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The First Rule of Political Fight Club: Don’t Tweet About It

President Trump is a fighter.

He is a counterintuitive counterpuncher, said Trump’s mini-me Scaramucci.

Those are nice euphemisms but what I see lately from Trump is wild, overhand, looping punches, not Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

The quality of the fight—the why and the how—matters.

If it is to courageously and consistently make the case for policies in furtherance of first principles against criticism and the forces of an untenable status quo, that is a good fight.

If it is to use temper tantrums as tactics to blame-shift responsibility for predicaments on to subordinates and independent allies, that is not a good fight.

Trump still conveys an understanding of who he is fighting for but his public ridicule of AG Sessions and tolerance of the cartoonish antics of his Communications Director/impersonator will erode his base support if both do not stop.

If, as Sun Tzu argued, the art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting, Trump’s public fighting with his allies—through his enemies in the DC press corps no less (e.g. The New Yorker, CNN)—is subduing his chances for a successful Presidency.

Public spectacles are not necessary to identify and root out enemies inside the President’s perimeter, as needed.

The first rule of political fight club: don’t tweet about it.

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