Is the Pivot Enough?

The Corner office (2)To my surprise, my morning with my favorite pundits has so far been spent listening about yet another pivot in the Trump Presidential Campaign. Apparently, in the last 24 hour Donald Trump has hired two additional staff members, one of which is someone to travel with him across the country as Campaign Manager. Word on the street, his Campaign Chairman, Paul Manafort, will remain in his position, however he will have a diminished role after the downward spiral that Trumps image has been on since becoming the Republican Nominee. All of this just days before his first ad buy hits television screens.

It’s happened before, Trump hires a new operative, sings their praises, gives a relatively decent speech, soaks up the praise from the media, and then he goes out and calls the President the founder of ISIS. It never fails, eventually, Trump goes back to who he is, trusting his intuition and ego to guide the direction of his campaign.

As an American citizen, eligible to vote in November, I have whiplash. Trying to keep up with this campaign season has been exhausting. My solution? I’ve offered to run several Presidential campaigns myself over the last few weeks – so far I’ve got offers out to my boss, a three year old, and the Chief Operations Officer of the organization I work for. I’ll let you know when we announce our campaign.

In the event that Trump doesn’t immediately pivot back to his usual mode of operation, is it enough? Is this shift to more structured speeches and messaging enough to erase all of the things he has said in the past? Does it make it okay? And if it is enough, then we are in trouble.

I have no idea what is in store for the rest of this campaign, I don’t think anyone knows. I highly doubt that we will merge into this traditional season in the next couple of months and will be looking back on election day thinking “Gee, that was all very silly, I’m so glad we finally got back to normal.” This is a circus and it will be a circus until the last votes are cast on November 7th, 2016.

The first Presidential Nominee Debate is scheduled for September, 26th. Knowing how Hillary dominates a debate stage, I am curious how Donald is preparing for this first showing against her. It will be a milestone for both campaigns, an opportunity to break apart from the other and gain some momentum. It’s a toss up as to which candidate will walk away from the stage gaining ground. Perhaps it will be my three-year old candidate that walks away with the votes that night. Stay tuned.

We are Broken

Our world is under attack. It has been a heartbreaking first half of 2016 for most of the world, including the United States. For most of the year I have had no, or few, words to describe the unrest, the heartbreak, and the terror that has been taking over across the globe.

For the second Friday in a row, I have woken up to news of an overnight mass casualty attack, first in Dallas and now in Nice, France. Images of people, civilians, running for their lives away from terror have become the standard morning news backdrop. I can’t explain it, I can’t rationalize it, I can’t understand it, I’m scared.

Our country is in the process of beginning the final stages of a Presidential campaign, someone will inherit a new world, one that is continually broken and will be responsible for securing our safety  by creating and mending relationships across the world. The major issues in this impending general election campaign has shifted, foreign policy, national security, and immigration are going to move to the forefront for our two candidates.

For months I have been quiet about this campaign. I was disappointed about the turn that it had taken. While watching Donald Trump in the early stages of his candidacy, almost a year ago, was entertaining, but no one thought he would break through the GOP to the other side and solidify the nomination. No one. For the first time in my adult life, there was no democratic candidate that I was interested in supporting, I was lost and looking for someone I could trust to get things done as the next President of the United States, even if that meant I crossed the aisle to support a Republican. While the sixteen other Republican candidates were being plucked off one by one, Hillary and Bernie fought the good fight and, inevitably, regardless of the growing support for her opponent – Hillary came out on top. The worst case scenario had happened.

Defeated, I remained silent about the direction the race was taking. I continued my morning routine of watching Morning Joe, I stayed as connected as I could on social media so that I could find some relatable or redeeming quality for either of these people that will become our Commander in Chief. In the wake of the Bastille Day attack coverage, MSNBC played two clips, both from last night, each of our candidates responded to the horror that has taken place while most of us were sleeping. Donald Trump, as usual responded with his gut “the world has got to straighten up” – a blunt, but broad statement that, once again, showed he had no answers, no plans, and no idea what it takes to address this kind of tragedy across the world. Hillary responded with information, details on what is happening in Iraq, she helped the viewers understand.

No one will ever understand how or why attacks like these happen. No amount of words will ever rationalize this kind of terrorism or ease the fear in the human race. I can’t expect any candidate to have the solution to that, but I do expect that our next President has the ability to strengthen our relationships around the world to increase security and peace, for all of us. Hillary is the only one that will be able to do that.

For better or worse, these are our options. This morning, both candidates said “This is War” and they’re right. People are dying and there is no longer any time to humor Donald Trump. I may not like everything Hillary stands for, but I will not watch our world continue to fall apart and trust Donald Trump to put the pieces back together with his broad platitudes and stump speech buzzwords.

Starting today, I stand with her.