While my younger readers are getting their investment chops on, we’re going to take a side trip to political land.
The recent fuss over Donald Trump, Republican presidential contender extraordinaire (in a field of 20 now), reminds us of a couple of posts we made four years ago. When more than two people are vying for an electoral spot somewhere, we often see a phenomenon we have termed “doing a Winkelried.”
We’re surprised this hasn’t hit the mainstream cliché circuit. Perhaps it is because it hits at the MSM’s tendency to concentrate fire on a frontrunner.
To recapitulate (and quote ourselves), Winkelried was a Swiss hero remembered for his bravery during the Battle of Sempach for Swiss independence from Austria in 1386.
In that historic, and possibly legendary, battle, the Swiss initially could not break the close ranks of the Austrian pikemen. Herr Winkelried piped up and said, “I will open a passage into the line,” and promptly threw himself upon the Austrian pikes, taking some of them down with his body. This broke up the Austrian front, and made an opening through which the Swiss could attack.
In the summer of 2011, we surmised that Sarah Palin was doing something similar, mainly for Michelle Bachmann. The following month, we noticed that Jon Huntsman appeared to be “doing a Winkelried” for Mitt Romney. It didn’t work that year, but maybe this year?
Reading that ancient post, it is deja vu all over again. We hope this doesn’t become a habit and that Republicans will go back to being the well-mannered gentlemen and women they were in the past.
Meanwhile, the Democrats, chafing at being out of the limelight for even a minute, are fielding their own freak show – following Hillary into the ring are Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb and longtime Socialist Bernie Sanders, with Joe Biden possibly waiting in the (West or East?) wings for a swing at the WH brass ring.
However, the difference between now and 2011 is that Trump currently appears to be “the Teflon candidate.” Sure, the media denigrate him at every opportunity, but, so far, he is gaining support.
He refuses to apologize for remarks he’s made that have offended the media, unlike, oh say, O’Malley, whose craven apology for having the GALL to say that “ALL lives matter,” is the most cringe-worthy video clip we’ve heard in years. [How would you like to have supporters like that?]
Here’s the apology quote from this Yahoo Politics article: “That was a mistake on my part, and I meant no disrespect,” O’Malley said. “I did not mean to be insensitive in any way or communicate that I did not understand the tremendous passion, commitment and feeling and depth of feeling that all of us should be attaching to this issue.”
BTW, to speak to one of IFO’s continuing prejudices, watch the linked clip above to the end and see if you don’t agree that, here at least, the Latinos are far more courteous and attentive than the earlier group of insane Democrats. Oh yes, they are Democrats. You think that “anger” will translate into a vote for any non-Dem candidate? Hahahaha
Full disclosure: IFO’s paternal grandmother’s maiden name was O’Malley, so don’t expect objectivity in her reporting on this particular candidate, though we do suspect our very own feisty MaMac would be spinning in her grave to hear the former governor these days.
Oh, also, Her maternal grandmother’s maiden name was Bachmann. Is this how we come by our natural inclination to be a politics junkie?