Newt Gingrich has tweeted that Donald Trump did the right thing skipping the CPAC convention because the votes are not in DC. Trump’s decision to hold rallies instead has some CPAC leaders up in arms but it shouldn’t.
When Newt was on The O’Reilly Factor four days ago, he said the reason the party establishment won’t accept Donald Trump is – at least in part – because he is not a member of the club, he hasn’t been through the initiation, and he’s uncontrollable.
That of course is why his followers love him.
When this writer was working closely with one congressional candidate years ago, he told me that when he went down for his training, almost every session was on how to get re-elected.
It should also be mentioned in the way of a caveat that Trump is seen as liberal on many issues himself by some in the establishment, such as on issues of foreign policy.
Newt described Trump as a phenomenon to be studied for years to come. No matter what outlandish things he says, his followers remain loyal.
There are many reasons for that and some of them are because of what the establishment has done for seven years. They woke up the sleeping giant.
In January, Gingrich read his wildly popular and interesting book, The Art of the Deal, written when Trump was 41, and he suggested all GOP leaders read it.
They don’t even read the bills.
He pulled out one of the many stories in the book in which Trump was innovative, effective and an expert marketer.
New York City had a years-long project to fix an ice skating rink that had become an eyesore and a testimony to ineffective bureaucracy.
In June of 1986 Mr. Trump, who could see the rink from his apartment, finally got tired of the embarrassment and offered to fix the rink at his own expense.
At first the city turned him down because its bureaucracy did not want to be embarrassed by someone fixing something they couldn’t fix. Mr. Trump kept pushing and finally out of embarrassment the city gave in.
The key part of the story is Mr. Trump’s reaction to being put in charge. He promptly recognized that he didn’t know anything about fixing a skating rink. He asked himself who built a lot of skating rinks. “Canadians!” he concluded. He found the best Canadian ice skating rink construction company.
When the Canadians flew in to assess the situation, they were amazed at how bad the city had been at solving the problem. They assured Mr. Trump that this was an easy job.
Mr. Trump fixed the 6-year-old embarrassment two months ahead of schedule and nearly $800,000 under budget. (The city did end up paying for the work, and Mr. Trump donated the profits to charity.)
It makes you realize, Trump can build the wall and for a lot less than the government estimates.
“The Art of the Deal” is filled with stories like this — stories of common sense stories of calculated risk taking, and stories of innovation and marketing.