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Corey Lewandowski’s look back at the Trump campaign……

“Sooner or later, everybody who works for Donald Trump will see a side of him that makes you wonder why you took a job with him in the first place,” the authors wrote. “His wrath is never intended as any personal offense, but sometimes it can be hard not to take it that way. The mode that he switches into when things aren’t going his way can feel like an all-out assault; it’d break most hardened men and women into little pieces.”

The authors “both had moments where they wanted to parachute off Trump Force One,” but they said they got used to it.

Lewandowski provides a largely admiring portrait of his former boss, saving the skewer for score-settling anecdotes about Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman and rival whom Lewandowski blames for his ouster. The Post obtained an advance copy of the book, which is scheduled for release on Tuesday…..

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image…Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at his primary election night event at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., on March 15, 2016. At right is his son, Eric Trump, and at left is campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

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Barack Obama before and after the 2016 Election….

The New Yorker does a good  personal piece on Barack Obama  going into the 2016 Presidential Election assuming that Hillary Clinton would win….And dealing with the fact that she didn’t….

Obama talks about his complex feelings about Donald Trump before Election Day and his actions after…..

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The morning after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Barack Obama summoned staff members to the Oval Office. Some were fairly junior and had never been in the room before. They were sombre, hollowed out, some fighting tears, humiliated by the defeat, fearful of autocracy’s moving vans pulling up to the door. Although Obama and his people admit that the election results caught them completely by surprise—“We had no plan for this,” one told me—the President sought to be reassuring.

“This is not the apocalypse,” Obama said. History does not move in straight lines; sometimes it goes sideways, sometimes it goes backward. A couple of days later, when I asked the President about that consolation, he offered this: “I don’t believe in apocalyptic—until the apocalypse comes. I think nothing is the end of the world until the end of the world.”

Obama’s insistence on hope felt more willed than audacious. It spoke to the civic duty he felt to prevent despair not only among the young people in the West Wing but also among countless Americans across the country. At the White House, as elsewhere, dread and dejection were compounded by shock. Administration officials recalled the collective sense of confidence about the election that had persisted for many months, the sense of balloons and confetti waiting to be released. Last January, on the eve of his final State of the Union address, Obama submitted to a breezy walk-and-talk interview in the White House with the “Today” show. Wry and self-possessed, he told Matt Lauer that no matter what happened in the election he was sure that “the overwhelming majority” of Americans would never submit to Donald Trump’s appeals to their fears, that they would see through his “simplistic solutions and scapegoating.”

“So when you stand and deliver that State of the Union address,” Lauer said, “in no part of your mind and brain can you imagine Donald Trump standing up one day and delivering the State of the Union address?”

Obama chuckled. “Well,” he said, “I can imagine it in a ‘Saturday Night’ skit.”….

A man of inherited fortune and a stint at the Wharton School was an unlikely champion of the rural South and the Rust Belt—this was no Huey Long—but Trump was shrewd enough to perform his fellow-feeling in blunt terms. “I love the poorly educated!” he told the crowd after winning the Nevada caucus. “We’re the smartest people, we’re the most loyal people!”

When I joined Obama on a campaign trip to North Carolina just four days before the election, Hillary Clinton was hanging on to a lead in nearly every poll. Surely, the professionals said, her “firewall” would hold and provide a comfortable victory. David Plouffe, who ran Obama’s 2008 campaign, said that Clinton was a “one hundred per cent” lock and advised nervous Democrats to stop “wetting the bed.” In battleground states, particularly where it was crucial to get out the African-American vote, Obama was giving one blistering campaign speech after another.

“I’m having fun,” he told me. But, thanks in part to James Comey, the F.B.I. director, and his letter to Congress announcing that he would investigate Clinton’s e-mails again, the race tightened considerably in its final week. When Obama wandered down the aisle of Air Force One, I asked him, “Do you feel confident about Tuesday?”

“Nope,” he said.

But then, in Obamian fashion, he delved into a methodical discussion of polling models and, finally, landed on a more tempered and upbeat version of “nope.” He was “cautiously optimistic.”…

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Trump just doesn’t get it about Women….

