But what the hell — at this point there are a lot of people who would rather be angry and lose than happy and win. Some Republicans have contracted the same sickness much of the left has suffered for a decade — they’re only happy when they’re miserable and angry.
At some point Trump supporters will conclude the polls are rigged — but it will only be after he’s continued a downward trend. At that point they’ll stop believing polls and point out how wrong the polls were in 2012, 2014, and even the 2015 British election. Until then, the top line of the polls are to be believed and everything beneath the top line is a damnable anti-Trump conspiracy.
As much as we dislike politics, it is an art and a profession and one where experience and prior successes and failures have worth. While I like the idea of citizen participation, this applies to local elections and the Congress much more than to the highest office in the land. The skill sets in business and politics and the environment in which decisions must be made are very different.
I get it that 20% of the people are perpetually pissed off, but the Trump’s supporters have suspended any objectivity in order to propel this foolishness. There is nothing in Trump’s background to indicate he would support either conservative or Republican principles. He is absent of any humility or diplomatic tact, which should be key characteristic of a leader in such a position. The longer his campaign lasts the more damage he does to the GOP and whoever wins the nomination. If Hillary is replaced by Biden, a Trump candidacy will drive many soft Republicans (economic libertarians and social liberals) to the other side, or make them indifferent enough to stay home on election day. The best thing the GOP has going for it is Hillary as a front runner: she is so detested that the she should galvanize Republican opposition. The only thing that could screw this up is The Trump as the nominee; a very depressing thought.