Rope-A-Dope

Sep 20 2020
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Professional boxers employ a technique of assuming a protected position, pretending to be trapped against the ropes. It allows the opponent’s punches to be absorbed by the ropes rather than the boxer’s body.  This was classic Muhammed Ali, aka “The Greatest”, showcased in the 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” match with George Forman. 

It’s called rope-a-dope and causes the opponent to exhaust himself by engaging in mistaken maneuvers, which can then be exploited in a winning counter-attack.

Madison Square Garden photographer George Kalinsky, observing Ali using this method during training sessions, encouraged him to “act like a dope on the ropes”.  Replied Ali, “So, you want me to be a rope-a-dope?”

Both the professional boxing and political lexicons acquired a new entry.

The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings, of September 2018, were preplanned kabuki theatre, a partisan attack on a Trump nominee.   Senator Kamala Harris (CA), now Democratic vice-presidential nominee continually insulted Kavanaugh, insinuating he was incapable of answering the most simple questions.  Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), the self-appointed prep school yearbook analyst, was more concerned with deconstructing teenage scrawls on “boofing”  (we learned it referred to flatulence), sexual innuendo and female students’ nicknames than with seeking a rational outcome.  On October 6, 2018, Brett Kavanaugh, despite the antics of the fools on The Hill, was confirmed, by Senate vote 50 – 48.

Isn’t jackass a synonym for donkey?

With Grand Inquisitor Jerry Nadler in position on his House Judiciary Chair perch, the Democrats convened their court of character assassination of US Attorney General Bill Barr.  Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) demanded that Barr “resign or face impeachment”.  Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA), annoyed that Barr would not have words placed in his mouth, screamed “I’m starting to lose my temper!”  Adult in the chamber Barr calmly defended his decision to deploy federal agents to lawless Democrat-run cities, such as Portland Oregon, setting the trap. 

 Snap!  The rodents devoured the cheese.

“The Greatest” in the pugilistic political colosseum , President Donald J. Trump, understands that the contender requires the logic of a skilled chess player.  After but one move apiece, there are 400 possible positions.  After two moves apiece, 72,084 possibilities. Compare this to the skill required to deal with Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.  Now visualize Joe Biden twisting on the twine.  

Check.  Checkmate.

While the Trump Derangement Syndrome caucus was entertaining its favorite topic, the commander-in-chief’s lack of Miss Manners charm, he was gainfully employed; most recently, brokering the Israel-United Arab Emirates peace accord, working with the FDA on developing COVID-19 convalescent plasma treatment, with the USDA on the anti-hunger “Farmers to Families Food Box” program, and being instrumental in the signing of the Serbia-Kosovo economic accord.

Caution!  Children at play! 

Intellectual bantamweight Joe Biden, Democratic presidential nominee, doesn’t need to spar with Donald Trump to flail on the ropes. He manages to do so everywhere he goes.  At the initial democratic presidential candidate debate, June 27, 2019, his now running mate Kamala Harris bludgeoned him with her I-accuse-you-of-being-a-racist-but-maybe-you-are-not-a-racist attack. “Go easy on me, kid,” he begged the then-54-year-old Harris, during the second debate, July 31, 2019.  Harris countered by acrimoniously referring to Biden as “Senator”.  Palooka Joe. 

“Is anyone surprised Donald Trump has a problem with strong women?” Biden said in a Wilmington, Delaware campaign stop, with Harris, on August 12, 2020.  If this 77-year-old career lightweight cannot handle a combative 54-year-old “kid” from California, can he be expected to hold his own during  debates with the 74-year-old rope-a-dope virtuoso from Queens NY?

Under the banner of “Uniting America”, the 2020 Democratic National Convention commenced on August 17.  You wouldn’t know this from the tragedians at the podium. Every syllable and word was presoaked in venom.   Bill Clinton rechristened the Oval Office a “storm center” with “only chaos”.  Presidential wannabe “Beto” O’Rourke called Trump the most “destructive, hateful, racist president” in American history. 

Consider the comment of conservative Fox News pundit Greg Gutfeld:  “I’ve witnessed more exciting rice cakes”.

The 2020 Republican National Convention began August 24, with the theme
“Land of Promise”. Speakers Alice Marie Johnson, Nicholas Sandman and Andrew Pollock were but a few who exemplified this.

Gounod’s “Funeral March of a Marionette vs. Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”.

The pessimistic, boring DNC did not incite Republicans to riot, accost and spit on Democrat conventioneers exiting their venue.  Such was not the case when the RNC conventioneers departed on their final night:   En masse, the violent hordes verbally and physically attacked. 

Crickets from the Biden camp.  

Boomerang:  a plan or scheme that returns to the sender, with negative consequences. 

Rope-a-dope.

Mary Himlin is President of the Kendall County Republican Club