Could Trump throw in the towel? Never! OK, maybe

(AP)

Is it conceivable that Donald Trump might drop out of the presidential race?

The answer has to be yes, if only because with Trump, nothing is inconceivable. He says and does inconceivable stuff at a rate that is itself inconceivable.

And of course, the answer also depends on the path that the campaign takes. If this week’s complete collapse of polling support proves to be temporary, if Trump somehow crawls back within five or six points of Hillary Clinton, that’s one thing. The race will then play out through the debates to November.

However, if the race stabilizes with Trump trailing by double digits, if the adoring crowds start to shrink and Republican officials start to denounce him, that could create a whole new dynamic. Because we know two things about Trump:

1.) His self-image as a winner is the most precious thing in the world to him, and he would do anything to protect it.

2.) He cannot stand to be ridiculed (which is probably why President Obama takes obvious joy in doing so).

 

As Trump may soon discover, there’s actually a very thin line between “dire threat to the republic” and “national laughingstock.” The threat to the republic you take seriously. You have to confront it, fight it and defeat it. However, once that threat is neutralized, once it becomes clear that the danger has been drained from it and there’s no real chance of it hurting you, it then becomes something that people laugh about. It’s just human nature. You laugh at what once scared you.

Somebody get me Lin Manuel Miranda’s cell phone number.

It’s also worth noting that there are ways of quitting that fall short of officially quitting. Sports teams do it all the time, as Atlanta baseball and football fans can testify. At some point in a long, hopeless season, they start mailing it in, although given the lack of policy preparation and campaign organization already demonstrated by Trump, it might be hard to tell if and when that happens.

There’s also the exit strategy pioneered by Trump’s buddy Mike Tyson. When he was getting his butt kicked by Evander Holyfield back in 1997, Tyson didn’t quit, at least not officially. Instead, to end his frustration and humiliation, Tyson chewed off a chunk of Evander’s ear and spit it onto the canvas, ending the fight that way.  And it would be completely in character for Trump to respond to losing by becoming even more irrational in his attacks and various conspiracy theories, making a mockery of the whole process.

Although again, it might be hard to tell. You could argue that with his mutterings about rigged elections, he’s reached this point already.

However, if Trump were to officially withdraw from the race, he would need to find a face-saving excuse, a way to blame it on something or someone other than himself. And the truth is that it’s not too hard to imagine what that excuse might be.

If Trump continues to collapse, if he continues to act the fool on the national stage, if elected Republicans start to denounce him in hopes of saving themselves, it is completely plausible and even likely that Reince Priebus and the Republican National Committee would decide to cuts their losses, abandon Trump and focus financial resources and staff on rescuing as many down-ballot Republicans as possible.

At that point, Trump could vow to fight on anyway, as political pros always do. But Trump isn’t a political pro, and he doesn’t strike me as a man willing to take one for the team. He could accuse the Republican establishment of complete betrayal, an argument that much of his base is already prepared to believe, and then quit the race in protest. I’m not saying that’s likely to happen. But I’m sure not going to sit here and tell you that it won’t.

 

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William Stevens
William Stevens

Atlanta urinal and constipation is what we refer to it in GA good for wrapping fish and lining birdcages

Bettye Lloyd
Bettye Lloyd

TRUMP WILL BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. ......get use to it ! VOTE DONALD J TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT OF OUR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, vote for the WINNER.

Forrest Kim Clinard
Forrest Kim Clinard

Bookman, you are the nut case if you think this has any chance of happening. Hillary ' s health taking her out is far more likely.

Michael Hall
Michael Hall

No way, if you believe that then I have some Clinton stock to sell you

Jessica Browning
Jessica Browning

He likes the attention too much to ever throw in the towel

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Strange happenings...


Turkey Unblocks Website of Russia's Sputnik News Agency?

Erdogan is prepared to offer Putin his ‘revengeful services’, mostly through Syria: by cutting off supply routes to the Syrian rebels; by joining the Russian-Iranian axis in Aleppo; and by reaching a deal on keeping in power Bashar al-Assad, who Turkey had long insisted — but no more — must step down.

Furthermore, Turkey can use the refugee card to destabilize Europe, especially if Turkey’s doors are opened without restrictions or checks on who is a refugee and who could be a terrorist claiming to be one. Turkey could escalate against the US and end cooperating with the coalition it leads against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. And there are many more ways Erdogan will not hesitate to deploy to secure his hold over power

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/raghida-dergham/erdogan-putin-ready-to-se_b_11384488.html

Turkish Lawmaker Calls for Closure of NATO’s Incirlik Air Base After Failed Coup

Deputy Chairman of the Center-Left Republican People’s Party (CHP) Namik Havutca argues that the base that stores 90 US tactical nuclear weapons “makes enemies of friendly countries and poses a threat to Turkey’s internal stability.

http://sputniknews.com/news/20160808/1044039812/turkey-incirlik-nato-erdogan-nukes.html 

gotalife
gotalife

The turtle said they are in big trouble.

