As he explained in his announcement of candidacy Friday, conservative Republican presidential candidate Andy Martin is unlikely to become president. But Andy also described himself Friday as the “second-most exciting Republican Party presidential candidate (after Donald Trump).” In the first of what will be his “Letters From the 2016 Presidential Campaign,” Andy partially explains who Donald Trump “is,” (more coming on Tuesday). Then Andy explains the “Boomer Backlash” against Megyn Kelly and Fox News that caused Roger Ailes to phone Donald Trump and “make nice” after Kelly’s “anti-woman” confrontation with Trump at the first presidential debate. You can certainly agree with Andy that he is unlikely to become president. But after reading his “Letters” as a candidate, you may come to wish he would end up in the “Oval Office.” Andy would make that room into a better place than it has been under George W. Bush and Barack Hussein Obama. Read on and see if you agree.
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COMING NEXT, MONDAY: Andy analyzes the impact of Donald Trump on the Republican Party; some thoughts for Reince Priebus
TUESDAY: Andy writes on “Is Donald Trump for real?” Read Andy’s analysis on the surprise frontrunner, from the only candidate who has known Donald for 37 years. Don’t miss it. A New York news conference special.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Maverick Republican presidential candidate Andy Martin explains the “Boomer Backlash” against Megyn Kelly and Fox News when Kelly tried to suggest Donald Trump was “anti-woman”
Andy has been a writer all of his life; he brings the unique perspective of a writer who is also an “homme engagé” to the presidential campaign
In the first of his “Letters From the 2016 Presidential campaign” Andy explains why Megyn Kelly “lost” her confrontation with Donald Trump, and why Roger Ailes was forced to call Trump and “make nice”
Andy was one of the earliest writers/analysts/candidates to defend Donald Trump after the Kelly/Trump confrontation in Cleveland
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(Washington, DC)(August 16, 2015) Dear American:
A couple of days ago I announced my candidacy for President of the United States. No, I’m not likely to become president, and I may not even be your choice for the Oval office. But maybe I should be. I bring a sense of history to the campaign, a sense of proportion, experience and wisdom that few of the others can match. And I am a writer.
I’m not sure exactly when I became a “writer,” but certainly no later than the occasion when I won “honourable” mention in a national writing competition in England as a teenager. I’ve done many things in my life, some good, some bad, but nothing has prepared me to be president so much as my career as a writer.
In this first of what I hope will be several, or even many, letters from the campaign, I will explain why Megyn Kelly’s snappy confrontation with Donald Trump about whether Trump was “anti-woman” blew up in her face and embarrassed Fox News. The usual pundits declared Trump “over,” “finished,” and “washed up” as a candidate after Cleveland. But he emerged the winner from the confrontation. No one has given any real explanation, let alone an adequate explanation, why Trump prevailed. I hope this letter provides you with some insight.
First, a little background into why a “writer” brings a different frame of reference and a different style of interpretation to the presidential campaign, and would to the Oval office as well. My campaign headquarters this weekend has been in a hotel, the Capital Hilton, where I first stayed 48 years ago, and where you might say I entered the clandestine world. The Washington of 1967 was very different than the Washington of today. Then we respected wisdom and experience, even when they got it wrong. Today we revile wisdom and experience and some even deny that they exist or that they have any relevance in government and politics.
Saturday afternoon my good friend Bill came by and we walked over to a “beer hall” Bill wanted to visit. Unbeknownst to Bill, he unexpectedly took me to a building which has been a part of my life for all of my life, a former night club on Connecticut Avenue where my mom partied as a young woman during World War II. During my many trips to Washington I got to meet her WW II friends and absorbed her love of the capital. For a time I had an office nearby on Connecticut Avenue. Bill brought all of these memories back to me when we walked me into a space where my mom had enjoyed good times during the years of the Greatest Generation.
During the course of the campaign I will be writing about my beloved Uncle Bill Vasiliou, a small town businessman and Republican Party official; my spinster high school teacher Louise Facius, whose brother enjoyed a game of cards with my uncle, and Professor Herbert Bogart who honed my skills as a writer. And others as well, of course. Their formative impact on my judgment, and hopefully my wisdom, influences how I interpret the world in 2016. Now back to Kelly and Trump.
