Ezra Klein from Vox explains why corporate media complaints about the billionaire's mockery of a disabled reporter won't likely hurt him with Republican voters....
It seems to me that every time Trump refuses to buckle in one of those fights with the media he proves the central idea of his campaign, which is that he won't be like those Republicans who go to Washington and then get cowed by the media and the special interests into compromising with Democrats and giving up their principles. Every time he refuses to give ground, it's proof that he won't disappoint them by giving ground in office, too.
Real Clear Politics this morning. Nationally: Trump 27.5%, Carson 19.8%, Rubio 12.5%. In Iowa: Trump 25.5%, Carson 20.3%, Cruz 17.3%. In New Hampshire: Trump 26.6%, Rubio 12%, Cruz 10%.
In head to head matchups: Hillary leads Trump by 4.4%. Marco Rubio is the only Republican candidate who leads against Hillary, by 1.4%.
Maureen Dowd of the NY Times decided to turn yesterday's column over to her brother to explain how Trump supporters comprehend The Donald. Here is the nut of his "argument"...
With all his bombast and incivility, Trump has joyfully debunked political correctness for the complete fraud that it is...... He has touched a nerve because people are fed up with liberal groups being offended at every slight, real or imagined.
So, in this viewpoint Trump tops the polls because a sizable portion of the GOP voting base hates being called out for their bigoted ways. Trump's words of fascist bigotry are the words many Republican voters don't want to feel guilty about thinking or saying themselves.The Donald, then, by his constant use of separatist and bigoted language, is acting as a kind of 'guilt-cleanser' for these fed up conservative voters.
Republican voters know in their hearts that Trump's just-awful campaign lines about The Other....Latinos, women, Black Lives Matter, the disabled.....are mean-spirited and hateful sounding. But see, as long as these GOP voters have a champion in the primary race who is willing to spout the same uncivil thoughts that they also hold.....the pangs of guilt those voters feel for being so hateful-minded towards fellow Americans who aren't like them can be neutralized. In order to make America great again, Trump must first make this segment of the GOP base feel great again about their own ugly bigotry.
One in-law told me yesterday that likely GOP voters are rushing to support Trump because they are angry at, and fed up with "career politicians" in the GOP who have disappointed them. And indeed, that has been the conventional wisdom of the Village mouthpieces for a few months.
But as I inquired of my in-laws.....what sense does that make? When you choose a mechanic, a surgeon, or an electrician....do you make that choice based on who has the LEAST experience? Is a 'career surgeon' or a 'career electrician' LESS qualified than a rookie with no experience? Why would it be any different with 'experienced politicians'?
Now, let's go back to Ezra Klein's words. "Every time he refuses to give ground, it's proof that he won't disappoint them by giving ground in office, too."
How is it possible for a democracy to work at all? Compromise, right? Give a little, get a little....win some, lose some. And in our highly polarized electorate is it even possible to confront national issues, policies and legislation without a willingness to compromise? I don't think so.
Point being that ANY president today must be willing to "give ground" to move the country forward. Yet, Klein is correct when he states that what GOP voters adore about Trump is his unwillingness to back down...even when he is shown to be factually incorrect...because apologizing, or issuing a correction, even when knowingly wrong....to one third of voting Republicans... is a sign of "weakness" in a potential president.
Democrats may not re-take the Senate next fall, even though it is likely because Republicans are defending a whopping 24 seats this go around. How would a President Trump govern without compromising with a majority-Democratic Senate? How would that work? Or is it Trump's intentions, if elected president, to simply insult Senate Democrats into submission? Think that might work? Do you really think that constantly calling Senate Democrats "losers", "politically correct whiners" and "stupid, stupid people" will soften Democratic resistance to The Don's agenda?
Also, too....should Trump actually compromise with his congressional opponents....would not the angry conservative base instantly turn on The Donald for doing exactly what those "career politicians" they say they are so angry over have been doing? And if the conservative base didn't turn on The Donald for compromising, you know, like those "career politicians" do...then what would be the point of all this "Washington politician" antipathy?
No, methinks this "career politician" meme is but a distraction. Trump's appeal to a third of Republican voters is not so much because of what those voters are AGAINST...."career politicians"...but instead because of what they are FOR.....public bigotry and incivility (or worse) towards those in America who are not like them.
And THAT is the very ugly truth of the Trump candidacy. What the Trump candidacy is doing is painfully revealing the ugly underbelly of the conservative movement in the U.S.