The late Karen Carpenter once sang "we've only just begun." (No link herein provided; I'm opposed to torture.) The post-election campaign has only just begun.
That's the post-election campaign of Kellyanne Conway nee Fitzpatrick. And so it was that this seemingly odd exchange took place on CNN's State Of The Union on Sunday
TAPPER: Let's talk about this idea that everything is rigged. Yesterday, Mr. Trump once again arguing that the election will be rigged. It's a charge that he makes, with no real evidence to suggest it, that many Republican secretaries of state and others are very upset that he's making.
Now, back in April, when you were working against Donald Trump, when you were supporting Ted Cruz and advising his super PAC, you had some tough words for Mr. Trump when he was lashing out -- lashing out at the time against the system being rigged.
Take a listen.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, APRIL 2016)
CONWAY: We hear from the Trump campaign rules -- that rules change, it's not fair, the system is rigged, the system is corrupt. You can whine and campaign all you want that you didn't know the rules.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
TAPPER: Is this a pattern with Mr. Trump? If he starts losing, he starts lashing out and calling the system corrupt and calling it rigged?
CONWAY: We love watching that clip together. But that was actually about what was happening on the weekends, where....
In the spin that seemingly won't die, Conway went on to the fallacious analogy between Trump's reluctance to accept results of the upcoming election and the Gore challenge to the Florida disputed results in 2000.
But Conway was- uncharacteristically- telling the truth when she admitted "We love watching that clip together," . As of November 9, she will be out of a job. As of November 10, she will be sure to have spread far and wide the story that had she not reined Trump in, he would have been more of a monster if not for her.
Thursday night in New York City, Hillary Clinton joked "I have great respect for Kellyanne Polls, and since she's a contractor, he probably won't be paying her." Mrs. Conway promptly tweeted "A shout out from @Hillary Clinton at #Al Smith dinner." Usually an individual wouldn't want to draw attention when her candidate is being called out for his disonesty and for herself being played for a sucker, but Conway really isn't being played for a sucker, even if Trump never pays her.
She has something else in mind. As notorious and reprehensible the candidate she works, the whole charade is, for the veteran pollster, a career move and resume-builder. At the previous night's debate, Trump had declared "We'll get out, secure the border and once the border is secured at a later date we'll make a determination as to the rest. but we have some bad hombres here and we're going to get them out." Moments later, Conway re-tweeted reporter Bob Costa's tweet: "Bad hombres"= Trump being Trump Trump's other answers+Conway-esque.
In the end, Kellyanne Conway is a classic careerist, loyal to no one besides herself. She'll go far in Republican Party politics.