It’s some anonymous guy on the internet, so take it for what it’s worth. But this dude thinks so. Trump’s hiring bigleague legal people and setting up a ground game operation:
The firm is Jones Day lawfirm in DC. The senior partner, Donald F. McGahn, is a former FEC commissioner.
If he has retained a major political lawfirm he’s going for the goal. He’s serious. And most of the analysis is missing it.
This is either the best or the worst thing he could do. I’ve been saying for a long time that he needs a Party — a grassroots, GOTV team. This may be that. On the other hand, these guys are “insiders” with “experience.” If they’re GOP insiders, the only experience they have is losing elections by trying to out-Democrat the Democrats. The minute Trump is seen as “just another politician,” he’s toast.
If Teh Donald really understands the source of his appeal, he’ll keep it as maverick as possible, and these guys deeeeep in the shadows. One data point in his favor — again, always from my perspective — is this.
“Unhinged Trump.” Ace of Spades, where I got the link, says Trump is “still fixated on Megyn Kelly.” N.b. that I am speaking here as a Trump campaign consultant (and D, I do work cheap… call me, baby) and that he’s serious about becoming our Fuhrer:
Smacking Megyn Kelly around is absolutely the smartest thing he could possibly do.
Remember that the Trump appeal is first, foremost, and always ANGER. He’s against “the Establishment,” “politics as usual,” and “political correctness,” all of which combine in many folks’ minds into a toxic slurry called C-H-I-C-K S-T-U-F-F. It ain’t men telling you what you can’t say or do or think or be; it’s chicks. Their endless quest for security, their shrieking, their unabashed love for totalitarianism, their backstabbing, their hyper-emotionalism, their utter refusal to even grok the very concept of reason. It’s this
and this fucking thing
Y’all do know that Trump leads among women, and his lead is increasing, yes? Even women can’t stand those gruesome harpies up there. They have brought us to this. They have got to go. And Trump is the man to do it.
Now, who represents them better than Megyn Kelly? She’s young, she’s blonde, she’s cute, she’s got a cutesy special snowflake spelling of her name ….
and she’s very obviously a paid attack dog who came at him first.
Trump is doing what every beta male has dreamed of since junior high. The head cheerleader made fun of him, and he told that fucking bitch to blow him, right there in front of the whole school.
[Again — still speaking as a campaign consultant here. These are not my personal views].
Best of all, she’s a Republican. Attacking Rachel Maddow wouldn’t get him anywhere; that’s who he’s supposed to be fighting. Ditto Rosie O’Donnell. They can’t stand him, and would never vote for him on party affiliation alone. But Megyn Kelly is supposed to be on “our” side. Remember, Establishment = PC = feminism, in the minds of so, so many of our fellow countrymen.
And he just pimp-slapped it. Again.
I say again (speaking as me now) — the electorate, ALL of it, has been radicalized. For a LOT of people — I’m guessing, for the numerical majority of our fellow Americans — all that’s left is anger. Trump — so far — seems to know exactly how to play to that anger.
If his fancy-pants insider crew knows it, too, he’s gonna win.
God help us.
UPDATE: This is the conventional view of Trump vs. Megyn Kelly. Ace’s take is that Trump is a whiny emo kid who can’t stop obsessing over a chick who didn’t fawn all over him. Obviously, I disagree. While I think there’s maybe some butthurt in Teh Donald somewhere, I doubt there’s much. Trump has lots of experience with major media figures shitting on him, and it hasn’t seemed to bother him yet. I say his attacks on Megyn Kelly are deliberate tactical moves — quite good ones.
Just as obviously, one of us is wrong. Let’s keep tabs on the results.
UPDATE #2: Megyn Kelly, crypto-liberal. I honestly don’t know. Except when stuck in waiting rooms, I haven’t watched the tv news in at least a decade. I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever seen Megyn Kelly outside of embedded clips on blogs. But based on my very limited experience, I have never understood all the righty love for Fox News in general, and Kelly in particular.
Whenever media bias comes up with my lefty friends, I always tell them: “Just because the New York Times is to the right of the Daily Worker, that does not make the NYT ‘right wing.’ They’re clearly hyperpartisan liberals…. if not quite as liberal as y’all would like.” Whenever I see Fox clips, I think, “these guys are the ‘conservatives’?” Being to the right of MSNBC also does not make a station “right wing.” Fox is, at best, GOP TV — you know, the GOP that tried to sell us on RomneyCare as some kind of conservative socialized medicine, and that considers amnesty-lovin’, 84 IQ flashin’, ¡Yeb! fuckin’ Bush its golden boy. “Diddling the welfare state’s switches a little bit slower” is NOT a conservative position. But it is the GOP’s position, and Fox is all about that.
As for Megyn Kelly in particular… well, she’s a chick. I’m not saying it’s impossible for a female to be a conservative — Baroness Thatcher, God rest her soul, comes to mind — but being a chick and a network bobblehead and a conservative is a trick that would get a 10 from even the French judge. I guess I’ve always assumed she’s as conservative as she can be in her situation, which is….. not very. She’s as conservative as the GOP Establishment is, in other words.
Which is why I repeat: Flipping her off in public is widely perceived as flipping off The Establishment, which is the alpha and omega of Trump’s appeal.
We’ll see what we see.