The Campaign For DA

7.27.2017

I Know Why Trump's Base Is Slow To Leave Him: Art Briles



Stay with me here.

I've come to the conclusion there is nothing that Trump can do to alienate his hard core base. At least for now. Polls show his approval rating is around 37%. It moved there pretty quickly. Having it move lower than that will be very, very slow. Why?

This was almost an epiphany to me last night. Baylor football, Art Briles, and me.

As a metaphor, Baylor football was down, really down, for a long, long time. Then a savior came along in the name of Art Briles. You know what he said in his opening press conference about arguably the worst team in the nation? "We will win the Big 12." That was like Trump initially saying, "I will win the Presidency." Yeah, sure you will.

Both were right.

I was ecstatic about Baylor's later success. We were, in the words of Trump, "winning."

And then the scandal happened. And here we come to the point of this post. You know what my reaction was? Denial. My leader could not be anything other than who I thought he was. If Baylor gives up on him the team might go back to where it was: Being a "loser" and not a "winner"! We could not let that happen! It was a long road to get where we were. We weren't going back.

Then the Board of Regents fired the greatest coach in Baylor history. The news reports kept pouring in.

But I defended him in person and on Liberally Lean. The firing and the awful news reports didn't mean anything, right?! He was being mistreated, I said. This had to be an ESPN conspiracy.  (I didn't know to use the term "Fake News" at the time.)

I took heat from everyone. BagOfNothing torched me every week. Commentors killed me. Finally, Mrs. LL actually took me aside one night and told me, "You are in denial about this and you need to stop. You have never looked at this from the perspective of those girls." (She doesn't do things like that.)

And they were all right. I was wrong. It just took me a year to realize it because it was so hard to do.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm right there with you, mostly. That is, I still think the lawsuits themselves are worthless, Title IX is misapplied and needs to be fixed, universities shouldn't be involved in criminal investigations, and the accused in any university "justice" process needs to have as many due process rights as someone who is criminally accused.

So I was willing to give Briles the benefit of the doubt that bad people did bad things, and his job was to win football games, not police the off-campus behavior of current or former students.

Right up till when his emails/texts came out, trying to cover up for his players and blaming the girls for being around his "bad dudes" football players.

Good riddance. We'll win again, someday, without him. Now if we could only fire the trustees, too.

RatherBeSailing said...

LL: Why can't you see that a choice between Trump and Hillary was of course a Trump choice? No matter how bad you think Trump is he is not even close to doing the damage that someone like Hillary would.
Come to think about it there is not one like Hillary.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the most ridiculous thing you have ever posted (and you have posted some goofy stuff). No comparison at all other than the fact that Baylor was in the toilet like the US was under Obama. Trump didn't over look a bunch of thugs for his personal egocentric gain. I fail to see where Trump has done anything so wrong (at least from those viewing him with tough skin as opposed to the mindless, sensitive, liberally inclined candy asses (for example) that think illegals have the same rights as US citizens). The Democrats actually claim that allowing transgenders in the military makes us safer.......WTF?????? Trump is cutting out all of the nonsense started by the Obama regime and the softies don't like it. In addition, no offense to Mrs. LL as I am sure she is a wonderful lady (she must be since she puts up with your goofiness) but you will never convince me that EVERY claim of sexual assault was true. Just as I do not believe that every player (or accused player) did any thing wrong; "You have never looked at this from the perspective of those girls" in some ways is a crock of shit as I have no doubt some of those girls were flat out lying and ruined some lives in the process. I have often wondered what I would say to a young man if i had to, other than "stay away from them or have them sign this consent form before you have sex" with regard to how he should protect himself from false claims of sexual assault frome some gal. Again, Mrs. LL is probably a fine lady but I think a little over dramatic. Everyone seems to think that the football players were all Jack the Ripper but these gals were saints......I'm not buying it. Were some of the players rotten? Yes, no excuses and do legally what needs to be done.........but do some of the gals know they have the power and that all claims (false or true) stick......you bet. I appreciate you reaching for an analogy Barry to try and explain why Trump is so well liked by so many but this one is way off the mark.

wordkyle said...

You could be right. The difference is where one's "benefit of the doubt" needle was preset. I don't remember there being a massive "Bring Briles Down" movement as soon as he was announced for the job. Briles was initially welcomed by everyone, including the media, and had to actually be proved guilty of something before the tide turned.

