President Coach

When I was a kid, I played a lot of sports. The one coach I hated was my freshman football coach, whose name I no longer remember. He was the classic Type-A personality, at least what popular culture has come to think of it. The guy was always on edge, ready to explode into a purple faced rage, which meant everyone around him was always on edge too. The guy found a way to get under everyone’s skin. He had some way to needle every player on the roster, often with some sort of nickname that stung a little bit.

The thing is though, the guy managed to squeeze out more from the roster than logic said was possible. In my case, I was always just at the point of wanting to bash his skull in with my helmet, but I channeled those pleasant thoughts into execution. I was not giving that prick the satisfaction of making a mistake. Even though I hated the guy, he did make me and my teammates better players. That meant we had more success on the field. I still recall the joy of winning with my teammates, but I don’t remember the coach’s name.

My guess is everyone who played sports growing up had at least one of these types of coaches. Bill Parcels was famous for playing head games with his players. He was big on keeping every player on edge, even his stars. At the NFL level, the psychological aspects of coaching are more complex, but the underlying strategy is the same. You make the players doubt themselves in a way that results in their natural hyper-competitiveness kicking in, so they push themselves to the edge of their potential.

I’ve been thinking about this watching Trump torment Congress, especially the Democrats, over immigration. He’s not just making the open borders people nervous with his rhetoric. He is getting under the skin of his allies and his own staff. The blockheads in the gentry media are calling it the Jell-O strategy, but it is a safe bet that none of them ever went outside as kids, much less played competitive contact sports. In the world of high-pay, low-work professions, the hard driving boss does not exist.

What Trump is doing with his comments about DACA, in particular, but immigration in general, is keeping the issue boiling. That is Trump’s natural style of negotiating, but it has the benefit of keeping immigration patriots slightly ticked off and highly engaged in every aspect of the process. Congress has seen their e-mail flooded with messages opposing amnesty. Their voicemail boxes are constantly full. This puts pressure on Congress to do a deal and get the issue off the agenda for the midterms in ten months.

Steve Sailer compares Trump to George Steinbrenner. It is a good comparison as they both have a similar style. Both men understood that pressure reveals character. The great players, the great deal makers, rise to the occasion when under pressure. On the other hand, the fakers and losers crack under pressure. If you read Trump’s book or listen to people with whom he has done deals, you see that he is always looking to bring things to a boiling point, where everyone is under the gun to get something done.

That’s what Trump is doing with DACA. He’s cleverly made this the goal of the Democrats, thinking they will push themselves to the breaking point to get it. At the same time, the laundry list of immigration reforms has become the all or nothing end game for immigration patriots. Trump’s public statements are keeping the good guys fired up and willing to hammer Congress on the finer points of immigration. Every time Trump says something positive about DACA, the phone lines melt in Washington.

There is no question that this style of managing people does get the most from those willing to give their all. It also boils off the people who like to talk about maximizing their opportunities, but unwilling to do what it takes to accomplish it. In the realm of sports, this result in better teams. Bill Parcells was a wildly successful coach because his style gets the maximum from the roster. Trump’s success as a businessman and media personality is largely built on getting the most from top people in their respective fields.

Whether this will translate to politics is hard to know. One constant that comes through from people who have done business with Trump is that he is exhausting. The never ending competition and wrangling over details wears people down. In business, you can always get new people when the old ones wear out. In politics, you can’t easily get new supporters. His style could end up exhausting his base. How many times can someone call their Congressman, enraged about immigration or trade policy?

That’s a question often asked of sportsball coaches. How long before they wear out their players? How long before the team stops responding? The great ones seem to get that and they make sure to reward their players so they keep wanting more. Trump’s zingers on twitter or when speaking in front of a crowd may serve that function. He has an uncanny way to saying the obvious in a way that outrages the enemy and amuses his supporters. Perhaps that’s enough for President Coach to get us over the goal line.

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Tax Slave
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Trump may turn out to be one of the most brilliant CICs we’ve ever seen. The reason? He understands human psychology on a practical level. The “debate of ideas” has very little relevance. He had his goals and “debate” will not achieve them.

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So far he’s been as fucked up a cic as the last two.

Tax Slave
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Tax Slave

He’s extremely sucessful at getting inside your empty skull and fucking you up good.

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He’s escalated tensions with Russia despite his promises. Got the US closer to nuclear war with Korea than ever before, Illegally droned Syria and just declared that the U.S. “Presence”- i.e occupation in Iraq is “indefinite”. He proposes a 10% increase in the Military budget, while the Mexican border is undefended.

