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Fans of campaign infrastructure had an exhilarating last few days with the arrival of a new captain of the good ship SS Trump Titanic as it steams full speech ahead for the iceberg of Election Day (Nov. 8).

A man who takes pride in his brilliant ability and shrewd judge of talent in picking the managers of his nine failing businesses, Trump seems to be changing campaign managers as often as some of his followers change underwear.

Out last week in the revolving door policy went Paul Manafort, the Ukrainian expert who may have been the one who gave the candidate the idea of abandoning NATO and hailing Putin as the greatest friend of democracy since Stalin, and in came the political smutmeister, Steve Bannon.

The voice of the most trusted name in news for some people, Breitbart, Bannon’s previous experience in presidential campaigns was working for Sarah Palin in 2008. Will he bring the kind of attention to wild and unsubstantiated charges, dismissal of fact, or claiming they are false, or worse? You betcha!

I tell you, the selection process is enough to turn a 70-year old candidate’s hair from golden to gray.

Every time the crooked dishonest New York Times runs a story reported by a team of dishonest crooked reporters and editors and vetted by lawyers out to get him – the latest yesterday (Aug. 21) reporting that despite his being a self-acclaimed fiscal genius his empire is $650 million in debt – he fires somebody.

It was probably Manafort’s fault. Not being able to stop the crooked dishonest Times from digging up all those demeaning hurtful painful facts might have led to the demise of the third campaign manager in three months. Manafort paid the price, throwing himself from the seat of power, walking the plank, strewn with banana peels.

The maxim says, when a ball club is losing it’s always the fired manager’s fault, even though it’s the players who should be penalized for dereliction of duties, such as hitting and pitching.

But this is the real world of politics, not a fantasy game like baseball.

The latest Trump campaign shakeup reminds me more of the time that Hitler sacked von Rundstedt and replaced him with “smiling Albert” Kesselring after the former botched D-Day by following der Fuhrer’s orders. Hitler, WW II scholars remind me, often did that after generals who followed his orders lost a battle. Toward the end he even was recycling some generals who had not committed suicide.

Not that I’m implying Trump is Hitler. He’s more like a Mussolini, pushing out his jaw while waving those hands without a thought out plan, like fascism, for making the trains run on time.

Currently, the campaign is on the heart and lung machines, and there are two strategies available to the new brain trust.

Plan A: Let Trump be Trump
Plan B: Let Trump not be Trump.
(In other words more presidential than the raving maniac he sometimes appears to be on the stump at his rallies talking like Il Duce to the masses from a balcony.)

As the polls continue to go south, the presumptive Next President, as they used to say in the Happy Days before the campaign actually began, appears to have chosen his personal favorite, Plan A.

He is accusing the polls of being rigged, and the results distorted by the crooked media. It’s all part of a conspiracy to steal the election.

The only conceivable way he can’t win,” His Hairyness has decided, is the election is rigged. As he said in Altoona Aug 12: “The only way we can lose, in my opinion – I really mean this, in Pennsylvania—is if cheating goes on.”

As Pennsylvania goes, so go the other states controlled by the crooked Hillary thugs!

Actually, this latest change in tone is no surprise. Steve Bannon has been warning in his authoritative voice of reason chronicle, Breitbart, of unsubstantiated manipulated process. Voter fraud! Polls rigged now! Not during the primaries? I guess it depends on scientific analysis based on who’s ahead in the polls.

What surprises me is why Democrats have not jumped on the rigging bandwagon in terms of the two casinos in Trump’s name in Atlantic City. In a business so blatantly rigged, it is startling the candidate failed twice. If you can’t make money running a casino, it can turn a man’s hair gray worrying about what will happen when you give such a business genius the key to the vaults.

MEMO TO STEVE BANNON AND YOUR WONDER WOMAN CO-MANAGER, KELLYANNE CONWAY:

I WOULDN’T BOTHER PRINTING UP STATIONARY. YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED WITH ROGER AILES WARMING UP IN THE BULLPEN. AS I TELL MY PROGRESSIVE FRIENDS, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR ABOUT THIS CLOWN TRUMP, EXCEPT FEAR ITSELF. WHICH IS QUITE A LOT, ESPECIALLY IF ROGER AILES COMES INTO PLAY. AFTER ALL, HE IS THE GURU WHO MANAGED IN 1968 TO MAKE NIXON SEEM WARM, ONE OF THE EIGHT WONDERS OF THE POLITICAL MIRACLE WORLD.

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Marvin Kitman
August 22, 2016

Marvin Kitman is the author of “The Making of the Preƒident 1789”, HarperCollins, and in paperback, Grove Press, available at Amazon and quality book-sellers. His other books include “George Washington’s Expense Account” by Gen. George Washington and Marvin Kitman, PFC (Ret.). Google them.