The cost to fund Donald Trump’s vanity campaign may be taken out from other races down ballot.
From the Washington Examiner:
“The RNC has spent the last three years building, from scratch, a modern voter turnout that was always intended to serve as the foundation for the eventual 2016 nominee’s campaign infrastructure. That includes 287 paid staff in 11 battleground states, plus another 179 set to join them.
But the assumption was always that the presidential nominee would bring something the table in the way of field and data analytics, built during the primary contest, as is typical of Republican standard bearers. Trump isn’t the typical candidate, and is instead handing off responsibility for voter turnout to the RNC.”
Trump got to this point by a celebrity-obsessed media, posing as legitimate news. Fox News, the most egregious of offenders, has continually acted as both campaign headquarters for Trump and loyal attack dog to any who didn’t recognize his greatness, as they did.
In other words, Fox News (and other outlets) picked our candidate for us, again.
“The New York businessman, a wealthy real estate magnate, funded most of his campaign via loans from his personal fortune, with some money coming in from small donors. By leveraging his celebrity to hold mass rallies and attract constant news coverage, Trump was able to get away with spending little on advertising and get-out-the-vote activities like field and data.
But Trump is not willing to self-fund the more expensive general election battle. He recently signed an agreement with the RNC to bring in money from wealthy donors who can write checks for as much as $449,000, while giving his approval for super PACs to pick up the rest of the slack.”
The concern is that so much time will be spent trying to fill in the gaps created by a know-nothing candidate that other races on the ticket will be neglected.
Trump has no working knowledge of how to run an actual campaign and his inner circle has been mass turmoil for weeks, in a clear case of the blind leading the blind.
Trump expressed confidence in Reince Priebus and the RNC to handle the heavy lifting, however. He’ll be ready to show up at the rallies and wave his little hat, say a few garbled, nonsensical words on repeat, maybe do a few interviews, where he gets everything pretty much wrong, but beyond that, he’s just a face. He’s not a leader, and at this point, it’s ridiculous for anyone to expect him to change.
This is where I encourage everyone to keep an extra tight focus on the down ballot races in your respective states.