Monday, August 24, 2015

Three No Trump Will Never Be the Same

photo: digitizedchaos
“Three no trump” is a common and popular bid in bridge, but it has not been the same since Donald Trump's improbable presidential campaign got off the ground. Forget about his other Republican rivals, he's according to polls already putting Hilary Clinton, whose election many thought was a shoe in, on the defensive. A flash in the pan could turn out to be one of the great upsets in both political and military history. Think of the Russians defeating Napoleon in 1812.  But getting back to “trump.” It's an interestinng word since as a verb, according to Merriam-Webster, it means "to get the better of" and there is also “trumped-up,” which according to Merriam-Webster means “fraudulently concocted." All of the meanings including that used in bridge would seem to apply to the character of the presidential pretender who by sheer force of will gets the better of his adversaries with often trumped-up bologna that they at the same time don’t have the hot wind to trump. One of the ways that Trump gets power is in laying his stamp everywhere. He is like a male dog whose pee defines his territory. You have Trump Hotel Rio de Janeiro (opening in 2016), the Trump Rink in Central Park and Trump Entertainment Resorts in Atlantic City. His name even appears on properties he hasn’t developed like the Trump International Golf Club in Puerto Rico (“How Donald Trump cashes in even when his name-brand properties fail,” The Washington Post, 7/23/15) As the star of The Apprentice he would not be the first actor to be a president. That’s Ronald Reagan’s claim to fame, but it’s what firmly put Trump in the mythology making business.  In fact, the whole campaign could have qualified as an episode of The Apprentice and maybe constitute the script of a new reality show entitled Donald Trump’s West Wing. If Trump gets elected The White House will likely be renamed, Trump White House like the Fifth Avenue landmark, Trump Tower. Surely Mr. Trump will feel no qualms about exploiting the presidency for all its worth and he’ll undoubtedly have the energy to do it, even as he reviews the specs for his proposed wall between Mexico and the United States. The question is will the author of The Art of the Deal be able to finagle naming rights, if he continues to insist on Mexico paying the freight.

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