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My favorite part of this is watching Trump’s face drop when he realizes Bibi is not gonna endorse his campaign line. https://t.co/V1oqYTUjY2
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) October 23, 2020
it’s worth considering that trump is so deep into his extremely online fox news cinematic universe that he really and truly believes he’s up ten points right now and the first time he’s considered actually losing will be election night watching teevee along with the rest of us
— kilgore trout, biden wi-fi switchman (@KT_So_It_Goes) October 23, 2020
“Finger-pointing is a common feature of campaigns that think they’re losing, but it's happening at an uncommon level in this campaign. Shifting responsibility has been a staple of the Trump presidency — and his lieutenants are now following suit.” https://t.co/eeo36qrfgn
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) October 24, 2020
… Top Trump advisers insist they remain confident, with campaign manager Bill Stepien saying privately the president still has a path to victory…
But senior Republicans say a culture of paranoia has developed in the waning days of the race, with fears mounting that they will be the targets of post-election attacks if Trump loses, which could damage their careers going forward.
“I haven’t worked for Donald Trump since 2015, but I guess nothing changes,” said Sam Nunberg, a former Trump political adviser.
Much of the blame is being directed at Parscale, who was ousted as campaign manager in July amid mounting questions over his stewardship of the reelection effort…
Parscale’s defenders say he’s being unfairly scapegoated. Every spending decision he made, including the Super Bowl ad, had sign-off from Trump’s top lieutenants, and sometimes the president himself, they said. Much of Parscale’s early spending was devoted to finding new online donors, his backers say.
The former campaign manager felt compelled to invest heavily in advertising in May and June because Trump’s poll numbers were sliding amid the onset of the pandemic. With little backup from the primary pro-Trump outside group, America First Action, Parscale felt the need to hit the airwaves. The plan, Parscale allies said, had the support of the president and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner…
It’s not just Parscale getting blamed for Trump’s predicament. Some Republican officials are also angry at Meadows for how he managed Trump’s hospitalization. The chief of staff undercut the White House messaging when he told reporters early on that Trump was “still not on a clear path to a full recovery.”
The statement initiated a damaging news cycle, forcing the administration to assure the nation that Trump was in stable condition.
Officials also blame Meadows for not doing more to rein in Trump. Among the complaints: That he should have tried to stop Trump from giving Bob Woodward practically unfettered access as the pandemic intensified, and that he erred in encouraging Trump to hold in-person rallies. Others question why Meadows has so far failed to deliver in congressional negotiations on a coronavirus relief package and worry the inability to get checks to voters could damage the president in the election.
But others argue that it’s folly to think that Meadows — or anyone else — could have put guardrails on Trump…
The dissension has spilled into the final days of the race. In theory, the campaign and RNC are supposed to be working in tandem. But senior Republicans have said the campaign’s coordination with the RNC broke down after Parscale’s departure, with little communication between the two organizations.
Campaign officials insist things have recently improved and that the breakdown wasn’t either side’s fault…
Let’s not argue about ‘oo killed ‘oo!
So, with the debates now over and the Hunter Biden story being debunked by a Rupert Murdoch outlet, Trump's last remaining hope for a rebound would seem to require JFK Jr. coming back to life and replacing Pence on the ticket.
— Daily Trix (@DailyTrix) October 23, 2020