What other way to describe the surge in popularity of one Donald J. Trump?
Look, I'm as frustrated over the uselessness of elected politicians as anyone (after all, I used to be one), but for every person who Trump excites, he alienates one or more, and THAT doesn't get you elected nationwide. Sure, he'll pick up votes and delegates in the GOP primaries, but at some point, the fervor over The Donald's bold and brash talk has to translate into votes from the less-than-hard-core. You can call them moderates, you can call them the "squishy middle", you can call them anything but late for supper, but THOSE are the thinking voters. The reactionary on BOTH sides are going to vote for their party's nominee no matter who is picked, so you'd better find someone who can excite both the base AND the middle, and that is hard to do.
Obama had it. Sure, he was (and remains) completely unqualified for the job, but he was bright, shiny, new and could get a crowd to believe his shtick. Mitt Romney was infinitely more qualified, but couldn't excite either the base or the middle. And the problem is that the GOP has slightly less base than Democrats do right now, so exciting just their base is an exercise in electoral futility.
And while Donald Trump aspires to become the Chief Executive of the United States of America, that role comes with shackles that aren't present in Trump's corporate world, especially given that his Board of Directors is salted with family and friends. He's got to prove that all that bluster can be implemented within the Constitutional limits of the President's power, and that he can play well with others to get things done when it can't. He hasn't shown the first sign of having that ability.
What do you think?
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