Donald Trump is finally doing what Republicans leaders had hoped he would the minute he clinched the GOP presidential nomination: he's hitting Hillary Clinton where it hurts.
For a little over a week now, Trump has kept his focus on his Democratic opponent by capitalizing on the numerous developments related to her private email practices and the questionable dealings between Clinton Foundation donors and the State Department.
Hours after State Department officials confirmed on Monday that FBI investigators had uncovered nearly 15,000 additional emails that Clinton's attorneys had failed to disclose during their probe into her email practices, Trump called for a special prosecutor to take over the case.
Having watched Trump's objective evolve from making himself the center of attention to shining a spotlight on Clinton, veteran GOP strategist Ford O'Connell said the candidate must have come to understand that the latter will give him a far better shot at victory in November.
"I think he came to the realization that the only way he could win this election is if it becomes a referendum on Clinton and her scandals," O'Connell told the Washington Examiner.
But the question is whether Trump has made a permanent pivot or soon resorts to his old habits of leveling personal insults against pundits, politicians and members of the press and wandering off topic at his rallies.
"I think there is a little bit of reluctance among Republicans to immediately commend him," O'Connell said. "But because they're inextricably linked to him, whether they like it or not they basically have all the interest in the world to convince him to stay on message and applaud him when he does."