DGA wrote:Apropos of Trump: I really don't see how he's a viable candidate in the general....
I'm afraid this is wishful thinking. This has been the conventional wisdom since last summer when Trump started ticking up in the polls - "As soon as people see who he REALLY is..."
We know who he really is. There isn't a troglodyte in the country who doesn't know who he is. They know, and they don't care. These people are not stupid, which seems to be the assumption underlying the conventional wisdom crowd. Instead I'd suggest, if you're living in the Boston-DC corridor or the West Coast centers, you really have no idea what's going on in this country right now.
The conventional wisdom is also probably wrong about Trump slowing down if only the rest of the party could unite behind another candidate. The only guy palatable to the establishment with any momentum is Rubio. That poor guy, if the spotlight gets shown on him, he will embarrass himself. Christie showed how to punk him, and Trump will rip him in the same vein. He will be made to look like a child trying to be a man.
Also, if the field is whittled to Trump and Rubio, that means Cruz is out, and I have a strong feeling Cruz supporters who are basically Evangelical Tea Partiers, will break for Trump rather than anyone approved of by the establishment.
As for Clinton, its a matter of time before the knives come out on her. She can't even shut her closet its so full of skeletons. She is getting no enthusiasm from her own party (Democrat turnout is consistently low) so she can't bet on a big turnout for the general election. The only thing is maybe disgust with Trump will get people out, but aversion has never proven to get people out to the polls. We have better things to do on a Tuesday than go wait on line just to vote against someone.
I'm not arguing that a Trump presidency is inevitable, but if you think throwing mud at him will diminish his popularity, I wouldn't bet on it. Trump is not Dole or Romney. And besides, politico as a source? You're not getting any insight from that echo chamber.
PS this is a populism election. So let's have this left-right populism contest out. Trump v. Bernie. That would be an election about what you want - not just what you don't want.