Donald Trump refuses to endorse Paul Ryan for Congress. That's Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, #2 in the line of succession to the Presidency. Now you'd think that the Republican candidate for President would want a Republican House and so forth. It just makes the job easier.
But not Trump. In fact, at this point I don't think "Republican candidate" is a correct description of Donald Trump. The entire thing is starting to remind me of a very elaborate Improv Everywhere project, or maybe the Yes Men.
Reports of Trump's campaign staff morale I saw today used the word "suicidal." This is -- increasingly obviously -- not a person who plans or expects to win an election for President. His prattling about how the election is rigged is just him laying down a foundation of excuses. Someone I read recently pointed out that losing the election could be a better outcome for Trump. He'll be golden for life as a Fox News or similar conservative TV network blowhard commentator. As long as he has a camera into which to sneer and a mic into which to spew insults, he's all set.
By the way, Mike Pence, the Governor of Indiana, is totally OK with making that Paul Ryan endorsement.
I strongly support Paul Ryan, strongly endorse his re-election," Pence, a longtime congressional colleague of Ryan's, said in a phone interview with Fox News. "He is a longtime friend. He's a strong conservative leader. I believe we need Paul Ryan in leadership in the Congress of the United States.
Did I mention that Pence is Trump's "running mate"? The top of the ticket says no to an endorsement... then the #2 goes ahead and breaks with him? Holy s*. I have been paying at least some attention to Presidential campaigns since "All the Way with LBJ!" and I cannot remember anything remotely like this.