Thursday, August 4, 2016

A Campaign That Can't Agree on Anything

The Republican party can't agree with itself on anything anymore. We saw this in the House with Kevin McCarthy's failed bid for Speaker. We saw this at the convention with Ted Cruz's snub heard around the world.

We see this with the RNC on one hand and Trump on the other. But even within the Trump campaign there is no consensus on anything.

Take Paul Ryan. Trump is 'not there yet' and is praising Ryan's primary opponent-the race is next week. Ryan is expected to win very handily.

Trump is still proud of what he said about Ryan. That's his thing. Once he says something he never takes it back.

Trump: 'I'm happy' with refusal to endorse Ryan

When it comes to the prospect of Republicans not supporting his candidacy as retaliation for Donald Trump not supporting theirs, the GOP nominee says he is "not concerned about anything."

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Is he happy with post convention poll numbers?

But ok. He's happy that he's not endorsing Paul Ryan. But then Mike Pence, his VP, was very happy to endorse Paul Ryan yesterday. Later, Manafort insisted that Trump was cool with Pence supporting Paul Ryan

Meanwhile. Paul Manafort said he's supporting Paul Ryan too-for President. Freudian slip?

Manafort misspeaks on Ryan: 'I'm going to be supporting him as a candidate for president, too'

"Donald Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort accidentally endorsed Paul Ryan for president on Thursday."

"Look. I support the speaker and I know after next week, I'm supporting him as a candidate for president, too," Manafort said on "CBS This Morning," before quickly correcting himself amid laughter during a discussion about the Republican nominee's refusal to outright endorse the House speaker in his primary against Paul Nehlen on Tuesday."

Co-host Norah O'Donnell remarked, "Oh, there is talk about that!"

"Please talk into the microphone," co-host Gayle King added.

The other co-host, Charlie Rose, asked, "So Donald Trump is getting out of the election and Paul Ryan is jumping in?"

"There is that rumor, Paul Manafort that he is getting out," King said, referring to reports about Republican officials planning for the contingency of Trump deciding to leave the race.

Manafort laughed, "Started another rumor."

"What will it take for him to endorse Paul Ryan?" she asked.

Manafort responded that Trump "is going to support Paul Ryan."

"He does support Paul Ryan. He said he is going to work with Paul Ryan. So there is no issue about that," Manafort said. "He didn't take a position in the primary. He's not taking a position in many primaries. That's not the news. The news is the two of them working together to elect Republican Congress and a Republican president, and I think you're going to see that."

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He supports him. Doesn't endorse him. What does supporting him mean? That he won't have Putin hack into his emails?

See how even with itself, the campaign has no consensus? Everyone is hitting a different note that doesn't go together.

Now, even the famous weekend intervention we've heard about is up for dispute. Giuliani is blaming Newt Gingrich for the claim that there is an intervention coming.

"Donald Trump is not having any sort of "intervention" with the likes of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Giuliani said Thursday, pointing to Gingrich as the source of the term."

"So first of all I find the word intervention completely out of line," Giuliani said during a discussion on Fox Business' "Mornings with Maria."

"Giuliani then singled out Gingrich specifically."

"That word, I think, honestly I love him dearly, but I think that word was used by Newt in a memo that got around," Giuliani said. " What a ridiculous word. An intervention is for a drug addict and it's for someone who's an alcoholic and I've had to do them with people at times. There's nothing wrong with them, if that's the case. Donald Trump doesn't drink or smoke, by the way. We don't have that problem."

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He doesn't smoke or drink? I guess you have to make allowances for the former NY Mayor who literally doesn't know the difference between up and down. Remember when he mixed them up in his convention speech?

Here's how I interpret this for what it's worth. They want Trump to have an intervention but he's not happy about it and absolutely doesn't want this to be public.

Yes, this is the guy who will through good management defeat ISIS, end crime on the first day, and give us 10 percent GDP forever more.

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