Courtesy of NYT:
Late at night, using his old personal cellphone number, President Trump has been calling former advisers who have not heard from him in years, eager to discuss his standing in the polls against the top Democrats in the field — specifically Joseph R. Biden Jr., whom he describes in those conversations as “too old” and “not as popular as people think.”
After being briefed on a devastating 17-state poll conducted by his campaign pollster, Tony Fabrizio, Mr. Trump told aides to deny that his internal polling showed him trailing Mr. Biden in many of the states he needs to win, even though he is also trailing in public polls from key states like Texas, Michigan and Pennsylvania. And when top-line details of the polling leaked, including numbers showing the president lagging in a cluster of critical Rust Belt states, Mr. Trump instructed aides to say publicly that other data showed him doing well.
Mr. Biden seems to have gotten into the president’s head — at least for now. And on Tuesday, the president will engage with him, if indirectly, for the first time during the 2020 campaign when they both make appearances in Iowa.
Mr. Trump’s visit to an ethanol plant in Council Bluffs is an official White House event. But campaign aides see it, as well as a later appearance at a Republican dinner, as an opportunity to both troll Mr. Biden and invigorate a candidate who needs an identifiable opponent to keep his interest and who has been alternately engrossed in and detached from his re-election effort.
According to the article Trump has trouble staying focused during meetings about his reelection campaign and seems to only care about poll numbers which he often wants to be refuted.
Unless, of course, they are from Rasmussen.
Despite the Phony Witch Hunt, we will continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! Thank you!! pic.twitter.com/MXuiolM745
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2019
The only thing which seems to focus Trump is talking about Joe Biden who Trump sees as the main threat to his reelection.
He has attacked Biden in speeches, on Twitter, and in private.
There is some real fear behind those threats, but his focus on Biden could make him vulnerable to other 2020 hopefuls.
In the run up to 2008, the Republican party had a whole war chest prepared for taking on Hillary Clinton.
When Barack Obama won the primary the GOP was caught relatively flat-footed and did not initially have much to work which allowed Obama to define himself and to attract enough support to easily defeat the Republican candidate in the general.
If Trump only sees Biden as a legitimate threat he will be completely unprepared to deal with an Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, or Corey Booker.
Which is fine by me.