This is hearsay, so take it for what it’s worth.
“Anonymous for this post” passes along insider info on Trump’s motivations.
Trump is now “in it to win it.”
This is from a good source who doesn’t want to be identified, but wants this information out there…along with the pointed observation that Trump has already hired political “ground game” pros in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina —
This may be old news but I’m not seeing anything about it.
If you post about this, do it ‘anonymous’ please.
I just got told by a friend that Trump hired the former lawfirm of the RNC.
Why does this matter?
Word on the street in Chattanooga (where Trump has and retains many high end connections) is that Trump went into the campaign with two intentions.
One was to ‘shake things up’.
The second was to raise his profile with Chinese investors for fund raising for a new casino.
He really didn’t intend to get big numbers in the US and didn’t intend to actually ‘go for the goal.’ Which was why he came in with no primary ground game. He didn’t intend to even get 5%.
With the recent success the question was ‘what now?’ Go for closing the deal or back out? Some of his more inflammatory comments were tests to see if he could flame out. And his poll numbers just rise.
If he has retained a political lawfirm it can only be to create a ground game. Repeated commentators have said he can’t win the primaries because ‘he doesn’t have the people’. Trump doesn’t come from that political structure. He’s coming from a business structure. He doesn’t NEED to have the people beforehand. That is what MONEY is for. To Trump you don’t hire the engineers to build the skyscraper until you need them. You hire them when you need them and fire them when they’re done.
His game plan will be wait until he has to build a ground game, hire a bunch of people with experience, build the ground game, do the primary then move on. You won’t actually see evidence of it until a few months or even weeks (depending) before the first time markers. (Filing dates mostly.)
He’s got money. He doesn’t need ‘people’.
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.
There’s a secondary aspect to this which is interesting.
The normal way that political appointees are chosen are from those ‘people’ that candidates use in ground game. While Trump is famous for rewarding loyalty, if his plan involves ‘hire lawyers who know the laws in state x’ he’s hiring legal/political expertise, not loyalty.
Which means a Trump administration would be less beholden to primary support individuals. Which means, in turn, that he would potentially tend to appoint people who might ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT to positions that frequently just get political supporter x who has some knowledge/background in field y.
A Trump presidency would tend to have less ‘this is a good buddy of mine’ appointed to, say, head FEMA. (Bush/Katrina)
Which, again, is something analysts (most of whom are former ‘people’) are missing.
‘He can’t win a primary because he doesn’t have people like ME!’
Yeah. Bout that…
Oh, and the Irish bookies have gone from 300:1 to 9:2 for him winning the nomination.
I’m not a supporter by any imagination, but… Damn.
I’m looking for Trump to start talking about an Article V Constitutional Convention next.
I don’t doubt Trump entered this race thinking he couldn’t win, and that his initial motivation was partly narcissistic (in fact all politicians are narcissists to a degree), partly self-aggrandizement. But then he saw that he could win, and that he had tapped a deep well of dissatisfaction among people by simply speaking his mind the way he likes to speak (i.e., not like a weeping pussy).
And, I agree with this take: Trump has come to loathe the cosmopolitan elite from his sheer familiarity dealing with them. Another part of his motivation is sticking it to these effete globalist Davosians who are completely severed from blood-and-soil America.
The odds of Trump winning it all are much improved from just a few weeks ago, but even if he falls short he will have done a world of good for this rapidly dissolving nation. The Trumpentiger is out of its cage. There’s no hiding it from public view now; it must be met on its own terms, dangerous, agile, and hungry for fresh meat.