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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 93: (YesterSaturday) Newt Makes $4.6Million Disappear

Disgraced former Speaker of the House and failed presidential aspirant Newt “Take My Wife, Please!” Gingrich has filed an FEC campaign resolution plan for his abortive-but-successful-at-bookselling 2012 presidential campaign.  You will be unsurprised to learn that the “plan” involves turning $4,600,000 into ZERO DOLLARS.

Because it is owed by Newt to someone else.  Lots of someone elses:

Newt Gingrich apparently has no plans to pay back dozens of small businesses that made yard signs and TV ads for his 2012 presidential campaign. Gingrich filed a document with the Federal Election Commission this week detailing a debt settlement plan to finally terminate his 2012 presidential campaign committee. The document shows that “Newt 2012” plans to stiff 114 businesses and consultants that are altogether owed $4.6 million.

N. Leroy Gingrich, Definer of Civilization’s Rules and Leader (Perhaps) of The Civilizing Forces [Charlie Pierce] proposes to make this $4,600,000 disappear.  He’s going to turn it into “zero dollars.”   Isn’t this the fellow who goes on and on about debt rotting our nation?

To whom is this money owed, you might ask?

The Gingrich campaign’s IOU’s are spread across the county and owed to organizations large and small. The biggest chunk of the debt, nearly $1 million, is owed for Gingrich’s use of private jets to fly from event to event through charter travel company Moby Dick Airways. The campaign also owes more than $400,000 for Gingrich’s personal security to the Patriot Group, and $128,000 to the Winston Group, a top Republican polling company based in Washington.

Several other well-known names are also among Gingrich’s creditors, including former Rep. J.C. Watts and Herman Cain for “strategic consulting” and travel, as well as Kellyanne Conway’s The Polling Company, which conducted polls for the Gingrich campaign and is owed more than $20,000.

The campaign’s former manager is still out $27,000 in salary, while the landlord for an office space in Columbia, South Carolinea, is looking for $1,136 in outstanding rent. The last Comcast bill in New Hampshire never got paid, nor did a $718 tab for catering in Sarasota, Florida. Fed-Ex is looking for $33,732 from the campaign, while Twitter was never paid for a $9,000 media buy.

Former Rep. John Sweeney, who is owed more than $24,000 for paying ballot access fees for the campaign, said he still hasn’t been paid and hasn’t heard from the campaign for about six months.

Newt Gingrich must have has decided he’ll never again need political consultants, private planes, Comcast, pollsters, private security, or Black GOPs like Herman Cain and JC Watts.

Because what Trump Cabinet member does?


Day 96: “What is this, an intervention?”

Yeah, we’ve all heard it.

In popular culture, we’ve seen it in the movies or on television, or we’ve read it in books or even in magazine headlines at the checkout stand.  Some of us have even been on one side or another of that question ourselves in real life!  And the answer — if the adoring assembled don’t immediately yell “Surprise! Happy Birthday!”–  usually is, “Yes [yournamehere] it is.  We care about you and we’re worried.”

Who to include is always a challenge.  You want to bring close friends and family members who will model good behavior as you work through the challenge of getting the object of the intervention to recognize, acknowledge, and agree to face the issues.  Not everybody who participates needs to be always-sober, or currently drug-free, or completely free of anger issues (depending upon the reason for the intervention).  But you need some stalwarts who can help steer the ship.

Key Republicans close to Donald Trump’s orbit are plotting an intervention with the candidate after a disastrous 48 hours led some influential voices in the party to question whether Trump can stay at the top of the Republican ticket without catastrophic consequences for his campaign and the GOP at large.

“Influential voices” you say?  So who has RNC chair Reince Priebus corralled into being a part of this admittedly very challenging assignment?  What upright, steady, forthright citizens among party elders does the RNC chair want to have next to him when he faces Donald Trump about his “issues?”

Republican National Committee head Reince Priebus, former Republican New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are among the Trump endorsers hoping to talk the real estate mogul into a dramatic reset of his campaign in the coming days, sources tell NBC News.

Because when I think of without-ego, selfless, steady-headed public servants, these two guys spring to mind.

Good luck, Reince: you’ll be lucky to come out of that room alive.