The American leader of the opposition

Whatever you may think of the crash in the Chinese economy, who are suffering from the after effects of their Keynesian stimulus – ghost cities anyone? – what I really find interesting about these headlines from Drudge is the comment from Donald Trump. The American system lacks a leader of the opposition; now it has one, of sorts. If Trump comments, it’s news. It has nothing to do with Obama and American politics, but that’s because it is hard really to see Trump as opposed to what Obama is doing anywhere outside of immigration, and even then it’s not all that certain.

CHINA MOVES SPOOK STOCKS…
Roils Markets Second Day as Yuan Cut by 1.6%…
EXPORTERS REELING…
RISKS CLASH WITH USA…
DOW ‘DEATH CROSS’…
TRUMP: Currency devaluation will devastate…

No one else is news. How do any of the established Republican candidates get a look in? He is leading the opposition, but just who or what he is opposed to is still to be determined.

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18 Responses to The American leader of the opposition

  1. Robbo

    “……… just who or what he is opposed to is still to be determined.”

    Trump is opposed to anyone who doesn’t agree with him and that includes everything he says no matter how stupid it is.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    ghost cities anyone?

    I especially like the ecocity.

    Pictures Worth A Thousand Words: Coafeidian, The Chinese Eco-City That Became A Ghost Town

    A perfect allegory of the whole green schtick.

    Of course the thing about Trump is the same as the vibe about Turnbull. The MSM in the US is heavily to the left so they want a Republican candidate who is either ridiculous, so Hillary will win, or lefty, so they get a Democrat in drag as Prez. Trump is both. Therefore he gets the same treatment that Turnbull gets: glorification and hymns to his wonderfulness. They won’t cover guys like Cruz, Walker or Carson because they dare not give them airtime in case LIV’s notice.

  3. I am the Walras, Equilibrate and Price Take

    I remember a few years ago, Lance Armstrong came back to the Tour de France after a break.

    He had no chance of winning, his body had aged too much. But tactically, he ran rings around a lot of the younger riders (all of whom were/are as doped as Lance – let’s not be precious).

    He showed them all up.

    Trump is doing the same thing in the Presidential race. He is showing up all the career politicians as the useless, risk-averse nitwits that they are.

    It’s beautiful to watch. And the contrast with the Hildebeest and omega-male Jeb Bush is stunning. He makes them look like the cardboard cut-outs that they are.

  4. Lem

    Love the way the Chinese said they were doing a one off devaluation yesterday, and straightaway did another one today. Can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow.

  5. Combine Dave

    Love the way the Chinese said they were doing a one off devaluation yesterday, and straightaway did another one today. Can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow

    Up there with lone wolf attacks and one off levies.

  6. Oh come on

    No one else is news. How do any of the established Republican candidates get a look in?

    I’m not sure it’s advisable to extrapolate too much from a single Drudge header.

    Trump will burn himself out. At some point the defiant bluster won’t be enough and he’s going to have to drill down on issues, put up detailed policies etc. He’ll be found lacking, and his star will wane. At present, I don’t see his influence over the GOP primaries as being anything other than positive. He’s teaching a masterclass on how to tap into voter disgust at the politics of business as usual.

  7. Token

    How I Helped Todd Akin Win — So I Could Beat Him Later

    By SEN. CLAIRE MCCASKILL

    Sure, Trump is in this for the country.

  8. Oh come on

    Trump is doing the same thing in the Presidential race. He is showing up all the career politicians as the useless, risk-averse nitwits that they are.

    It’s beautiful to watch. And the contrast with the Hildebeest and omega-male Jeb Bush is stunning. He makes them look like the cardboard cut-outs that they are.

    What makes me laugh is the continued MSM bleating about the ‘chaotic Republican field’. O RLY? What I see is a deep bench of talent. Contrast with the jackasses. You’ve got the unelectable Bernie Sanders, deeply flawed Clinton, a few other no-hopers and the Democrat establishment running scared of a Clinton candidacy to the point that they’re trying to draft Joe Biden, Obama’s impeachment insurance, to run! Hilarious! They’re really prefer Slow Joe to Hillary?? Dems think Hillary is so shit that they’re willing to fall into the arms of Biden? Hahahahaha

    Oh yes but it’s the Republicans and their “messy” array of candidates that’s the problem. What a joke.

