Before it ever really got started, the makeover of Donald Trump from amateur political outsider to a controlled and controllable presidential candidate has now been ditched -- by the Republican nominee himself.
His Gotta Be Me declaration on Wisconsin television signaled the predicable end to the effort by veteran operative Paul Manafort to "pivot" the crude and free-swinging winner of the 2016 Republican primaries away from the style with which he rolled over a bunch of weak sisters. "I am who I am," Trump said, and "I don't want to change."
Such a pivot never was in the cards or in the makeup this self-delusional egomaniacal bullyboy. He has now surrounded himself with even more enablers pushing the notion that what got Trump to third base this year will bring him the rest of the way home on Nov. 8.
But to cover the remaining 90 feet to home plate, Trump now needs much more than bombast and boisterous campaign rallies, drawn by his wildly irresponsible stoking of public anger at Washington.