Anonymous said...

This was a very insightful and thought-provoking post. Spot on!

Anonymous said...

I get such tired head reading Trump supporters saying, "but what about Hillary" when trying to defend Trump.

Anonymous said...

You're a defense attorney....why would you care about the girls...disgusting

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle is dismissing the UT, A&M, Tech, TCU, SMU, etc. supporters and fans who don't give a benefit of the doubt to any Baylor coach from the beginning and seek to bring him down through defeat and ridicule.

Anonymous said...

There is a flaw with your comparison. Baylor had not been taking your hard earned cash and treating you like you were not valid for the eight years prior to the arrival of Briles. Those that identify in this group won't soon forget because it was more personal than watching your alma mater lose a football game. This is also the segment of society that the pollsters overlooked prior to the election, so don't put too much stock in the popularity numbers. Not sure but your epiphany may have been gas, did you have Mexican food last night?
DF Uneducated White Male Class of 80 “Ima Telling U”

Anonymous said...

"but you will never convince me that EVERY claim of sexual assault was true."

So what percentage of the claims is necessary for Briles' behavior to be unacceptable? Do 98% of the claims need to be true for there to be justifiable outrage? Half? Certainly not just ONE girl who was raped and the head coach knowingly allowed it to be covered up would be enough to justify firing him, right?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps your most insightful post, ever.

I was/am in the "but at least he isn't Hillary" camp, but that doesn't make Trump right, just the (perhaps) lesser of two evils.

Still, politics aside, what is great about your post is the "I can't see it because I won't believe it" insight. Funny, but most critics of the post seem to be perfect examples of the post itself.

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking Trump's base might be waiting for some evidence that he has done anything illegal or immoral to jump ship. Him trying to do what they elected him to do is ok with them one would think.

Anonymous said...

About time you came around to realize Briles is scum. Trump is the same.

Anonymous said...

10:03. Let's approach it this way and cut the crap here. When a young man is found guilty of sexual assault he gets criminally punishedm as he should. I propose that a young gal who is found to have lied should get the same punishment, scrutiny, public humiliation, etc. No sympathy, no slap on the hand, nothing. You get my point? Do I endorse sexual assault? Absolutely not!!! I do however see too many young men getting falsely accused of sexual assault, their lives ruined and the gal goes on as if nothing ever happened.

Anonymous said...

Insane level of denial. The WH has a civil war going on with itself, majority Congess can't get anything done, the douche in charge is demented and you think H would be worse? This is Barry's point - the base is beyond denial, now it's pure spite.

Anonymous said...

9:47 might want to get ready for some more what about Hillary if Mr. Awan turns out to be a talker.

Anonymous said...

HOLY COW! DID YOU JUST EMPATHIZE WITH TRUMP SUPPORTERS? ARE YOU CERTAIN MRS. LL WAS REFERRING TO BAYLOR FOOTBALL?

TF VAUGHAN CUNNINGHAM
TF PAUL JILLIAN

RatherBesailing said...

Hey 9:27. Hillary was the only choice against Trump unless you are crazy enough to consider Bernie. That is why her name comes up. She was the only valid opponent. hope this helps you in your quest for understanding and knowledge. : )>

Anonymous said...

Barry, you had a major epiphany. I think you are spot on with the comparison. It's like Alcoholics Anonymous. The first step to healing is admitting who you are/were. Hi, I am (insert name here) and I am a Trump or Briles supporter. I am twenty one days reformed.

DF It's An Addiction

Anonymous said...

How long will it take you to stop ragging on Trump? You are so biased

Anonymous said...

I would guess that there would have been "a massive 'Bring Briles Down' movement as soon as he was announced for the job" if he had advocated and bragged about sexual assault before the announcement. I'm pretty sure that if he had boasted about "grabbing them by the pussy," he would not have been hired.

Anonymous said...

