Political campaign staffers usually fall into two categories: young and enthusiastic or experienced and cunning. Both types are necessary to the success of a winning election strategy. Campaign managers, press secretaries, speech writers, pollsters, design teams, professional fundraisers, communications advisers, human resource managers, lawyers, grassroots volunteers, schedulers, countless admin staff and social media and IT experts are all necessary for that well-oiled campaign edge. Fortunately for Hillary Clinton, she has ample previous experience to guide her; unfortunately for Donald Trump, he doesn’t. However given his meteoric rise within the GOP and unprecedented anti-establishment success, such an unorthodox rejection of tried-and-tested ground campaign methods has everyone wondering: can traditional campaigns make America great again?
Donald Trump just reshuffled his staff for the second time in as many months in a move that smells of desperation after some recent poor polling. This time he decided to demote Russian-tainted campaign manager Paul Manafort and bring in Trumpian conservatives from the likes of Breitbart and Fox News under the guise of “expansion”. And while Trump’s staffers have had their own share of controversies (think: Corey’s “physical incidents” and Melania Trump’s speech writer) they haven’t been able to come close to matching the controversies of their disability-mocking, Gold Star-attacking, Mexican judge-baiting, Second Amendment-touting uncontrollable leader of the pack. Which is why no matter how many times Trump decides to change up the faces in the office, his staff will never be able to fix the underlying problem – himself.
Hillary Clinton is also having trouble with her campaign staff this week – not from any email leaks or DNC resignations, but from trying to find a suitable Trump imitator to throw grenades at her in mock debates as part of her debate prep. Clinton is largely expected to sweep the presidential debates but Trump is an unpredictable figure and she will have her work cut out for her in taking him on and meeting everyone's high expectations. If she widened the net beyond Democratic politicians there's a lot of choice, from self-made billionaires to Hollywood actors, or even Donald Trump himself (just tell him it’s the real debate). Although clearly the answer is probably to have several debaters inhabiting different Trump personas to capture all likely scenarios. Unfortunately YouTube is unlikely to host these mock debates, as the team in charge of Clinton’s debate prep is more closed-mouthed than the generals in the White House situation room. Still, keep an eye out for the inevitable and inevitably hilarious SNL debate prep.
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