Lion of the Blogosphere

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.

According to the Washington Post:

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.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 22, 2016 at 10:32 am

Posted in Politics

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  1. I don’t think I like the sound of this. Sounds like Trump’s priming to make a leap to the Republican “center.” There are already plenty of indications he’ll be much more liberal on immigration than his rhetoric has let on.


    April 22, 2016 at 10:34 am

    • Building the wall has been his signature issue, he’s not going to drop it, furthermore Trump is aware that polls show that the majority of Americans support more restrictive immigration. As I explained many months ago, I think that Trump saw immigration like an undervalued property, but by now he has convinced himself of the righteousness of the position. And also, Trump has 1950s values, and in the 1950s we had very restrictive immigration. Trump doesn’t believe that it’s evil to be against immigration, but I do think that until recently, as a businessman, he thought immigration was good for business. But Trump’s argument, which he could make better, is that as a businessman he knows how other businessmen are tacking advantage of middle-class Americans, and as President he’s going to be CEO of the middle-class Americans and not CEO of a money-grubbing business.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 22, 2016 at 10:37 am

      • Even if Trump were to become pro immigration, he is now symbolic. Electing Trump empowers the anti immigrant movement, even if Trump does nothing to advance our cause for us.

        I seriously think a lot of liberals will kill themselves if Trump wins the Presidency.

        Otis the Sweaty

        April 22, 2016 at 10:57 am

      • Trump has said that there will be a path to legality for the immigrants that are set to be deported. When the heat is on politically and especially when business interests get in his ear, I have little doubt that the large majority of illegal immigrants currently in the country will remain. He has gotten increasingly liberal on work visas. He always says that businesses will still be able to get foreign workers, but it will have to be legally. Visa abuse probably will not decline under a Trump presidency.

        Probably he will build the wall, but what will it do, with many of the illegals staying and no halt in work visa abuse? It will not do much for crime because most hispanic crime comes not from first generation or illegal immigrants, but from their children who often were born here and are citizens. Months ago Trump talked about maybe deporting the children of illegal immigrants born here but there is just about a 0% chance of that happening. The demographics will not change thanks to the wall.

        Rates of illegal immigration with decline (they have already declined and the last couple years have seen net emigration with Mexico) and we will have a wall. This likely will be the sum of Trump’s immigration accomplishments. He has constantly signaled that many illegal immigrants will either stay or end up back and that companies that rely on importing cheap labor on work visas will be able to continue to do so.

        Maybe he will be a little more protectionist. At least he is protectionist in rhetoric. But it’s consistent that the more Trump has actually fleshed out his proposals, the more moderate and orthodox they are and the more he departs from his early rhetoric.


        April 22, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      • @chairman

        “Rates of illegal immigration… have already declined and the last couple years have seen net emigration with Mexico…”

        I don’t believe this. Nothing I see with my own eyes supports this claim (which gets repeated constantly).


        April 22, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      • As long as Trump keeps his policies there’s no reason why his delivery and messaging couldn’t be presented in a conventional manner.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        April 22, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      • Yeah what Otis said. I didn’t read down before saying something similar.


        April 22, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      • “I have little doubt that the large majority of illegal immigrants currently in the country will remain. ”

        Trump has said from the beginning of the campaign that they would have to go and the “good ones” could come back. He most recently said that in the NBC Townhall last week in response to a set up question. And frankly, that’s simply US law. Apply at the embassy for a visa and if you are a “good one” you can come. It’s amazing how so many of our immigration issues would go away if we just followed the law.

        Mike Street Station

        April 25, 2016 at 8:00 am

    • Even if he doesn’t live up to his rhetoric, electing him would take the Left down a peg. They are winning the psychological war.


      April 22, 2016 at 10:46 pm

  2. Honestly, all Trump has to do is start reading from the TelePrompter.

    I think that’s all this means.

    That might suck the fun out of some of the rallies, but that’s really all the change that’s required to get the people who like his issues but dislike his personality on board.


    April 22, 2016 at 10:49 am

  3. And Lion, you’d better get some blood on that door. Lemme know if you need a lamb. I’ll try and get it over to you.


    April 22, 2016 at 10:57 am

  4. I also like how Trump refused to jump on the anti tranny bandwagon while Cruz was busy going all “muh values”. Trump is also becoming more explicit about his pro abortion views, and in favor of raising taxes on the rich.

    At this stage, Trump is becoming bizarro Romney.

    Otis the Sweaty

    April 22, 2016 at 10:58 am

    • Trump is pro-life personally and will appoint conservative justices to SCOTUS who will look toward reversing Roe v. wade when the right case comes along. As they should since it is terrible constitutional law. And this is a good thing.

      Andrew E.

      April 22, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    • Trump should have been anti-tranny. The tranny movement is madness.

      I like that Trump opposed the Tubman thing, unlike most of the weakling Right.


      April 22, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      • There have always been rich perverts, Trump knows that, and most Americans are too libertarian to care at this point.

        BTW, I’m digging the Crowley reference.


