Friday, September 4, 2015

Why The Donald Would Sign the No Third Party Pledge

Just a short while ago, Donald Trump was keeping his options open for a third party candidacy for President.  Yet, he just signed a pledge not to run as a third party candidate.  Republican establishment types seem to be patting themselves on the back for securing Trump's pledge.  But perhaps they're celebrating too soon. Let us consider why Trump would make such an abrupt turnaround.

The Donald is an experienced businessman who thinks things through.  He wouldn't tie his own hands.  That would mean he probably doesn't think the pledge actually ties his hands.  He very likely has concluded that he can get the Republican nomination, using his aggressive brand of political campaigning 2.0.  The fact that just about no Republican insiders think Trump can secure the nomination makes them vulnerable to the insurgency tactics he's been using.  The Republican establishment may now think it has Trump under control.  But the reality may be that he has figured out how to checkmate them.

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