Conspiracy theories abound:
- FoxNews has a super secret plan to silence The Donald.
- Republican donors and bundlers have told the other nine candidates who'll be on stage that they had better take Trump out tonight...or else.
- The Donald is a plant to disrupt the Republican primaries and pave the pathway for Hillary to be coronated President. Who planted The Donald? William Jefferson Clinton.
Notice that all of this talk and the elaborate conspiracies focus upon the strategies Trump's opponents and enemies are hatching to contend with the Trumpster.
The trouble is that the talkers have it all wrong, in The Motley Monk's opinion. Have any of these conspiracy theorists read "The Art of the Deal" or studied how to or even made one successful sale?
In sum: The first step is to get recognized as having something that others want...by selling to their pain.
Donald Trump views an election as nothing other than successfully making a deal with voters. Success doesn't begin by hosting focus groups to see what the folks want to hear, how they want to hear it, or when is the best time to tell them. It begins by having something to sell to the folks, carefully cobbling togther a business plan (a "meta" strategy), shepherding one's resources carefully, and then going out and getting recognized...no matter what it takes to get recognized, even at the cost of being called a "Carnival Barker," a "Circus Clown," or a "Bully." Then, over a longer period of time, implement the meta-strategy by luring more people in, getting them to listen to the candidate's ideas and plans, dutifully consider them, and ultimately purchase--to vote for--what's for sale.
Insofar as tonight's "great" debate is concerned, The Donald doesn't have to worry about anything. He's going to be on stage--something the talking heads not all that long ago opined implausible, if not impossible--and not just appear on stage, but in the center square.
He's already won tonight's "great" debate, based on his meta-strategy. His opponents and enemies don't "get it" and won't "get it"...at their own peril.
Let the discussion begin...