There is an old saying that goes something like this, “don’t throw out the baby with the bath water.” It is a metaphor describing a situation in which someone wishing to change the circumstances in their life, gets rid of the good with the bad. It is directly applicable to the Republican Party’s apparent infatuation with Donald Trump. In their apparent zeal to make wholesale change in the leadership of the government, they may be choosing a candidate that cannot win.
Regardless of what some polls are saying, Trump’s divisiveness in the Republican Party will only be magnified 10-fold if he is the republican candidate for the presidency. He is hated by many conservative voters and he is absolutely despised by the liberal voters on the left. Those who cannot stand him will come out to vote in droves to ensure he does not become the president. It will be another landslide turnout from the left, much the same as it was in 2008.
Republicans historically have a hard enough time getting their folks to come out to the polls in November so Trump does not offer solace, but worry for the party if he is the conservative option. With so many on the right not interested in a Trump candidacy, getting a massive turnout for him may be difficult. On the other hand, just the photo of Trump for president will bring out the liberal voters in droves.
Trump’s attractiveness is in his ability to appear to be an outsider, though his whole life in the business world, by his own admission, has been one of buying favors from both sides through monetary gifts. He knows how to play the game as well as any seasoned politician – maybe even better. His inability to give substantive answers to any of the political questions handed to him during the debates should have given potential voters great reason for pause. Unfortunately, the voting public can only absorb about 6 seconds worth of information at a time. Trump’s approach proves that he believes that because all his answers boil down to about a 5-6 second response: “I will make America great again.”
Trump is bright! Obama used the same technique for the last 8 years. Speaking in meaningless platitudes and mini-soundbites, he has given the people what they want to hear: virtually nothing they can call him out on. The problem for the republicans is that most of their base does not rely on meaningless sound bites. They want to hear real answers as to how Trump would solve the problems that are facing this country; answers that he has been unable to give so far.
All told, Trump’s campaign seems be a win/win proposition for the Democrats. They are acting like they are upset about him, but in reality, they know that he cannot defeat Hillary at the debate podium or in the voting booth. And whether Trump wins the election or not, he has solidified his position as the great entertainer.