Trump’s new scampaign CEO Stephen Bannon…we know he’s from Breitbart’s MiniTruth, but where have we heard that name? Steve M. of No More Mister Nice Blog reminds us who this Bannon character is:
Quitting Bull’s failed hagiographer. Great choice!
Meanwhile, the other big hire, new scampaign manager Kellyanne Conway, has been handling Trump’s outreach to women for several weeks, a period in which polls steadily show Trump barreling toward the losing end of a historic gender gap. A few weeks back, Conway shared her unique strategy for steering the Tangerine Turd away from remarks that might be off-putting to the ladies:
On a recent afternoon, spooning chilled pea soup at a French restaurant near Times Square, Conway, 49, hints how she’ll tackle this challenge. You can’t just tell Trump what to do, she said. You have to give him options.
She illustrates the point with a story about her 11-year-old daughter.
When Claudia emerged from her room on Memorial Day sporting turquoise, Conway asked her to change into blue. “She goes, ‘Turquoise is blue.’ And it is. But it wasn’t a shade available to Betsy Ross when she stayed up through the night sewing the damn flag.”
She chose not to argue with the preteen, which would have delayed their morning. Instead she laid out four Betsy Ross blue choices on her bed. “Minutes later,” she says, “she came out in one of those shades.”
Conway follows the same approach with the Republican presidential nominee. Never command. That could insult him. Always make suggestions, backed with information in 10-second sound bites: Betsy Ross lacked turquoise. Female voters want compassion.
Acting tough comes naturally to Trump. Compassion … well, she says, he has it. They’re working on showing it off. She withholds the details.
The above interview was conducted prior to the Democratic National Convention, so we can conclude that the strategy inspired by seamstress Betsy Ross was insufficient to sew Trump’s trap shut about Captain Khan’s family. Can Conway can entice her candidate to select blue togs for the remaining 83 days of the campaign? Color me skeptical!
*All puns strictly intended.