The guy is TRIPLING down on losing the Woman’s vote….

Donald Trump on Saturday said he will sue the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct after the election is over.
“Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign,” the Republican nominee said during a much-hyped rally in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in which he also rolled out his plans for his first 100 days in office. “Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.”

Trump continued to say that a phone call to news outlets “gets [the accusers] wall-to-wall coverage with virtually no fact-checking ever.”
Trump’s comments come on the same day that attorney Gloria Allred is scheduled to hold a press conference for another woman who has accused Trump of inappropriate sexual conduct….

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Is this another confirmation that Donald Trump KNOWS he’s a loser?

Oh, and he hasn’t follow thru with suing the NY Tiomes like he said he WOULD….

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Open Thread for October 22, 2016…Reince Preibus WAS Right….

After  the 2012 loss of Mitt Romney to Barack Obama the Republican party took it upon itself to find out why….

Reince Preibus , the Republican party boss proudly announced the results after the report came out….

That WAS then….

Ted Cruz started his campaign NOT following the studies suggestions…..

Donald Trump threw the book away….

These days Preibus is trying to keep HIS party in one piece while Trump   NOT follow  his advice puts Trump’s adopted party in conflict….

Preibus WAS Right…..

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And he’s suffering because his voters choose Trump with  the hate and fear Preibus’s party have used to hold on those people in their grip….

America is about to get a 3rd term of Democratic Presidency and could very well have a fourth….Which would mean 16 years of Democratic President’s….

The Republican’s still have a say in Congress…

But the White House continues to escape them….

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The Presidential Race is Just about Over…..Collateral Damage?

Politico writes what MOST serious political types KNOW three weeks out from Election day with votes ALREADY being made….

Donald  Trump is burying his OWN chance to become President so good he has little chance to recover….His attacks against EVERYBODY may seriously hurt his adopted Grand Ole party….

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Donald Trump just had his worst week of his presidential campaign. Again.

With only 22 days until Election Day and early voting already underway in many places, Hillary Clinton has one last major hurdle to clear — the third debate on Wednesday in Las Vegas. Given Trump’s stunning and unmitigated three-week freefall since the first debate last month, it would likely take an almost unimaginable mistake by the highly prepared and risk-averse Clinton to give her opponent an opening to get back into contention.
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“The race for the White House is over,” said Sarah Isgur-Flores, the deputy campaign manager for former GOP candidate Carly Fiorina. “Now, it’s just a question of the collateral damage.”

Now Trump enters the final three weeks down, with more than 60 percent of voters viewing him unfavorably. Clinton, whose team is trying hard to just run out the clock, has a 20-point edge with women and has coalesced her party behind her while Trump’s percentage of support from Republicans dipped below the 80 percent mark. His disastrous October is giving Democrats late hopes of an electoral wave that could return their bygone majorities and even turn red states like Arizona, Georgia and Utah blue….

Indeed, the bigger question at this point is not whether Trump will lose but whether down-ballot Republicans can escape the blast radius come November. In the midst of Trump’s tailspin, Democrats are shifting resources and surrogates to swing states where they hope to pick up congressional seats…

“Many people predicted this, that he represented a systemic threat to the party, and there’s no longer any denying that that’s exactly what has played out,” said Kevin Madden, a GOP communications guru who advised Mitt Romney’s campaign four years ago. “He has already had an impact on the profile of the Republican Party with voters. We just have to get through the next few weeks and then assess the damage. It’s going to be pretty severe.”…

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Open Thread for October 12, 2016….Donald Trump is in Deep Trouble….

…twitter….

Ezra Klein
‏@ezraklein
Trump’s plan to beat Hillary Clinton:

– Attack Bill Clinton
– Attack Paul Ryan
– Sue the New York Times

See the problem?

