Yesterday, to some fanfare Joe Biden kicked off his Latino outreach effort.
Today, we're launching Todos con Biden. Latinos have contributed so much to our country—you're part of the fabric of America & you deserve a president who respects you & will fight alongside you.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 23, 2019
Even in the announcement, Biden demonstrated that his campaign really isn’t all that savvy about the vernacular of the modern Democrat party:
Biden campaign launches "Todos con Biden," notably doesn't use "Latinx" like many of his 2020 opponents. pic.twitter.com/uM4VlLBK8i
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) October 23, 2019
Today it became obvious that his campaign isn’t savvy about a lot of other things.
But there’s one problem. The Biden campaign failed to purchase www.todosconbiden.com, or even lock down the @TodosConBiden Twitter handle before announcing the new effort — prompting the president’s reelection team to do what it does best: troll.
Now, the Trump campaign is using www.todosconbiden.com to mock the former vice president, with a landing page that says in both English and Spanish, “Oops, Joe forgot about Latinos.” The page also links out to the president’s own Latino outreach coalition “Latinos for Trump.” And the @TodosConBiden Twitter account, in the possession of the Trump campaign, has already begun posting unflattering counter messaging targeting Biden.
— Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) October 23, 2019
And Biden’s team aren’t taking it all that well:
“It is no surprise that Trump’s Campaign would resort to childish antics like this to take attention away from this President’s appalling record of separating families and using immigrants as scapegoats, fomenting hatred and white supremacy, and trying to take away health care from millions of Americans who need it,” according to Isabel Aldunate, deputy director of strategic communications/Hispanic media press secretary for the Biden campaign.
This is the landing page at www.todosconbiden.com:
It sends the user to the Latinos for Trump page.
The @todosconbiden timeline is a thing of beauty
Right now the stuff is aimed at mainstream journalists coming to the site, hopefully they’ll invest a little time and money in trolling Biden in Spanish.
Let me revisit for a moment a post I wrote a couple of weeks ago, Donald Trump, Impeachment, And John Boyd’s OODA Loop.
But that is only part of the story. The real story here is the way the Trump campaign can move from concept to action.
Brad Parscale had just boarded a Jet Blue flight earlier this month when the paper straw he was using ripped in half.
As he tried to keep his iced tea from spilling onto his suit, the annoyed Trump campaign manager tweeted that he was “so over paper straws.” Prodded by his wife not to leave it at that, Parscale emailed his staff from the air with an idea: Let’s sell plastic Trump straws.
In short order, the campaign sent an email to supporters with the subject line, “Making straws great again.” By the time Parscale landed in Florida, the presidential straws were already in production and an advertising campaign was up and running. The first batch sold out within hours.
No meetings. No focus groups. No consultations with enviro-whackos about what Greenpeace will think of this. Just see the opening and act.
Trump may be impeached by the House but he will not be convicted by the Senate. This certainty gives them options that the Democrats do not enjoy.
Unlike the 2016 campaign when Trump had to rely upon a wide variety of grifters to run his campaign–some foisted off on him by the GOPe and some who’d clung to him like lint to Velcro for sometime…he goes into 2020 surrounded by people he trusts and who’ve had their baptism of fire, who’ve spent their time in the pressure cooker. They are loyal and you don’t find the self-serving leaks coming out of Parscale’s operation that bedeviled Trump in 2016. In short, they have the ability to work inside OODA loop of the Democrats, to capitalize on blunders and to do damage control.
If Trump wins in 2020, the real story will be how his campaign was able to act with great decisiveness to good and bad news and turn it into votes and money.
Should Biden win the nomination…and right now I’d say that unless every current Democrat contender decides to ride the same B-737MAX to Kuala Lumpur that chance is near zero…the Trump campaign will maul him. The staffers in the Trump 2020 campaign are smart and quick and they seem to have the authority to make very quick decisions. None of that is apparent in the Biden or Warren campaigns. Both are running consultant-centric, slow-moving, and insular campaigns that are not only risk averse but see themselves as entitled to the presidency.
This is just a foretaste of the Hell that will be Biden’s existence until he hops his final AMTRAK for some prime hair sniffing on the way home to Dover.