Will 'Trump Family Values' Save Donald's Campaign?
Those of us who have stuck our necks out for Donald Trump, only to have them severely nicked on too many occasions (though not yet fully cut off), are holding our collective breaths, because the presumptive Republican nominee may finally have turned the corner.
For the last few days, basically since his grown children allegedly ganged up on him on Father's Day and urged him to dump Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump has been running a heckuva campaign.
It hasn't just been the excellently written and delivered speech Trump made Wednesday morning skewering Hillary Clinton's endless morass of lies, corruption, incompetence and greed, leavened by entitlement. ("Her campaign slogan is 'I'm with her.' You know what my response to that is? I'm with you, the American people." "When she was at the State Department, everything went to Hell except her bank account." Touché times two!)
It's also the nonstop bombardment of messaging emerging from the Trump campaign that is suddenly uniformly consistent and timely. In the last day or so, since a link to a transcript of the speech arrived in my inbox at 7:57AM PDT, a half dozen or more of these emails have arrived, including a well-wrought tour of responses to the speech, admittedly biased toward Donald.
Unfortunately, however, we have been here before. We have been at turning points like this, only to have Trump wander off the reservation again, lost in a swamp of personal grievance and accusation, often over the most trivial circumstances, especially compared to the monumental issues of this electoral season—radical Islamic terrorism (we can include Iran in this) raging across the globe and an economy moribund for years at home. Trump has a polling lead on both those subjects and should stick to them with every drop of glue in the jar and then get a refill.
Will he do it? Will he suddenly get at least a little bit zen and engage in one (or rather two) pointedness?