Trump campaign manager is a lobbyist who has never won an election

We are repeatedly told that Donald Trump, being a brilliant businessman, will pick the best people to work for him.  But one of his most relevant picks is that of campaign manager.  Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is a longtime lobbyist who has managed exactly one major political campaign...which he promptly lost!

Lewandowski worked on several political campaigns in minor roles but was the campaign manager for only one major race: the re-election of Senator Robert Smith of New Hampshire.  It is easier to get a Senate incumbent re-elected than to elect a challenger, all things being equal, but Lewandowski failed even in that, and Smith was defeated.

That's it.  That's the entire extent of his campaign experience.  And that ended way back in 2001.

Lewandowski does have a much longer résumé, but in another field.  He spent more than a decade after that as a lobbyist.

From 2004 to 2012, Lewandowski was a lobbyist with Schwartz MSL, a Boston-based public affairs firm that represents clients in the technology, healthcare, and green energy sectors.

A lobbying company for "green energy" – you know what that means – shills for public subsidies for wind farms and solar panel companies that go bankrupt without public support.  In fact, Lewandowski worked to lobby for money for Obama's federal stimulus program, while at the same time working for another group that was lobbying against it.

He then became a lobbyist with the government affairs firm Schwartz Communications in Massachusetts, taking on some clients interested in the stimulus spending program proposed by President Obama and enacted by congressional Democrats to help the economy recover from the financial meltdown of 2008.

Another client was Americans for Prosperity, which has criticized the stimulus spending.

Why would Trump pick someone with little campaign experience, and zero successful campaign experience, as his campaign manager?  That sounds like a terribly unqualified selection.

And why would Trump select someone who's primary background is a lobbyist?  Perhaps Trump is comfortable with a man, like himself, who gave donations to politicians in order to curry favor. But as a result, Trump ran a terrible ground game in Iowa.  In fact, he recently said that he didn't even know what a "ground game" is until after the Iowa caucuses!

In revealing remarks, Mr. Trump publicly questioned his campaign’s efforts in Iowa, where he was out-hustled by the data-driven Cruz campaign. He blamed his team for not spending more money, and even said that he had not known what a ground game was before Iowa.

If he is blaming his team, that contradicts the line that he picks the best people. If elected president, don't be surprised if he stuffs his administration with Lewandowskis all over the place.

This article was written by Ed Straker, senior writer of, the conservative news site.