Is Donald Trump trying
This meme has been gaining popularity. The other day, I caught a Sam Seder broadcast which argued that Trump's hilariously hypocritical "Mark Foley" moment was designed to make The Donald look bad. Brent Budowsky, a very level-headed fellow, here
offers a tentative endorsement of the "intentional loser" scenario. (Okay, it's not really an endorsement
-- more like an exploration
of the idea.)
I have been to many rodeos in national politics, and literally every single major player in politics that I know expected Trump to "pivot" after the conventions to appear to take more responsible positions and say fewer irresponsible and self-destructive things. Republicans believed Trump would pivot with hope; Democrats believed he would pivot with dread.
Nobody I know believed that Trump would pivot in the opposite direction, becoming even more irresponsible and self-destructive after the conventions.
I am not saying that I believe Donald Trump is trying to throw the election to Hillary Clinton, but I am saying this is a prospect that is now worth seriously considering if the endless series of Trump blunders and gaffes continues.
The "intentional loser" theory accounts for much. Yet I can't buy it.
Trump biographer David Cay Johnston scoffs at the idea. I haven't read Johnston's book yet, but I've seen every interview with the guy on YouTube. He knows his subject.
I've been reading Wayne Barrett's Trump bio, and of course I've been watching documentaries about the man's life. The very idea that Donald Trump would willingly assume the role of World's Biggest Loser goes against everything we know about the man's psychology.
Team Trump is laying the groundwork for an election dispute that will make the Gore-v-Bush face-off seem pleasant.
Trump supporters live in a state of perpetual paranoia: They are absolutely convinced that the omnipresent Great Clinton Conspiracy rigs every poll, controls all media, and can even game the election.
In fact, fully 40 percent
of these idiots believe that ACORN will fix the vote. This is a truly insane conspiracy theory, for at least three reasons. First and foremost, ACORN no longer exists -- has, in fact, been out of business since 2010. Second, ACORN never engaged in election rigging, right-wing hallucinations to the contrary notwithstanding. Third, ACORN was hardly friendly to Hillary Clinton in 2008.
Obviously, Trump supporters exist in a separate universe. Trumpism has become a kind of religion -- and for its adherents, reality is whatever the right-wing conspiracy peddlers say
Devotees of The Donald have fastened onto "alternative" polling methods like this one
, which holds that Trump leads Hillary 64% to 36%. Obviously, those numbers are absurd. But the Trumpers themselves are absurd; do not underestimate the power of self-delusion.
For more absurdity, see here
Roger Stone has predicted a "bloodbath"
if Clinton "steals" the election. Always remember that Stone was the man who engineered the "Brooks Brothers riot" which shut down the count in Florida back in 2000. His current warnings indicate that he has plans for another sort of riot. The couture will be rather more downscale, and the action will be much more violent.
has issued a similar warning.)
None of this fits the "intentional loser" meme. Sorry folks, but if you buy into that scenario, you're engaging in wishful thinking.
Team Trump has a secret plan to tighten the race. Their gambit has nothing to do field offices and GOTV drives and pivots to the center and outreach to minorities and all of that other conventional stuff. I don't yet know what that gambit will be. Whatever it is, it will be shocking, it will be devious, and it will change the dynamics of this race in one spectacular coup de théâtre.
Something wicked this way comes.