9:47 -- But what about Hillary? I get tired of it, too, but my God! WHAT ABOUT HILLARY?
Was the Donald my choice? No, but he is what I saw as the only option to Hillary, and she was/is unacceptable on so many levels! Our insurance is at its highest cost and medical care is at its lowest availability to the average American. Have you tried to use the only ACA policy available in Wise County? Last I checked, there wasn't a doctor or hospital that accepted it.
The liberal agenda, from xyz sexuality, to welfare and social gimmes, to abortion, to gun control and inner city violence against police and the surrounding citizens are just not acceptable options to many, many people.
We may not unconditionally approve of Trump, but we are not going to burn him at the stake, either. We lived through 8 years of liberalism becoming more and more 'acceptable' to the Democratic party. We aren't going to turn our backs on the POTUS.

Anonymous said...

I am someone who supported Trump, voted for Trump, and has defended Trump before and after the election. My choice was never about any faith or belief that Trump was a good man or would make a particularly good leader.......I've been one of those who supported Trump because I truly believed Hilary as president would be a disaster. (Still believe that to a certain extent) Only in the last few weeks, have I been ready to admit that Trump as president is a disaster. And........ just like you, I defended Briles for months. Surely he didn't know....surely he didn't cover anything up. Took me awhile to face reality there too.
This may the best post I've ever read on your blog.........spot on.

wordkyle said...

1130 - If everyone was ready to bring down sitting Presidents because they're creeps, I don't think our institution of government would have lasted very long.

Anonymous said...

Your detractors to this comment prove your point. I don't believe we actually know how uninformed Trump is without his staff written teleprompter. The wording of his tweets leads me to believe someone else writes most of them. So my conclusion is that while Briles really knew what he was doing but Trump is mainly the face for the background puppeteers. Really SAD.

Anonymous said...

11:00 has an eating disorder.

Anonymous said...

11:52 - What has happened in the last few weeks?

Anonymous said...

Bring back Briles! He's a good man and a good coach. Sexual assaults don't have any business being handled by educators .... i.e. Title IX


On the second note.... you are trying to say Trump has a problem other than over tweeting. Yes...He should quit that. But beyond the twitter is a normal political process with the opposition with a boost from the media attempting to create scandal for political gain.

Anonymous said...

If the Dow keeps setting records Barry get ready for Trump in 2020 most people vote with their wallets!

Anonymous said...

WTF....you are truly on some good drugs. Obama made the teleprompter famous, not Trump. And the wording and tone of his tweets is like an 8th grader, so I'm fairly sure it is him. Trump is the insecure leader battling with his staff, sometimes humiliating them, not the other way around. Your conclusions are what is really SAD!

Anonymous said...

Glad to see Mrs. LL brought you to the promised land. I tried my best on her and Twitter, but man, you just wouldn't listen to me.

Anonymous said...

I've said this before and I'll say it again, if the first person you go tell you were raped was the head football coach you might have an agenda. The strange thing is all these women went to the football coach and never called the cops. Makes no sense.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle for the loss, once again.

Anonymous said...

Look, the media went to great lengths to support Obama no matter the scandel. Trumpers watched it for 8 years and learned well, defend the leader at all cost, just like the left does. Because of how the left responded during Obama's tenure politics was forever changed. You all created Trump so quit complaining.

I never cared for Trump, he was my 19th choice out of Republican candidates, but I will defend him to death out of my shear hatred for the left and their policies. I know he lies, I know he is crooked, but I also know he is on my side. That's all that matters. I would gladly see Clinton locked up for the same crimes as Trump simply because I hate that bitch and what she represents!!!

Anonymous said...

Or you're just fine tuning your humble-brag. You don't have integrity, quit trying to play me for a fool.

Anonymous said...

5:38pm - With that kind of logic you probably felt Jeffrey Dahmer was an okay guy because he kept a nice yard, voted your way, and was a fiscal conservative. You could forgive his eating disorder of liking the taste of human flesh and having an occasional peccadillo for hitchhikers of any gender. But he wasn't a Leftie, thank God!

DF Apples to Apples

mzchief said...

The difference between Briles supporters and hardcore Trump/Hillary supporters is that at some point Briles supporters thought Briles was a good man and it mattered to them that he was a good man. Hardcore Trump supporters are just like hardcore Hillary supporters, they don't care about their candidate's character, honesty, integrity. Trump voters know they got Crazy and don't care because Crazy is still better than Evil.

disclaimer: I didn't vote for Trump or Hillary and have always thought both of them were "deplorable."