Manafort assures GOP leaders that Trump will change his persona
Seems to me that only good things have happened since Trump brought on Paul Manafort to be his “chief strategist.” Corey Lewandowski is technically still the “campaign manager,” but it appears that in the new Trump campaign hierarchy the “chief strategist” is the higher level position, making Lewandowski unhappy. But you can’t argue with success, can you? This shows you something about Trump’s management style. He had a guy on his team who wasn’t the best, so he hired someone better.
Trump’s chief strategist Paul Manafort told members of the Republican National Committee in a closed-door briefing here Thursday afternoon that his candidate has been playing a “part” on the campaign trail, but is starting to pivot toward presenting a more businesslike and presidential “persona.”
“He gets it,” Manafort told RNC members. “The part that he’s been playing is now evolving into the part that you’ve been expecting. The negatives will come down, the image is going to change, but ‘Crooked Hillary’ is still going to be ‘Crooked Hillary.’”
I hope that Manafort is correct that Trump is going to start acting more presidential now. Trump needs to stop being the reality-TV guy. In the fourth quarter of a football game, the team that’s ahead needs to run out the clock and not throw Hail Mary passes.
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It also seems to me that Trump is finally opening up his wallet and spending more money. The Trump campaign has demonstrated that money spent on advertising is a huge waste, but that a campaign does indeed need to spend a lot of money on ground game, inside game, and that sort of stuff, and Trump has been lacking in those things.