Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has announced a 26-player recruiting class that analysts consider more talented than the one he signed in 2012 and perhaps the best of the six he's assembled for the Cornhuskers.
Infamoustimes: Well, if you've always wondered what it would have been like to live in Germany around 1933 then this speech was a good re-enactment of what it felt like to have a leader scream at the public for an hour while leaving the impression that all the ills of the country are attributable to around 3% of the population. My reaction was a pendulum swing between being absolutely sickened at what I found to be perhaps the lowest point I've witnessed in US Presidential elections since 1960 when I was a kid and barely understood what was being said. But I'm sure kids and many adults had a visceral reaction to this speech that was not positive. On the other had I was impressed by the sheer skill and audacity which he committed to it. It was, in my experience, his best executed speech - it was replete with factual misrepresentations and general mischaracterizations which bombarded the listener so quickly it was tough to keep up with them in real time. He certainly managed to thread the needle much more effectively than anyone expected of simultaneously recommiting to his hard line base while leaving a lot of doors open to argue he has adopted a more humane and pragmatic position. But the core of the speech is what the attitude communicated - a sense of dread and fear and protective suspicion of the "others" in our midst that reminded me of the rhetoric I grew up with when politicians on the right warned us similarly about communists among us. And unlike such warnings today back then we actually did know what communism is. But Joe McCarthy would have sat back in admiration at the forcefulness with which Trump sold his version of the enemy within. But it didn't work back then and I think this works even less effectively with the electorate because Trump is not speaking to an experience or primary concern that is shared by the majority of people throughout the country, including in areas where there are large Hispanic populations and presumably illegal people among them. Illegal immigration does not crack the list of the major concerns of most Americans with the exception of people like in the alt right who have made this their political raison d'etre - and that's the core of Trump's base but is far below what will be required to win the election and not even the totality of his support. And the attempts to link it to things that are broader concerns like jobs and tax spending falls short both factually and in striking a chord with most people as being an important part of those issues. If you watched Fox News tonight they aired their own poll after the debate - taken solely among self-identified Republicans whose response after hearing his speech was that the largest segment by far of those Republicans polled said they favored legalization for the 11 million already here. Not citizenship - but clearly his speech not only didn't entirely work on a lot of the Republicans in that Fox sample - it may have had a reverse affect. Despite his neatly laid out step by step plan there was real sense that under his proposal we would be heading into chaos and a worsening situation rather than the clarity and order he was trying to sell like another Trump product. It was a sense that we were turning over the entirety of government in order to prioritize and execute this program that seems to over complicate and overstated problem. Obviously to his core voters what I'm saying is the exact opposite of their most deeply held beliefs and feelings. But the basic reality for Trump is with the election just over nine weeks away with a lot of voting occurring before then and him consistently behind in the polls, particularly in the six or seven major battleground states (which really are the only polls that matter - national polls are beside the point now) his goal has to be to both add voters while avoiding subtraction from his existing support - and while this speech probably tended to do the latter it also tended not to do the former - and if this didn't work tonight as reflected over the next several days to several weeks then he truly has no second shot or correction of it that can be made. .