Opinion-Policy Nexus

Pundits have suggested for months that the outcome of the U.S. presidential election would likely be determined by which candidate became the focus of the campaign. Given the unprecedented unpopularity of both major party candidates, the astute strategy is to make one's opponent the election story. If the electoral focus is upon Hillary Clinton, it would help Donald Trump, and if it is about Trump, that should assist Clinton.

This point is useful to remember when we see the continual pattern of Donald Trump inserting himself into side-stories that should be peripheral to the campaign, but focus media attention upon himself, with the impact of eclipsing coverage of Hillary Clinton's embarrassments. Like a dog compulsively chasing squirrels that it can never quite catch, Trump's inability to control his natural urges to counterattack any slights real or imagined, and to constantly be at the centre of every occurrence, persists in being harmful to his quest. This is difficult for Trump to grasp, when he seems to act as if any publicity is good publicity.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 12:30