Little did Paul Newman know that when he played Cool Hand Luke, he would someday wind up as an anology to President-Elect Donald Trump. In the movie, you remember, Luke would not stay down and through dogged perserverence won the battle with George Kennedy. As many times as the Clinton camp knocked The Donald down, he came back at them and eventually won the day. Just another hero tale.
As Written by Anthony Benvin for American Thinker:
There is a well known scene in the movie Cool Hand Luke where Luke (Paul Newman) is fighting Dragline (George Kennedy). Dragline is a heavier and more experienced fighter, and it doesn’t take too long to knock Luke off of his feet. Luke gets up. Then, in even shorter order, Dragline knocks him down again. Once again, Luke gets up, and again Dragline levels him. And on it goes, down, up, down, up, down, up until the end, when Luke, barely standing, causes the resigned, defeated Dragline to walk away.
Sound familiar? We just saw this play out in the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. Hit again and again, counted out again and again, Trump kept getting back on his feet. While the Clinton campaign didn’t just walk away, eventually, like Cool Hand Luke, Trump won the fight. Dumb luck? I think not.
We live in a world of victimization, where the cry of a victim provides a leverage for a complaint far out of proportion to any actual offense. Trump, to a great extent, seemed to know this, and – in part by design, in part by luck, and in part by a Cool Hand Luke persistence – he made this pay off.
Trump called attention to himself by being outrageous and by encouraging “them” to actually victimize him. Just as Luke stood up, ready to take yet another punch, the media and much of the public saw Trump as shooting himself in the foot, and they couldn’t believe he kept coming back for more. Yet, with each new outrageous statement and each new concomitant media overreaction, he sapped the media’s credibility, blow by blow, one punch at a time. Each media outrage over insignificant and even not insignificant complaints gave credibility to Trump’s claim that the system was rigged. The more obvious the media pounding, the more of a victim Trump became. This was Cool Hand Luke’s fistfight and Muhammad Ali’s “rope a dope” combined in an exquisite way – the media personae did not see it coming and, even if they did, they could not help themselves, because each new opportunity to attack and demean Trump meant new headlines.
I believe that this was intended from the start. Just as Paul Ryan noted that Trump heard a voice in America that no one else heard, Trump correctly …
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