I keep hearing how a Trump nomination will guarantee victory for the Dems from the top to bottom of the ticket. But yet in the primaries he keeps surprising everyone. No matter what he says, he thrives, he beats out his competition, he keeps on keeping on. Everyone’s been wrong about him so far, so is it possible everyone’s wrong on his prospects in the general too?
I get it that a lot of what he’s saying is political poison with the general electorate. But I think above everything else, Trump is a showman. He knows what people want, and he gives it to them. He wrote bestsellers because he figured out what people wanted to read about (him), and he wrote it. He starred in a very popular reality show because he figured out a formula and persona that people wanted to see, and he put it out there.
Is it possible, he has figured out a strategy to winning an election, even when everyone else thought his tactics were foolishness? Has he figured out exactly what he needs to say to win the nomination? And just when he secures the nomination, perhaps he’ll pivot because he’s figured out exactly what he needs to say to win the general-- to win back all those people who thought he was “too offensive and out there.”
He’s potentially got a lot of issues in his back pocket on which he is somewhat of a liberal or moderate or an unknown. Perhaps once he has the frothing hard-core base on his side 110%-- willing and able to even murder puppies on his behalf-- and has secured the nomination, he could very easily ease back on the divisive issues, and begin focusing on things like fair trade, replacing Obamacare with a universal/single payer option, and bringing back American manufacturing, all to win the hearts and votes of people in the middle, people in labor, etc.
These are just some thoughts that keep me awake at night. I don’t think his path to the presidency is as far-fetched as, say, Ted Cruz’s is. And that’s why I’m a teeny bit worried that we could have a showman as our next president-- a manufactured candidate who has simply figured out how to win for the sake of winning, not because he wants to actually serve the nation as president.