God Morning

All the pomp and circumstance has passed. The balloons have fallen, and the conventions are over and through. Expect to see a bounce for Secretary Clinton that essentially wipes away the bump Donald Trump received in the hours and days following his Cleveland closeout.  

Yes, now is the time in the presidential election cycle for the proverbial pivot - the shift to full campaign mode in which each side bunkers down and prepares for the onslaught of war. The team that makes the fewest mistakes in this episode wins.

I love these times. They test the political mettle of a candidate. 18-hour days turn into 7-day weeks, and everything smacks of a two-dollar tequila binge — a blur. Daily — even hourly — shifts back and forth from public rallies to private fundraising calls to rapid responses; all in an effort to get the slightest advantage.  

I believe how Donald Trump enters these next 30 days will largely shape his campaign heading into the final two months, and especially those crucial weeks following Labor Day, when both sides enter the home stretch.