- Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:32 pm #624797
I've no idea why Trump should be doing so badly in Maine, which twice elected a proto Trump governor (Paul Lepage). Hillary Clinton only won Maine by 3 points last time, smaller than the Libertarian Party vote.
He's doing a pretty good impression of it so far and I suspect - regrettably - will continue to do so beyond 3/11.
Doubtless Lewis Hamilton moved to Switzerland to pay less tax, but he'll pay way more there than Trump has in America lately. And he's not running for office, so he doesn't have to care- though many people found his tax status jarring with his waving the Union Jack.Boiler wrote: ↑Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:20 amHe's doing a pretty good impression of it so far and I suspect - regrettably - will continue to do so beyond 3/11.
The paying next to no tax thing? It will be dismissed as the mark of a successful businessman. I give you Jim Ratcliff of Ineos and other numerous residents of Monaco, such as Lewis Hamilton. Avenues that simply aren't available to the likes of you and me.
You don't just win with the base though. The thing with him last time is that he held nearly all regular Republican voters (apart from ones he could afford to lose, by luck or design, in eg Texas suburbs) and romped home with independents as a new broom who'd bring his business skills to sort everything out. If you're exposed as not having those business skills at all, and having lied your arse off about them for years, you're in trouble with those voters- he is already.crabcakes_windermere wrote: ↑Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:13 amI agree this won't kill him off, because his base are still delighted at what he's done in lowering taxes for the rich and packing the courts with conservatives. What it *does* do is blow his image of the successful businessman out of the water. When blue collar workers see he's paying less tax than them, that's going to resonate.
It's not about a single shot with Trump, it's death by paper cut. Each reveal chips off a few more votes here and there. This one will shave off a few more people who didn't like much of what he does, but were willing to support him because they thought his business skills would help the economy. Or a few guys who saw him as an alpha male rather than some serial deadbeat loser. Or people who look at the huge debt he has becoming due and think he's just a bad person to have in charge. And it keeps up the pressure on him - instead of going on the offensive all the Trump campaign is able to do is react, and when all you do is react you're always behind the game.
I don't think it's any coincidence that all these reveals are coming out now, with each one spaced to follow the last to achieve maximum traction. He's being played at his own game, and is losing because these revelations are both shocking AND factual.
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