October 9, 2016

BUT THERE ARE STILL REPUBLICANS PRETENDING HE COULD GOVERN AMERICA?:

Turmoil reigns inside Trump Tower (ALEX ISENSTADT and GLENN THRUSH 10/08/16. Politico)

"It is a complete sh-t show," one GOP operative who still backs Trump said on Saturday, a day of mass defections by Republican women and down-ballot Senate and House candidates. "There's one chance, one opportunity left -- and that's to get on bended knee and project the image of contrition. ... That's not going to happen."

A senior Trump aide described the mood of the campaign on Saturday evening as "very demoralized."

The staggering events of the 72 hours leading up to Sunday's showdown here with Hillary Clinton -- capped by an unprecedented exodus of at least two dozen high-profile GOP supporters -- would have posed an overwhelming challenge to any debate-prep team. But Trump doesn't really have such a team in the conventional sense. Members of his rotating circle of advisers are confused about what to do, and the candidate is unwilling or incapable of preparing a game plan, Republican officials and people close to the campaign told POLITICO.

Even if Trump's Friday fiasco had never happened, he'd still be in deep trouble, and his campaign remains in a state of disarray. In interviews conducted over the past week, campaign aides complained about improvised decision-making, and a lack of communication that often leads to mixed signals and confusion. With so few people on staff -- Trump's skeleton campaign is a fraction the size of Clinton's massive Brooklyn operation-- senior advisers are often scattered around the country on various assignments, making it hard to implement consistent messaging, a coherent communications strategy and a debate-prep system that will protect the vulnerable candidate.

Let us accept, for the sake of argument, that every offense of Donald's is equaled or surpassed by Hillary.  At that point, just the adroitness she's always shown in dealing with self-induced (or Bill-induced) crises and to get on with the job of governing makes her the one better-suited to the office.

Posted by at October 9, 2016 3:58 PM

  

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