On ABC on Sunday, RNC chairman Reince Priebus told Hillary flack George Stephanopoulos: "I think he's had a great week, I think he's been on message, he's shown maturity as a candidate. I think that he's getting into a groove. I think what you're going to see is these polls beginning to tighten in the next couple weeks, and by Labor Day or thereafter I think you're going to be back to an even race if we continue down this path,"
What won in spring training against 15 or 16 lightweight Republicans will not do in the World Series against the Clinton machine, whose money, experience, and total lack of scruples will put Trump to the test. Plus the media -- led by Clinton campaign manager Stephanopoulos -- is relentless in its pursuit of Trump, and not the truth. If the media pursued the truth, Hillary would be in prison and Obama would be in the Illinois senate.
But that's the game and you play the hand dealt. Don't whine like a little girl. The Donald holds the trump cards in this one, and he is figuring out how to play them. Rookie candidate.
Dan Balz of the Washington Post, where saying anything positive about Donald Trump did an end-run around the rule by saying something mildly critical of Her Majesty.
Trump’s advisers think that on balance the week was positive, the best of the month. They now hope they can begin to shift the focus to Clinton and, if they’re successful, the polls that show her leading will narrow. That assumes two things: that Trump won’t create more controversy in the days and weeks ahead; and that voters will ultimately see her vulnerabilities as more disqualifying than the many liabilities that Trump has revealed during the campaign.
Clinton’s assets are well-known but so, too, are her vulnerabilities. The polls have showed that many voters see her as a politician who plays by a different set of rules or is prepared to bend the rules in her favor. She has been criticized as overly defensive when challenged, slow to acknowledge errors and legalistic in explaining herself. She prefers to shield herself from more questioning from the reporters who regularly cover her campaign, having not held a full-fledged news conference for more than 260 days.Yes, a different set of rules -- just like Al Capone had. The only difference is Capone couldn't buy off the FBI.
Over at CNN, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski enjoyed the departure of Paul Manafort, the man who pushed Lewandowski out.
Look, sometimes, you have to bring different perspectives in. sometimes you have to change things. particularly in a campaign that in the last three or four weeks have missed in my opinion, opportunities to go after Hillary Clinton for the failures of her campaign and to point out those failures. I think what you have now with Kellyanne Conway is a messaging expert, someone who will relay bullet points to Trump about some of the issues at the Clinton campaign.Finally, Scott Adams:
What we saw this week was Trump directly, and skillfully, addressing the public’s concern that he’s scary and temperamentally unfit for the job of president. This week he was less bombastic, more on script (using the prompter), and he said in clear language that he was on the side of all Americans, rejecting bigotry and hatred in all forms.
People needed to hear that.One of the neat things about America's electoral process is that a president has to go out there and convince people he is the best choice to led the country. In a parliamentarian system, Reince Priebus would be the nominee.
Or Mitch McConnell.
A good week for Trump.
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