Everyone, both Republican and Democratic pundits, are wondering how Donald Trump is carrying 27% of the Republican Party in the poles.
I don’t see what the mystery is. This is the 27% of the Republican Party base that supported Michele Bachman and Herman Cain in the 2012 election – the same people that elected Louie Gohmert and other Congressional wingnuts. These are the same people that marched with the tri-cornered hats with tea bags hanging from their clothes; these are the same 27% that live on Fox and Friends.
To me it is no mystery. These people have always been here but disregarded as nut cases until organized by the Republican Party and given a platform to scream from in the 2008 election when it seemed that a black man was going to be elected President.
This group is poorly educated, not bright and easily manipulated. For years the leaders and shapers of the Republican Party gave this group lip service – they fed them bullshit and told them it was cake. They could count on them showing up at the poles as long as they gave them a piece of red meat to chew on.
And then in 2008 they showcased them – used them to create dissension at Democratic events and to appeal to racist, conspiracy theorist and religious zealots.
Now, like the Frankenstein monster the Party can’t control them.
The Republican mainstream keep reminding us that regardless of his appeal, Trump won’t be their nominee and they are probably right; because at some point there will be a concerted effort to bring him down. In the meantime they are biding their time to see if he will implode on his own.
Even if Trump, or anyone else, would run as a third party he would have no chance, because it is not the popular vote that elects the President, but the Electoral College; and the members of the Electoral College are appointed by the two major parties.
The game is fixed.
And let’s not forget that it is fourteen fucking months left before we have a vote. It is like a fifteen mile marathon and everyone excited about who is ahead at mile one.
On to a more important subject: I haven’t cleaned the cats litter box this morning and they don’t like it when their box is dirty.