Trump remains the strong front-runner in the polls making fun of people, calling them names like “stupid” and ‘loser” and this is making a lot of people happy and him more popular. That’s fine. In the New York Times, they claim he’s pivoting towards policy and saying that the tax code should be simpler to the point of putting H&R Block out of business and as for ISIS and all the other troubles in the Middle East he says, with bar-room simplicity, “just take the oil” and that will teach them all a lesson.
Trump is certainly creating a large base. A base that wants a politician to “tell it like it is” only the way it “is” is the way this crowd perceives the world. Simplifying the tax code, that’s fine, it needs to be done. How? We’ll have to wait. But take away the oil? How does that actually look like? Do we send in troops to protect oil workers with pumps and a large convoy of oil tankers? What will that do to the Iraqi economy or to ISIS for that matter? Will anyone ask for details, the logistics of it all?
You can almost hear a shout of “yea!!” whenever Trump talks his solutions. Illegal immigration? Build this big long wall across the border. But that’s expensive. That’s okay, Mexico will pay for it. YEA! That’s right, make them PAY! Want to do a shot? Let’s drink to that. What about Jobs Mr. Trump? China is “kicking our but” and in the process taking away our manufacturing jobs. Mr. Trump proposes that he will “negotiate” with China, cut “a deal” so to speak and we will then have manufacturing jobs back here. Yea!! Cut a deal, negotiate like the business man that you are. Bring Ivanka with you.
Here are the upsides to the Trump phenomenon: Rush Limbaugh pointed out that Trumps unafraid braggadocious manner is loosening up the field along with other Republicans in congress. Politicians are becoming copycat sh@#t talkers because it can’t hurt and can only help. Candidates and congressman will be a little less anchorman-like, more like the slobs in the street. It seems to work. Another upside is the Republican field will dry up sooner rather than later. Rick-I-wear-glasses-now-Perry is treading water and can’t pay campaign workers in South Carolina, it was reported. If you’re weak in the field, no more donors. You’re not likely to catch up when there’s a strong frontrunner this early on. Another upside is candidates that are formidable will be able shine a lot sooner since the Republican race has become a pop-culture hit with tens of millions watching debates, these candidates can be heard by a lot more people early in the race and garner more support.
Its a far cry from 2012 when Republicans were looking for old man Fred Thompson to enter the race because Mitt Romney, who seemed and was the inevitable candidate, was nothing to get excited over and in the end no one did. Even Rich Perry made early progress in that race.
Republicans are the antithesis to the awfulness of the Obama administration and Democrats as a whole but only because of what they’re not and not for what they are. It’s not that what they are doesn’t have appeal it’s just that whatever they are, comes with a hint of apology and disclaimers, they don’t want to upset the media or get made fun of by the liberal zeitgeist. Trump may crash and burn or he may not but his presence could, or we should hope, give the GOP some backbone and show them that there is nothing to be afraid of. Get bad press, let the television pundits put you down. In the long run the people will make the decision and aren’t as influenced by the talking heads in the media as they seem to think they are.