Ah, Donald Trump. He is now a media frenzy, a human tornado of bloviation, exaggeration, and braggadocio. I very much admire the man’s brass huevos, and love it when he gives off-the-top-of-his-head responses. But wait, as they say on the infomercials, is it possible this jamoke could gain our nomination and actually be elected president? I did not think so, but…
Anecdotal, but perhaps a leading indicator of The Donald’s electability: First, a good friend, a lifelong Democrat and liberal, very much likes Trump and says she will vote for him. First double-take.
Second, my union-forever inlaws have told me they also like Trump, and would vote for him. Second double-take.
In both cases, likely the first Republican (ok, purists – the man on the Republican ticket) they will have ever voted for.
My conclusion, albeit quite tentative, is that Trump, should he gain the Republican nomination, has a very good chance at winning.
The question for actual Republicans, including myself, is this: Is Donald Trump the best we can do? Seems to me he is a Republican of convenience. He is mercurial, and has changed his positions radically within the very recent past.
Perhaps the Summer of Trump will lead to an Autumn Awakening among Republicans, and Trump will take his proper place, trailing genuine and serious conservatives such as Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, and Rick Perry.