Posted by Curt on 12 August, 2016 at 11:02 am. 1 comment.


Ed Morrissey:

Team Trump insists it’s a routine meeting but that’s not how Politico’s sources describe it, and that’s not the sort of meeting you’d expect when the nominee is sliding out of contention in early August. Two interesting details from Politico. One: It was Trump’s campaign, not the RNC, that allegedly requested the meeting. This isn’t a “Reince chews out Trump and his staff” thing. This is, supposedly, a “Trump’s staff begs the RNC for help” thing.

Two: Trump himself won’t be at the meeting, as he’s campaigning in Pennsylvania today. He was, however, in Florida yesterday. Why didn’t they hold the meeting on Thursday so that he could attend? Or did he not want to attend?

The request for the Orlando Ritz Carlton meeting originated with Trump’s campaign, according to a source familiar with the broad details, and is being viewed by RNC officials as a sign that the campaign has come to grips with the difficulty it is having in maintaining a message and running a ground game.

“They want to patch up a rift that just keeps unfolding,” one source said. “They finally realize they need the RNC for their campaign because, let’s face it, there is no campaign.”

Another person familiar with the meeting, a Republican operative who works with the campaign, said the planned gathering was “a come-to-Jesus meeting.” That source said that many Trump campaign staffers share the party officials’ frustrations with Trump’s penchant for self-sabotaging rhetoric. “What’s bothering people on the campaign is that they feel like they’re doing all the right things, but they’re losing every news cycle to Hillary and there’s nothing they can do about it.”

An RNC member said discontent with the Trump campaign has hit new heights in recent days, describing “major tumult in the building and staff problems and disagreements and RNC staff on the edge of mutiny.”

“There is no campaign.” Ed noted yesterday that Trump has virtually nothing happening on the ground yet in Cincinnati, an alarming oversight but one that’s confined to one county and which will supposedly be remedied soon. Politico, however, points out that Trump has exactly one office open right now in the entire state of Florida, which of course is an absolute must-win for him. “Where the hell are they?” asked one GOP operative. Republicans claim that 25 field offices will be opening across the state this month, but Clinton’s people are already in the field organizing. Today’s “emergency meeting” suggests that Trump’s deputies understand that the situation is critical and they’re moving to do what they can with the RNC to build a ground game on the fly.

Does the candidate understand it’s critical, though? This is hair-raising:

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