- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 24, 2015

DONALD TRUMP, AUTHOR

He is the publisher’s dream. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has already written 15 books, has 7 million Twitter followers and is an instantly recognizable brand name symbolizing glitter, money, power and political prowess. And of course he has a book arriving in late October about his bodacious campaign for president.

Not since the ‘Art of the Deal’ have I had this much fun writing a book,” Mr. Trump says, referencing one of his previous bestsellers.

But he better hop to it. The new book doesn’t even have a title yet, though it will be published in four weeks by Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, and the publisher of, among others, Dick Cheney, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove. But a title-less state has happened before on the campaign trail. Hillary Clinton’s 2014 memoir “Hard Choices” remained nameless for months — though it was marketed as the “Hillary Clinton Memoir” nonetheless. Pre-sales reached a million copies.

Mr. Trump’s book sounds characteristically monumental, in the meantime. The publisher notes that the author “will outline how a crippled America could be restored to greatness,” concentrating on the economy, CEO salaries, taxes, healthcare, education, national security, social issues and immigration reform.



“Donald Trump has proven again and again how hungry audiences are for new ideas an unabashed opinions. This will be the must read book of the year,” says Louise Burke, president of Threshhold.

AND IF HE EVER LOSES

“Sure, I’d like to stay on top. I have stayed on top. I’ve been very strong with that. I get by far the biggest crowds. I’m going to do what’s right. If I don’t make it, that’s okay. I’ll go back to having a good time and building a business and being with my family and my kids, but this is a shot, and I’ll give it my best.”

— Donald Trump on the possibility of declining favorability numbers, to Fox News.

AMERICANS CAN’T ENVISION A PRESIDENT

Nobody for president? Lucky there are still 14 months to go before election day dawns. Alas, Americans are remarkably unsure of the current field of candidates on both sides of the fence. Faced with seven possible Republicans and Democratic candidates, respondents in a new poll were hard pressed to visualize any of them in the White House at this point.

“For each of the following, please tell me if you have a realistic vision of that person being president of the United States,” asked a Bloomberg poll, directing the question to 1,000 U.S. adults. “Just answer yes or no,” the pollsters advised.

The findings: 69 percent could not envision Donald Trump in the role; 61 percent said the same about Sen. Marco Rubio, 60 percent about Sen. Bernie Sanders, 58 percent about Carly Fiorina, 57 percent about Jeb Bush, 56 percent about Ben Carson and 52 percent about Hillary Clinton.

‘COME CLEAN OR GET OUT’

The private email system scandal persists, a regular blight on the campaign of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who continues to either dance around the issue or make light of it. Not good. But like any blight, the matter needs a strong detergent to make it go away.

“Hillary Clinton: Come clean or get out,” advises Ron Fournier, a veteran political columnist at National Journal. “If the Democratic Party cares to salvage a sliver of moral authority, its leaders and early state voters need to send Hillary Rodham Clinton an urgent message: Come clean or get out. Stop lying and deflecting about how and why you stashed State Department email on a secret server — or stop running.”

Mr. Fournier adds, “Oft-burned Americans understand that a policy agenda is a collection of promises. If they can’t count on Clinton to be honest, they can’t count on her to keep her word about income inequality, jobs, health care, and the environment.”

PREDICTABLY CROOKED LEADERSHIP

Americans look askance at their government: 75 percent now believe the U.S. government is “corrupt” according to a Gallup Analytics review of trends in the last 10 years. “The percentage of U.S. adults who see corruption as pervasive has never been less than a majority in the past decade, which has had no shortage of controversies from the U.S. Justice Department’s firings of U.S. attorneys to the IRS scandal,” the research says.

The low figure in this time period was 66 percent who said the government was corrupt, a phenomenon Gallup calls “disconcerting,” though the pollster points out that at least Americans still feel fairly free to criticize their leadership. And of course, the U.S. is not alone in this sentiment.

On a list of 40 nations with a “free press” Lithuania leads the way: 90 percent of its presidents say government corruption is widespread. Sweden ranks last, where a mere 14 percent of Swedes frown on their government.

“The U.S. does not make the top 10 list, but notably, it is not far from it,” Gallup says in its commentary on those findings. Indeed, America ranks 13th on the list, between Israel and Mauritius, where three fourths of the citizenry also fault a corrupt government.

SCOTT WALKER: STILL CREDIBLE

“I never imagined Scott Walker as president. But that doesn’t necessarily mean he couldn’t have won. Now Walker has decided to drop out. But if he really wants to be president, then why on Earth would he do such a thing? Yes, his poll numbers are down, and his fundraising has dried up. He has made too many gaffes, and his debate performances have been lackluster. Well, so what?” asks Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, a columnist for The Week.

“No, I’m not kidding. This is September 2015. The Iowa caucuses will be held on Feb. 1, 2016. Anything could happen by then. Rick Santorum managed to win Iowa in 2012 with a total campaign budget that was probably less than what the Walker campaign spends on toner. Bobby Jindal’s poll numbers are hovering around the margin of error, and he’s still around,” he continues.

“At the end of the day, Walker is still a conservative Republican who won three elections in a row in a blue state, including the only incumbent victory in the entire history of gubernatorial recall elections in the United States. He passed union-busting bills, a concealed carry law, and a 20-week abortion ban. Nothing is like running for president of the United States, but he knows something about campaigning for office and winning elections. No matter how you slice it, he is still a credible presidential candidate,” Mr. Gobry declares.

MICHAEL SAVAGE: ‘GOVERNMENT ZERO’

Step aside. Talk radio host Michael Savage also has a new book arriving next month titled ‘Government Zero: No Borders, No Language, No Culture” — meant to reveal how “unprecedented and barbaric revolutions, coinciding with unchecked government power and zero representation, threaten our most fundamental freedoms.” There is, Mr. Savage says, zero leadership, zero strategy against ISIS, zero military, zero education, zero culture — and right on down the line. The author is convinced Western civilization is at serious risk and offers, among many other things, “40 actions to save America” against what he calls “terrifying agenda.” Mr. Savage also defines what it means to be an American in this day and age.

The forthcoming book will be published Oct. 27 by Center Street, an imprint of Hachette Book Group.

AND BRIEF ADVICE FOR MR. WALKER

“Like Rick Perry, Walker couldn’t make the transition from excellent conservative governor to excellent conservative national political candidate,” says William A. Jacobson, founder of the much visited Legal Insurrection blog. “There is a ton of gloating on Twitter. Walker shouldn’t get mad. When Walker goes back to Wisconsin, Walker should get even by finishing the job he has started.”

POLL DU JOUR

66 percent of Americans say people fleeing war and oppression have the right to seek refuge in other countries; 60 percent of Republicans, 59 percent of independents and 80 percent of Democrats agree.

66 percent of Americans overall say the “entire world” should help with the refugee crisis; 57 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of independents and 73 percent of Democrats agree.

52 percent overall say the U.S. should help refugees; 39 percent of Republicans, 49 percent of independents and 65 percent of Democrats agree.

41 percent overall say the U.S. has a “special role to play in the world” to provide a new home for refugees; 32 percent of Republicans, 35 percent of independents and 56 percent of Democrats agree.

40 percent overall say the U.S. does not have this role; 53 percent of Republicans, 42 percent of independents and 27 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A YouGov poll of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted Sept. 3-7 and released Tuesday.

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