Fucking wonderful.

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The US isn’t “closer to nuclear war with Korea than ever before”. The US is closer to utterly destroying North Korea, killing all their leaders, and then helping the South Koreans turn it into profitable real estate.

Nobody would be talking about the Norks lobbing ICBMs our way if Obama/Bush/Clinton hadn’t been so pathetic. Our entire foreign policy for the last 25 years can be boiled down to, “Oh no! Don’t make ’em mad!”

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pimpkin\\\'s nephew

If anyone is “escalating tensions with Russia” it’s Trump’s enemies, not Trump. Their “collusion with the Russians” fairy-tale requires a “Russia is evil” subtext that current events do not justify. The anti-Trump maniacs are willing to poison normal relations with a major power, just to get Trump.

Alzaebo
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Alzaebo

He’s buying off the army to fight the domestic spies. That’s why the tax cuts benefit the DoD suppliers.

Get rid of the commisars, you can reform the army pronto, as the CiC.
Not so with Congessional blackmail lists, so ya always heed the army first.

Note: making American sources rich, not globalists per Bush/Obama
(h/t hokkoda)

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Hmm…the last two couldn’t beat ISIS if you let them drop nukes and gave them 10 years. Obama was a pathetic cluster fuck as a CIC, feckless and weak and aligned with America’s enemies. Bush was caught up in the “Democratize the World” neocon utopianism.

Trump appears to be neither.

Karl McHungus
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Karl McHungus

wouldn’t you really be happier if you were dead? just sayin’

Ace Rimmer
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Ace Rimmer

Trump will never allow his base to go back to their lives as usual, uninvolved and uninformed. Is that what you’re saying, Z? 🙂

The devil made me post this observation. Hope it is received in the spirit in which it is offered.

Tdurden
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Tdurden

“In the world of high-pay, low-work professions, the hard driving boss does not exist.” Not sure what romper room environment others are living in within the technology wing of corporate America, but back in the dotcom days where I cut my teeth, there was an unspoken rule that meetings weren’t really over until someone cried, conference calls with vendors usually started off with “How have you failed my today?” and every now and then a coked out VP would interrupt staff meeting by throwing objects across the room. And the females were much more formidable than the pussy hat wearing… Read more »

LFMayor
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LFMayor

Ahhh. I still love Nam stories. There was a cartoon that I only saw a few times “Those Were the Days”. It had that Tom and Becky feel to it, model T Oogah horns and knickerbockers.
It’s all gone brother, energy spent, momentum bled off. Should have kept coking those VPs….

Spud Boy
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Spud Boy

And most of those dot-com companies crashed and burned. That type of management style is not sustainable in the long run. Even Steve Jobs discovered that as he matured.

Tamaqua
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Tamaqua

Part of Trump’s terror to the left (as well as the stab-in-the-back establishment Republicans) is he is politicizing people who generally want nothing to do with politics. The regular white working class has finally realized that since the revolutionary left has politicized every single aspect of daily life, because to a revolutionary every formerly private thought, every independent action is political, that they must also become politically motivated as well.

This also historically happened in 1850’s America as well as 1918-1933 Germany, with the same end results- counterrevolution.

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Precisely. That is the only way out. We got into this via revolution and war and we will emerge from this nightmare in the same fashion.

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I think that’s why you see the fever pitched hysteria of the Left. They have NEVER been talked back to before. They’re like spoil brat children. Finally somebody stands up to them, and the resort to tantrums and screaming and wailing. They’re just not used to that sort of thing.

Dutch
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Dutch

And that’s why we call them “snowflakes”.

Karl McHungus
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Karl McHungus

That’s not what i call them.

Saml Adams
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Saml Adams

Isn’t it fun to watch? Right out of the gate they tried all the rituals that always, always sent Republicans scampering for cover. It failed and they are now succumbing to pure despair.

Alzaebo
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Alzaebo

Cargo cult magic isn’t working like it’s supposed to. Boy do they miss Obama.

Old Codger
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Old Codger

All they had with that gay, Muslim Kenyan was an ICON the media could worship and his opponents could never criticize because, RACISM!

