Hillary Clinton made the idea of a president receiving a 3am phone call famous in her 2008 race against Barack Obama, and now columnist Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post thinks she should resurrect a slightly different version for Donald Trump. Except "the question now may be: Do you want Donald Trump up at 3 a.m. tweeting crazy stuff?" Rubin is referring to Trump's flurry of tweets beginning at 3:20am Friday, the first advising, “Anytime you see a story about me or my campaign saying ‘sources said,’ DO NOT believe it. There are no sources, they are just made up lies!” He then went on to ramp up his attacks on former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.
"His invitation for Americans to go look at a 'sex tape' is beyond bizarre and may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back of his campaign," writes Rubin. "This is plainly a man unhinged, unable to accept his defeat in the debate and—tweeting in the middle of the night—lacking any impulse control." At the Atlantic, David A. Graham suggests it's a waste of time to overthink Trump's motives here. "To ask what the strategy behind Trump’s tweets is, or to question the wisdom of the strategy, is to miss the point. There’s no strategy in play, just knee-jerk reflexes." Read Rubin's column here, or Graham's here.