Trumped up campaign?

How many people thought that Trump was just deliberately being controversial and provocative to attract attention and once he actually started campaigning for president he would get serious to show he was capable of doing the job?

It hasn’t happened, and doesn’t look like happening.

But did he ever seriously want the job?

Michael Moore thinks that Trump Is Self-Sabotaging His Campaign Because He Never Really Wanted The Job In The First Place

Donald Trump never actually wanted to be president of the United States. I know this for a fact.

This has been suggested elsewhere.

Trump was unhappy with his deal as host and star of his hit NBC show, “The Apprentice” (and “The Celebrity Apprentice”). Simply put, he wanted more money. He had floated the idea before of possibly running for president in the hopes that the attention from that would make his negotiating position stronger. But he knew, as the self-proclaimed king of the dealmakers, that saying you’re going to do something is bupkus — DOING it is what makes the bastards sit up and pay attention.

Trump had begun talking to other networks about moving his show. This was another way to get leverage — the fear of losing him to someone else — and when he “quietly” met with the head of one of those networks, and word got around, his hand was strengthened. He knew then that it was time to play his Big Card.

He decided to run for president.

Moore describes how Trump was surprised by how much support he receioved and got caught up in the game. But now…

Many now are sensing the end game here because they know Trump seriously doesn’t want to do the actual job — and, most importantly, he cannot and WILL NOT suffer through being officially and legally declared a loser — LOSER! — on the night of November 8th.

Trust me, I’ve met the guy. Spent an afternoon with him. He would rather invite the Clintons AND the Obamas to his next wedding than have that scarlet letter (“L”) branded on his forehead seconds after the last polls have closed on that night, the evening of the final episode of the permanently cancelled Donald Trump Shit-Show.

Trump is trying something though. He has revamped his campaign team, again, after an awful couple of weeks where the polls have dumped him.

But he seems to be preparing for more of the same rather than softening or seriousifying his campaign.

NYT: Donald Trump Appoints Media Firebrand to Run Campaign

Donald J. Trump named as his new campaign chief on Wednesday a conservative media provocateur whose news organization regularly attacks the Republican Party establishment, savages Hillary Clinton and encourages Mr. Trump’s most pugilistic instincts.

Mr. Trump’s decision to make Stephen K. Bannon, chairman of the Breitbart News website, his campaign’s chief executive was a defiant rejection of efforts by longtime Republican hands to wean him from the bombast and racially charged speech that helped propel him to the nomination but now threaten his candidacy by alienating the moderate voters who typically decide the presidency.

It also formally completed a merger between the most strident elements of the conservative news media and Mr. Trump’s campaign, which was incubated and fostered in their boisterous coverage of his rise.

Mr. Bannon was appointed a day after the recently ousted Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes, emerged in an advisory role with Mr. Trump. It was not lost on Republicans in Washington that two news executives whose outlets had fueled the anti-establishment rebellion that bedeviled congressional leaders and set the stage for Mr. Trump’s nomination were now directly guiding the party’s presidential message and strategy.

Party veterans responded Wednesday with a mix of anger about the damage they saw Mr. Trump doing to their party’s reputation and gallows humor about his apparent inability, or unwillingness, to run a credible presidential campaign in a year that once appeared promising.

So it looks like the Republicans will continue to rip themselves apart over Trump.

Ex-Fox Ailes and Breitbart involvement makes it look like media trying to take over the party thinking they can lurch the once grand old party rightward, which they may achieve, but they have already made a mess of it.

Nicky Hager may have done National a big favour warning them off Slater and Whale Oil before they could do too much damage.

In the US maybe overplaying their hand thinking their madness would be widely supported has warned Americans off a train wreck, and saved the world from a potential debacle.