RafterRat
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RafterRat

I told an anti-Trumper at work the other day exactly that…….I may not agree with everything Trump says and does, but the fact that he makes leftists cry and gnash their teeth is hilarious. Stomp your little feet snowflakes, we’ll only laugh harder.

vlad
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vlad

Very cool how it has rubbed off on the rest of us.

vlad
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vlad

As a teacher, saw this every year in the classroom…kids who had never been told no…first they’d try to talk their way out of it…when that didn’t work, they’d spread stories around “That teacher’s mean! She’s pickin’ on me!” Then they’d rage and refuse. When consequences were given , they’d think they could get out of them by saying “I won’t do it again.” They had to learn, okay, you won’t, but the consequence still stays. In this case, Trump and his supporters say, “Kick up all you want; we ain’t goin’ nowhere.” And finally, they learn…they’re sullen about it… Read more »

Issac
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Issac

Energizing the base helps make the more extreme power abuse by the neolib-con coalition difficult to pull off in plain view. The high stakes game; however, is simply wrangling enough power players under your banner to start getting things done.

John Smith
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Spectacular commentary as usual, Z. But I may have to take exception: “There is no question that this style of managing people does get the most from those willing to give their all. It also boils off the people who like to talk about maximizing their opportunities, but unwilling to do what it takes to accomplish it. In the realm of sports, this result in better teams…” ————————————————————————————————– Not necessarily. If I have the money, I can buy a team of talent that will defeat yours no matter how hard they try. As an outhouse philosopher I have always maintained… Read more »

Anonymous White Male
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“I will bet that if the Donks field a candidate that isn’t an affirmative action flunky, or a pervert, or a Marxist rage head – and the candidate can reason and think – he will eat Trump alive in the next election.” Yeah, but since there is no Demonicrat candidate that isn’t an AA (this includes women, homos, transgenders, any non-White), a pervert, or a Marxist (rage heads usually don’t get very high. See Bernie Sanders as an example of a non-rage head Marxist), this is a very high level of improbability. Not to mention that their base is incapable… Read more »

Old Codger
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Old Codger

Fielding a “… a candidate that isn’t an affirmative action flunky, or a pervert, or a Marxist rage head…is beyond the DEMs.

They have to respond to their base, or they are DONE! Thus, their candidates consist of only persons from the sets of defectives that you mention.

The Curmudgeon
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The Curmudgeon

Your first and second paragraphs perfectly describe interacting with another type of “coach”…your average male military basic training drill sergeant. And that’s your unrealized connection for today.

formwiz
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formwiz

Read how Hitler (no, I’m not saying he’s Der Fuhrer) got his way on the Sudetenland.

Trump’s doing the exact same thing.

Dutch
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Dutch

As did Churchill, in his own style, to get Britain on the right side of things back in WW2.

pimpkin\\\'s nephew
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pimpkin\\\'s nephew

Or General Patton at the head of the 3rd Army. Crazier than a bedbug, but the right man for the situation.

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“How many times can someone call their Congressman, enraged about immigration or trade policy?” Years ago, as a National Guard officer, after a couple of drills in a new unit, all my men started saluting and referring to me as “LT”. The saluting bothered me, so I pulled my platoon sergeant aside and asked what was going on. This is the National Guard, we don’t salute unless we’re pissed at the guy receiving it. The platoon sergeant gave me a funny look and said, “That’s only because we don’t get that many who deserve it.” My platoon outperformed every other… Read more »

Tamaqua
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Tamaqua

That’s key. Formerly, activism from proto-alt right groups or concerned citizens was simply ignored. The futility quickly burned out any sustained grass roots campaign. Addition of Trump has made resistance to the destruction of traditional culture a achievable goal.
He’s giving us confidence that defeat is not inevitable, thus giving us the much needed will to fight.

He’s shown us the enemy bleeds. And to quote a favorite film-
“If it bleeds, we can kill it.”

Dr. Dre
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Dr. Dre

Yep.

CaptainMike
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CaptainMike

It’s been at least a decade since any elected figure made me smile, much less laugh. I have Rick Scott for a governor and Trump for a president. I now get to laugh uproariously at least once a week because some liberal’s head has just exploded in spectacular fashion. Not tired of winning. Bigly.
Keep up the great work Z!

Dutch
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We are one for two out here in California. But I smile more and get my laughs in as well. The Left has had its way for so long, they really have gone soft, and they have put up some real doofuses in power positions.

JZs
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JZs

Not all great coaches are/were aggressive screamers. John Wooden, Pete Carroll, Phil Jackson, Tom Landry and even Bill Belichick are just a few who come to mind.

Trump is more akin to Mike Ditka. Ditka is much smarter and cagier than people give him credit for. For what it’s worth, he’s my favorite coach of all time. I’d probably have died for him on the field. But that’s just me.

