Trump and Magic

by Timothy Lane6/10/16

I was reading a short article on Hot Air which discussed Trump, and especially the fact that he needs to maintain some degree of self-discipline for 6 weeks, i.e., until the GOP convention is over. After that, no party revolt will be able to accomplish anything (even then, it’s hard to imagine what they could accomplish).

This reminded me of a scene from the movie Magic, in which the anti-hero (Corky Withers) is challenged by his agent to make his dummy (Fats) shut up for 5 minutes. The agent thinks Corky can’t do it, that Fats is too much his alter ego to be shut up under those circumstances. And so it proves — with results that will be deadly for all concerned.

The interesting question is: Is Trump, in essence, Corky Withers, unable to maintain self-discipline even when he needs to? We shall see, but the possibility that he really is Corky is disconcerting at the least.


Timothy Lane writes from Louisville, Kentucky and publishes the FOSFAX fanzine.
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6 Responses to Trump and Magic

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Rich Lowry has piece titled Many More Akward Moments Are Surely Ahead for Trump’s Endorsers. The gist is that many conservatives and Republicans are hoping and expecting that Trump will pivot right. Lowry concludes with:

    This is all misplaced. Donald Trump may have many talents. Not being Donald Trump isn’t one of them.

    Trump is Corky Withers.You and Lowry are on the same page.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Just FYI, I do think Rush has take some hits from his support of Trump. Skip to the comments below the article. The natives are restless, but not unhinged.

    Hillary’s ‘alt-right’ speech would have killed ANY other candidate, but NOT TRUMP! – Rush Limbaugh

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Rush supports Trump more than I’d like, but he admits that he always ends up supporting the GOP nominee, but doesn’t (with very rare exceptions) endorse in primaries. As for the idea that Slick Hilly wouldn’t have done this to anyone other than Trump — the details may change, but playing the race card never does. It’s one of the constants of elections today.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    The response to Trump and North Korea seem “magical” enough that this fits here.

    Rich Lowry has been reading my thoughts: Hold Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize.

    Situated here as we are outside of The Daily Drama, I’m going to assume that it is possible to be skeptical regarding Trumpism without being called a Never-Trumper (whatever that really is).

    When I heard all the glowing reports about North Korea hugging and hand-shaking with the south, I was just as skeptical of those who thought the breakup of the Soviet Union meant “peace in our time©”.

    Lowry outlines what I think is the reality of the situation: The North Korean leaders have been rope-a-doping us for decades in order to stave off or reduce sanctions. Look for the North Korean leader to again rope-a-dope the West, particularly regarding an egotistical leader who must be seen to be a the big deal-maker.

    I don’t wear a hat but I’ll eat it if Trump can actually get North Korea to dispose of their nukes, let alone to quit abusing and starving their own people. If he can do that, give him a gaggle of Nobel Peace Prizes.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Amid all the talk of Nobel Prizes, I’ve always said we need to wait and see what eventually happens — and not just rely on what is said by anyone, or even what agreement is signed. Verifiable denuclearization in return for guaranteeing not to invade North Korea (barring North Korean attacking South Korea or Japan) — that might be worth it by itself.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize was simply a way to validate the Elite Leftists. How wonderfully self-congratulatory of them. It was also the way Leftists think. “Hope and change,” like Dorothy clicking her ruby slippers together while chanting “There’s no place like home,” is their way to self-reinforcement (if only by self-hypnosis) of their beliefs.

        It’s very easy in this age, where entertainment (and thus marketing) has the ability to separate image from reality, to confuse one with the other, or to be unaware of the distinction at all. We’ll likely give image the prize while reality, as you said, is something we’ll have to wait and see about. Beware the hype.

        Speaking of hype, in a column (a good one) that is also catching up to the braintrust of StubbornThings, J.J. McCullough has a sanity-filled article titled: Beware ‘Conservative’ Celebrities. I obviously think this especially applies to Trump.

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