Governing is harder than just voting no so the gop do not care if they lose.

They just want to keep their cushy jobs.

 

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

BuckeyeGa

They're playing hard ball,with Trump..He'll probably fall for the bait again and say something stupid

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Not really. They play hardball with the left, but not the right.

tireOfIt
tireOfIt

Listening to Trump's latest comments on Hillary, can you say PROJECTION.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Another Trump classic, the establishment is rigging the election.  This is the same establishment that could not stop him in the primary now all of a sudden they are more powerful than the incredible Hulk and will steal the election. 

honested
honested

@StraightNoChaser 

Of course it is rigged!

He had been convinced that only morons would be allowed to vote in November....

Imagine the shock he must feel to find out that will never happen!

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@SNC,

it's obvious Trump never played sports

goat diddler
goat diddler

Invest in manufacturers of swooning couches now...

goat diddler
goat diddler

Supposedly he played basketball and baseball. .. while he was on medical deferment from Vietnam. ..

breckenridge
breckenridge

"I'll say this: At least when 70-something American politicians get creepily handsy with 30-something women, they have the decency to do so with their own daughters. Have some class, Brazil! Have. Some. Class."  John Oliver

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

Iranian spokesman on executing scientist exposed in Hillary's unsecured emails -

"America, the great Satan."

The county that Obama has kissed their butt and released tens of millions of dollars some of which was ransom paid for hostages.

Then there is the legal path to a nuke Obama has given them.

Yep, we need Hillary so there will be four more years of Obama.

Throw up. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

witless stooge for radical clerics says what?

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@honested @JohnnyReb I have several names for Hillary, none of which are allowed posted here nor considered proper manners.

honested
honested

@JohnnyReb @honested 

Well, you can make up nonsense about 'emails', 'ransom' and 'nukes', and pretend it's valid.

Come November, reality will show you WHO is President.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@JohnnyReb He keeps playing footsie with them.  They keep poking him in the eye with one hand and offering the middle finger with the other.  All the while, laughing their butts off.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@JohnnyReb 

Obama did that?

Well, I will never vote for Obama!

Make book on it!

gotalife
gotalife

time for a trump reset button.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@gotalife Probably about right when you consider that many adults have jobs.


For moochers, the percentage is probably way higher.

honested
honested

Meanwhile, Justice roy moore gets wiped from the face of public discourse this week.

The 'Alabama Trifecta' gets closer!

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Donnie_Pinko 

So Hillary's campaign is looking for Kissinger to lance her giant boil?

Trump wouldn't be first to weigh nukes: Marc Ambinder

In the summer and early fall of 1969, President Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger cooked up a plan, code-named Giant Lance, to try to jar the Soviets into pressuring the government of North Vietnam to negotiate more fruitfully with the U.S. How would they do this? They'd place U.S. nuclear forces on alert, seemingly randomly, for no good reason.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/08/08/nixon-trump-presidents-nuclear-weapons-soviet-column/88075010/ 

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@Donnie Parkof,

They're playing hard ball,with Trump..He'll probably fall for the bait again and say something stupid

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Donnie_Pinko That's what is called the weeds part of the campaign, where Donald Trump stays, so it should be just enough to keep him distracted for another two or three weeks and make a total a$$ out of himself.  Mark my word.  HE CAN'T HELP HIMSELF.

kitty72
kitty72

@StraightNoChaser @Donnie_Pinko  This is the man who communicates only

in tweet sized bites. Complete sentences and paragraphs are too difficult. Get out the popcorn for this one. If something comes of it, wonder what idiocy he will spew. Even if nothing comes of it, I predict spewing of idiocy in tweet sized bites.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@JohnnyReb waiting for Donald Trump is to pull this one out, now that's funny. Hell the right had to take him as a hostage with a written speech for him to endorse the speaker of the house and he barely made it through that.  LOL

Peachs
Peachs

This is like going to the bosses party and your wife decides she's going to do a striptease!

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@StraightNoChaser @Peachs  The last video I saw like that was Johnny Depp apologizing to the people of Australia for smuggling his dogs into the country.

Peachs
Peachs

He is such a cartoon character!

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Peachs Seriously, Donald Trump did not put forth any effort what so ever to hide the fact that he was reading from a written statement.  A kindergartner could have read that speech with more enthusiasm.