Spud Boy
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Spud Boy

I grew up in Chicago, remember the 85 Bears quite well, and have the opposite opinion of Ditka. The Bears won the Super Bowl in spite of Mike Ditka, not because of him. He didn’t get along with Buddy Ryan–a coach the players loved and the guy who fielded the best defense the NFL has ever seen. One of them had to leave in 86; unfortunately, ,the wrong coach left.

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I saw a great documentary about Buddy Ryan last year, wish I could remember where. But those men on the Bears, and on the Eagles, LOVED that man. Genuinely, truly, loved him. Part of the show involved the players going to visit Buddy in his addled years, and he’s a shell of his former self. Just fascinating to watch. The documentary goes into some of the “Was it Ditka or was it really Buddy Ryan?” stuff.

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The documentary was “30 for 30” on ESPN. And yeah, it was really good. I even shed a tear at the end. The players on the Bear defense grew to love Buddy Ryan, even though he was tough on them. The combination of Ditka, Ryan and a team full of colorful characters, like Jim McMahon, The Fridge, Dan Hampton, Steve McMichael, Walter Payton, including the greatest defense ever was fascinating to watch.

vlad
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vlad

Odd but true is how those who are tough DO get people coming back years later, thanking them. Today, a lot of people see consistency and discipline as meanness. It is kindness.

JZs
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JZs

Neither coach was particularly successful apart from the other. Symbiosis between the two was pretty special. Had they not parted ways I’m certain the Bears would’ve won several more Super Bowls or at least made it there. I mean the 86-87 Bears minus Ryan had a statistical defense that was better than the 85 Bears. The only reason they didn’t win or make it to the Super Bowl is because they lost McMahon to injury. At any rate Ditka was a very good coach and a great motivator and probably the most entertaining character in coaching history. He was also… Read more »

Spud Boy
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Spud Boy

Trump is giving the establishment fits because they’re not used to dealing with someone who’s succeeded in a meritocracy. Politics is the opposite of a meritocracy; the last people who should be running the country are career politicians.

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The man is a mad genius. I don’t know if he said “shithole countries” or not, but the end result was Democrats thumping their chests in full How Dare You! mode that these countries are not shitholes, and you’re a racist if you say it. Well, if they’re not shitholes, then why can’t these illegals be sent home? The answer, of course, is that we can send them home anytime we choose, and the Democrats walked face first into the wall. Whether it was intentional or not, the end result was Democrats giving up their favorite argument about illegals –… Read more »

Dutch
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Dutch

The real Cosmic Justice would be if the whole “shithole countries” thing was made up by Dickwad Durbin, and It still burned down the Democrats.

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Their little shutdown didn’t even make it three full days. They have convinced themselves that the public is 100% on their side about illegals but they keep losing this issue in a rout. I said it back when Trump first announced his candidacy, and I’ll say it again, the political party that embraces, enacts, and carries out strong border and immigration enforcement is the party that can win 47 states. Illegals are the “gun control” issue of our time. Nobody seriously debates new gun control laws at this point. They just use it to raise money, but the issue is… Read more »

Dutch
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Dutch

Trump is perfectly aligning himself with recent public opinion on a path for the DACAs, build the wall, restrict family migration, and block the visa lottery. The other side got nuttin.

Trump appears to be really good at sweeping away the DC and media smokescreens surrounding public policy. They hate him for that.

Gun rights appear to be a settled issue, and he is just getting warmed up on abortion policy and a sane version of civil rights policy. Busy guy.

Alzaebo
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Alzaebo

I’d take one DACA if it ended anchor babies, chain migration, shithole preference, preloaded lotteries, and H1b scams.
First, plug the hole.

Plus, he once again forced the self-serving traitors to show their hand.
So obvious now.

More, black Americans are P.I.S.S.E.D. now that they’ve officially been thrown under the bus for newcomers. That’s why the official tokens are being rushed into top billing.

Edit: hadn’t seen Dutch’s Lucy comment yet. What delight- we’re holding the football this time!

While hiding the smirk on our face and the knife behind our back.
BFYTW

Alzaebo
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Alzaebo

They shut down the govt for a whole weekend!

Alzaebo
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Alzaebo

Meet President Boomerang.
Their false pieties keep backfiring now.

Chu
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Chu

I had the same coach – used to have sunflower seeds hanging from his lips yelling at you. I think Doug Pederson seem like the right coach. Hopefully he’ll best Brady/Belechek.

