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Should Trump go to the nerd prom?

by Greg Krehbiel on 7 February 2017

(“Nerd prom” is the name for the White House correspondent’s dinner.)

I heard a discussion of that question on WMAL this morning. The host presented three choices: (1) don’t go, (2) go and give them Hell, (3) go and try to restore the relationship.

I think #3 is the worst choice. The chances of winning those people over are very small, in my opinion, and more likely to backfire than to help.

#2 is also fraught with difficulty because the press will misreport and caricature whatever he says.

So I go for #1, but I also agree with the suggestions of a few of the callers to the show — Trump should stage his own event at the same time.

My favorite suggestion was that he invite Milo Yiannopoulos as the featured speaker at an alternative press dinner, with prominent bloggers, talk radio hosts, etc. Get Ann Coulter and Chris Plante up there to skewer the press. (I’m not sure that’s a wise suggestion, it was just my favorite.)

It’s going to be war. You either fight or you lose.

2017-02-07  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 8

  1. Robin R.
    7 February 2017 @ 10:56 am

    So what’s this I heard about Trump healing the nation’s divisions?

  2. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    7 February 2017 @ 10:57 am

    Did someone say that?

    I expect Trump to heal the nation’s divisions about as well as Obama brought about racial reconciliation.

  3. smitemouth
    7 February 2017 @ 11:33 am

    He’ll probably go. It will give him another chance to talk about how his ratings are better than Arnold’s. That’s what every American cares about.

  4. William
    7 February 2017 @ 12:45 pm

    Albeit he’s free to make any decision, isn’t any choice other than #3 rather immature behavior for the leader of the free world? Of course, the media is going to lampoon him no matter what. Yet, wouldn’t it give more credibility to his agenda (the media is crooked and out to get him) and “ego” to be the “bigger man”? There are more significant battles to fight where he needs to draw a strong line. I’m not convinced this is one of one of them? Just sayin’.

  5. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    7 February 2017 @ 3:41 pm

    “Immature” and “presidential” are yesterday’s concerns, I think. This article does a good job of explaining why things are different now.

    Quick summary: “You want war? Then war you shall have.”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/442847/progressive-illiberalism-had-profound-effect-trump-voters

  6. William
    8 February 2017 @ 1:23 pm

    Truly, it’s a sad day when people allow their frustration with extreme agendas cause them to settle for (and venerate) qualities that are less than fundamental in political leaders. As if now two wrongs, make a “right”.

  7. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    8 February 2017 @ 1:40 pm

    I think it’s a matter of how people perceive what’s important at the time.

    If we were in a really serious war, we wouldn’t care that much if the president was having an affair, smoked dope, drank too much, or whatever, because we just want him to win the war.

    IOW, being picky is a luxury of peace and prosperity.

    The thing is, we do have peace and prosperity, but people are continually riled up to believe that there are crises on every side. Muslim terrorists, global warming, racist cops hunting down black people and shooting them in the streets, vaccines, etc.

  8. William
    8 February 2017 @ 3:40 pm

    If this was 1775,1812, 1846, 1861, 1917,1939 or late 50’s/60’s, your point might have more merit. I’d argue we are not currently at a time where it requires the sacrifice of fundamental leadership qualities for those of crisis management.