Via The Washington Post:
David N. Bossie, the veteran conservative operative who has investigated the Clintons for more than two decades, has been named Donald Trump’s deputy campaign manager.
The Republican presidential nominee revealed his hire in a phone call with The Washington Post.
“A friend of mine for many years,” Trump said, speaking from his office in New York. “Solid. Smart. Loves politics, knows how to win.”
Bossie participated Thursday in strategy sessions at Trump Tower in New York where he was introduced to campaign aides and Trump associates, according to Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.
Conway said Bossie would be assisting her with managing day-to-day operations and with strategic planning.
“He’s a battle-tested warrior and a brilliant strategist,” Conway said. “He’s a nuts-and-bolts tactician as well, who’s going to help us fully integrate our ground game and data operations, and help with overall strategy as my deputy.”
Bossie will also work on crafting attacks against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, mining past controversies involving her and former president Bill Clinton, and cultivating Trump’s bond with conservative activists.
The addition of Bossie, who first gained notice in the 1990s as the Republican congressional staffer who aggressively delved into the Clintons’ finances and dealings, is the latest sign that the Trump campaign’s new leadership team is embracing right-wing figures whose ties to the party’s elected leadership have been tenuous or even hostile.
Trump is rewarding his most devoted partisans now rather than later, which is probably smart given the likelihood that there will be a “later.”At this rate, look for Matt Boyle to become the towel boy in Trump’s plane.
Bossie, at the very least, is a veteran scrapper. He knows what it is like to butt heads with the Clinton smear machine. As head of Citizens United he’s been in charge of the biggest monster under every liberal’s bed for a while now, which probably makes him more suited to the final push here than almost anyone. Dame van der Cankles reflexively barks “Citizens United” at least once during every campaign speech, largely because free speech in politics terrifies her (as do wombats, Jello molds, and email).
While not a Trump fan, I do think his recent moves dispel the notion that he doesn’t really want to win. It looks like he’s getting as serious as he can possibly get.
Well, except for the Bannon thing.
Bannon never makes sense.