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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WHO WILL BE TRUMP’S RUNNING MATE?

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 23, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– And the winner is…

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Now that Senator Cruz and Governor Kasich have dropped out of the GOP presidential race following the Indiana primary, Donald Trump can now make plans to move forward as the presumptive nominee. Actually, Trump had it in the bag all along as he had a lock on all of the remaining primaries, contrary to what the media told us.

There are three things for the Trump camp to address prior to the convention in July:

1. Secure the 1,237 delegates needed to win on the first ballot. Trump cannot leave anything to chance as he still has enemies within the party bent on stopping him. The reality though, Trump will end up with approximately 1,500 delegates.

2. Form a strategy to combat the Democratic nominee, either Mrs. Clinton or Sen. Sanders. Should the Socialist Senator from Vermont be the nominee, Trump will easily clinch the election. The Clinton camp is another story though and will be treacherous.

3. Select a running mate.

Choosing a Vice Presidential candidate is a bit tricky as this will reflect the candidate’s ability to make decisions. Trump will consider three types of candidates: former rivals, consiglieres, and dark horses.

FORMER RIVALS – Of the 16 other candidates who ran for the Republican nomination, only six have been mentioned for possible running mate: Senator Ted Cruz, Governor John Kasich, Governor Chris Christie, Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Marco Rubio, and former Governor Mike Huckabee. Cruz will not get the nod, not just because of his volatile relationship with Trump, but because his sealed birth records hang over him like the sword of Damocles. Kasich is qualified, but his skills would be better put to use as Secretary of the Treasury. The same is true with Christie who would make an effective Attorney General. Ben Carson would also be a good candidate, but he will likely end up as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Rubio would appeal to Latino voters, conservatives, and youth, but he claims he has no interest in the job. This leaves Huckabee who is a capable administrator and loyal foot soldier.

As an aside, in 1860 Lincoln’s presidential rivals ultimately became his cabinet. Today, Trump is sitting on a wealth of similar talent who will form his cabinet.

CONSIGLIERES – Dick Cheney offered sage advice to President George W. Bush. As an outsider in Washington, Trump could also use such insight. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani would be good, but his talents will be used as Secretary of Homeland Security. The only person who fits the bill here is former Speaker Newt Gingrich who not only understands the Congress inside and out, but has a strong sense of history. As an adviser, there would be none better.

DARK HORSES – George H.W. Bush surprised everyone when he selected Sen. Dan Quayle of Indiana as his VP. Unfortunately, the press went for his jugular to discredit him. A competent dark horse candidate can represent the president without taking up too much of the spotlight. One such person would be Senator John Thune of South Dakota, a conservative with a strong background in business, including an MBA degree. Thune is polished and would be an asset to Mr. Trump.

THOSE THAT ARE OUT – Some political rivals will likely not be asked to participate because of their toxic relationship with Trump, such as Sen. Rand Paul, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Mitt Romney.

There is no hurry for Trump to name his running mate. He may very well wait until the Cleveland convention to make his announcement, but I think it will come just prior to the convention in order to attract more attention from the media.

So, who will Trump pick? As much as I like Newt, it will likely go to Huckabee. He offers sound advice and will help with securing the votes of the religious Right. As for Gingrich, I cannot think of a better chief-of-staff.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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THE JOE BIDEN FOLLIES

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 19, 2012

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– The Michael Scott of the Obama Administration.

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Vice President Joe Biden has become the poster child for flubs and gaffes. Quite often the President has had to take action for something his VP has said and spin it to make it more palatable to the public. In a way, Mr. Biden reminds me of the Michael Scott character on NBC’s “The Office” whereby he speaks to the camera to make some sort of witticism which is either baffling or just plain embarrassing. The Vice President’s blunders are well documented in both print and video. On “YouTube” for example, there is quite a library of his most embarrassing remarks.

When interviewed on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Biden delighted Republicans by referring to Governor Mitt Romney as “President Romney.” He also seemed to have trouble understanding who exactly he worked for as he referred to the president as “President Clinton.”

His most recent faux pas was in Virginia when he said, “Look at what they (Republicans) value, and look at their budget. And look what they’re proposing. (Romney) said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks write their own rules — unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”

This little remark angered the black community on both sides of the aisle and caused the administration to go into damage control.

In Athens, Ohio (and home of my Alma Mater), the Veep experienced a problem in counting; “Look, John’s last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the number-one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs.”

Somehow this incident reminded me of the Dan Quayle 1994 “potato” spelling error, except without the fanfare from the press.

For an administration extremely sensitive to racial remarks, they cringed when they heard Biden say on C-SPAN, “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent…. I’m not joking.”

In April 2012, Biden tried to defend the president’s foreign policy by making a comparison to Teddy Roosevelt’s “Big Stick” policy; “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. I promise you, the President has a big stick. I promise you.”

Like Michael Scott, he was puzzled why his remarks resulted in gales of laughter from the audience.

In welcoming the Irish Prime Minister to the White House in March 2012, he shared “An old Irish saying; May the hinges of our friendship never go rusty,” and when describing the relationship between the two countries, he insisted, “there’s no doubt about them staying oiled and lubricated here.”

I’m sure the Irish PM is still shaking his head over this stereotype.

This has been but a small sampling of the Vice President’s gaffes. There are, of course, many more. He has consistently made statements which have embarrassed not only the administration but Americans everywhere, yet the press treats him with kid gloves and merely says, “Oh, that Joe, there he goes again.” Had a Republican made any one of these comments, he would have been unmercifully attacked by the press. Dan Quayle is an excellent example, any slip of the tongue by the VP during his term and the media chastized and berated him. The same was true with Sarah Palin when she ran as John McCain’s vice presidential nominee. So much for “fair and balanced.”

The one remark of Biden’s which I consider somewhat prophetic was in 2008 when he said, “Make no mistake about this. Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America.”

Wow, he got that one right. We certainly do not need a Michael Scott as Vice President.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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Copyright © 2012 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.


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