Too Many Cooks?
There are rumours that the set-up of Trump's debate team is going to be changed, with Chris Christie
being put in charge. Steve Bannon
has nominally been leading the sessions, but the Donald has generally taken them over. Apparently Christie was "brutally honest" with Trump after the debate and they are thinking of letting him take over the debate prep.
There has been criticism that the sessions so far have been too big, with a dozen people involved when they were all there. Bannon and Christie have been there. In addition, Rudy Giuliani
and Jared Kushner
have been playing increasingly leading roles in the campaign and the debate prep. Giuliani, ex-Mayor of New York, is half-mad, but he is a fearsome debater. Kushner (Ivanka's husband) is a property and publishing millionaire. He hates Christie, who led an investigation which sent his father to jail, not a good basis for team-building. It has been reported widely that Trump had Christie pencilled in for VP, but had his mind changed by Kushner, so the antipathy is mutual.David Bossie
has been in the meetings. He is yet another nasty piece of work. He worked for Bush Snr in the 92 election but Bush was so appalled at Bossie's attempts to dig the dirt on the Clintons that he not only condemned his "filthy campaign tactics", but filed a legal complaint against him and had George W contact party members to urge them not to assist Bossie. He also has bad history with Gingrich. He has undertaken loads of unbelievable stuff. Some of it is here http://tinyurl.com/jxd4xda
, but you could fill a book with what he has done. Of course, that means he is an excellent fit for the team and Trump has appointed him Deputy Campaign Manager.Laura Ingraham
has been involved. I'm not sure to what extent, but she has been there. I suggested back here http://blondepoker.com/forum/index.php?topic=66429.msg2155847;topicseen#msg2155847
that they should bring her into the team and they obviously read this thread, as that is exactly what they did.Kellyanne Conway
has also been there, of course, and Ivanka
was at some of them. Also, two other staffers, Steve Miller
and Jason Miller
, plus two retired generals (wtf?).
That makes up to thirteen people in the room, plus Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus phoning into the meetings, and Roger Ailes winding Trump up in between.
A lot of the problems lay with the candidate, but one issue with the team was that they often didn't agree with each other on the best strategy, before even telling the candidate what he should do. Is that any surprise with so many people? It contrasts with Clinton, who prepared with a group of three or four (plus Bill sometimes).
Maybe Christie can turn it around, if he can get Kushner, Giuliani and Bannon to agree. This is a group with too many leaders. Christie is a busy person, though - he is already in charge of the 'transition team', which is preparing to convert the campaign into an Administration, and is forever fending off the never-ending Bridgegate scandal. He also still has a major State to run (or, he is supposed to be running, still being Governor and all), where there was a major train crash yesterday. If he can find the time and get the backing, he needs to trim the debate team and manage the candidate. I expect Trump has already learnt enough to perform much better next time anyway. If Christie can get the team under control, he might be able to get Trump within closer range of Clinton's level.