Supreme Court Decisions Should Be Based On “Rule of Law” Not Outcome

Thomas, Alito, and Roberts probably didn’t like what would be the outcome of a case like this. However, as Scalia pointed out time and time again, any justice worthy of their robes, rule based on law not outcome. In any Supreme Court case you have to look at what the “law in question” was all about instead of having a far right wing or far left wing knee jerk reaction to a case such as this.

“Textualism means you are governed by the text. That’s the only thing that is relevant to your decision. Not whether the outcome is desirable, not whether legislative history says this or that but the text of the statute.” Anthony Scalia July 29, 2012

This was a “slam dunk” case.

Why Kasich may very well be Trump’s Choice for VP

Trump says he wants an “insider” to be his VP. Make no mistake about it, John Kasich (Governor – Ohio) is at the top of his list (or will be). He’ll use Kasich as his “right hand man” in terms of Kasich being the go between with congress. This would be a very active VP Trump has in mind for this VP. He needs someone to do the “heavy lifting”. The only question would be, “does Kasich want to lower himself by running with Trump?”. Also, look for Trump to fill his cabinet with “insiders” and his followers getting ticked off saying, “I thought that this is what we were voting against”. True, it is what they were voting against. Then again, Trump would need people who know where the “keys to the washrooms are”.

Gerald R. Vimont

The Emotional Investment in a Candidate and the “Trump Experience”

There is a primary reason why followers of Donald Trump will stick with him through anything he says and does.  They have an emotional investment in him.  Emotional investment in a candidate usually starts when a candidate appeals to a person in some way – through intellect/logic/reasoning and/or emotion. Trump appealed to the emotions of potential supporters from the very start.  Their discontent was his discontent.  Their anger was his anger. By playing to the emotions of these potential supporters a lot of these potential supporters became followers of Donald Trump.  Now, his discontent is their discontent.  His anger is their anger.  His cause is their cause.  His fight is their fight.  His followers are, in essence, Trump.  If you “attack” Donald Trump then you’re attacking his followers also.

Emotional investment in a candidate can occur through intellect, logic, and reasoning but it usually takes a lot longer for it to happen.  Emotional investment in a candidate through emotions takes a much shorter time and is the reason for Trump’s meteoric rise.   The fact is this was a major reason for Barak Obama’s meteoric rise.  Obama appealed to the emotions.  Hillary Clinton fell flat.

A candidate who deals in specifics and who tends to be more of a “policy wonk” have a harder time attracting supporters.   They try and attract supporters through logic and reasoning and not as much with emotion.  They don’t tend to inspire and are not looked upon as leaders.

When we become emotionally invested in the candidate we take very personally his or her success or failure: when he or she speaks, we hold our breath, hoping the words will come out right.  When he or she is politically attacked then we are attacked as well.

Donald Trump, more than any other candidate, has been able to tap into this emotion of people and create a large core of emotionally invested followers in a very short period of time.  A lot of his followers are those who haven’t paid too much attention to politics to begin with except when the election cycle starts anew .  They, of course, are “prime pickings” for a candidate like Trump in terms of appealing to the emotion of a person rather than to their logic and reasoning.

Gerald R. Vimont