        April 24, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    • Trump is not pro life. He is lying about it to win over the idiots who vote in Republican primaries.

      Trump also doesn’t care about “muh Constitution”. Still, if elected he will appoint judges that Republicans like because he understands deal making and he has to give something to the conservative idiots and GOPe.

      Otis the Sweaty

      April 23, 2016 at 10:45 am

  5. Pundits like complaining that Manafort has ties to the worst of the worst in evil 3rd world warlords. This is a classic as far as the inanity that the Trump campaign highlights. It’s true and despicable that Manafort has blood on his hands. And yet, he wouldn’t much use to Trump or anybody if he had just shown up in Washington! No, he’s a good operative because he’s been around Washington forever and has ties to lots of people. In the minds of pundits, it’s a scandal when Trump hires him, but when a normal politician hires him, it’s basically invisible.

    Greg Pandatshang

    April 22, 2016 at 11:42 am

  6. Yeah, what about the tranny thing? I actually think he is making some sense here but I also believe in cultural lines in the sand.

    Meaning: if someone looks like a woman, I’m not gonna ask to see proof. Just act like a lady, do your business, and leave. But a male presenting person, no. Trump said that trans should be able to use the facilities they most feel comfortable in. I don’t quite agree with that but I get his drift. I think.


    April 22, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    • I think people with a penis should use the men’s room.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 22, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    • I am really digging this whole tranny issue. I wonder if the feminists realize that this is a classic triangulation attack against them, something Democrats have been doing for decades.


      April 22, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    • My freshman year in college I lived in a co-ed dorm. The dorm had been built as a women’s dorm. Some floors now had one wing men, one wing women. The floor I was on had alternating men and women in the dorm rooms. On my floor, the bathroom in one wing was labeled “men” and the one in the other wing was labeled “women”. This meant that half the people had a long walk to the other wing of the dorm to reach the correctly labeled bathroom. After the first few weeks, both bathrooms on the floor became co-ed bathrooms. Nobody paid any attention to what it said on the door.

      These had been build as women’s bathrooms. No urinals. Only stalls with doors. Each showers had enclosed walls around it with a shower curtain on the door and there was another private enclosed dressing room for each shower with another shower curtain on the door. I suppose guys could have tried to peak in on women taking showers, but I never heard of anything like that happening.

      It is really just not a big deal.


      April 22, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      • Your experience is not typical and thus not relevant. Anecdote is not data.

        Most Americans don’t live in college dorms.

        Robert the Wise

        April 27, 2016 at 12:33 am

  7. “The Trump campaign has demonstrated that money spent on advertising is a huge waste,”

    And that’s half the reason that the GOPe eco-system wants him dead. All the remora fish know that Trump just showed that a shark can successfully shake them off and save millions.


    April 22, 2016 at 12:52 pm

  8. Indeed the organisation of his rallies leave a bit to be desired. I went to Bethpage, but ended up 5 meters in front of the security gates due to overcrowding, missing the speech. No loudspeakers. No screens. Why issue tickets in the first place? A lot of people were alienated. There was a lack of buses to and from the venue, and the different lines were poorly signed, no one knew where to wait. Chaotic. Could have been way better, even without spending more money.


    April 22, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    • Don’t use the metric system. I mean shit, you didn’t even spell is metres. I’m guessing you didn’t go to University.


      April 22, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      • That’s the way we spell it in this country. In your defence, I realise the British spellings are considered classier, but I find myself way too anaemic about this issue to get bothered.


        April 24, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    • Ted Cruz has it easier. He had 22 people at his event in Philadelphia on Sunday. Philadelphia being a city of 1.5 million people.


      April 22, 2016 at 5:04 pm

  9. Mitt Romney was going to etch-a-sketch erase and start over for the general election. That didn’t work out too well.

    At this point Trump is too well known and most people already have well formed opinions of him. I expect Trumps negatives among Republicans will come down some after the conventions when people are faced with the choice of Trump or Hillary. I also expect that Hillary’s negatives among Democrats will come down after the convention when faced with the choice of Trump or Hillary. That normally happens in every election cycle.

    What is unique about this election cycle is both Trump and Hillary have sky high negatives.


    April 22, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    • Right. The Dems will try to paint him as too reckless to be given the Bomb…so calming down is probably a good idea.


      April 24, 2016 at 7:35 pm

  10. Check RCP polling. Trump leads in Indiana and, according to a Fox poll, up to 49% in California. It looks like he will win an outright majority of delegates.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    April 22, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    • I really hope so. I’m just reading ‘Clinton Cash’ and boy do they come across as corrupt.


      April 23, 2016 at 5:37 am

    • I really hope so. I’m just reading ‘Clinton Cash’ and boy do they come across as corrupt.

      Indiana on May 3rd and a batch of Northeastern states will push Trump over 1000. If his numbers hold in California he should take 150 delegates there plus another 51 in New Jersey, a WTA state. That gets him to 1200. Assuming Trump at least splits some of the delegates from Washington, Oregon, West Virginia, and elsewhere, he should easily have over 1237.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      April 23, 2016 at 8:31 pm

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