David Boardman ‏@dlboardman 
David Boardman Retweeted Scott Bixby
Eight. https://www.google.com/amp/www.king5.com/amp/news/local/miss-washington-2013-says-donald-trump-groped-her/334981243?client=safari …

Scott Bixby @scottbix
SEVEN ALLEGATIONS against Trump today:
– Buzzfeed News
– New York Times
– Guardian…

The Boston Globe ‏@BostonGlobe

Donald Trump “just came strolling” into dressing rooms, pageant contestants allege http://bos.gl/81ACN3D

Christopher Hayes
‏@chrislhayes
Anyone feel like we’re in one of those free-fall rides? Or, like, a bad dream where you’re in an elevator that fails?

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More Women come forward with Donald Trump sexual complaints ….

We KNEW THIS would be coming…..

The Miss Universe case was NEVER gonna be the only one….

The New York Times is out with a bombshell report on two women who say Donald Trump groped them.

Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks spoke to the Times on the record about their encounters with the reality TV star. Both had told close friends of being assaulted by Trump, but neither had gone public with their story until Wednesday. A third woman, Mindy McGillivray, also accused Trump of groping her in a story published by the The Palm Beach Post shortly after the Times article appeared.

Leeds, now 74, said she was seated next to Trump on an airplane three decades ago when the businessman grabbed her breasts and attempted to reach up her skirt.

“He was like an octopus,” she told the Times. “His hands were everywhere.”

Crooks, who was working as a receptionist for a firm located in Trump Tower in 2005, said she met Trump outside an elevator in the building. According to Crooks, Trump shook her hand and would not let go, and then started kissing her on the mouth.

Read the full New York Times story here. 

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Newly surfaced footage from 1992 obtained by CBS News shows Donald Trump directing a suggestive remark at a 10-year-old girl.

Encountering a group of young girls at Trump Tower, the now-GOP nominee engages in small talk with one of the girls before saying, “I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?”

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Hillary Clintonn is running for President….

Bill Clinton isn’t.

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Trump doubles down against Paul Ryan….

Trump is insinuating that the Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan  is working with Democrats against him…

Isn’t Trump running against Hillary Clinton…NOT Republican House Speaker Ryan?

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“Instead of calling me and saying, ‘Congratulations, you did a great job, you absolutely destroyed her in the debate like everybody said,’” Trump began, trailing off to boast about how Pat Buchanan called his performance against Hillary Clinton during Sunday’s debate “the single greatest debate performance in the history of presidential politics.”

“So wouldn’t you think that Paul Ryan would call and say, ‘Good going?’ In front of just about the largest for a second-night debate in the history of the country,” Trump said. “So, you know, you’d think that they’d say: ‘Great going, Don. Let’s go. Let’s beat this crook. She’s a crook. Let’s beat her. We gotta stop it.’”

But Ryan doesn’t do that, Trump lamented, floating a conspiracy about a backroom deal….

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Democrats will NOT let anyone forget the Trump GOP supporters….

While Hillary Clinton has not gone to bat for down ballot Republicans up to now in the campaign ?

Democrats themselves are NOW letting Republicans know that they WILL tied to a losing Donald Trump once the elction’s are over….

“We have trackers on the ground, we’re pushing out press releases, keeping a file on footage on folks who are talking about Trump,” said Jared Leopold, the communications director for the Democratic Governors Association.

Party operatives in key states, with help from a few Washington players, are starting to fluff the feathers on the Trump albatross they want to hang around the GOP’s neck in 2017, 2018, even 2020. Anyone who stood with Trump, these Democrats intend to say, enabled racism, irresponsibility and a departure from conservative principles.

The Democratic Governors Association is starting with next year’s Virginia governor’s race, where they say they think they’ve got fertile ground in a swingy state to hit all three likely GOP candidates for backing the Republican nominee.

“It’s sort of a litmus test for what kind of a Republican you are: are you a Republican that can get along with the Chamber of Commerce, or that identifies with the darker elements of the party?” Leopold said.

Mitch Stewart, a top aide in both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, has been actively searching for donors to start a super PAC that he envisions as a searchable, open source database to track what every Republican politician, from statewide office to Congress to state senate and assembly, has said in support of Trump—and to have a small staff to constantly be reminding voters of what they said.

