Scott Adams is the creator of the comic strip Dilbert. But he is also a very perspicacious man and blogger. Since August 2015, he has been analyzing Donald Trump’s behavior and has said that everything Trump has done has been by design and is very brilliant from a “master persuader” point of view. Adams has made several predictions about Trump that have come true. Adams has even predicted a Trump landslide in the general election.
Now, one of Adams’s running themes is that Trump thinks in “3-D” while most politicians and media types think in “2-D.” The “2-D v. 3-D” theme is dense to unpack, but one key aspect of it is that 2-D types see Trump’s actions and think he’s being unhinged, while Adams analyzes it and sees how Trump’s actions are well-planned efforts towards the larger goal of the presidency. For example, Adams notes that Trump’s insults to others are always fresh (meaning never done before), visual, and leave the opponents struggling to qualify themselves-Adams calls them “Linguistic Killshots.”
So, thinking more 3-D (out of the box, but planned well) than 2-D, I had a fresh insight this morning:
Trump should make Ann Coulter his Vice-Presidential running mate. And do so right now-before the primary is even over.
Now, from a 2-D perspective, this is all sorts of wrong:
- Coulter has no experience as a politician
- Coulter is a propagandist and columnist and disliked by many moderates
- Coulter has said too many outrageous things that will come back to haunt her
- Coulter and Trump are firebrand and bombastic overkill; Trump should get a sober running mate to give him gravitas
- Coulter doesn’t deliver any delegates like Cruz, Rubio, Carson, or Kasich could
- Coulter doesn’t deliver any states like a governor or senator could
- Coulter isn’t an inside-the-Beltway lobbyist or legislator who could work the logistics of lobbying for bills
- Coulter is too hardline on immigration, abortion, etc.
- Coulter is a talk show talking head and not a “serious thinker”
- Picking a VP now means you’re restricted in making a deal later, at the convention, to break a deadlock or get some support-keep your options open, Donald!
But that’s all 2-D thinking. What is the 3-D thinking on this:
- Coulter immediately negates any claims by Hillary on women voters who want to vote for a woman because she’s a woman
- Coulter makes it ok for pro-life women to vote for Trump-she is a fanatic against abortion
- Coulter makes it ok for moderate feminist women to vote for Trump-she is a full time career woman
- Coulter is excellent in front of the cameras and the national media-she will not be Sarah Palined.
- Coulter gives Trump hardcore conservative credentials so that if the Republican Party try to torpedo him, the rank-and-file will further line up behind Trump and obliterate the remains of the Republican apparatus
- Coulter isn’t embarrassed by anything she’s ever said or written-if anything, she’s gone more hardline as the years have gone on. Lack of shame for not being a Lefty always throws the Left into fits of madness, as the reaction to Trump shows.
- Coulter in a VP debate would be as entertaining as Trump, which would increase enthusiasm.
- Trump is winning on a lot of new voters turning out for him, and his quips and TV dominance are a part of that; Coulter will only increase that, as she herself is known as a firebrand.
- Coulter takes away any lingering “anti-woman” attacks on Trump.
- Coulter attacking Hillary Clinton with all of Coulter’s arsenal and as Hillary’s competitor would be pure gold.
- Assassination Insurance: Coulter is the reason Trump has gone hard on immigration; it was her book that swayed him. If the The Powers That Be (TPTB) do take a shot at Trump—and I believe they will–he will be replaced by a person more hardline and ball-busting that Trump on the immigration issue, making assassination post-election useless, and pre-election even more dangerous, as Coulter could ride a now-enraged electorate and Trump’s own campaign apparatus to victory all to “secure Trump’s legacy” by enacting twice as harsh immigration law/enforcement.
- Inevitability: by picking a VP now, Trump is telling the world he’s already got the nomination locked up. This is called getting a person to “think past the sale” (as Scott Adams puts it). The “inevitibility” argument actually is a self-fulfilling prophecy to the left-they are disheartened quite easily in the face of a confident opponent who tells them, from the start and often, that the Left is going to lose. Psych them out now.
- News Cycle Hijack via shock value/confidence value: no non-incumbent has ever selected a VP this early. It shows how confident Trump is in his campaign-and his confidence is a big part of his popularity-and allows his VP pick to dominate the news cycle, whereas it would be dominated by talk about whether the convention will be brokered and Bernie Sanders and whether he can win enough primaries to prevent a brokered convention.
- The VP job is largely a useless job. The best you can do is get a second Chief of Staff out of it like Dick Cheney was. But most of the time you get bumbling idiots like Joe Biden and Dan Quayle and Al Gore. Coulter transforms the position into a bully pulpit of a Trump attack dog.
Ann Coulter as VP-I think I just jizzed my pants.
Mr. Trump and Mr. Stone, are you paying attention? Be bold sirs! And Ann…take the job!