Over the last month the media has been filled with reports of the enormous cash advantage that the Biden campaign is taking over the Trump campaign. It’s not that the President’s donations have been meager but rather because lefty billionaires are funding super PACs with a fire hose in a desperate attempt to carry Biden over the finish line by any and all means.
And like a deus ex machina (a god from the machine, manna from heaven, a set-up too good to be true) President Trump is handed a situation that allows him to cancel that advantage. The rage and panic engendered by the opportunity to fill the vacancy is sure to dominate the press for weeks. The President will tease the selection until Friday. The hearings will be a three-ring circus. Every tweet by the President will be a mini-event. And meanwhile Joe “hidin’” Biden will be standing on the side crying, “doesn’t anyone want to know what I think about this?”
There is an old saying that God helps those who help themselves. It’s true. President Trump is an energetic advocate of his interests and when you are paying attention to the situation every once in a while, opportunity knocks. The flip side of opportunity is the uncertainty and disruption that comes with riding a tiger. But looking at our opponents and their haplessness in the face of managing the crises they have embraced I’ve got to like our odds of ending up on the winning side of these events.
I remember how even a minor calamity like Hurricane Katrina unraveled the Bush presidency while the true disaster of the COVID crisis is being politically weathered and the BLM insurrection is actually a net positive for the Trump campaign. To me this is the proof that leadership is much more than just following an MBA slide show template on how a CEO leads an organization. You truly need to know something about what people are. And that’s why the Bushes and the Romneys can’t do it. They’ve never met any actual humans in the wild. They’ve heard of them at cocktail parties and at management retreats and even seen a few caged ones in their mansions where they keep a zoo of cooks, maids and body guards. But they’ve never gone out into the forest and studied them. Somebody like Bill Clinton loved going out in the brush and rub elbows with the common man. That’s how he got re-elected even after the world knew that he was a lecherous old goat. When the people looked at him, they knew he was a sinner but they also recognized that he was an actual human being. No one will ever confuse Mitt Romney with a living man.
So, fate has spun the wheel again for President Trump and as ever he answers the call and puts the machine in gear. Will he win the game? It’s absolutely impossible to know for sure. But I tell ya, I like our odds.