imagesDonald Trump, who has boasted incessantly that he will hire only “the best people” as president and will start acting “presidential” when the time comes, is now on his third campaign manager (perhaps the third time really is the charm?) and is trying (for the umpteenth time) to “pivot” by sticking to carefully scripted speeches and avoiding the unhinged comments that have frightened so many people who are actively evaluating his fitness for the Oval Office.

Surely, Trump supporters say, with 82 days until the election, it is not too late to right the ship … and perhaps they are right. But I doubt it.

With every insult, rant, and conspiracy theory he voices, The Donald has spent the past year and change telling us exactly who he is–and it’s not a pretty picture. A couple of good speeches in a row now or a new campaign manager cannot erase the picture he has painted for us in such bold strokes. When it comes time to pull the lever, I believe Trump will have spent all his political capital. At some point, it is simply too late. As the saying goes, “You only get one chance to make a first impression.”

Trump’s chance to knock off the weakest and most corrupt Democrat in a generation has probably come and gone already. His position reminds me of the classic Loony Tunes cartoon in which the notoriously volatile Yosemite Sam has received a fortune but loses it piece by piece every time he loses his temper, with Bugs Bunny keeping the ledger.

After a series of explosions, in the final scene, Sam exclaims happily, “I got it licked, rabbit. I don’t get mad no more. Watch this.” The servants then kick him, and hit him with a pie and a rolling pin–and Sam finally keeps his cool, smiling broadly, saying, “See? Ha ha. I can take it. Ha ha ha!”

Then Bugs Bunny turns and says to the camera: “I ain’t got the heart tell him he’s used up all the money.”

Donald Trump has used up all the money.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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