Is Donald Trump’s Makeover Enough to Let Him Win?

In recent weeks, Donald Trump has been undergoing a makeover of sorts. For one thing, he has been more consistently reading speeches from a TelePrompter that more intelligent people have written for him rather than spouting off outrageous insults to minority groups. He has even issued an apology of sorts. Well, the following statement probably counts as an apology by Trumpian standards.

Sometimes in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that. And believe it or not, I regret it. And I do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues.

 He did not say for which of the many insults that he has hurled at almost every group except white men that he was apologizing. Was he apologizing for all of them? He has insulted women. Latinos, war veterans, the handicapped, and Muslims, and Republicans. One of his real estate companies was sued multiple times for refusing to rent to blacks. Was he apologizing to all of these groups?

Uncharacteristically, Donald Trump pulled off a publicity coup this week by visiting flood-ravaged Baton Rouge, Louisiana before Hillary Clinton or even Barack Obama did. The old Donald Trump would have spent a few minutes in a photo op before helicoptering off after having tied up security personnel who would have been better employed in flood-relief efforts. However, this time Donald Trump brought an 18-wheeler full of supplies with him, which parked in Saint Amant between New Orleans and Baton Rouge and passed out such items as bottled water and diapers to hard-hit residents. In total, Donald Trump’s visit to Louisiana lasted three hours, an eternity for a man with such a short attention span.

Someone has apparently finally persuaded Donald Trump that he cannot win the election with the support mainly of lesser-educated whites, and that someone seems to be his new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. The question is, will his halfhearted makeover win him enough votes among blacks, Latinos, educated women, and Muslims to win the election, and will Ms Conway be able to keep the fake Donald Trump on script until election day before the real Donald Trump reemerges? I suspect the answer to both questions is no.