(Promoted by Colorado Pols)
Face it. When there are only two candidates remaining and one of them is named Trump, you can’t be blamed for panic attacks. After all, something unexpected can occur during any election season that determines the outcome. Another scandal for the Democrats and it may be bedtime for Clinton. Or if a hacker leaks Trump’s tax returns, the question is not whether he will suffer any humiliations, but how many. However, you can’t spend the next ten weeks speculating and worrying about what might occur. Instead, focus on what the primary season has demonstrated and you just may get a better night’s sleep.
The Story of Trump Being A Force Of Nature Who Conquered The Republican Party Is Being Told By An Unreliable Narrator.
Most of the media following Trump have let everyone down. From broadcasting ‘press conferences’ in which the reporters’ questions cannot be heard, to placing an image continuously on the screen of Trump’s empty podium for nearly an hour while breathlessly waiting for the oracle to appear, to permitting Trump to call into a national Sunday news show for an ‘interview’, the Fifth Estate acted as if aiding and abetting the dissemination of a campaign’s chronicle is preferable to hard reporting. So when the Trump campaign shouts that it won the primaries in a ‘landslide’ and the media endlessly repeats that Trump vanquished a field of 17 candidates on the way to winning more votes than ever in Republican primary history, it’s easy to be lured into thinking that’s what actually happened.
Hogwash. Eleven of the 17 candidates (Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, and Jim Gilmore) were going to be vanquished by any other breathing participant, as they essentially defeated themselves. Ben Carson had no chance of overtaking competitors who were skillful enough to stay awake during an entire debate. Jeb Bush had tremendous name recognition, unfortunately stemming from a name that no Republican may utter. Combined with his so-called moderation, he was destined to be toast. For that reason, it was a miracle that John Kasich lasted as long as he did, given that his moderate extremism was still too far to the left. Marco Rubio made the fatal mistake of not taking Trump’s candidacy seriously, and when Rubio finally had that Eureka! moment, the rules of proportionate delegate allocation made it prohibitively difficult for him to catch up. In effect, Trump defeated one candidate on the way to becoming the nominee, Ted Cruz, the most disliked Senator of the Republican Party since Joseph McCarthy.
In defeating Mr. Cruz and the others, Trump received only a 45% plurality of the vote. That’s hardly the ‘landslide’ crowed about by Trump, especially because the approximate 14,000,000 votes received by Trump includes 2,225,000 of the 3,000,000 votes cast on the last primary day of the season, when Trump was running unopposed. That’s right, even when Trump was already the presumptive nominee and all other campaigns had ceased, at least 25% of Republican voters in the final States chose to vote against Trump. According to Trump, his record-breaking receipt of 14,000,000 votes is supposed to be evidence of his bringing new voters into the Republican Party and of his monumental support. But that argument can be turned on its head. The primary voting could instead be explained as a record-breaking 17,000,000 Republican voters who chose to vote for anyone but Trump.