Simply put: Lions are lions. He does what he wants and what he needs to do. Worrying about what their prey thinks about themselves is of no use. Their opinion is of no consequence. Thinking of them at all is a waste of lion’s time.
The “Game of Thrones” patriarch doesn’t talk about American politics, but the lesson also applies here. We express it with the phrase “Don’t drop it,” which means that there is no value in a well-known politician chasing an unknown opponent. All he does is raise the opponent, which he wants!
Which brings me to the curious case of Donald Trump and the Lincoln Project.
The first one you know. He is the President of the United States.
The last one you might not. The Lincoln Project was formed late last year by some of the country’s most famous “Never Trumpers”: George Conway, husband of Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, as well as Republican consultants John Weaver, Steve Schmidt and Rick Wilson.
“Under Donald Trump’s leadership our country is weaker and sicker and poorer,” the advertising narrator said. “If we have four more years like this, will there be America?”
The message is dark, premonition and hard. And it is very likely that almost no one would have seen the message if it hadn’t been for Donald Trump.
“A group of RINO Republicans who failed 12 years ago, again 8 years ago, and were badly beaten by me, the first political timer, 4 years ago, copied (without imagination) the advertising concept of Ronald Reagan, ‘Morning in America’ , do everything possible to get even for all of their many failures You see, this type of loser doesn’t care about 252 new Federal Judges, 2 great Supreme Judges, rebuilt military, protected second amendments, tax cuts & biggest regulation ever, and many more.I don’t use one of them because they don’t know how to win, and what they call the Lincoln Project is embarrassing for Honest Abe.I don’t know if Kellyanne made a mistake to her husband loser, Moonface, but it must have been very bad, John Weaver lost big to Kasich (for me). Grazed Rick Wilson lost for Evan ‘McMuffin’ McMullin (for me) Steve Sch midt & Reed Galvin lost John McCain, campaign manager Romney (?) Big loser to ‘O,’ & Jennifer Horn was expelled from New Hamps hiring Republicans. They are all LOSERS, but Abe Lincoln, Republicans, all smile! “
So yes But he isn’t done yet! Before leaving for Arizona on Tuesday morning, Trump returned to advertising and the group, saying (in part):
“I saw a Project, called the Lincoln Project, and I want them to change their name to ‘Losing Project.’ Because if you see – that’s (Steve) Schmidt, that’s George Conway – that person, Kellyanne must have done a lot of things to him, but that is George Conway and a few others, (John) Weaver, all of them, I lost or they lost themselves “But it’s a big loser group. They’re Republican losers … So they shouldn’t call it the Lincoln Project, that’s not fair to Abraham Lincoln, the great president. They should call it the Loser Project.”
Think Trump, let the sheep bother him? Uh yes.
I can only imagine the people on the Lincoln Project high when they read Trump’s tweets. And jig dancing when he talked about them – and their advertisements – before joining Marine One.
This is their ideal scenario. They really don’t have money to buy this kind of publicity for their advertisements. Now many people who read Trump’s tweets or see him blow up the Lincoln Project outside the White House on Tuesday will get to their computers and search for “The Lincoln Project.” And watch the “Mourning in America” ad.
This is a gigantic victory for what, in fact, a small group of prominent speech heads who – and Trump is right about this – were rounded down by him and his allies during the 2016 campaign.
Trump’s inability to ignore the rebel voices in his party is a violation of the most basic campaign rules. The more he talks about the Lincoln Project – no matter how negative – the better for the group’s profile and ability to raise money to oppose his re-election.
Trump’s best strategy for differences in votes within his own party is to ignore them and remain silent. But that is not the skill he has.