One important test for the White House is the ability to run a modern presidential campaign, a 50-state start-up that requires hundreds of millions of dollars, a clear strategy, great talent and consistent, high-quality execution — all while being scrutinized daily by hundreds of reporters. By now it is indisputable that Trump has run the most poorly resourced, undisciplined, chaotic campaign in modern political history. He has embodied the quality that he regards as the worst failing for a leader: all talk and no action.Remember when Trump was talking about how he was much more competent than the other GOP
Eleven days out, Trump is not only is polling behind in virtually every state Romney lost in 2012, he has also put formerly red states such as Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona, Texas, and Utah into play. He will sink in the worst electoral defeat for Republicans maybe since 1996. He quite likely will be a major factor in handing the Democrats control of the U.S. Senate as well.
Trump losing the election is quite an accomplishment. He is running in a year when the country is clamoring for a change. The tone deaf Democrats instead nominated the ultimate status quo candidate, a nominee who is the second most unpopular presidential candidate in American history. (Trump, of course, is No. 1 in that category) Issues relating to Clinton's use of a private email server and the family foundation have exposed, again, the Clintons' secretive and corrupt nature.
The Trumpkins (I have settled on this term to describe those who blindly and unquestionably worship all things Donald J. Trump) keep shouting about how dishonest Hillary Clinton is and how she believes she is above the law. Yet they vigorously backed Trump, a man who is every bit as dishonest as Hillary and who also believes he is above the law that mere mortals have to follow.
But even if Trump were a paragon of virtue, which he clearly is not, Republicans can't win an election, even against a "crook," with nothing and Donald Trump is much less than nothing. Even overlooking as possibly disqualifying his obvious sexism and allegedly sexual predatory behavior (is he really any different on that score than Bill Clinton?), the man has zero interest in and understanding of public policy. Combine that with the maturity and temperament of a petulant six year old child, and you have a man who is completely unfit for the Office of the Presidency. Don't think Americans haven't noticed. They have.
Trump is at his heart a con man. By putting his name on buildings, he convinced many Americans that he is a "great businessman." Six bankruptcies, numerous failed businesses, and a lack of cash assets at 70 years old speak otherwise. Trump jumped into the GOP nomination contest, pretending to be a conservative, to run another con, this time on Republican voters. People inside the campaign during its early days say Trump never expected to actually win the nomination. Rather he ran to regain the spotlight as his TV show, the Apprentice, (one of his few ventures that was making money) was fading in popularity. Trump never expected to win and, thus, be thrust into the position of having to run a modern American presidential political campaign. Handed the challenge, Trump has failed...miserably.
Come November 9th, will Donald Trump be known as the worst presidential candidate of all time or someone who ran the worst presidential campaign of all time? My guess is both. Nonetheless, it is clear that Donald Trump will have one label he can't escape from: Loser.