Trump's powers backfire

President Trump’s caught-on-tape effort to bully the Georgia secretary of state shows that the powers Trump used to cajole his way to the top of business — and into the presidency — are now failing him in his White House final days.

Why it matters: “The clock is ticking,” a longtime friend and Trump adviser told me. “The only thing that has made it sound more desperate is he knows that come Wednesday, it’s game over. The closer he gets to [Congress accepting the Electoral College vote], the more desperate he’s getting.”…

Be smart: The fact that someone taped a conversation between a secretary of state and the president of the United States, both from the same political party, speaks to the mistrust and legal fears that have followed Trump’s frantic efforts to overturn the results.

After Trump tweeted that the secretary of state “was unwilling, or unable, to answer questions,” Raffensperger delivered his own brushback pitch. He replied: “President Trump: What you’re saying is not true. The truth will come out.”