I couldn’t have said it better. I too don’t know how much is planned or off the cuff. And let’s be clear, some of his off the cuffs stmts appear to have got him into some hot water, but the effect seems to pass quickly.
It’s as if he has set up two Trumps. If you think about it, he is doing nothing different than the Dems. If the results suck, they didn’t really mean it; or his intentions were noble. If the results are good, it was just him being him. But he is unquestionably beating them at their own game and is doing it infinitely more smoothly.
One Trump is the doofus braggadocio who shoots his mouth off and one is the one who calls the shots nobody else is
willing to do. It’s quite interesting. But he does this with the sure knowledge that the media that will surely attack him is all on one side of the boat and if they can be driven to the other side of the boat, they will all go as a stampede. He knows this well, and thus has internalized a very high degree of confidence that is infectious and in this case very effective.
It’s fascinating and enormously entertaining. He really has a media savvy that is incredible. He really flipped ‘em this time.