I can totally see that happening. His deterioration is progressing right in front of our eyes. He can barely track what happens from one day to the next. He’s being propped up by his minions and handlers, and all the motivation for winning the election is coming from them. Donny sometimes tries his best to put on a good show, but often fails (like in this interview). He occasionally realizes he doesn’t like an outcome (like the Tulsa rally) and takes it out on said minions, but doesn’t have the leadership or wherewithal to plan a replacement who will do better.
None of the policy priorities the administration is pushing right now are coming from him. They are coming from his close toadies - Miller, Barr, Pompeo - and they don’t seem to coordinate, so they are disjointed and mostly incoherent. They will ramp up the intensity of the effort to get him re-elected, but they are leaderless and not working together in a coordinated fashion, so I wouldn’t expect to have great results, either. They will be painful and cruel, but still not have very much effect on the outcome.
Of course, the one thing that could pull this election together for him is, perversely, what most of us want - for the pandemic to come under control and for the real economy - actual living wage jobs for regular Americans - to return to some semblance of OK-ness. But there is no sign of that from the administration. They are going all-in on the opposite - make the pandemic worse and crash the economy harder - because that’s all they know how to do.