The main game in town this morning is the firing or the parting of the ways, as you wish to see it, of the Donald and Rick Wiley [Coyote].
Not all that much happening over our way except for the Beeb website’s supposedly evenhanded “liftout” presenting both sides’ arguments for and against Brexit.
Characters in the Trump story, apart from the Donald:
# Reince Priebus [love those names] – RNC boss
# Corey Lewandowski – the campaign manager who was in such trouble over the Michelle Fields saga and loyal 2IC
# Karen Giorno, a Lewandowski ally
# Paul John Manafort, Jr.- lobbyist and political consultant to Ford, Reagan etc. Brought onboard when delegates were leaking to Cruz, brought a bit of nous into the campaign, toned down Trump
# Rick Wiley [Coyote] – ran a state campaign, was brought onboard by Manafort to interface with the RNC and actually make Trump electable
# Politico, from whom the report came – a left-leaning political pundit, not unlike Real Clear Politics, WAPO, NYT, CNN and the legion
This one’s a bit each way. Reince Priebus dropped hostilities once those two came on board and declared the Donald “presumptive nominee”, well ahead of the convention, also dulling the #NeverTrumpers and #ThirdPartyers through Romney and/or Ryan.
He has been crucial but he’s also tried to rein Trump in, and the Donald sees he needs the money now for the Big One v Hillary, as Hillary’s people are crims and Them [Soros] who will stop at nothing.
The issue is that Manafort’s appointee has now gone after reported, repeated clashes with Lewandowski and Giorno. Trump brought Manafort and Wiley onboard when his popularity was great with 30% odd of the masses, inc me, possibly you, but not enough to get the delegates and to play the later game.
On the other hand, their advice on the pitfalls of getting to be Prez involved selling the soul to an extent and therein lies the issue with the Donald. He won’t play those games – but is that any way to cross that line?
Fine, say they – you won’t cross the line. It’s a philosophical dilemma.
There’s also an element in the Donald here of Lenin’s NEP men and then, five years later, he rids himself of them. There are elements of Russians bringing in foreign expertise, observing, saying we can do it now and booting out the experts. Predictable results.
Is the Presidency vital if it means selling your soul or is integrity, one’s political base, more important to keep? Could Trump achieve anything if not Prez, even with a loyal base? Therefore, must he bend on this and appear electable v Hillary? It seems to be working so far.
However, the Donald’s people base would not like him becoming slimy and colourless like a Romney or Cruz.