October 7, 2016

FROM DROWNING OUT TO DROWNING IN:

How Donald Trump Became the Issue (BEN SHAPIRO, OCTOBER 6, 2016, Daily Wire)

Going into the 2012 election, Republicans were looking for a candidate who could do one thing, and one thing well: place a glaring spotlight on Clinton, and leave it there. Clinton is one of the least popular major party candidates in American history. She had trouble escaping a brutal primary season with a near-octogenarian nutcase Vermont senator with no history of accomplishment other than being from the same state that produced Ben and Jerry's ice cream. And she has been facing down a federal investigation for setting up a private server in order to destroy or hide classified information.

So naturally, Republicans nominated the one man capable of drawing headlines to himself: Trump.

And he hasn't failed.

In the primaries, when no one is paying much attention, it was sufficient that he had so much free media coverage he could drown everyone else out.  That the coverage was overwhelmingly positive was just a bonus.

But now folks are interested in the race and he's drowning in the coverage.  His buffoonery no longer seems like a comic alternative to humdrum politics and his policies were never going to withstand sunlight.

Posted by at October 7, 2016 8:27 AM

  

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