A lesson for the GOP?
Pioneer Press ^ | 7-21-15 | Joe Repya
Posted on 7/30/2015, 9:34:15 AM by TurboZamboni
Business tycoon Donald Trump has burst upon the Republican presidential campaign like a loud, over-charged wrecking ball. Many within the GOP establishment, like Karl Rove, have dismissed him as a political joke and a candidate not to be taken seriously. The GOP would be very wise not to follow that advice. Does anyone remember a guy named Jesse Ventura? Jesse “The Body” Ventura was a professional wrestler who in 1998 won the governor’s office in Minnesota. Running as an independent, he pushed his straight-talk populism and regular “working class”-guy approach to the fine people of Minnesota. He promised lower taxes, less government intrusion and other libertarian ideas. Running against two politically weak professional politicians, he hammered home the idea to send a clear message that the people were fed up and weren’t going to take any more business as usual at the state Capitol. Well, Jesse “Shocked the World” on election night, defeating the GOP and Democratic candidates quite easily. Trump embodies many of the traits displayed in 1998 by Ventura: a loudmouth, bombastic attitude willing to make controversial statements and attack his competition and detractors in a vain, personal and public manner. His message seems to have caught on, at least for the time being.
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