Columnist Brent Budowsky wonders
Perhaps Trump originally decided to run to get some publicity for his business, or satisfy his ego, but never expected he had a real chance to win. Perhaps it suddenly dawned on Trump that he did have some chance to win, and was petrified at the thought of filing the detailed financial disclosures that presidents are required by law to file, for the same reason he is hiding his tax returns and which, I predict, he will never willfully release. Perhaps Trump suddenly realized he did not really want his finger on the nuclear button. Perhaps he just concluded that he did want to do the work that the presidency requires.
Think about it. If a candidate genuinely wants to become president, would he repeatedly insult the giant wave of Hispanic voters? Would he insult veterans who were heroic prisoners of war by saying that he “like[s] people who weren’t captured”? Would he repeatedly insult the 2008 GOP nominee and great war hero, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.)? More.
Reality check: I doubt it has much to do with Trump’s tax returns. If it did, his opponents could have brought him down long since.
Budowsky points out that many seasoned observers assumed that Trump was doing a head fake on the legacy media’s Perpetual Outrage Machine by saying a bunch of rude things that did not hurt his popularity in the least. (Because the legacy media audience is disappearing and in their circles, the dead still don’t vote …)
Barack Obama thought so, for example. He criticized dying mainstream media for allowing that to happen. Why did they keep falling for the same con time after time like a drunk banging his head aganst a lamppost?
Most of us assumed that, after demonstrating that those strapless blonde ooh-a-pundits are dime-a-dozen these days, Trump would get down to serious politicking — articulating positions voters could at least consider and maybe get behind. He was shrewd enough.
But he hasn’t done so, and the polls show it.
For Trump, it’s obviously just about Trump. But that doesn’t explain why he is where he is. Lots of guys are like him. But so?
Reanalyzing earlier data: The Republicans had long since lost touch with typical American voters, so much so that anyone who claimed to represent hardhats who want jobs again could have taken the nomination from the GOP crony capitalists.
Fair enough. Trump took it. But then the question becomes: Why not someone better suited to the role? When Lincoln led the Republican party, taking a resolute stand against slavery, he was well-suited to the role and able to withstand the chaos of the Civil War.
It would put the matter too charitably to say that Trump is not cut from the same cloth …
One possibility is that globalists on both sides do not need North Americans. No one but Trump wanted to represent the hardhat for the same reasons as no one wants the remaining Christian vote. Such groups do, however, need a party that represents them.
I predict the destruction of the GOP if such a party arises out of the debacle that will shortly ensue.
See also: Thomas Sowell on the U.S. voter’s dilemma