As the Tweet below reveals: campaign manager Lewandowski has been neutered, and Paul Manafort has been elevated. Which means that the Trump campaign will stop being about trying to win races and start being about trying to protect delegates. Which is probably their smartest move, but it’s not necessarily ‘smart’ as an objective benchmark.
Trump announces campaign reorg, with Manafort heading all efforts for nomination and delegates pic.twitter.com/oTxekxJ23E
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) April 7, 2016
Couple this with the news that Trump is retrenching like heck in order to try to dominate the New York race, and it’s clear that his campaign is taking a defensive strategy. Do not be surprised if he starts spending his own money to blanket New York with ads. Heck, be surprised if Trump does not.
PS: A buddy of mine aptly described what’s going on in New York right now: “Ted Cruz is gambling with the house’s money.” Which is to say: Cruz doesn’t need to win New York to get the nomination, and he doesn’t even need to pull delegates out of it (although it’d be great if he and/or Kasich does). But every delegate Cruz can grab hurts Trump.