Saturday, December 26, 2015
Someone who seriously believes that Trump will get the Republican nomination and will beat Hillary begins by saying that:
If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I’m ambivalent about Trump as a candidate. I’m enjoying the Trump Effect, but I’m not a Trump fan. I don’t hate the guy or have any strong feelings about him one way or the other. I’m just not a fan of his personal style and I have a tough time imagining him as president. Therefore, I have not thought much about him being president.
Here's what everyone who dislikes Trump's "personal style" does not quite get: it's his personal style that has gotten him where he is.
Is he a "movement conservative?" No.
Is he a Tea Partier? No.
Is he a Libertarian? No.
Does he have an "up from poverty" story? Hell no!
Is he even a life-long Republican? No.
Is he the only one opposed to illegal immigration? No.
So what is it about Donald Trump that allows DRUDGE to post these poll results:
IT'S HIS STYLE! The Left hates him with the fire of a thousand suns. Public intellectuals on the Right hate his bombast, his arrogance, his conspicuous display of wealth.
Hey! You ever hear of Rush Limbaugh? The guy who revolutionized AM radio? The guy with the largest audience in radio? The one-man show who beats NPR?
Sure, you will not attract an audience or get people to listen to you if you don't address the things that concern people. But if you articulate what people believe and do it in such a way that truly talks to people on their level, you will be successful.
When people hear most politicians speak, their words sound like blah blah blah. I'm a conservative and during the last Presidential election I went to several rallies for Mitt Romney. He's a good man and would have made a good President. But I cannot recall anything he said at those rallies that was memorable.
If Trump is going to win the nomination and go on to win the election it will be because of his style. It's going to be interesting to see if there are enough people who like his message and like his style to carry him to the White House. My opinion, for what it's worth, is that Trump is currently America's best chance.