One of the many paradoxes of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy is that it has dominated the American politics despite its inability to change the face and practice of politics. Despite Trump’s prominence, his rivals are not aping his tactics. They’re advertising on TV when they can afford to. They’re staying on script. They’re not using the word “idiots” to describe voters in Iowa.
According USATODAY, no one else ridicules a woman’s personal appearance, denigrates the service of a famous POW or cites FDR’s wartime roundup of immigrants as a happy precedent. No one else has dispensed so readily with conventional virtues, such as modesty (“I’m really, really smart).’’ And no one else has been denounced by everyone from Dick Cheney to J.K. Rowling (who pronounced Trump worse than Voldemort).
Trump is creating more confusion
Trump has given voice to an angry, alienated segment of GOP voters that will not easily be placated, much less enticed to follow the eventual nominee. Not only does no one yet know how far he’ll go but also no one knows how he’s gotten this far in recent politics.
When he spoke to a Jewish group in Washington this month, Jeb Bush said his father wasn’t watching CSI anymore. “He’s now watching Fox again, trying to figure out Donald Trump. That’s his main goal in life,” Bush said. “Hard for a guy like that to understand the Trump phenomenon.” Any analysis of Trump’s success comes with a Trump-sized caveat: In a large field, before a primary ballot has been cast, he’s only managed to attract a plurality of Republicans, as measured by notoriously volatile opinion polls. It’s not clear he can expand that into 50-plus-one in the primaries, let alone the general election.
Trump Politics: so far, so good?
Experts say Trump’s campaign has featured innovations and insights that could inform campaigns in the future. There are at least four possibilities: Trump is nominated; he loses and supports the nominee; he loses and snipes at the nominee from the sidelines; he loses and runs as an independent or on a third-party ticket (which he said last week he would not do).There’s one more possible outcome, which is that no matter what Trump does after the primaries, his campaign will have so alienated groups like Hispanics and women that it costs the GOP the election.Experts say Trump’s campaign has featured innovations and insights that could inform campaigns in the future.