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Day 83: Trump Campaign™ Steps on “Black Voter Outreach” Speech with Staff Shakeup


Last night, in 1% African-American West Bend, Wisconsin, Donald Trump read aloud his second “teleprompter speech” in as many days.  Billed as a Law-and-Order speech, it was recognized among the GOP cognoscenti as an historic outreach to African-American voters, like never seen before:


“Consider how dangerous that was,” Giuliani said. “Going into Milwaukee in the middle of the riot and talking about law and order, but also talking about what needs to be done to help minority communities, African-American communities, poor communities, to come out of the situation that they’re in.”

“I think this is the best speech that any Republican, at least, has ever given,” Giuliani said of Trump’s address Tuesday night.

Poor Abe!  Poor TR!  Poor Ike!  Poor Ronnie!  The GOP pantheon brought low….

The very next day, however, Our Liberal Media shifted focus entirely, ignoring this ahistoric rehash of Richard Nixon’s 1968 anti-crime speechifying to instead cover minor changes in the Trump Campaign™.

LAS VEGAS — Donald J. Trump has shaken up his presidential campaign for the second time in two months, hiring a top executive from the conservative website Breitbart News and promoting a senior adviser in an effort to right his faltering campaign.

Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, will become the Republican campaign’s chief executive, and Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser and pollster for Mr. Trump and his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, will become the campaign manager.

Who is Steve Bannon?  Why, only the most dangerous political operative in America, according to Bloomberg News:

Bannon’s life is a succession of Gatsbyish reinventions that made him rich and landed him squarely in the middle of the 2016 presidential race: He’s been a naval officer, investment banker, minor Hollywood player, and political impresario. When former Disney chief Michael Ovitz’s empire was falling to pieces, Bannon sat Ovitz down in his living room and delivered the news that he was finished. When Sarah Palin was at the height of her fame, Bannon was whispering in her ear. When Donald Trump decided to blow up the Republican presidential field, Bannon encouraged his circus-like visit to the U.S.-Mexico border. John Boehner just quit as House speaker because of the mutinous frenzy Bannon and his confederates whipped up among conservatives. Today, backed by mysterious investors and a stream of Seinfeld royalties, he sits at the nexus of what Hillary Clinton once dubbed “the vast right-wing conspiracy,” where he and his network have done more than anyone else to complicate her presidential ambitions—and they plan to do more. But this “conspiracy,” at least under Bannon, has mutated into something different from what Clinton described: It’s as eager to go after establishment Republicans such as Boehner or Jeb Bush as Democrats like Clinton.

Just the kind of guy to help Donald Trump pivot to being presidential in the general election, wouldn’t you say?  A Palin-whisperer!

Roger Ailes righted the Reagan campaign with his cri du coeur: “Let Ronnie Be Ronnie!”

The question, three decades later: will “Let Donnie Be Donnie!” resonate as well?


Day 97:”If Obama’s for it, we’re against it!”


Trapped in a very sticky wicket of their own design since the early years of the health care debate in Obama’s first term: GOP leadership and officeholders reflexively oppose anything Obama proposes.  A Grand Bargain to cut Social Security benefits while reforming the tax code and reducing the growth of public debt?  “Never!”  Punish Syria with bombs for its use of chemical weapons on its own citizens? “Nope!”   Even the public/private hybrid health care insurance delivery proposal that became the ACA, then “Obamacare” — despite its birth pains at the Heritage Foundation — did not get a single GOP vote in either house of Congress.

Charlie Pierce thinks today’s announcement by the President that Donald Trump is “woefully unprepared” is only the latest example of Obama being Obama in his last year in the office:

The president keeps looking into that big bag of fcks and, dammit, as The New York Times reports, if he still doesn’t find it to be empty.

I think there’s more here than meets the eye.

In his strongest denunciation of Donald J. Trump so far, President Obama on Tuesday said Mr. Trump was “unfit to serve as president” and urged the leaders of the Republican Party to withdraw their backing for his candidacy.

….  “The question they have to ask themselves is: If you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him?” Mr. Obama said at a news conference at the White House.

Got it?

It’s President Obama’s suggestion that the GOP leadership withdraw their support of Donald Trump.  It’s Obama’s idea now.   The President has skillfully used the GOP leadership’s mantra about himself against them.  The Republican National Committee  cannot now meet in secret — whether at the Skull and Bones treehouse in New Haven, or the Bush compound in Kennebunkport, or Reince Priebus’s Tardis — to Dump Trump.    Having asked them how they can denounce Trump but still support him, the President has boxed them in: Priebus, McConnell, Ryan, Christie, Rubio, McCain, Cruz, Walker, every Bush, every GOP Senator and every GOP governor and every GOP congress critter.  All of them.

They can’t very well Dump Trump now, no matter what outrages he commits tomorrow or next week.  It was the President’s idea!  Get it?

Since nothing President Obama suggests can be adopted by the GOP, it’s toxic.  It’s toxic if it’s got his name on it, and Dump Trump is now Obama’s suggestion.  With a headline like this one in today’s New York Times, how can they?

Obama Says Republicans Should Withdraw Support for Trump


The very last thing any Republican leader can do now is withdraw support for Trump; they’ll be named and shamed as Obama’s stooge.  What are they going to tell their party base?  “Oh, well, once the President suggested it, we thought we ought to go ahead and Dump Trump….”


They’ve spent almost eight years explaining to their party loyalists that *anything* this President proposes, they’ll oppose.  If he’s for it, they’re against it.  Even if they were for it yesterday (cf Grand Bargain, Syria bombing, health insurance hybridization) they are against it now that it’s Obama’s idea.

Anything.  Even a suggestion of a sane, good-faith effort to save their party in November.

So, Mr Pierce, there’s one more fck in that bag in the Oval Office after all: it’s “let me endorse that idea for you!”  President Obama used it very wisely today; lucky for us all, it’s not one-use-only.  I expect we may very well see him roll it out, with grave intonation and with the best intention, to great success, until his successor is inaugurated next January.