The Trumpster

 

A few days ago (during the last week of February) I completed a draft a novel I have entitled The Long Shot. In this story, a 30-something political novice named Bob Crandall challenges a long-standing Congressman in their party’s primary. His chances at winning are a long shot at best.

 Crandall has little money and no name recognition. Other than running for student body president in college, (a race he narrowly lost) Crandall has no political experience. He is a poor man’s Donald Trump in that he needs the mainstream media to get his message across to the voting public. He does so with some orchestrated “stunts.”

 However, his stunts are calculated and not offensive. In fact, Crandall doesn’t personally insult his opponent. He instead constantly labels that opponent as detached and out of touch with the problems in their district.

 Bob gets some unexpected help from his wife Sarah. He had dated Sarah during his college campaign, and she hated that campaign. Sarah believes that her husband is someone not cut out for the dirtiness in politics and hopes he finds something else that can bring him fulfillment.

 But she doesn’t want to stand in his way. So when Bob approaches her about running, she vows her support although she wants to stay behind the scenes. Bob will do the campaigning.

 What happens instead is that Sarah takes a larger public role than she ever imagined. She comes across as shy but assertive. And she decides to talk publicly about an extremely personal matter that only makes her likable. In the end, Bob and Sarah stand out as a charismatic couple that is devoted to each other. They make quite the political team.

 

*****

 

Bob Crandall is a calculating but honest politician. He can be up front about things while dodging other sensitive issues. In his private life, family members and friends are sometimes infuriated when he answers questions or address problems by talking around them. Even he knows he has to stop his political posturing especially with his wife and closest friends.

 Yet Bob also knows how to connect with people. During his campaign, he speaks to small groups often looking potential voters directly in the eye. Regardless, whether speaking in front of a large crowd or a small one, Crandall has the ability to engage with people on an individual basis. His detached opponent simply does not know how to do this.

 By Election Day, polls show the race is too close to call. The political novice has pushed a long-standing congressman to the edge of losing his seat.

 

*****

 

 Donald Trump has been lauded as a political genius by the mainstream media. Considering that it appears that the political novice Trump is on the verge of winning the Republican nomination for President, it is hard to argue with that. Trump has shown the ability to tap into peoples’ anger and frustration and it seems no Republican can stop him. Now there is speculation about who will be Trump’s running mate in the fall.

 However, the Trump candidacy has belittled the process. Recently he has accused Florida Senator Marco Rubio of sweating too much and wanting to use a ton of make-up for television debate appearances. Rubio has responded by actually accusing Trump of wetting his pants and not being able to spell. These are not exactly substantive issues of debate. Are these men running for President of the United States or president of their seventh grade class?

 

 In my novel Bob Crandall, for all his posturing, still focuses on important issues that face the district he wants to represent. His wife Sarah bares her soul in an attempt to reach out to women voters. When Bob encounters someone who tells him that he is going to vote for him, he knows that person is sincere. People tend to believe in Bob Crandall.

 Too bad Bob Crandall is a fictional character. The country could use a political novice like him. Instead we are getting a loud mouth who is being accused of pissing all over himself.