Once again the Trump campaign has undergone a major shuffle. Paul Manfort is out due to a combination of falling polls and personal scandal. His pick for a replacement is truly bizarre. The new head, Stephen Bannon, has been an investment banker and news executive but has never run a campaign. Trump seems to think he can “wing it”. He would never allow such an inexperienced person to oversee a new building. A recent report shows that they currently have a staff of 84. The Clinton campaign has 703.
Trump clearly deserves credit for getting the nomination when almost nobody, including me, gave him much of a chance. He used the combination of billions in free media and positions that appealed to many Republicans. To win in November he must substantially expand his base. In the 2012 election only 32% identified themselves as Republicans (Democrats had 38% and independents 29%). Getting thousands to show up at a rally is good for his ego but is no indicator of success.
There is still time to recover before the election but time is running out. If they don’t get some adult supervision, it could be a blowout.