Democrats are clearly a bit spooked by the narrowing margin between Trump and Clinton. I’m also seeing a lot of chatter about Trump’s owning the campaign narrative and a bunch of similar stuff. I see things a bit different.
Today is quite a good day for the Democrats. Why? Because it shows how easy it was for Priorities USA, the pro-Hillary SuperPac (originally a pro-Obama SuperPac), to hurt Trump with a very focused strike on his immense vulnerability with women. But more than that, they clearly got under his skin. Trump’s been on Twitter raging non-stop all morning about how he was “misquoted” in the Priorities attack ad. I discussed whether he was ‘misquoted’ here. Basically he wasn’t. But, Good Lord buddy, good luck with whining about a SuperPac being mean.
Trump and Trump’s campaign know that he’s toxic to women for numerous reasons. Getting hit on this gets him mad – mad and undisciplined. No one likes a whiner.
I suspect that SuperPacs in Hillary’s orbit, seeing this, will run more ads which are a bit unfair, which push the margins, just to get inside Donald’s head like this.
Note that everyone and I mean everyone in Trump’s entourage, even his official ‘supporters’ who show up on the cable networks, calls him “Mr Trump”. Who else gets referred to like that? Someone who demands that kind of fealty and subservience never handles criticism well. It also undermines his core political strength, dominance politics.