Days of Change

Sun Tzu, Political Strategist | October 15, 2016

If you know others and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know others but know yourself, you win one and lose one; if you do not know others and do not know yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.

-Some illegal Chinese guy

To the surprise of no one, Donald Trump refused to let Republican campaign staff do opposition research on himself after he had the nomination. I’m sure his opponents tried but failed to find anything that wasn’t already well-known and disqualifying. The media, however, had a much easier time because much of it was in the media (Apprentice contestants, Miss USA contestants, Access Hollywood videos) and waiting for October.

Donald Trump operates in lizard brain territory, so why he has support has little to do with what he says, but how it resonates with the consistent level of support he’s had for at least a year. One thing most conservatives can agree on is that the media is 1)made up of Democrat-leaning people and 2)willing to produce content intended to uphold their political beliefs and tear down the ones they oppose. Trump’s utter contempt for the media has never wavered. He went on show after show, most of the time leaving the victor. The media likes Republican primary candidates. They hate Republican Party nominees.

If you don’t know the enemy or yourself, you are doomed to failure. Given that candidates like John Kerry, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton can be competitive, it’s not these idiots and their non-existent charisma that is endangering the Republicans, it’s the media’s enabling of them. Julian Assange can violate John Podesta’s e-mails all he wants. They don’t exist in the news because a new woman makes a charge against Trump every night, and Trump disparages their looks and importance every afternoon.

Today, I’m mostly dealing with strategy. The reason Trump was doomed to fail is because he’s Donald Trump. The particular method of destruction was increased by lack of vetting of Trump himself by whatever campaign staff is left and no real plan to fight the media, which is a hallmark of Republicans for the last couple of decades. Fox News was a nice try, but it will never be the same after 2016.

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