So what happened in Cleveland between Kelly and Trump? In simple terms, Kelly slammed the Boomer Generation, and the Boomers slammed her back.
First, let me define the Republican Party of 2016 as no one else has defined it for you. Republicans today are the “Boomer Party.” Most of them are in their 50’s and 60’s and 70’s, the “Boomer” years (yes I know those decades do not exactly fit the definition of the Boomer years). Most of us who are Republicans today grew up during the Boomer era, during a period that spans the dawn of women’s equality and empowerment.
For myself, I was both immensely privileged while being sadly handicapped. My parents parted so my mom worked, eventually as a college professor. My girl friends all loved my mom because she was the precursor of today’s “modern” woman. Mom had originally entered the family business in Washington (special operations and intelligence). She went on to teach almost all of her life. Although she came from a humble immigrant family she was the most sophisticated and worldly person I ever met, bar none.
Donald Trump and I grew up during the same era. He came from a more traditional background, with a wealthier, intact family, etc. But I don’t think Trump’s college years were very different from my own, which is why I said on Saturday that while “on the surface Donald and I are very different people… our inner workings are very similar.”
One difference is that while the women’s movement largely passed Trump by during his formative years, I emerged into adulthood as a women’s’ rights activist. In 1969 I was a party at the Federal Communications Commission to the AT&T discrimination case (go check the docket, no. 19809) which resulted in a landmark settlement for women’s’ employment opportunity.
When I see Kelly blasting Trump for intemperate language about, yes, Rosie O’Donnell and others, I hear locker room lingo and fraternity house nonsense and dormitory discussions about the opposite sex straight out of the 1960’s. It is difficult today, in our simultaneously hyper-sexualized and politically correct world, to realize how unknown men and women were to each other in the 1950’s and 60’s. (At the University of Illinois they locked women up at 10:30 P.M., to protect them, of course.)
When Trump defends himself by saying he “cherishes” women and will “care” for them, he is speaking straight out of the 60’s. That is how we spoke back then in prehistoric times. Trump’s trash TV bombast has nothing remotely to do with his feelings about women, since his feelings were formed in the 50’s and 60’s. Yes, the 50’s and 60’s were a different era, but Trump has also modernized himself. Today he legitimately brags about employing lots of women, and the important roles they play in his company.
Now you can understand why Kelly touched a cultural hot button when she tried to use Trump’s sloppy language to smear him as anti-female. Boomers know Trump’s trash talk has nothing to do with his true feelings about women, feelings that were formed in the ultra-traditional 50’s and 60’s. For whatever its worth, I believe Trump does cherish women and would care for them as president. And I believe Boomers believe that too, which is why they reacted vehemently when Kelly tried to demean Trump as a misogynist.
Ailes called Trump to “make nice” because he realized that Kelly had defamed the network’s “base.” The Fox News “base” is much broader than just the Republican Party and also encompasses most of the Boomer Generation. Boomers are still very influential, and very vocal. Arthur Miller wrote, “Attention must be paid.” Fox News ultimately learned that lesson. So did Kelly.
The bottom line: when reviewing political issues and shameless media manipulation, always look behind the curtain to reflect on the cultural impact and social history of events. As kids, Boomers absorbed what today we consider fraught language; but they absorbed it from their parents, whom they loved and who loved them. Almost all of us have evolved into the modern era, where language is more circumspect and deferential.
Republicans and Boomers immediately recognized that trying to brand Trump as a woman-hater was morally wrong. Kelly had grabbed a few of Trump’s words out of context and tried to use them as an attack weapon. Her tactic backfired. Kelly was a disrespectful Boomer daughter who sassed her Boomer parents. And she got verbally spanked as her punishment. The more things change. [See Megyn Kelly link below for her marital history]
Hopefully Trump learned a lesson in Cleveland; I know Roger Ailes and Megyn Kelly did. The Republican Party is the Boomer Party. Don’t diss the Boomers, or they will snap back and diss you, big time. That explains why Boomers came to Trump’s defense, and why he is leading in the polls today.
I would bring the same insight and experience to the Oval office that I try to bring to writing about politics, history and culture. For now, you’ll have to be content with me as a writer and not as your president. Iowa, here we come.
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ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:
Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-seven years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm
Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over forty-five years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.
He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).
He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.
Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.
Andy’s columns are also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com ContrarianCommentary.wordpress.com
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