Last year, exactly one pundit predicted Donald Trump would be in the race as of Christmas, to say nothing of winning the primaries and (as he predicted in May) the election itself.

It was Scott Adams, cartoonist behind Dilbert.

That Scott Adams.

Last year, when many observers were saying Trump was a stupid, under-informed clown, I was saying he was a Master Persuader. Pundits said he ignored facts because he didn’t know them or because he was a liar. I said he ignored facts because facts are useless for persuasion. Trump could learn lots of facts if he wanted to do so. But he knew it was a waste of time. These are two totally different views of reality. And yet they did not conflict. Clinton supporters still see the stupid, under-informed clown and I still see the Master Persuader. We live in totally different movies and yet we can still interact with each other, still eat and drink, still procreate when necessary.

The whole thing is worth a read.

23 thoughts on “Kaeled

  1. My take is that Trump won because a very large number of people are tired of the government. Obamacare. War on coal. The EPA grab of all waterways. The judges.
    And the hatred the coastal elites have for normal people. The bucket of deplorables. The attacks on the south (toothless uneducated racist hillbillies). Little Sisters of the Poor and wedding photographers. Bitter clingers.
    The open borders. 2nd amendment rights. And yes, the outsourcing of jobs (not that traditional Republicans can do anything about that).

  2. Scott Adams got off an ignorant lucky guess.

    You won………..and boy oh boy did you lose. Trump will be unable to deliver on any of his promises and his electorate will turn on him with torches and pitchforks.

    If you want real insight into this Trump win, here it is, from a comment on the BBC Facebook page. It is far better than anything from the Dilbert dude.

    An airplane was about to crash. There were 4 passengers on board, but only 3 parachutes.
    The 1st passenger said, “I am Steph Curry, the best NBA basketball player. The Warriors and my millions of fans need me, and I can’t afford to die.” So he took the 1st pack and left the plane.
    The 2nd passenger, Donald Trump, said, “I am the newly-elected U.S. President, and I am the smartest President in American history, so my people don’t want me to die.” He took the 2nd pack and jumped out of the plane.
    The 3rd passenger, the Pope, said to the 4th passenger, a 10 year old schoolboy, “My son, I am old and don’t have many years left, you have more years ahead so I will sacrifice my life and let you have the last parachute.”
    The little boy said, “That’s okay, Your Holiness, there’s a parachute left for you. America ‘s smartest President took my schoolbag.”

  3. DG,

    I’m going to go back on my pledge and post this comment (and ONLY this one, until you answer my question posted many times earlier)

    Scott Adams got off an ignorant lucky guess.

    WRONG. He got off three sequential connected predictions, for which he methodically laid out cases and showed his work.

    All the stuff you never, ever do.

    You won………..and boy oh boy did you lose. Trump will be unable to deliver on any of his promises and his electorate will turn on him with torches and pitchforks

    Yeah! Just like you assured us Wisconsin voters were going after six years of Scott Walker!

    You DO know how Wisconsin went yesterday, do you?

    Oops. Another one of your predictions busted.

    DG, I say this with all due respect; around these parts, we regard your comments as reference material; when in doubt, read what DG said and assume the opposite is true.

    It almost always works.

    Back to moderation with you.

  4. Nice try, Dog Breath.

    That joke was originally told with Barackus Obamanus as the “smartest president”, so again, you fail.

    Because you are such a die hard, “tolerant” libidiot, I can’t help but gloat here. America rejected failed left wing policies, lies and corruption in spades, both at the Federal and state levels. Blacks, Hispanics, women, GLBTQ and DEMOCRATS, al banded together and basically told you progressives to stick it up your asses!

    Enjoy the next few years, harpie!

  5. One more thought Doggy.

    You could also move to one of the states still run by left wing commie scum balls, i.e. California.

  6. DG really, really doesn’t understand Wisconsin. The hard core of Wisconsin Democrats are the inner urbanites of Milwaukee and Madison, but they depended on the more restless private economy union workers. Those union workers who do not work for government are not following their leadership much anymore and are rejecting the Democrats’ message that who they are and what they do are deplorable and outdated, and that they should be glad that their union jobs are being shipped to Mexico because now they can all become baristas! Strangely enough, most blue collar folks don’t particularly like the message that shouldn’t make stuff here anymore because Gaia!

