Historically, presidential candidates who win the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries go on to capture their party’s nomination. That would seem to indicate that Donald Trump will be the 2016 GOP nominee for president. Yesterday’s Nevada caucus victory is icing on the cake for him.
The Donald has been a virtual steamroller since he declared his candidacy last June. The commentariat at first dismissed him as a sideshow; the HuffingtonPost declared in July that it would henceforth cover his campaign only in their entertainment section, an edict that was quietly discarded on Pearl Harbor Day for obvious reasons.
Amidst a panicked squall of accusations, dismissals and condemnations, leveled at the larger-than-life New York developer by the GOP “establishment” and the mainstream media, the primary season got underway after a series of “debates” that shocked observers into what some saw as an unpleasant reality. The erstwhile “front-runner” trotted out practiced rhetoric that was largely indistinguishable from Hillary Clinton’s, who, as of this writing, has not taken any questions from the press in over seventy days. Jeb Bush, when asked about ISIS, talked in “Washington-speak” of coalitions, alliances, partnerships and other empty efforts. $150million later, he’s gone. Nice guy, though.
The Donald, however, didn’t care if anybody thought he was nice. To the shock, horror and palpable disgust of the Beltway class, each Trump pronouncement was wrongly declared to be his epitaph. Never hesitating to call him a homophobic, xenophobic, islamophobic, afrophobic, gynophobic, Chauvinistic, misogynistic, sexist, racist, nativist bigot, the more media attacked, the higher his numbers went. He remains the only GOP candidate in modern history to declare his candidacy and remain in first place from day number one. “Frustration” doesn’t begin to describe the anger rippling through the D.C. polity in this singular primary season.
Some say Trump is merely “tapping into anger”. Backhanded rebukes from GOP establishment darlings, clearly intended to shame Americans back into politically correct silence, did nothing to slow the tidal wave that is Trump. Wringing their hands and wetting their beds in fear and loathing, while drooling over hoped-for opposition research that would derail the Manhattan monster, the establishment now wallows in their own impotence while wondering aloud how American voters can be so stupid. Since few are bowing at their altar anymore, one would think that they would be learning from Trump. They’re not. There could still be some obstacles in his way, and the size of such obstacles may expand to the immensity of the candidate they’re meant to stop. But let’s be honest here: If the GOP and leftist media establishments had any real “dirt” on Trump, they would have enthusiastically played those cards by now.
And even now, eight months into the most unlikely presidential candidacy since Abraham Lincoln’s, the establishment is still in denial…and you know it’s bad when a sitting GOP senator says he’d rather have Hillary as president than Trump. Lindsey Graham is even less popular in the Palmetto State than Nicky Haley, who is either a liar or is utterly ignorant about U.S. immigration history. Graham, a lifelong creature of big government, finally left the race before an inevitable humiliation in his own state. Like Jeb, his talking points were directly interchangeable with Clinton’s. Poll respondents saw through this while political “professionals” approved of it.
Those same professionals, you know, the ones who have been gleefully eulogizing him since June, think The Donald is unelectable. Because nothing succeeds like success, he’ll win big on Super Tuesday and will secure the GOP nomination handily while Ted and Marco nip at his heels. And Hillary, who will emerge from Philadelphia in late July as the Socialist Party’s nominee, thanks to Wasserman-Schultz’s superdelegate manipulations, will remain the kind of damaged goods the American people don’t want in the White House…unless she’s going on the guided tour. Trump will beat her in November, and then the process of making America great again will get underway in earnest.