Andy Texan
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The ‘Coach’ appears to be riling up the team with the latest amnesty offer: we give you 1.8 aliens and their extended family today while you give up the wall funding and chain migration tomorrow. I wonder how that is going to work out? How about a different plan: you complete the wall, end chain migration and re-start interior enforcement today and after the wall is completed and chain migration is ended, we will give green cards/no citizenship to the 800,000?

Dutch
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I expect the 1.8 million, in the short run at least, to be the football that (Trump) Lucy pulls away when (Chuckie Schumer) Charlie Brown tries to kick it. The Donald really plays the game well, throwing out bait and then pulling it away. Our side should have learned by now to stand back and let him operate.

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Your plan works for me: green cards but no citizenship — they’re citizens of the country from which they came; and I encourage them to go back at some point, permanently.
Let’s not forget that with citizenship comes voting rights and that spells another huge win for the uniparty Democrats, and Republicans like Ryan: more socialist dependents to turn purple states blue in perpetuity.
No way.

And green cards must come AFTER, as you state, the other *completed* NECESSARY fixes to the de facto open borders we now endure.

vlad
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vlad

Often, we who are watching confuse “the art” with “the deal.”

sirlancelot
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sirlancelot

Have to admit just skimed the headlines, but the amnesty thing doesn’t make me happy.

Really hope this is just another one of the president’s tactics.

Alzaebo
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Alzaebo

Remember, SJWs always lie.
I love the smell of desperate spin in the morning.

Dutch
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Dutch

Trump has offered a very generous DACA proposal. The “ethnic” political leadership and the Democrats are slapping it away. Little by little, until it turns into a flood (a “preference cascade”), the DACA people not wandering around in the streets fussing about things (which is most of them), are going to jump on this and abandon the Left. Wait and see. And Trump doesn’t even need to deliver on all 1.8 million, and not right away. Before too long, the DACA people will be lining up to shake Trump’s hand and ask for his help, just as the industrialists are… Read more »

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Saml Adams

Back around 2012, was at board dinner for my old firm. Was seated with one of the directors that had been the senior guy at Citi in the 80s/90s and was the “fixer” for large credits that had gone to shit. A bunch of Trump’s casino borrowing ended up on his docket. What he thought was a package of senior debt with a lot of preference rights in the covenants (based on how it was priced) turned out to be priced as secured, but the covenants were gutted. Trump was going to pay them back if and when he felt… Read more »

Alzaebo
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Alzaebo

I heard about his immense grasp of detail while listening to radio in NYC.
He knew the fine details of the unions, the lawyers, the suppliers, the contractors, the city councilmen, the transport logistics and transit planners, the permits department….

This ain’t chess. It’s bowling. Steee-rike!

Saml Adams
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Saml Adams

Real estate development is an oddly grounded business. Perhaps not so oddly. One of my kids sailing friends’ dad is asshole buddies with Trump (both are real estate guys) but while I’ve never met Trump, but I see this guy on regular basis and my son has spent a lot of time with them in the city. Guy is obsessive about details on his buildings. Owns an 80 foot Hatteras, but captains it himself, will do his own oil changes, makes the kids maintain it in the summer. Real estate is a weird combo platter of both long cycle times… Read more »

wholy1
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wholy1

Even though the Trumpster has “operated” in a world of exceptional comfort/convenience for most of his adult life, there seems something uniquely “grass roots” and “authentic” about the man. Many have commented that he is much more “aware” of what’s really been going on than even most of his “constituency”.

Dan Kurt
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Zman’s Coach is a representative of an archetype I have encountered four times in my life: 1) my father who I never could please (he was a typical German it was said); 2) an instructor in telescope making (another German) who one could literally not please or do anything correctly; 3) in the military, a superior officer three grades above my grade, who obviously had never learned or forgot any technical details of what we were doing, constantly threatened dire consequences for any lapses and micromanaged from afar; 4) Chairman of the Department at an Ivy who ruled with an… Read more »

Al from da Nort
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Al from da Nort

Z Man;
Great concept and true. I woke up in my mid-late 30s to the fact that my careers did better under tough bosses. Like you said, they kept you on your toes and made you up your game.

But one caveat: Tough ain’t enough if there’s no higher objective involved than the tough boss’s ego or own career. Tangible external objective is the difference between a superior who’s a good coach/motivator and one who’s just a pr**k.

That’s why MAGA is such a critical rhetorical concept.