Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway took to the airwaves this morning to complain bitterly about how unfair this campaign is. She noted that Hillary Clinton had all these superstars like Barack Obama and Michelle Obama and Elizabeth Warren and Tim Kaine out there speaking for her–people whose favorability ratings were higher than Secretary Clinton’s and, so, how unfair was THAT!
Sadly (actually, inexplicably), the reporter didn’t ask if Conway found it curious that no one of any note had bestirred themselves to go out speaking for Mr. Trump. Why, in fact, did she think that all of those who might in other years have eagerly taken to the hustings for a Republican candidate for President had chosen to call in sick this time around.
When Conway shifted to how unfair it is that all the media spend all their time splashing all of Mr. Trump’s utterances across the country, the interviewer might have noted that Mr. Trump had in fact based his entire do-it-on-the-cheap campaign on getting the media to notice and repeat his every utterance, day after day–a strategy he worked to perfection. Who knew (he certainly didn’t) that his strategy gave him enough rope to hang himself over and over again, day after day. Most of those hearing his utterances would soon conclude that he was a vile, disgusting, self-aggrandizing, narcissistic nincompoop who hadn’t the foggiest idea what being President was all about or how to go about actually winning a competition for 270 electoral votes in order to show us all how disastrous he’d be in that job.
But I’ve long since given up on any expectation that media interviewers will pursue such lines of inquiry. No matter. By now, it’s pretty clear to me (and many others) that Donald Trump was never going to do what was necessary to win the election–and may indeed not have wanted to win it. (Just for starters, he never opened his checkbook to spend what it would take–an amount that, even discounting his inflated boasts about his fortune, he certainly could have afforded without impoverishing himself or his heirs. Why was he holding back?)
Clearly, Donald Trump wanted whatever glory being President would have done for his galactic ego, but you know he didn’t want anything to do with the stress-laden, non-stop 24/7 commitment to studying, listening, learning, collaborating, compromising, and straining for wisdom in the maelstrom of ambiguity that constitutes life in the Oval Office. (That’s why his emissary went to Governor Kasich last spring offering him the role of C.O.O. of the United States while Donald would play front man.)
As for dear Kellyanne Conway, she’ll be fine. Her contortions on behalf of her client have been inventive if still pathetic, and I note that failed Republican campaign managers appear with great regularity on the talk shows to offer their perspective on current events. Some of them are actually quite impressive. I can imagine that in such a role Conway would find it refreshing to be able to speak with integrity and begin to recover some of the respect that her current futile gyrations and rationalizations have decimated.