Ratings challenged @CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) "the founder" of ISIS, & MVP. THEY DON'T GET SARCASM?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2016
This little dust-up has been putting along on a predictable schedule–let’s call it the Khan calendar. Day 1 (Wednesday): say something stupid and offensive. Day 2 (Thursday), double down. Day 3 (today), right on schedule after he rolled out of his gold-encrusted bed, tweet about it so nobody forgets the stupid and offensive thing, and make a lame attempt to pass it off as a joke.
I’m guessing you all would agree that if the Republican nominee was a little more presentable numbskull, we’d be treated to weekly nontroversies centered around some Clinton email, some minor DNC staffing move, or something Bill said. That’s not happening this year because Trump is feeding information into the election communication system with a goddam firehose. He occupies the entire bandwidth of that system, and then some. And, like any well-engineered communication system, this one is scaling to handle the load by ignoring the fainter signals (namely, everything about the Clinton campaign.) He’s even drowning out the Olympics.
Look at poor James Fallows – the guy must be exhausted. His Trump Time Capsules, which are numbered dispatches about some stupid thing Trump said or did, are in the mid-70s and we’re only halfway through August. You’d think at some point Trump would recycle his material and let the overheated communication system cool down, but I see no end in sight.