Donald Trump may be second to none n the arena of self-promotion but his sense of how to purchase a political scandal is very far off:
Donald Trump said on Wednesday that if President Obama releases his college records and his passport application, the mega-millionaire developer will give a $5 million check to charities of Obama’s choosing.
Trump tweeted a video of himself in which he offers Obama a “deal that I don’t believe he can refuse, and I hope he doesn’t.”
The records must be turned over by Oct. 31 by 5 p.m., and the check will be made within an hour after the records are released, Trump said.
Obama won't be playing along and talking about his birth certificate will only energize the committed and annoy the rest.
However! The time is past, at least for this election, but for a lot less than $5 million a much more entertaining scandal might be for sale. Back in 2008 (and in follow-ups) Jack Cashill alleged that Barack Obama got ghostwriting help from Bill Ayers on "Dreams From My Father". Author Christopher Andersen made a similar claim in "Barack and Michelle:Portrait of an American Marriage".
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Expert witnesses for hire! Mr. Watts mentioned the fees (waived for his project):
Normally such professional analysis for courtroom quality work nets them fees comparable to what a metropolitan lawyer might charge...
Not a big deal for Trump, who has lawyers for lunch. Not even chump change, actually.
Well, the key word is "stylometry" and lots of academics are doing interesting things with it. The death of internet anonymity is mooted here; police states take note, as well as app developers interested in creating a "style obfuscater".
if Mr. Trump wants to throw away a bit of money wisely, hiring some credible experts to track the authorship of "Dreams" could be a cheap home run.
I CAN QUIT ANYTIME: The World Series starts tonight! OK, we won't see any cheap Yankee Stadium home runs, but wait'll next year. Meanwhile, starting next week we will be all about three yards and a cloud of dust and draining threes with our Metaphor Mangler.