I haven’t had a case of the political warm and fuzzies like this since I can’t even remember when. watching that camera pan around the arena, almost completely empty balconies exposed, made my heart sing. All night long, all I could think of was His Lowness, storming and stomping around in Air Force 1, throwing shit and stomping the cockpit to demand that the pilot divert and bomb Denmark, while the aides and staff all rode home in the baggage pits for safety. Sometimes life can be sweet.
But underneath the indescribable joy of watching Trump go down like a dude with arms full of beer bottles on a patch of ice, there are quite possibly a couple of very important things that can be learned from this debacle. Things that could impact the race going forward.
For starters, something obviously went wrong with the planning. I don’t know if it was arrogance, or ring rust after 3 months of inactivity, but they laid a serious egg. And it isn’t like Trump hasn’t had smaller than anticipated crowds before. The campaign simply moves the stage, cordons off an area, and uses ceiling to floor drapes to hide the empty seats. It had to be terrifying for the staff to get to an hour before showtime, and realize that there was no way to cover up the acres of empty seats that Trump was going to walk in front of. Mark my words, heads will roll over this.
But there was worse news for the campaign out of this monumental flop. Much worse news. Reporters at the event who interviewed attendees as they were leaving were told by many that while they enjoyed seeing Trump, and liked what he had to say, they were also disappointed. They said that for large portions of the show, he appeared listless and lethargic, almost as if he were just performing the lines by rote. Personally, I chalk that up to Trump’s disappointment with the crowd size, as well as being distracted by his anger at his staff for their failure.
But no matter how you slice it, this is going to have a negative impact on Trump. He is entirely egocentric, and this rally was supposed to be his triumphal return to campaigning, surrounded by his slavish followers, and recharging his badly depleted ego. It’s bad enough that the place was 1/3 empty, but if Trump actually hears feedback that the crowd largely left unsatisfied, that will kick his paranoia to a brand new level. It will be interesting how long it takes the campaign to gird their loins and have another event, where they hold it, and what precautions they take to safeguard another failure.
But Trump and his campaign aren’t the only ones who should be scared shitless right now. You know who else should be having night terrors? Walking Port-A Potties like Susan Collins, Thom Tillis, Joni Ernst, Corey Gardner, Martha McSally, and yes, even Lindsey Graham. They embarrassed themselves publicly, whored their principles and morals, and spattered mud all over their dignity. And for what? To keep from offending and possibly losing Trump’s rabid base. But what happens if after 3 1/2 years of constant ridicule and scandal, Trump’s base has finally become disenchanted and tired enough to slither back under their rocks? And what of Matt Gaetz? His gas mask trick in congress went over real well in a state drowning in coronavirus cases, and he really endeared himself to black voters this week. Jim Jordan sees the presidential race in Ohio tightening, and he has the OSU wrestling scandal to deal with. And just how much Louie Gohmert is too much Louie Gohmert, anyway?
This is about so much more than just one rally with a piss poor turnout. Trump went all in on a spectacular event to reassert his dominance, and it came a cropper. If that rally was actually a kind of confirmation of the national and swing state polling, then come November Trump is going to be wearing the kind of coattails that nobody is going to want to go for a ride on. But it’s too late to get off now. Sucks to be them, doesn’t it?
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