Dana Perino exposes Eric Bolling’s dumb defense of blowhard-opportunist Donald Trump

Eric Bolling TrumpThe announcement of Donald Trump’s “campaign” for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination came with something that was equally embarrassing: random “conservatives” taking the man seriously. One such individual was Fox News’ Eric Bolling, who was thankfully put in his place by Dana Perino.

The Right Scoop posted video of the following exchange June 16:

Eric: Dana, he was not afraid to take shots at other countries. He took shots at China. He certainly took shots at Mexico. You heard the comment about they send us not their best. But he said, “You know, I’m going to build a wall on our southern border. I know how to build walls and they’re going to pay for it.”

Dana: Right. On what planet is that actually true? Do you think you can make Mexico pay for a permanent wall between Mexico and the United States?

Eric: You can build a wall. […] You tax them.

Dana: You tax Mexico? The president of the United States is going to tax Mexico to build a wall for the United States of America? I’m pointing out the absurdity of a lot of these comments. I get it that he’s entertaining. I know that he loves America. I know he’s done a lot of great things. He’s also has done things without ever having to work with 535 members of Congress who actually control the purse strings in America. When you’re the president of the United States, you have no money unless the Congress says “Here’s what you can spend it on.” So you certainly don’t have Mexico’s money to make them pay for a wall between the two countries. […]

Eric: Here’s what I think. You may not like a lot of things Donald Trump said today, but for once we heard something different.

Dana: But you heard something different that’s totally not plausible!

Boom. Mrs. Perino highlights exactly what I pointed out April 17, 2011 about Mr. Trump’s support:

The American people are so starved for anyone—anyone—to tell them the truth, that they’re willing to give an unprincipled, shameless, self-promoting (but successful) buffoon traction. Why? Because he’s uncensored. He says what he wants, and he’s not scared of anyone.

Mr. Bolling is the type of guy who likes to throw words like “RINO” around. (He may even be the type to refer to President Obama as “Obummer” with his friends.) Strangely, however, he’s willing to give Mr. Donald let’s-donate-money-to-the-Clintons Trump a pass. Do a little more digging on “The Donald” and you’ll see that the billionaire has held quite a few positions over the years that were more “Clinton” than “Coolidge.”

Trump Democrat donationsEven Mark Levin has sided with Bolling and Trump over Mrs. Perino. The radio host believes Mrs. Perino “lost it” for accurately pointing out that Mr. Trump’s public policy diarrhea pot-shots are only enjoyed by partisan flies.

Mark Levin Perino TrumpIn Mr. Bolling’s case it appears that he also wants to stay in the “Inner Ring” that includes characters like Trump. Once you call a guy like Trump out, the invites to the cocktail parties stop. Mediaite captured the following Twitter exchange below:

Eric Bolling Trump Twitter LoveThe rest of the panel on “The Five” were intellectually honest enough to agree with Mrs. Perino and laugh Mr. Bolling off the stage.

The Five Fox TrumpThe moral of the story is to always think objectively. Don’t believe a guy like Eric Bolling just because he appears on Fox News. Don’t believe everything Mark Levin says just because he’s a successful conservative radio host.

Some media personalities are more interested having the right friends than giving you proper analysis, and some people are so blinded by hatred of a particular political party that they’re willing to entertain a clown like Donald Trump running for president.

If you are not always on your guard, there is a good chance that seemingly trustworthy sources of news will lead you astray.

Maureen Dowd Stuck in High School as Adults Pass Her By.

No one is "mean" to Maureen. She opened her head-locker long ago, wrapped the sweaty gym shorts of liberalism around her brain, and weird things started fomenting in there. Like Bill Maher, John Cusack, Joy Behar, Kathy Griffin, and a whole host of other liberals, they're just angry people.

One of the reasons why I usually write about how conservatism relates to culture is because when you write too much on politics it’s easy to devolve into a whiney little kid arguing in the sandbox. Cut to the back and forth between Maureen Dowd and Dana Perino:

As the politicians droned on and my Irish skin turned toasty brown, I worried that Governor Brewer might make a citizen’s arrest and I would have to run for my life across the desert. She has, after all, declared open season on anyone with a suspicious skin tone in her state.

We are in the era of Republican Mean Girls, grown-up versions of those teenage tormentors who would steal your boyfriend, spray-paint your locker and, just for good measure, spread rumors that you were pregnant.

Dana’s response is rather funny, but again, she might as well say that Washington, DC insiders are still passing notes and gossiping about each other like they were still in high school:

One night her name came up at a dinner attended by members of both parties. Someone told a story about how at a past dinner she’d been a guest and had been droning on and on in a catty way and that one of the men at the table wrote on a cocktail napkin and passed it to another. It said, “What happened to her?” Sigh. Who the heck knows?

No one is “mean” to Maureen. She opened her head-locker long ago, wrapped the sweaty gym shorts of liberalism around her brain, and weird things started fomenting in there. Like Bill Maher, John Cusack, Joy Behar, Kathy Griffin, and a whole host of other liberals, they’re just angry people.

Conservatives just need to stay positive. Particularly, like the Andrew W.K. Conservatives I described in a recent blog post.  If an opponent is a jerk, “staying positive” doesn’t mean you can’t fight back, either.  Think of it like this:  if your message is a saturation bombing run of awesome comebacks it’s going to look really cool to a lot of people. However, regular people don’t like to hang out on an open battlefield, particularly one where gobs of firepower are used for middling adversaries.

Maureen Dowd could be taken out with a verbal sniper round (I italicized ‘verbal’ since Arianna Huffington has an itchy trigger finger when it comes to accusing conservatives of encouraging violence.  Sorry liberals, but I can’t help but use analogies influenced by my military past).

The point is, it’s easy to intellectually dispatch these rodeo clowns and move on.  The American people need answers right now, and we need to provide them.  The New York Times is concerned that the Tea Party is doing just that.

The Tea Party is a thoroughly modern movement, organizing on Twitter and Facebook to become the most dynamic force of the midterm elections.  But when it comes to ideology, it has reached back to dusty bookshelves for long-dormant ideas.

Dormant ideas?  I suppose basic economics has been lost on liberals for years, but for many conservatives they certainly haven’t been “dormant.” It’s just harder to shoot the messenger when the messenger is The Constitution, The Founding Fathers, and some of history’s most brilliant economists. Liberals have always been able to demonize their conservative opponents, but it’s trickier when to do so puts you at risk of coming out against the nation’s founding.  Liberals would mirror the Tea Party’s brilliant strategy, but it’s hard when you view the Constitution as a “living document” that means whatever it is you say it means…

Let’s put them into complete freak-out mode by making a classical education on the issues a long term commitment.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to pray to Aqua Buddha.