“This isn’t going to be a one-time thing where voters forget about it,” Stewart said. “As a partisan and also as an American, we’d be missing an opportunity to say, listen, we have to take a step back and realize what we almost did here. This should be a seminal event in a lot of public officials’ lives.”….

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Nate Silver over Five Thirty Eight has things closer than anyone else…

He still Hillary Clinton leading  by he has the race (National Polling) closer that ANY of the other top line pundits….

He has things at…

Clinton…53.3

Trump…..46.7

Nate Cohen over at the Upshot has things  at….

Clinton…75%

Trump….25%

I would guess that Silver IS using the LA Times/USC Tracking poll in his projection and Nate Cohen is NOT….

The LA Times poll has singlehandily dragged Clinton’s polling averages down for the past week or so….

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Silver, like the rest of us got things wrong on Donald Trump this year…..Keep THAT in mind….

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Trump hopes Hillary Clinton gets well soon…..

Unlike the media…..

Donald Trump has NOT gotten hysterical over the fact that Hillary Clinton has pneumonia ….

He wants her to get better and get back in the race….

Donald Trump said Monday that he takes “no satisfaction” from Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis, while arguing that his own campaign schedule is more intense.

“I don’t take satisfaction,” Trump told CNBC “Squawk Box” co-anchor Joe Kernen.

“I hope she gets well and I hope she gets well soon,” Trump continued. “It was quite sad, to be honest with you. I hope she gets will soon. No satisfaction, believe me, whatsoever.”

“She was coughing very, very badly a week ago,” Trump continued. “This wasn’t the first time.”

“I want her to get better, I want her to get out there, I look forward to seeing her in the debate.”

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Politico does ANOTHER Trump Campaign’s in Trouble piece…

Politico points to a discourse between the Trump campaign ,which isn’t spending IT’s Money, and doing much of ANYTHING , and the Republican party types (Political and Money) who Trump HAS been beating up since the begiing of the primaries….

The rsult is Donald Trump doesn’t REALLY have a coherent campaign….

And while SOME national polls show a tightening in the race…

2 months out from the November Election day and less that 2 weeks from mail-out ballot voting?

The State polls…. Which REALLY count ?

Show Donald Trump is in Deep Shit……

The plan to get to 270 electoral votes remains unclear. The battleground state deployment plan is a work in progress. Money from big donors is slowing to a trickle. And aides are confused about who’s calling the shots.

Donald Trump’s campaign is teetering, threatening to collapse under the weight of a candidate whose personality outweighs his political skill. And now, with 22 days until the start of early voting, the GOP nominee is running short on his most precious commodity: time.

Late last week, with Labor Day and the final stretch of the 2016 campaign approaching, Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, met with Republican National Committee brass — including chief of staff Katie Walsh and political director Chris Carr — in New York City. Kushner, who has in many respects assumed the role of campaign manager, asked a series of direct questions to the GOP officials — all surrounding the troubles the party was having in deploying field staffers, opening up swing-state headquarters, and establishing field offices in battlegrounds that will decide the election.

Those present for the meeting, and those briefed on it, insisted there were no fireworks, no drag-out fights. But they said Kushner’s questions reflected a growing realization within Trump’s team that for all the party’s talk about implementing a major swing-state deployment plan, it hasn’t yet materialized.

For weeks, Republican officials and operatives have groused about a dearth of campaign infrastructure in battlegrounds across the country — a state of affairs that could have an impact on GOP candidates up and down the ballot. But like many aspects of the Trump campaign, the deployment plan has been wracked by confusion, false starts and a lack of quick decision-making.

By late August, finger-pointing had begun: In interviews, a Trump aide accused the RNC of slow-walking the process, while RNC officials blamed the lag on dysfunction within the campaign.

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Some questions about Donald Trump….

The Guy DOES make you wonder?

…A Newsday Op-Ed…..

For months now, ordinary people, politicians and pundits have speculated in public and private: Is there, you know, something wrong with Donald Trump? Laymen would say he is “nuts” or “crazy,” while a mental health professional might say “suffering from a personality disorder.”

