Since Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy on June 16th he has shaken things up on the political landscape like never before. He has single handedly taken a pretty boring time in the election cycle and given people a reason to read the news, watch television, and laugh at comedians.
Either we are waiting for Mr. Trump to shoot his mouth off again or succumb to party pressure to drop out of the race for some not so nice things he has said. Everyone seems to have their own countdown clock to Mr. Trump’s candidacy implosion date.
But in the meantime… Even though he has said some questionable things about our neighbors to the south and attacked a former Republican Presidential standard bearer Mr. Trump has rocketed to the top spot in all the polls with a 19% preference rating among Republican primary voters.
This is significant unless you believe that somehow Donald Trump has used some of his billions of dollars to buy the poll takers or that Democrats are secretly participating in the poll with designs on causing some sort of election day upheaval.
How could Mr. Trump’s poll success be true?…
Like a professional golfer Donald Trump has been promoting his message on his hat… “Make America Great Again!”
In a country heavily populated with politicians who really don’t communicate anything they obviously stand for because it may offend or scare even one potential voter , Mr. Trump may have ceased on a core message with some real impact.
Maybe it’s this theme that has carried Mr. Trump to the top of the polls. It’s simple. It resonates. It makes sense.
From our crumbling roads and railways to our laughable public education system and our forgotten middle class I don’t think many Americans feel as great as their parents or grandparents did.
At this week’s Republican debates while nine of the candidates try to say what keeps them out of trouble with even the smallest special interest group, I think Mr.
Trump is going to pound on his “Make America Great Again!” theme and leave the others in a rubble of confusing electioneering rhetoric.
I’m sure Mr. Trump is going to shoot his mouth off at least once. He is going to give the media at least one golden sound bite that will undoubtedly offend, insult, and slam someone. The comedians will crack jokes about his hair. The Republican National Committee Chairman is going to hope it’s all a dream that he can escape by clicking his heals together and repeating, “There’s no place like home.”
But at the end of the debate… viewers, republican primary voters, and the other candidates will probably realize one thing…
Like him or not, Mr. Trump’s candidacy is for real. The political game may be changing forever. Play by the old rules and be prepared to fall into obscurity in a world where voters are looking for something different.