Can THE Donald Trump win the Presidency? Can he even win the Republican nomination?
I have my doubts.
Why do I doubt?
1. In my opinion, Trump is a flash-in-the-pan kind of guy. It seems like he can do anything as long as it doesn’t take too long. Why do I say that? Because with a personality like Trump seems to have, people A. get tired of the BS and B. over time such a person runs out of new insults and has to begin recycling them. One can only be offensive to the same people for just so long before they quit or take a poke at your nose. ie people get tired of the same old offensive BS, so such a person needs a changing cast of victims to offend.
Offensive people are just that – offensive. To me, it appears that Trump has made a career, and a political campaign, out of being offensive. In politics that kind of stuff is “new” and “different” only for a short time. Then it gets old. When the insults get old, people get tired of listening to them. And too, you run into the “he said that, or something like that, last week.” ie There’s only just so many ways to be offensive until you run into not just bad taste, but REALLY bad taste and people start making faces when you open your mouth – before you say anything. They know what’s coming and they are tired of it. And Trump is running out of victims (currently the other candidates).
Another aspect of the Trump campaign is that I haven’t heard any real ideas for running the country. So of course the question comes up – what would he do if he were President? So far we haven’t a clue. I know – people have voted for such candidates before – look at the votes Barak Obama got and the voting public had no idea what he would do. (Quite a few of us did have a good idea, but no one wanted to listen to us.) Would anyone like to buy a second Pig In A Poke President? Vote for Trump and in my opinion that’s exactly what you’ll get… and voting for Trump you’ll deserve whatever you get.
So… What is my solution to Trump with his ever-running mouth? What are the Republicans to do?
My solution for the Republican Candidates is to do what your mother probably told you to do when you were being insulted by a bully… just ignore him. Run your own campaign, not the campaign he wants you to run, where he is the center of attention. Trump’s “campaign” is typical nasty little boy stuff… and it totally hinges on “LOOK AT ME!” It’s narcissism at its finest. Trump seems to think he is the center of the universe – and so far only Ben Carson, the surgeon who has dealt with a lot of little kids, has failed to buy in to it. Well… and me. I think the best thing the other candidates can do is what their mothers probably told them to do with such a person. Just ignore him and when he stops getting attention he’ll go somewhere else and do something else to get his “fix” of attention.
So hey… Presidential Candidates? STOP FEEDING THE BEAST and in time it will go away!
Of course, the media will still report everything he says and does because it gets them attention. But if/when they figure out no one is clicking on Trump on the internet, when Trump-as-clickbait stops being effective, the media will also abandon him. After all… they have a Presidential Campaign to cover, and if Trump is no longer really part of it… then maybe we can have a real campaign.
As for the “debates” – when the debate sponsors make a rule that interrupting another candidate or the moderator more than say three times gets you expelled, ie when/if he pulls interrupt and dominate tricks, the moderator can toss his buns out the door and let the debate proceed without the little boy in the hallway.