The term derives from the work of the late David Riesman. An inside dopester in politics is someone who knows all the statistics and inside information about politics in the way that a real sports fan knows it for baseball or football. I am, or aspire to be, an inside dopester in politics.
For some time, I have had a theory – idle speculation, really – about Trump, which I may have mentioned, and I am guessing that it explains the enormous 40 million dollar gap between donations to and expenditures by Trump’s Inauguration committee, the subject of a wide-ranging subpoena issued today by the office of the Eastern [not Southern] District of New York.
My theory is that Trump is cash poor. He owns many big buildings, which however are mortgaged to the hilt, but he has a huge nut [i.e., regular monthly expenses] and he desperately needs the flows of cash that come from his franchising of his name and so forth. He is not a typical rich person in this regard. The sums he gets from lending his name to steaks, for profit universities, caps, and all are small for someone supposedly as rich as he says he is. But he needs every penny he can lay his hands on. I think a large amount of that unaccounted for 40 million found its way into his pocket.
We shall see.