He plays this game only because it makes him wealthy, just like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the King family. If he gets defeated then he gets to escape the headaches that he knows he's not up to solving without really having to be accountable. He can then leverage his "prestige" into lucrative speaking dates, another book or two, maybe a position somewhere in the private sector. He can probably see that his plans aren't working and won't work. I'm sure he doesn't enjoy the critical spotlight. If defeated he gets to go do what he wants and spin any kind of fantasy he wants to, all while claiming that he held the position of the msot powerful man on earth, the President of the United States, Leader of the Free World.