No, I have not given up on the Posse, nor have I lost interest in posting. It's just that work has been all-consuming for several weeks, and that tends to mean sleep is priority No. 1 at night when I might be otherwise inclined to give my two cents' worth.
Donald Trump's recent doings are definitely worthy of comment. A week or two ago, CNN and other in-the-tank-for-Democrat commentators were gloating about how Hillary Clinton held a 10-15 point lead over The Donald. This election could be a blowout, and Trump was fading fast, the thinking went.
Trump did himself no favors with his frequent foot-in-mouth antics and utter lack of self-discipline, but even if he learns to be more focused and cogent, he faces an uphill struggle against a thoroughly corrupt media and a ruthless, well-funded Clinton machine.
But a few positive developments of late have Orange Julius looking more chipper these days. One has been his recent tendency to deliver more substantive and focused speeches in which he outlined his plans for reviving the economy, improving homeland security, fixing immigration and repealing Obamacare.
The other was a change in his campaign leadership. Stephen K. Bannon, chairman of the Breitbart News website, has been named chief executive of the campaign. Longtime GOP operative Kellyanne Conway has been named campaign manager, and she may be the person who has been writing the more compelling speeches and urging The Donald to stay on script. Former campaign director Paul Manafort has stepped aside -- probably because he saw the writing on the wall and didn't want to fill a figurehead position.
The left-wing media hacks can't put down their pom-poms long enough to note that the Clinton campaign has been spending hundreds of millions of dollars on TV ads in recent weeks, while the Trumpster is just now beginning to advertise in key battleground states. It stands to reason that she would lead him in the polls. Plus, Trump hasn't conquered foot-in-mouth disease, although his missteps have declined in recent days.
Following a good speech a couple weeks ago, The Donald cracked a bad joke about "Second Amendment people" that was referring to their intensity and commitment to their cause, but the media was hysterical, accusing him of hoping someone would assassinate Hillary Clinton. And a couple days ago, another great speech was overshadowed by the campaign's personnel moves the next day.
But Trump is hitting Hillary and the Democrats hard -- for corruption, an anemic economy, the miserable state of urban America with poverty and crime devastating the lives of millions of blacks. Also, for insane immigration policies; subservience to failed government schools and opposition to school choice; the Trojan Horse of Obamacare; bad trade deals; and a military in decline. He needs to keep on hammering -- relentlessly and harshly, day after day.
Trump must be careful about being loquacious, because it often makes him sound so foolish. During Friday's speech he made the preposterous claim that if he wins in November, his policies will be so beneficial to blacks that more than 95 percent of them will support him for re-election. This is delusional stuff. He also rambled on about how we will be a unified nation, love each other, blah blah.... Utterly absurd. The bitterness, rancor and polarization plaguing our nation will never end. It can't, because both sides are so thoroughly entrenched, and most people would rather talk than listen, learn and study.
A couple things to keep in mind: In the summer of 1988, Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis led then Vice President George H.W. Bush by 17 points. Bush won the popular vote 53 to 46 percent. (Granted, the demographics are far different now, and the media is even more corrupt than then, but this does indicate how much polls can fluctuate in a few weeks.)
Also, Trump faced long odds when the Republicans had about 16 candidates vying for the nomination a year ago. Harry Enten, the so-called election specialist at Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight.com website, wrote last summer that "Trump has a better chance of cameoing in another “Home Alone” movie with Macaulay Culkin — or playing in the NBA Finals — than winning the Republican nomination."
If memory serves, LeBron James and Stephen Curry didn't have an orange-haired galoot to pass the ball off to when their squads tangled in the NBA Finals last June.
Stay tuned. Things are going to get really interesting, and if the Clinton camp is complacent, they really ought not to be.