A Man Without A Curtain
“Part of what’s just so compelling about the spectacle that we are seeing playing out is that there’s sort of no curtain in front of Donald Trump,” said Lynn Vavreck, a professor of political science at UCLA who observes political advertising closely.
What she means is that Trump’s campaign apparatus doesn’t consistently act as a filter between the public. Additionally, the candidate isn’t sheltered from outside commentary, including advertisements from the opposing campaign.
“Typically, someone in the campaign would see that ad and there’d be three or four people talking about it in some hotel room somewhere,” said Vavreck. “There’d be some reaction but you certainly wouldn’t get the candidate or the principal going out there and saying ‘and now I will react to all the advertisements.’ “