Four years ago this summer, with Donald Trump's presidential effort floundering, the impossibly wealthy, poker-loving Mercer family played their winning hand to make America great again.
Led by billionaire hedge-fund manager Robert Mercer, they poured eight figures into a pro-Trump super PAC.
They plugged Cambridge Analytica, the trendy data company they bankrolled, into Trumpworld.
And in a staffing shake-up that helped propel Trump to the White House, they facilitated the Republican businessman's hiring of three Mercer acolytes: Citizens United President David Bossie as deputy campaign manager, pollster Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager, and Breitbart executive chairman Steve Bannon as his campaign CEO.
There are almost as many police officers and officials as there are an supporters for Trump's mini-rally in Tampa. It was pathetic. Even many Trump devotees are not willing to risk their lives to greet a president who is a loser. Look where it got Herman Cain.