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Ask Pres. Romney How Well Being Respectful Works

By Tuesday, 30 August 2016 01:14 PM Current | Bio | Archive

I’m wondering if Trump will ever be able to hire a top-level campaign staffer who actually helps the campaign. We’re on at least the third set of top advisers (fourth if you count the in-and-out-and-in Roger Stone).

So far the only distinction this has conferred on the Orange One is that his may be the first campaign in history to wear out an under new management sign.

Every addition to the Trumpista Junta adds new contradictions and new distractions.

Worse it gives the mainstream media a legitimate excuse to ignore Trump’s issues and instead concentrate on intrigue.

So far it’s Byzantium without the eunuchs.

This time Trump traded Paul Manafort who was said to have unsavory ties with shadowy Ukrainian strongmen for Stephen Bannon who supposedly has unsavory ties with the KKK’s invisible empire.

That looks like a wash to me.

I can’t say the same for the woman who was named campaign manager, pollster Kellyanne Conway. It’s more than a little suspicious that just days after Conway joins the campaign there’s another position reversal controversy when Trump appears to go wobbly on illegal aliens.

Particularly when we recall Conway was a paid adviser to FWD.us, a Mark Zuckerberg open borders, cheap labor, amnesty-supporting, sovereignty-undermining organization.

Conway also appears to believe the long disproven chestnut that says supporting amnesty will gain Republicans the undying love of Hispanics already here and those in transit toward the next final amnesty.

This theory was proven wrong 30 years ago when Ronald Reagan signed the famous “one time amnesty” that legalized 3.2 million ungrateful Hispanics.

Fortunately Trump’s most valuable campaign aide — his Twitter account — saw the resulting outrage and he lurched back to his previous course — after another week of self-induced mainstream media focus on internal campaign contradictions.

Now Conway herself has come forward to assure Republican nervous nellies that The Donald will be “respectful” of Hillary during the debates. Great. Will someone please ask President Romney how being respectful of Obama and Candy Crowley during his debate worked out?

It is my fervent hope that Conway’s “respectful” comment was just rope-a-dope to lure Hillary into a false sense of complacency.

Trump needs to be Trump during the debate. His gut instinct is correct in thinking his no-filter personality got Trump where he is today. If a “respectful” Trump shuffles out on debate night looking like Kramer on Prozac all is lost.

Trump needs to hector and harass Hillary from the opening bell. I’d suggest starting as early as the weigh-in, like Conor McGregor.

Fortunately, Trump appears to be staying the course. The New York Times says Hillary debate preparation is full employment for Democratic witch doctors. She has a battery of shrinks analyzing ways to ruffle Trump’s feathers, a herd of scribes producing briefing books, and a casting call of surrogates to impersonate Trump.

Her shrinks say Trump “is most insecure about his intelligence, his net worth and his image as a successful businessman.” I could have told her that for free. It’s why Trump has no intention of releasing his tax returns. Even though his returns in exchange for Hillary’s medical records might be an excellent trade.

Meanwhile, Trumpodyte debate preparation appears to consist of Conway, Roger Ailes and Rudy Giuliani sitting around the widescreen TV trying to explain to Trump why he can’t fast forward through commercials when he watches “Naked and Afraid” on demand.

What will be fatal to Trumpismo on debate night is if Hillary can turn the event into the equivalent of a spelling bee where rote memorization and a command of acronyms equals competence. That’s been the model of the past and it’s toxic to Trump’s chances of winning.

Trump’s goal must be to persuade undecided voters that he has the leadership qualities to be president. His answer to Hillary’s briefing-book validation is something along the lines that if the ability to memorize is a key qualification for president, then Mohamed Atta might as well be on stage, too.

Trump’s best plan is to speak in broad strokes and keep constant pressure on Hillary. One stress coughing fit or request for a 10-minute break from her worship and we have a new poll leader.

Frankly, I hope Hillary takes the advice of new lackey Tony Schwartz, ghostwriter of “Art of the Deal.” Schwartz assures Hillary there is nothing to fret about, “Trump will bring nothing but his bluster to the debates. He’ll use sixth-grade language, he will repeat himself many times, he won’t complete sentences, and he won’t say anything of substance.”

Which is just what Jeb Bush was thinking when Trump called him “low energy.”

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher (for the League of American Voters), and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.




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Trump lurched back to his previous course, after another week of self-induced media focus on internal campaign contradictions. Now The Donald will be respectful of Hillary during debates. Great. Will someone ask President Romney how being respectful during his debate worked out?
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