No More Politicians: The Presidency Is Trump's to Lose
We're still over five months from the Iowa caucuses and -- astoundingly -- it's increasingly looking like the 2016 presidential election, not just the nomination, is Donald Trump's to lose.
It's not only the polls, which are swinging his way. He has changed the nature of our electoral politics into a reality show with himself as star. Read his interview in Wednesday's Hollywood Reporter if you're looking for confirmation. Everybody else in both parties looks boring by comparison. We pretend to be interested in the others but Donald is all we really care about, even bourgeois liberal critics when they try to dismiss him. (The WaPo's David Ignatius is now likening Trump to Putin, as if Donald were about to invade the Crimea. Well, he might put a hotel there.)
Oh, sure, Bernie Sanders is drawing twenty or thirty thousand here and there, but this is a huge country and, as I can personally attest having been around in 1972, over two hundred thousand attended anti-war demonstrations with McGovern when he was running and he ended up winning exactly one state against Nixon.
As for Hillary, her big problems are legal, not electoral. And now, with the Benghazi emails beginning to dribble out and Huma's cell phone gone missing, no one can even imagine where this will end, but we can assume nowhere good for her Chappaquaness. The Democrats would be complete idiots to run this woman for president. Still, as Abba Eban famously said about the Arabs, "[they] never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity." So you never know.
Whatever the case, Trump's dominance has little to do with the old Tea Party vs. RINO thing. That's so 2014. Both Tea Partiers like Cruz and RINOs like Bush are being easily eclipsed by Trump. Indeed, if you examine Trump's record, he seems like something of a RINO himself, but again nobody cares. Inconsistencies that normally cause the far right to go ballistic just wash over Donald like yesterday's bodywash at Walgreen's.
This, by the way, is good. Bravo for people who change their minds. ("A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little, etc.") That no one finally knows exactly what Trump stands for is fine by me, even that he sometimes contradicts himself. I'm supposed to get upset about that -- and I did originally -- but I don't now. Like others, I want things to change -- as many things as possible, almost everything, really -- and Donald seems like the man with the courage and will to do it.