Monday, August 24, 2020


On the eve of the Republican convention, this news broke:
Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to President Trump and one of his longest-serving aides, is leaving the White House at the end of the month....

Her husband, George T. Conway III, a conservative lawyer and outspoken critic of the president, is also stepping back from his role on the Lincoln Project, an outside group of Republicans devoted to defeating Trump in November. He will also take a hiatus from Twitter, the venue he has often used to attack the president.

In a statement, Conway ... said she and George were making the decision based on what they think is best for their four children.

“We disagree about plenty,” she wrote of herself and her husband, “but we are united on what matters most: the kids. Our four children are teens and ‘tweens starting a new academic year in the middle school and high school that will be conducted remotely from home for at least a few months. As millions of parents nationwide know, kids ‘doing school from home’ requires a level of attention and vigilance that is as unusual as these times.”

Conway continued: “This is completely my choice and my voice. In time, I will announce future plans. For now, and for my beloved children, it will be less drama, more mama.”
And then we learned this:
Claudia Conway, the 15-year-old daughter of Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway and Republican Trump critic George Conway, said on social media she is “officially pushing for emancipation.”

The teen, who frequently criticizes both of her parents, made the announcement on Twitter Saturday night shortly after the Republican National Convention announced its list of speakers at this week’s event....

“That’s it. i’m out. running away phase 1 starts tomorrow at 7 am,” she wrote on TikTok in reference to the news.

“My mother’s job ruined my life to begin with,” Conway wrote in a follow up tweet. “Heartbreaking that she continues to go down that path after years of watching her children suffer. Selfish. It’s all about money and fame, ladies and gentlemen.” ...

“As for my dad, politically, we agree on absolutely nothing. We just both happen to have common sense when it comes to our current president. Stop “stanning” him,” she wrote.
I'm not convinced that we should call Claudia Conway a hero and leave it at that. She could be a very troubled teenager. We don't know the whole story.

But whatever the truth is, give Claudia this: She understands Donald Trump and the media. She dropped this bombshell just as his big four-day miniseries is about to begin. He wants the Republican convention spotlight all to himself. He's going to be the focus of all four nights. And now he's waking up to the fact that she's the biggest news story in politics.

Remember when Trump was about to reboot his Endless Adulation for Me tour, in Tulsa? TikTok users, many of them members of Claudia Conway's generation, requested seats with no intention of showing up. The campaign said a huge turnout was expected, and there'd need to be a separate speech to the overflow crowd, but the rally was a poorly attended flop.

Donald Trump is 74 years old, but Generation Z really seems to understand his insatiable need to be a star on every screen in America at every moment -- and how to sabotage his pursuit of that stardom. The young appear to grasp this more than most top Democratic politicians and operatives.

I think the 2020 election will go well. But if it doesn't, maybe we need to purge the elders and hand the reins of the Democratic Party to teenagers. They might be immature and inexperienced, but they clearly understand this media environment better than Chuck Schumer or Tom Perez.

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