Trump is leading, of that there is no question. Equally without question is that Trump is no conservative – but he is spouting sound bites that resonate with conservatives. He’s like a one man polling firm. That should tell the GOP where people disposed to vote for Republicans want them to focus. At this stage, support for Mr. Trump isn’t so much an endorsement of him as it as a condemnation of the “business as usual, keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result” establishment GOP.
I heard a snippet from Trump (on TV) this morning where he was asked for specifics about his plans and he replied (paraphrasing here) that he didn’t sit down and talk about 14 points (of a plan). He said something like “I know the media wants to talk about points but I only talk about the deal – and I think the American people know I will make the best deals for them.”
Trump is outing himself as an “idea man” who is never concerned with what it takes to make a project work – he has people for that, people he can order around and fire at will if they don’t do what he wants. He is essentially a totalitarian in charge of an empire – but America isn’t some “deal” waiting to happen. It’s not a real estate development opportunity that you didn’t see 10 years ago but stumbled on yesterday. America isn’t about making “deals” – it is about principled, strategic leadership. He just can’t fire the government if it displeases him.
If Obama had said something like Trump just did during his first campaign, the GOP would have mocked him – and rightly so.
Oh, wait…he did – and conservatives did mock him even as the establishment GOP was marveling at his smartly creased pants and his supposed post-racial eloquence (I’m looking at you David Brooks and Peggy Noonan). Measured by their own metrics, the “Hope and Change/Sí, Se Puede” agenda is demonstrably a miserable failure. (Sí, se puede is also the motto of the United Farm Workers).
I have always told people who are looking a quitting their current job to make sure that they are running toward something positive rather than running away from something negative. Over the years, I’ve seen too many people so eager to get away, they romanticize the new job only to discover over time that they ran to an even worse situation.
I fear this describes the current Trumpmania. Republicans are so intent on running away from the status quo, when they hear words they have wanted to hear from the GOP (and in fairness to Trump, he has raised valid issues), they have romanticized the Trump candidacy and are not seeing it for what it is.
In substance, Trump’s slogan “Making America Great Again” is as empty as was Obama’s “Hope and Change” . The truth is that Trump isn’t talking specifics because he has no more of an idea how to make it work than Obama did. He has people for that.