June 16, 2016

NEVERMIND THE MORAL OBLIGATION...:

Dump Trump! (Michael Brendan Dougherty. June 16, 2016, The Week)

Have you noticed Donald Trump isn't bragging about his poll numbers anymore?

With Trump down 12 points to Hillary Clinton in the latest Bloomberg poll, all of the clever-dick theories about the strength and momentum of the Trump campaign are disintegrating one after the other. There is no evidence that Trump is changing the configuration of the electoral map. There is no evidence that he is bringing in a huge new bloc of previously disaffected voters -- instead it's just the opposite. The theory that a terrorist attack would help Trump? Refuted when his polls continued to tank after the most deadly mass shooting in American history. Even the core "Trump voters," non-college-educated white men, are turning on him. In a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, 53 percent of them rated Trump unfavorably. Trump has to do light years better than Mitt Romney among this group to win. He's failing, and he's failing faster than any major party nominee in modern history.

The Republican Party should seek to deny him their nomination in Cleveland. Even if it means a messy convention fight in prime time. Even if it hobbles the nominee that eventually replaces Trump.

Their nominee is already hobbled, because he is Trump. Since Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic nomination, it turns out that it was not just a few right-leaning ideologues and scribblers who think Donald Trump is unfit to be president. A significant portion of the GOP's traditional coalition simply will not let Trump represent them.


...save the brand.  Of course, he's pretty likely to just create some pretext to quit in order to avoid the historic humiliation he's headed for.

Posted by at June 16, 2016 3:17 PM

  

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