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Thu Sep 29, 2016, 02:59 PM

 

Trump is shockingly careless about the most important thing he's ever done

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/09/29/this-the-single-most-remarkable-thing-i-have-read-about-donald-trump-in-a-very-long-time/?tid=pm_pop_b

Then I read this paragraph in a terrific New York Times story headlined "New Debate Strategy for Donald Trump: Practice, Practice, Practice" (the bolding is mine):

The team had primed Mr. Trump to look for roughly a dozen key phrases and expressions Mrs. Clinton uses when she is uncertain or uncomfortable, but he did not seem to pay attention during the practice sessions, one aide said, and failed to home in on her vulnerabilities during the debate.


(snip)

All of these things pointed to the absolute necessity for Trump to perform well. And, what happened? His debate prep team couldn't get him to pay attention. That is, literally, stunning. Put yourself in a comparable situation. You are applying for a job you really want. Your interview is in five days. You hire an interview coach to help you do well. Then you just can't bring yourself to pay attention to the advice he or she gives you.

It's hard to imagine that happening, right? After all, it's your dream job. You've been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. You know it won't likely come around again. With all that in the balance, you would be far more likely to overprepare than underprepare, right? Can you imagine simply not being able to bring yourself to pay attention with the most important day of your professional life on the horizon?

(snip)
The problem for Trump is that a presidential general election campaign isn't analogous to anything else he's done in his life. You can't wing it in a debate in front of 80 million people against someone who has spent virtually her entire life preparing for this one moment. You can't ignore the advice of people brought in to give you advice because you are convinced you know better. In short, you have to pay attention.

That Trump couldn't bring himself to do that in a moment of such critical import as the debate on Monday night is the only evidence you need of something I have been saying for a while now: There is no other Donald Trump. No new leaf. No pivot. No 2.0. This is it take it or leave it. Trump is absolutely convinced that who he is before he reads a single policy paper or briefing book or participates in a single mock debate is good enough to win. That's the most risky bet he's ever made.


Really not somebody you'd like to trust in charge of a super-power, is it?

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Fast Walker 52 Sep 2016 OP
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TreasonousBastard Sep 2016 #3
Fast Walker 52 Sep 2016 #4
Madam45for2923 Sep 2016 #5
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Response to Fast Walker 52 (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2016, 03:03 PM

1. Another post quoted his campaign staff as saying "he got bored".

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 29, 2016, 03:06 PM

2. what really pisses me off is people in his campaign trying to help this obviously horrible person to

 

win, not to mention all the GOP pols backing him, and the voters.

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Response to Fast Walker 52 (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2016, 03:06 PM

3. Imagine him at a meeting where they are discussing Chinese aggression in the South China Sea and...

Russian moves in Eastern Europe. This during a major flood in the Midwest and a plane crash while a major labor strike was ongoing.

Being President is not the time to be daydreaming.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 29, 2016, 03:07 PM

4. seriously!!!

 

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Response to Fast Walker 52 (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2016, 03:41 PM

5. He thinks he could just phone it in!

 

the whole damn election!

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Response to Fast Walker 52 (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2016, 03:48 PM

6. Now he knows differently.

"Trump is absolutely convinced that who he is before he reads a single policy paper or briefing book or participates in a single mock debate is good enough to win."

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