Maybe — despite copious evidence to the contrary — Donald Trump might, as he once promised to do, plug the considerable holes in his knowledge of public policy and world affairs by "hiring the best people."
But it sure looks like he wouldn't listen to them.
Before the first presidential debate — according to reports that have trickled out in the last few days — some of Trump's advisers apparently urged him to hold some traditional debate preparation sessions, instead of just watching cable news and listening to Roger Ailes tell war stories. He refused.
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They warned him he'd need to "bring in new voters," according to CNN's Gloria Borger, Dana Bash, and Eric Bradner. He shrugged them off.
They even gave him zingers to use against Hillary Clinton on particular topics. "He just didn't use them," one adviser told CNN. "Nobody is really sure why."
Instead, Trump is listening to sycophants: the people in his orbit happy to encourage him to keep doing exactly what he's done so far, and assuring him that he can coast to victory on the support of his base.
He listened to them before Monday's debate. He lost that debate, according to media consensus (as well as the consensus of legitimate polls). And instead of reconsidering his approach, and listening to the advisers who've been saying he needs to do some things differently before the second debate on October 9, he's yelling at those advisers for voicing their frustrations to the press.
It is not, to say the least, a good look.