Wednesday, January 27, 2016





This morning, Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Morning Joe claimed “Megyn Kelly is totally obsessed with Mr. Trump.”  Following on Trump’s ridiculous assertion the other day that “no one had heard of Megyn Kelly” prior to their debate clash and his follow-on negging, it is impossible to draw any other conclusion than that Trump is absolutely and thoroughly obsessed with the Fox News host, on an El Chapo level rarely seen in American presidential politics.

It’s easy to see why, for a man who claims to be a Don Juan of sexual prowess and romantic capability – an issue that Senator Ben Sasse has recently raised questions about.  Just look back at this interview where he dings candidates for dodging a Newsmax debate he was hosting, where his interest in Kelly and his compliments directed toward her are readily apparent.  Why does Kelly reject his obvious affection? Does she not appreciate the many times he has sent her newspaper clippings about himself with the word billionaire circled multiple times? (This is something he actually does when pitching woo.) The entire thing doesn’t make sense. Trump is the model of masculinity and virility and success for the modern age. What’s not to like?

The only reasonable conclusion to draw is that Kelly is obsessed, in a negative way, with Donald J. Trump. Therefore, he has made the decision to withdraw from this debate. His full statement is here.  Fox News is holding its ground, understanding that who runs the world but girls, and keeping Kelly as debate moderator.  There is some irony in this: no news channel has featured more pro-Trump views than Fox News, where Eric Bolling and others every day bend over backwards to defend him. And yet it is Fox that has attracted Trump’s ire, and their unwillingness to undermine their star talent at his request frustrates him to no end.  So he chooses not to run.

This strikes me as a rare tactical mistake for Trump. I assumed he would draw this out in a “will he, won’t he” manner until the point where the debate arrived, where he could swoop in and say “I can take your questions, but if they’re unfair, I’ll leave” or something like that. Instead, this means the final debate before Iowa – the one Iowans historically view at much higher levels than any other – will not feature Donald Trump, and could provide an opportunity for one of his opponents to overperform. It also makes him look weak and petty instead of strong and invulnerable.

Meanwhile, somewhere in snowy New York, Donald J. Trump stands outside Megyn Kelly's house in the snow, boombox raised over his head, playing Lana Del Rey's National Anthem, his cheek stained with a single tear.


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