As I’ve mentioned before, I comment on politics at a few conservative sites and since the TrumpNation populism fueled to life, the Republican camp still seems very divided, where even the term “frenemies” seems too mild for the rancor. Trump and his “GOP Insurgency” can be blamed for the escalation and the cynical use of his “GOPe conspiracy theories” to divide and conquer the Republican Party. He has been completely successful at laying waste to the GOP as a functioning political party, in a critical election year.
Lately, the charge against #NeverTrumpers centers on railing at them about how if Trump loses in November, their refusal to get on the Trump Train caused it. Trump is losing this race on his own and he set himself up to fail from the beginning. Now I do believe that Clinton operatives had rats inside the Potemkin Trump campaign, to feed Trump advice and lead him into bad campaign decisions, but ultimately if you are a dupe, you only have yourself to blame in the end. That said, an angry Trump follower challenged me and asked what I would suggest, so first I will relate what I think the GOP’s only chance in November is and due to the lateness in the game, it’s a long-shot and then he asked what I would do if I were running, so here goes:
The GOP Last Ditch Option
The best thing to do would be get a Republican (moderate) out there and jump behind him and let Trump self-destruct. Doing that would catch Americans’ attention and if enough Republicans actually rallied to save the Republic – Hillary could be defeated.
Trump is a lost cause – he is heading back to his scorched earth from the primary – attacking the GOP. Let him go! That is my advice. Get someone competent out there, back him and ignore Trump like a child throwing a temper-tantrum.
Focus all the attention on having a positive American message and countering Hillary. The more Trump spews, the more he will lose voters, who will then be looking for another choice in the middle. Right now Hillary has staked out the middle – challenge her hold on the middle ground with someone competent and in the (middle).
Desperate times call for desperate measures – Trump really is a LOOSE CANNON, that’s the truth and he will do what he set out to do – burn the GOP to the ground. Republicans should take away his matches.
Then, we move on to what I said I would do, if I was hypothetically running:
My campaign strategy
If I were running, I would be out there with a positive American message, organized speeches and trying to be able to speak knowledgeably about most of the world’s hot spots and domestic issues. I would have the humility to know I don’t know a lot and rather than bluster my way through like Trump does, I would say I need to do more research to speak confidently to that issue. I would be spending every spare minute compiling coherent policies and researching issues.
I would NOT be blaming everyone else for my mistakes and I would NOT be on Twitter ranting.
And I would NOT be demonizing and spewing endless demagoguery constantly.
All he knows how to do is pathetic character assassinations or play at pitting one group against another. His own campaign staff is a prime example of his toxic leadership. Just about any of those real Republicans in the primary would fare better against this Witch of Chappaqua. Trump makes her look better every single day. He stayed on message 2 days and that cramped his style too much – so it’s back to the LOOSE CANNON, let Trump be Trump. She’s out there sounding upbeat and Reaganesque and he is stomping back into the weeds.
PS: I am a lifelong recovering stutterer, so I will never seek any job that requires public speaking….. I learned to write, to have a voice:-)
So, now that the magical thinking options are dispensed with, because the GOP does not have the leadership to unite for a common purpose and in the second case, I am terrible at public speaking, which is a critical skill in politics. You can add on that I am a very private person, avoid cameras always, lack any desire for a public job and hate confrontations in real life. Funny that, because I am fine arguing about politics online writing out my arguments, but in real life having to verbally present them, well let’s just say I quickly become a stuttering mess.
With my prognostications on Trump’s campaign shake-up (meltdown, perhaps), let me go on record as reminding everyone of my August 2nd blog post, “Burning the GOP to the ground”:
“During the past day Trump started alleging that he is sure the election in November will be rigged against him. Republicans leaders should be worried, because that is Trump preparing to jump ship before November and leave the GOP hanging. Whether that was his plan all along or it’s an escape route to avoid a crushing defeat, who knows, but Trump will bail, just like he bailed on the debates when Cruz and Rubio made him look like the imbecilic clown, he is. Trump will not stick around until November if his polls numbers continue to dive and he continues to come under fire from all sides. His campaign remains a chaotic mess, because Trump is in charge and there is no other calm head or hand to grab the steering wheel from him, to avoid this train wreck.
If Trump does bail, he will rail about how the Republicans treated him so badly and unfairly…. you can count on that.”
Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows, because now, my “crackpot” theory is gaining steam with several conservative pundits and in some very odd locations. Michael Moore wrote an opinion piece, at The Huffington Post, laying out his theory that Trump entered the race to gain leverage in his reality TV deal with NBC, never intending to be successful in the race. Moore believes that once Trump started winning and had these huge crowds, the fame and attention went to his head. In the end here is Moore’s theory on what he believes Trump plans on doing and assuredly it’s a safe bet he never reads my blog, lol:
“But, let me throw out another theory, one that assumes that Trump isn’t as dumb or crazy as he looks. Maybe the meltdown of the past three weeks was no accident. Maybe it’s all part of his new strategy to get the hell out of a race he never intended to see through to its end anyway. Because, unless he is just “crazy,” the only explanation for the unusual ramping up, day after day, of one disgustingly reckless statement after another is that he’s doing it consciously (or subconsciously) so that he’ll have to bow out or blame “others” for forcing him out. Many now are sensing the end game here because they know Trump seriously doesn’t want to do the actual job — and, most importantly, he cannot and WILL NOT suffer through being officially and legally declared a loser — LOSER! — on the night of November 8th.
Trust me, I’ve met the guy. Spent an afternoon with him. He would rather invite the Clintons AND the Obamas to his next wedding than have that scarlet letter (“L”) branded on his forehead seconds after the last polls have closed on that night, the evening of the final episode of the permanently cancelled Donald Trump Shit-Show.”
Trump doesn’t want to be bothered with having to “act presidential”, which requires studying policy issues and paying close attention to current events and details. He prefers to schmooze and be adored by his fans. So, it will be back to Trump the LOOSE CANNON campaign style. He does NOT like to pay attention to details and he always leaves himself wiggle-room to slither out of his professed policy positions or beliefs….. everything in Trump’s world is negotiable, no values or principles are sacrosanct, meaning, he can be bought and sold. That’s the truth. I expect him to bail before November, but rest assured, in the process his goal won’t be to attack Hillary, it will be inflicting as much damage as possible on the GOP as he can. His lovely life will be back in NYC hobnobbing with the elite liberal crowd (his lifelong friends) .