More from the Book

Another interesting thing from the book that I didn’t know is that the reason why Kavanaugh behaved so differently at different times (like in the TV interview he sat for with his wife and the hearing) is because he was torn between two influence groups.

On the one hand, there were the Bushies who were trying to convince him to pretend to be meek, contrite and unemotional. Kavanaugh is a longtime Bushie himself, so he initially accepted the advice and sat for that ridiculous TV interview where he repeated the same thing verbatim 6 times and looked like he had a wooden pole stuck up his ass.

But the Trump camp (led by Don McGahn who was transmitting Trump’s messages) told him this was a horrible idea and that people don’t respond to that kind of thing any more. They told Kavanaugh to be emotional. The poor guy, this doesn’t come naturally to him, so he practiced and practiced. But when he finally managed to be openly emotional at the hearing, he won the nomination.

The authors of the book point out that you absolutely have to practice more for an emotional speech than for a dry one. Many people don’t realize that and fail at the task. It’s a very rare person that can be openly emotional in front of a large audience and still completely control the message. Everybody else needs to practice.

2 thoughts on “More from the Book”

  1. “The authors of the book point out that you absolutely have to practice more for an emotional speech than for a dry one. Many people don’t realize that and fail at the task. It’s a very rare person that can be openly emotional in front of a large audience and still completely control the message.”

    Do you really think that Trump practices for his “red meat” speeches?? He just goes off-script (if he even has any text on the monitor screen), and then lets what old-hat Freudian psychiatrists like me used to call the “id” (the primitive and instinctual part of the mind that contains sexual and aggressive drives) have free rein to come to conscious expression.

    In most people, their infantile “id”-level rages are suppressed by the normally filtering “superego” (their conscience or at least an appreciation of currently accepted moral values). and by the “ego” (the perhaps cynical but highest-level realistic “common sense”part of the psyche that basically says, “Hey, you can’t say that without getting in trouble!”)

    Make no mistake: I’m not unprofessional enough to diagnose ANY specific psychiatric diagnosis to ANY patient by long distance — That’s the work of quacks like famous Yale shrink Bandy Lee who in http://www.Salon.com articles regularly prescribes specific psychiatric illnesses to Donald Trump from her professional office at Yale, or perhaps while on vacation to her family laundry in San Francisco.

    I’m simply complementing on how it’s obvious (in Freudian terminology, at least) how his campaign speeches work.

    So far, it’s a winning strategy!

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    1. Trump is absolutely that rare person. But Kavanaugh isn’t or he wouldn’t be a lawyer. Imagine a lawyer who just goes off and says whatever he feels like.

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