    Face it, Iowahawk had it right: If you think Trump says a lot of horrible things about immigrants, you should see the stuff MSNBC says about midwesterners. The Democrats have made themselves the party of disgust with manual labor and production of physical goods. I love it when Democrats tout their “business leaders”, nearly all of whom are in finance or software and have no clue as to how hard it is to make something in this country anymore.

  7. “[Democrats, the media and GOP Never-Trumpers will see to it that] Trump will be unable to deliver on any of his promises and his electorate will turn on [us] with torches and pitchforks.” There, DG, fixed it for you.

  8. I think what the Left will do to Trump can be found in what they have done to Rush Limbaugh. It comes directly from Alinsky:
    RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

    I’ve seen the Left play this game since the 1960s: Nixon, Kissinger, J.Edgar Hoover. In much more recent times, GW Bush, Dick Cheney, John Yoo. Comey got a taste of it last week.
    You are not allowed to NOT have an opinion about x, and if the opinion you have about x is the wrong one, you will be made to suffer, personally and professionally.

  9. Dog Gone can’t even get the joke right. It’s not a little boy, but a Boy Scout, and the butt of the joke accidentally steals his backpack. Good grief.

    Regarding the substance, as it were, of her claims, I think the Democrats need to work with Trump, as this election has made it very clear that blue collar workers have had it with them already. They don’t have to give him everything, but it’s going to be real hard to explain to the populist wing of their own party why they won’t do anything with Republicans and the President.

  10. we own the house senate and 33 governors seats. With this populist streak Trump has brought to the party we are a very large tent party and have a deep bench. Besides honestly DG if you really believe he is that batshit crazy I have good news! We have Pence there to clean up the room if Trump goes off the rails. Locally and nationally we own government for better or worse. That 40 year streak democrats had holding the House of Reps? Yeah that could be us if we continue to own this much stuff come the 2020 census. And a conservative constitutional SCOTUS for at least a generation.

  11. wow, DG thats what passes for comedy. I enjoy laughing at myself but you tell that joke to people and the room will be quieter than Clinton HQ watching the returns last nighy

  12. I want to thank dog. Yes, you read that right; thank you, you skanky wench.

    Because, as you will see going back in the comments during the time Trump started to make his move through the primary debates, I was having real trouble with him. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’d shared my feeling that I just couldn’t vote for him.

    But then dog, and her wretched ilk started smirking about what manner of leftist reprobate Hillary was going to elevate to SCOTUS. I saw some of the suggestions being bantered around the leftist fever swamp, and truthfully, it didn’t take very long for me to realize that I’d vote for Dr. Mengele if he kept the SCOTUS from going to the fringe left. Mengele wasn’t really an option, no way he’d ever give up his sweet jog with Planned Parenthood, but you get the point.

    So yes, thank you dog. You cleared the decks for me, and I’m sure, millions of others. Embrace the suck.

  13. Prince of Darkness wrote:
    With this populist streak Trump has brought to the party we are a very large tent party and have a deep bench.
    Yes, POD! That is the indispensable part of Reaganism that the GOP has, uh, dispensed with.
    I like to tell my fellow conservatives that even Reagan wasn’t Reagan. He did some mighty stupid, non-conservative stuff. But when he went wrong, he went wrong because he listened to the elites instead of the people. Amnesty. Eliminating popular middle-class tax deductions. Economics is perception of value. If people want to do stupid things with their money, let ’em.
    Humility of our leaders is in order. This is the United States. Our sovereignty comes from our liberty, not blood and soil.

  14. As an aside, the first time I head that joke that Mrs. Teasdale thought so brilliant, Richard Nixon was president, and Nixon was the butt of the joke. Then again, most everything our moderated mutt utters dates back 40+ years.

  15. As with most people, we will have to judge President Trump by his actions. Yes, his words matter, and they are reprehensible and insulting in so many ways. But in the end he will be judged by his actions. And so we now need to wait.

    If the USA required wonderful presidents to thrive and prosper, it would not have survived much past Washington. It has survived characters such as Andrew Jackson and Richard Nixon, who each fundamentally changed both his political party and the opposition, but left the country intact. The post of president has limited powers under the constitution.

  16. SSOLS Emery chirped: Yes, his words matter, and they are reprehensible and insulting in so many ways.

    So does that mean you’ve found someone unworthy of your plagiarizing skillz, SSOLSE?

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