It’s not one trait or attribute, but the whole complex of behaviors: lack of impulse control, self-obsession (to the point at which all human tragedies are seen as they affect him — the Orlando massacre proves was he right! Nykea Aldridge was killed, so vote for him!), habitual lying and exaggeration, grandiosity, lack of empathy and need for constant adoration. There is also his rambling, sometimes unintelligible speech pattern. He flits from one thought to the next by stringing sentence fragments together, never completing a thought or a sentence….

It might be reassuring in some sense to find out that Trump is ill. The reality is that it’s just as likely that he’s an obnoxious, entitled ignoramus. Either way, he shouldn’t get anywhere near the Oval Office….

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Hillary has Issue’s..But Donald shouldn’t be President…Period…

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The Atlantic goes down the list …..

On one hand, there’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who oversaw “grossly inadequate” security at a diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, the site of a deadly September 11, 2012, terrorist attack.Misleading explanations by Clinton and other Obama administration officials fueled a congressional inquiry, which revealed her rogue email system, which led to an FBI investigation into her “extremely careless” handling of U.S. secrets, which almost prompted a public-corruption investigation into pay-to-play allegations at the Clinton Foundation. Only 11 percent of voters trust her.

On the other hand, there’s wealthy celebrity Donald Trump, who led the race-baiting attack on President Obama’s citizenship.

Who promised to build a wall along the Mexican border—“nobody builds walls better than me”—and unleash a “deportation force” on the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

Who accused Mexico of “sending people that have lots of problems” to the United States. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

 Who dismissed the service of Senator John McCain and other prisoners of war. “I like people who weren’t captured.”….
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The RNC head admits he has NFI what his party’s candidate for President Actually Stand’s for….

Amazing, eh?

Donald Trump continues to run his own show….

Independent of his adopted party…

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday distanced himself from his party nominee’s positions and campaign strategy, declining to answer tough questions about Donald Trump’s recent controversies.

But he also said he knows Donald Trump’s thinking and heart from frequent conversations.

“I go with the flow based on what the campaign wants to do,” Priebus said in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press when Chuck Todd asked him about Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon as his new campaign executive in light of the allegations of domestic violence.
Priebus similarly avoided clarifying Trump’s position on deporting undocumented immigrants, saying Trump would give prepared remarks on the subject soon. “I don’t speak for Donald Trump,” he said.

And asked about whether Trump should support birthright citizenship, Priebus cautioned that even though he personally supports it, “a nominee doesn’t have to adopt every single position and platform position of the Republican Party.”

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The Cook Political Report Update…What October Surprise?..

Amy Walter over at the Cook Poltitcalo Report hones in two points in her piece today….

First.…There shouldn’t be much of a surprise come October…All the bad news for Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump IS out there….We can only expect more of the same…

Second.…Both candiadates are pretty well defined and that plays to Clinton’s organiztional advantage….

Oh, I ‘ll add a Third….

Hillary Clinton has , according to Walter THRITEEN paths to get to 270 Electoral Votes…Trump has only FOUR…..

If voters, especially those that are predisposed to like you, describe you as an “idiot” and a “bully” this close to the election, those views are not likely to change. Moreover, Trump’s decision to double, triple and quadruple down on a strategy of appealing almost exclusively to white voters, has already made his pathway to the presidency narrow. And, any softening of his deportation policies isn’t going to be enough to make up for his previous statements about Mexican “rapists” and his continued focus on building a wall. The wall itself, for many minority voters, is as problematic as a deportation policy. It says, pretty clearly, we don’t want you here.

At the end of the day, we have two candidates with well-defined weaknesses who are going to be battling those weaknesses for the foreseeable future. Clinton has less control over how her bad stuff gets out. The State Department and Judicial Watch, not her campaign will be releasing the latest trove of previously unknown emails. But, she’s aided by the fact that Trump has proven unable – or unwilling – to stay focused on making her weaknesses the centerpiece of his strategy. Just when it seems he’s honed in on a message, he veers off into another tweet storm or speech that distracts from her and puts the spotlight back on him. Moreover, with a huge fundraising advantage, Clinton and her allies will be able to keep more of Trump’s bad stuff in front of voters – regardless of what is happening in the news cycle…..

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