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(114,904 posts)
Thu Aug 18, 2016, 07:46 AM Aug 2016

Fortune: Why Donald Trump's New Braintrust May Explode

To reverse his fading fortunes, Donald Trump is placing two new power players in his campaign’s top positions. His choices, however, are likely to result in what students get from mistakenly mixing an acid with a base in chemistry class: an explosion. That’s the view of political operatives interviewed by Fortune, none of whom wished to be quoted on the record.

On August 16, the campaign announced that Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News, will become its CEO, a newly-created position and will “bolster the business-like approach of Mr. Trump’s campaign,” according a press release from the campaign.

Bannon will oversee “campaign staff and operations,” the release states. Kellyanne Conway, a veteran Republican strategist, is the new campaign manager. Paul Manafort, whose reputation has suffered following the discovery of secret ledgers from the deposed, pro-Kremlin Ukrainian regime listing him as the recipient of millions of dollars in cash, remains as “chairman and chief strategist.”

However, it’s clear that Manafort is being demoted—despite protests from the Trump campaign and Manafort himself, who said: “It is imperative we continue to expand our team with top-tier talent. Steve and Kellyanne are respected professionals who believe in Mr. Trump and his message and will undoubtedly help take the campaign to new levels of success.”

So who’s setting the overarching strategy? According the release, Bannon won’t just run administration, but will be responsible for “strategic oversight of major campaign initiatives.” Conway will “work on messaging and travel frequently with Mr. Trump.” In most campaigns, the campaign manager—Conway’s role—makes the personnel decisions, chooses the ads, and hones the messaging. But Conway is apparently sharing all three areas of responsibility with Bannon. This arrangement is like putting two CEOs in charge of company, a solution that almost never works, even if it’s not a flailing company.

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Fortune: Why Donald Trump's New Braintrust May Explode (Original Post) cali Aug 2016 OP
Bugs? NT Jerry442 Aug 2016 #1
My only worry is that it takes time ChairmanAgnostic Aug 2016 #2
I hope the media gives them time - lots of it Jarqui Aug 2016 #3
"...help take the campaign to new levels of success" trotsky Aug 2016 #4
"Losing" is the new "winning". Or something like that. randome Aug 2016 #5
Lol. Another way this could go is that the newbies Hortensis Aug 2016 #6


(28,017 posts)
2. My only worry is that it takes time
Thu Aug 18, 2016, 08:23 AM
Aug 2016

to ferment and reach critical mass.

With trump, every time he makes some move, the media gives him a pass for a week or two. Only now, and with timidity and trepidation, is the media beginning to report on these two. She is still an "experienced political force, with Gingrich and others in her resume" and Bannon is still a "wealthy Wall Street force who underwrites Breitfart"

No media outlet is putting their full efforts into exposing them for who they really are. OK, HuffPo cited an article from 2015. But really, that is about it. That effectively gives him (trump) a pass while these mischief makers do their thing. Remember, Bannon underwrote the book that ID'd the alleged conflicts with Clinton and her foundation while she was in State.

They will explode, but the question is when. If it too late, they will still have had a great opp to spew crap, rabies, Black Plague, and Ebola.


(10,150 posts)
3. I hope the media gives them time - lots of it
Thu Aug 18, 2016, 08:57 AM
Aug 2016

because the biggest threat to Hillary would be a quick implosion and replacement.

I don't think they can fix this to the extent he can come back to win. Let them drown proof for a while, bobbing up and down, going nowhere fast.

There is a point quickly approaching where they can't change horses. Ballot deadlines start soon and the bulk of them finish by the first week of September.

If he's still their candidate two weeks from now, it's pretty hard to turn back. Maybe they already feel they can't bail out and are stuck with him.

I think he's very beatable and is going to devastate down ticket races.

There is some sign of him settling down. He hasn't done much on twitter for a little while and he's delivered a couple of speeches using teleprompters. So he's starting to control his message (ignoring the crack about not trusting US intelligence).

Probably, pretty soon, there will be a media opening for Hillary and she can announce something substantial and score some points.

Once there's no turning back, then you bait him with stuff that his narcissistic ego can't handle. Some media is probably thinking of ways to do it now so they get "the video". Posters are probably taking shots on twitter. I know I have been. He'll eventually lose it and implode - like a child in a grocery store whose Moma won't by them a chocolate bar. He'll have his temper tantrum and the downward slide will pick up.

The Clinton campaign and the media can basically toy with him now. It's not hard to figure out what buttons to push. He's not smart enough or disciplined enough emotionally to control himself.


(49,533 posts)
4. "...help take the campaign to new levels of success"
Thu Aug 18, 2016, 09:30 AM
Aug 2016

A statement which is certain to be true. Lower levels are new levels.



(34,845 posts)
5. "Losing" is the new "winning". Or something like that.
Thu Aug 18, 2016, 09:44 AM
Aug 2016

[hr][font color="blue"][center]Stop looking for heroes. BE one.[/center][/font][hr]


(58,785 posts)
6. Lol. Another way this could go is that the newbies
Thu Aug 18, 2016, 09:53 AM
Aug 2016

could be forced into an alliance in an attempt to influence Trump. Frankly, I doubt either of them will be allowed to make many decisions that do not run along the track Trump's already chosen, another way in which the expected frictions could be tamped.

I heard there's worry that this hard-line Breitbart/alt-right nationalist turn might really hurt vulnerable downballot seats. They may not be able to position themselves far enough from what could be a huge trumpster fire.

Go, Bannon! Get yourself some Ryan!

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