February 6, 2016

Who is running the Donald Trump campaign?

No matter who he has as "campaign manager," we all know the man running the show is...Donald.

And the job he's doing? Is terrible.

For instance, the 69 year-old candidate has said he likes to sleep in his own bed, so he flew to Manhattan, where...it snowed.


The only event he had scheduled today in the most important state you could possibly be in, and he's stranded in Manhattan. I could find no reports of any other candidate with this problem.

Hey, I like sleeping in my own bed too, but I'm not running for President and even I know the Geico Rule. If you want to be President, you move to New Hampshire for two weeks in January/February. It's what you do.

Margaret Doris in Esquire is shaking her head, too. She notes that Donald Trump is campaigning in Arkansas this weekend. The Arkansas Primary is March 1, (Super Tuesday) but that's forever from now on a primary calendar. And while looking too far ahead, he's also wasting valuable time looking back: Trump has called for a do-over in Iowa, and he still has "find your caucus location in Iowa" information up at his website. Which is a total disaster.

If Marco Rubio did any of this, the beltway media would have a conniption fit. If Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton called for a do-over in Iowa? How many "Democrats in Disarray" chyrons can one Sunday contain? Their campaign would be over except for the laughing.

It's possible that up until now, Trump could simply rely on free media and a dismal field of candidates and ride his polls to a presumption of victory. But that was before actual voters cast actual ballots.

I met one woman in a doctor's office who attended a Trump rally. She still had photos in her phone and mentioned how close she had been to the podium where he spoke. I kept waiting for her to say she was going to vote for him, or that she agreed with him on issues, or that it was a fun time. She didn't say any of that. She had seen this celebrity and been close enough to snap a picture on her phone. That's it.

And maybe that's exactly Donald Trump's relationship with the Presidency. He gets to say he ran. He gets to say he had crowds and media coverage and was even the frontrunner. But it wasn't fun or meaningful or even about anything. Except it was about him. Sad!

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