  9. Ant

    In actual fact the Obama administration, technically, has a massive opposing force in the Republican dominated Congress – with a huge majority in the House and a healthy majority in the Senate (although not obviously filibuster-proof).

    Nevertheless, the Congress has the legitimate constitutional power to stop Obama’s excesses in their tracks but turning off the funding spigot.

    But there’s one huge problem. Namely, the House and Senate leaders – John Boehner and Mitch McConnell respectively – are about as totally useless and gutless as you can get.

    They’re like one half of Siamese twins linked to big crony corporate America, largely via the US Chamber of Commerce, which relies so much on the massive labyrinth of government spending programs for their sustenance. They fund the election campaigns for the RINOs in Congress who in turn vote in their favour to protect the flow of trillions of taxpayer dollars without disruption.

    This is why they were so dark on Ted Cruz in 2013 when he forced a government closure in an effort to defund Obamacare – despite every single Republican repeatedly stating that they would do so when they ran for re-election.

    And on it goes. A Congress of eunuchs (self-inflicted castration in this case) who will sell out on every single principle they claim to have for the sake of being granted favours by the congressional leadership group – headed by Boehner and McConnell.

    This is one of the reasons I think America is stuffed.

    If they can live with themselves for a single day knowing that they have the power to defund Planned Parenthood following the Mengele-like video releases, then there isn’t a sewer hole deep enough in which they couldn’t feel at home.

    Even if by some miracle America manages to elect a Ted Cruz to the presidency, he is going to find the congressional claws, now safely retracted and absolutely no threat to Obama, will be coming out to tear apart any restorative agenda he may have.

  10. Token

    Trump on a critical libertarian / conservative value – private property rights:

    Trump has repeatedly relied on governments’ using their power of eminent domain to seize private property and turn it over to him for development. As he put it in a 2005 interview with Neil Cavuto, “If you have a person living in an area that’s not even necessarily a good area, and government, whether it’s local or whatever, government wants to build a tremendous economic development, where a lot of people are going to be put to work and make [that] area that’s not good into a good area, and move the person that’s living there into a better place — now, I know it might not be their choice — but move the person to a better place and yet create thousands upon thousands of jobs and beautification and lots of other things, I think it happens to be good.” So much for property rights and personal choice.

  11. .

    He’s a sack of shit, Token.

  12. Token

    He’s a sack of shit, Token.

    What is sad is those who supports him in full knowledge of his history truly shows us all they stand for nothing. The danger of anger driving decisions is well known. It is as dangerous as the greed & envy that drives the left.

  13. Kool Aid Kid

    Kates: your evident admiration of Trump is the last straw.
    @.+1

  14. EB

    Trump is unstoppable. 14 seasons of a prime time TV show is gold for built in awareness. And it’s one where was sitting behind a desk telling people what to do and kicking their arses.

    Sure, it’s complete show, but this sort of stuff plays.

    And it’s not any hindrance that when he’s challenged he tells people to go fuck themselves without pause.

    I still remember Bolt carrying on about Palmer – won’t get his party registered, won’t get a senate seat, won’t win his own seat. Pundits telling you why it won’t happen still haven’t worked out we’re in a new age of disenfranchisement where the usual empty suits are reviled.

  15. Shauno

    If Trump gets in and only does one thing and that is secure the borders he will do more for the US than any other President for a long time.

  16. Trump makes me think of Clive Palmer who wanted to be PM of Australia and put that in his advertisements. He was elected to Parliament and had got three senators elected with false advertising but his campaign was a failure. No PUP member was elected to the Qld State parliament and the veto was about one third of the voting at the Federal election. He is now down to himself and one senator. There is no chance that Clive will be elected next time. People in Fairfax know the mess he has made with the Coolum Resort, including sacking some 600 staff, which he wants demolished to build apartment blocks.
    The road to POTUS is long and I suggest people are already learning how hopeless Trump is. He will drop out in the next six months, and likely the exercise will cost him financially. Expect him to go bankrupt similar to Clive Palmer.

  17. Rob MW

    “Kates: your evident admiration of Trump is the last straw.”

    And your compulsive wetness for Steve is evidence that you are in need of some serious help.

  18. "Up The Workers!"

    Why is it that I get the feeling that Donald Trump is America’s Clive Palmer, and Clive is our Donald Trump?

    Could they have both been Siamese twins formerly joined at the wallet?

    If so, their separation must have been traumatic, as one evidently got both wallets; one got both guts; and whatever happened to the brain, is anybody’s guess.

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