The purpose of the nationally televised Oval Office address was to announce new peace initiatives in Vietnam, but Lyndon B. Johnson saved the most startling news until the end of his speech on March 31, 1968. With his country badly divided over a grinding war, he didn’t believe as president he “should devote an hour or a day of my time to any personal partisan causes.” He was dropping out of the presidential campaign.
Now there was a president who knew how to shake up the plot.
As it happens, the Trump Drops Out scenario is one I have trafficked to colleagues and sources for a couple years now, usually to dismissive grunts or quizzical stares. It is true that there is scant time left for the scenario to come to pass. It’s true also that, if I were a reliable predictor of Trump’s political fortunes, Hillary Clinton would now be running for reelection.
Column: Right now, Trump’s chances of winning a second term aren’t looking likely. And @harrispolitico writes that under a certain logic, Trump may rather quit the race now rather than risk losing everything.https://t.co/7HVOtjz2xz— POLITICO (@politico) July 30, 2020