To the eye of the external observer the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign seems to have turned a corner.
Now that he clinched the republican nomination Trump seems to be on a rampage of self-inflicted damage: first the goofy attack on the Khan family (whose fallen kid is a war hero of Muslim religion), then the refusal to endorse the primaries of GOP heavyweights Paul Ryan and John McCain (perhaps as revenge for their absence at the RNC), then the unbelievably clumsy kicking out of a crying baby at a rally – and the list goes on.
Media are taking their gloves off, with well-researched attacks that suggest he is not at all as successful as he portrays himself (Newsweek) and that the republican top brass is really, REALLY fed up with him (WaPo).
So what’s going on?
I think Trump plan was never to be President at all. The POTUS job is a tough one and the Don is not ready to work his ass off like that. Especially since he always had a fallback solution that requires much less work, zero risk and almost as much visibility, visibility being the only thing he really craves.
The solution is called “I could have been President if only the pussies in my party hadn’t thrown me out” and it works like this:
- win the nomination – CHECK !
- outrage the GOP so much they kick him out – NEARLY THERE
- HRC wins by a substantive margin
- for all her Presidency, Trump can go on behaving like the madman the media love, acting as her shadow opposer.
For someone who thrives on exaggeration, brashness the “I could have been President” solution is the best: no responsibility, almost the same visibility.