For all your sleeping needs

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Chris Cillizza, "Donald Trump’s troll game of Jeb Bush: A+", WaPo 9/8/2015:

The second the Internet alerted me to the fact that someone — a woman in a hat to be specific — had nodded off while on camera at a Jeb Bush event last week, the first thing that came to my mind was: Donald Trump is going to have a field day with this.

And so he did:

See also Matt Wilstein, "CNN Helps Trump Brand Jeb Bush as ‘Low Energy’", Mediaite 9/8/2015.

As Cillizza observes,

If your opponent doesn't play by the rules — or doesn't acknowledge there are rules at all — it's no fun to play a game with him. Bush is learning that the hard way.



  1. Keith said,

    September 10, 2015 @ 4:15 am

    From the title I expected this to be either badly translated English or an advertiser's pun.

    In both cases, I expected some discussion of "sleeping needs"being either:
    1. things that you need in order to sleep well, or
    2. needs (i.e. desires) that are dormant and can be woken up by the correct stimulus.

  2. Jerry Friedman said,

    September 10, 2015 @ 11:13 am

    I knew "troll" had come to mean "bully on the Internet", but does it also just mean "mock" now?

  3. Joshua said,

    September 10, 2015 @ 9:44 pm

    "Trolling" on the Internet doesn't necessarily mean bullying. For example, suppose someone posted on a movie discussion board, "I'm taking a poll. Which is the best Martin Scorsese movie: Star Wars or Jurassic Park?" That would generally be considered trolling, because it would be posting intentionally wrong information in order to provoke a reaction, but it normally wouldn't be bullying anyone.

  4. Scott McClure said,

    September 12, 2015 @ 5:39 am

    I agree with Joshua's remarks on "trolling".

    This sense of "trolling" connects the word, at least in my mind, with a fishing practice in which bait or lures are dragged through the water in the hopes of attracting bites:

    My impression is that this might be the older sense of "troll" when referring to internet communications. A troll, to my mind, is first someone who posts intentionally ill-informed material in the hopes of getting a rise out of the audience, and only secondarily a generic bully.

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