Trump wants to fight Joe Biden. What he should do instead.

One of the main reasons why Donald Trump is still a contender is because the opposition to him has been so unintellectual. He's made his loudest opponents stupid, dragging them into the mud with him. The smart thing to do would be for Trump to get out of the mud and leave his opponents there: doing a great public service by making them look bad.

Obviously, Trump just isn't smart and stable enough to do that. Instead, he has to respond to provocations with faux-macho statements that wind up making him look worse and giving his opponents minor victories.

A case in point is Joe Biden saying this: "The press always asks me, don’t I wish I was debating him? No, I wish we were in high school and I could take him behind the gym. That’s what I wish."

If you're a yahoo Trump supporter, them's fightin' words. Instead of doing something smart that would undercut Biden, you have to do something that makes yourself look stupid. You're like a lunkhead who keeps lunging at people despite the fact that they keep tripping you up [1]:

Speaking at a rally in Tallahassee, Florida, almost precisely two weeks to the minute to when polls close there on election day, Trump said of a fist fight between the two: "I'd love that."

The 70-year-old Republican nominee for president also labeled the vice-president “Mr Tough Guy” and said of beating up the 73-year-old Biden: "Some things in life you could really love doing."

The smart thing for Trump to do would be to instead say something like:

"While Joe Biden - the Vice President of the United States - wants to regress to his grade school days, I'm committed to looking towards the future and helping the American people. He wants to live in grade school, I want to do something about Hillary Clinton supporting the anti-American DREAM Act. That bill that Hillary supports would let illegal aliens deprive some citizens of college. That's what's important to the American people, not Joe Biden's schooldays. Rest assured, I will always put American interests first."

Using missteps and provocations against your opponents is Politics 101, but Trump can't figure it out.

[1] theguardian . com/us-news/2016/oct/25/