I’ve written about Donald Trump’s personality problems with pivoting from himself to soem kind of politician. Aside from his own quirks, is it possible for him to be a politician while still preserving the base that wants him to be outrageous?
Trump will be meeting with Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House and current Trumpworld Enemy of the State. Initially, it was reported that he wanted to build a bridge with Republican leadership and get endorsements with fewer qualifications and conditions. Trump opponents painted it as bowing to the establishment and the Trump campaign responded, again, by doubling down.
Apparently, Trump will follow the Romney model and ignore all the statistical tools that Democrats have been using for years. He’ll be criss-crossing the country, giving big speeches in large abandoned buildings to whip up people who already support Trump. I am morbidly fascinated by the experimental nature of this throwback Thursday of a plan.
In some sense, it seems the center cannot hold. While those of us who are cool to cold on Trump saw his flip flopping from the start, his supporters are seemingly on the watch for any sign that he becomes part of the hated “establishment.” I have to wonder if Donald Trumps is starting to worry that he never built up the momentum he expected to get and that being unable to moderate his fiery rhetoric from the primaries will cause his campaign to sputter out.