May 15, 2016

Time for a Trexit Strategy?

First, there was the 'Grexit', or Greek Exit which had the global economic world on edge last year, as Greece went through their bailouts and tried to figure out whether they should (or would have to) leave the European Union.

Then, there was the 'Brexit', or British Exit which is currently under consideration, with a vote coming in June on whether the UK should remain in the EU or if they should take control of their own fate by leaving.

With the GOP convention in Cleveland coming just under a month after the referendum in Great Britain, where we can presume that His Hairness will become the actual nominee and will battle either Crooked Hillary or Crazy Bernie on the Dem side, it's probably not too soon to start thinking about a 'Trexit', or Trump Exit, from the race.

Lots of folks who have surmised all along that Trump doesn't really want to be President, that he entered the race on a lark last June via his 'low energy' escalator ride into the media spotlight.

Among them?  This former staffer, who said they were really looking for respectable finishes, not victories, in the primaries and that he was running as a 'protest' candidate. In fact, she said
You can give Trump the biggest gift possible if you are a Trump supporter: stop supporting him.  He doesn't want the White House. He just wants to be able to say that he could have run the White House. He's achieved that already, and then some. If there is any question, take it from someone who was recruited to help the candidate succeed, and initially very much wanted him to do so.
 And this late-night host, who noted last month
Let's remember, here's a guy who ran for president probably to promote his reality show, or his mattress brand, or his line of premium ex-wives.  And now it looks like he might actually win. And no matter what he says or does - criticizing women, attacking Mexicans, banning Muslims, saying John McCain is a loser for being a prisoner of war - none of it affects his popularity.
Or this Republican strategist, once a possible communications director for the Trump campaign, who shared this:
I believe Trump senses he is in over his head and doesn't really want the nomination. He wanted to help his brand and have fun, but not to be savaged by the Clintons if he's the candidate.  He wouldn't mind falling short of a delegate majority, losing the nomination, and then playing angry celebrity victim in the coming years.
So - if you are leading and everyone else has dropped out of the race and you're going to have the most delegates whether you want them or not, how the heck do you get out of the darn thing?

This is a guy who is worth Saganesque billions - billions, he tells us! A guy who runs a global company (even if some complain he runs parts of it into the ground), a guy who lives in a gold-plated New York penthouse palace and other gold-plated palaces around the world.  A guy to whom the $400K presidential salary is, what, a night on the town? A bad bar bill?

Yeah, time for a Trexit strategy, a sure-fire, 'can't win' strategy.

Maybe beating Crooked Hillary to the punch and announcing that Barack Obama will be the next Supreme Court justice -- yeah, that'll probably work.

I'm not sure what else will.