It’s obvious that he’s not doing it for the money, and one wonders whether he’s in it for the long haul, but obviously if he was going to get out when things got a little rough, he hasn’t yet. Matter of fact, if anything the recent controversies have made him more popular than he used to be with average Americans:
Trump doesn’t need Wall Street. He doesn’t need Karl Rove and his Beltway boys. He doesn’t even need NBC. The fact of the matter is, he could buy all of them. This makes him oddly, utterly independent of influence everyone in Main Street America detests. It adds to an almost mythological persona. He can fight where the lesser man would crumble.
Only Ted Cruz has come out in defense of Donald Trump and Main Street, and it is no surprise that the top two in most polls of actual likely Republican voters are Cruz and Trump. The others who sheepishly avoid comment, or cave to the Beltway mentality by jumping on the “bash Trump” bandwagon, will not win the hearts of the Main Street voter out there.
Oddly, conservatives may have Macy’s, NBC, Univision, Serta and the Beltway boys to thank for galvanizing support for the multibillionaire who was only lacking the sympathy factor. They gave him that, and time will tell if that is the ultimate Trump card, unwittingly given to those who are usually shut down.
Imagine the headline: “Main Street America finally has a voice in the White House with Trump/Cruz.” I never thought I would have believed it, but it could happen.
There are a lot of social issues I’m concerned about, but I find it interesting that it looks like here’s a guy who has made money saying no or cutting waste. Conventional wisdom says back a governor, for they know how to be an executive. How about a corporation executive or entrepreneur. It might be interesting trying out someone from the business world instead of people that have been politicians for most of their lives.
It’s something worth thinking about, at least.
Image: Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore
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