CBS News – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he thinks he has a good chance of coming in first in the Iowa caucus Monday … in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that aired Sunday. …
As for predictions about the Superbowl, here’s what Trump had to say:
“Your Carolina team is sort of a hot team. And the quarterback’s doing great. I very much have always liked Peyton Manning. He’s a very good guy. I know him. And he’s a very, very good guy. So I have to go with the person I know and I like. I like the other team. I think the other team looks fantastic. Probably, they would be favored by something. But I’ll stick with Peyton because he’s a very good guy.”
Et tu, Donald Trump? Et tu?
Actually, I’m not even mad at The Donald. How could I be? As an openly low-information voter who’s only issue is how well the candidates have sucked up to Tom Brady, Trump has lapped the field with his constant, unabashed pandering of the Brady demographic. And I have no doubt he will continue to, even after this gaffe.
No, my issue isn’t with his Donaldness. It’s with the system. It’s with the way a man of integrity like him has to betray his close, personal friend just to win caucuses and primaries. Iowa is halfway between Indiana and Colorado, meaning it’s probably lousy with Peyton Manning fans. And Trump’s people are probably throwing all sorts of polling data at him saying that if he throws out a few nice comments about their hero, he can win Iowa plus the other two states and seal the nomination. Whereas he’s probably got the Carolinas all locked up, regardless.
So it’s brilliant strategy. It’s just a shame that this is what it’s come to. That in order to win, a candidate has to talk out both sides of his mouth. Because The Donald can’t possibly believe that Manning winning Sunday would be a good thing. If he retires 1-3 in Super Bowls instead of 2-2, that’s good not only for Brady, Brady’s constituents and his longtime golfing buddies, it’s good for the country. Trump has to know that. But unfortunately, sometimes winning in politics means selling out your principles. It’s not how the Founding Fathers wanted it. It’s not how I want it. But if it gets us the pro-Brady president America needs? Well, you gotta do what you gotta do.
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