Except for the McCain stuff, Trump isn’t saying anything the other Republicans running for President aren’t saying too. He’s just saying it with more force, more wit, more style, and---this is what’s rallying voters and dismaying the political press corps---more overt anger.
The press hates it when real emotion gets expressed.
It makes it harder for them to pretend that politics is just a game and all the players are just playing.
They don’t want to know that anybody truly cares because some of those people who care care that not enough damage is being done to the the social safety net.
They care that the poor aren’t suffering more. They care that working people are making too much and expecting too much. They care that old people who aren’t rich are enjoying comfortable retirements. They care that more brown-skinned immigrants aren’t being deported. They care that the children of those immigrants might get to become citizens. They care that the rich aren’t rich enough. They care that businesses can’t do whatever they want to make more and more money. In short, they are cruel and heartless and selfish villains but they dress nice, have good manners, and pick up the tab at expensive restaurants so it’s better not to think about the fact that they are cruel and heartless and selfish villains if you want to continue to enjoy their company and their largess.
But the Donald makes it clear that the Republican Party is the party of cruel, heartless, and selfish villainy by showing he cares.
And the Republican base want a standard bearer who cares because they care.
I think that in the end the Donald will wear himself out or wear out his welcome. Even though he’s polling higher than any single one of the others, he’s the favorite of less than a quarter of Republican voters. Over the course of the fall, as the primaries, draw closer, the three quarters who don’t want Trump will start to rally around one of the others, probably Jeb, although it won’t matter which.
Whichever one it is will still be saying the same things they’re saying now, which, as I’ve said, are the same things Trump is saying.
They’ll just sound nicer about it.
Unless it’s Walker. He can’t sound nice. He can’t sound anything except mean and snide.
But whether it’s Jeb, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, or Scott Walker---none of the other twelve is likely to be in the running, and I’m surprised that’s turning out to be true about Rand Paul---the message will be the same. The message has been the same for generations now, and this is it:
The answer to all domestic problems is to cut taxes on the rich, cut aid to the poor, and put more of the burden on the middle class.
The answer to all foreign problems is war and more war.
The only difference between any of them is in how much more pain they plan to inflict by taking away rights from women, LGBT people, and African Americans and how soon the bombs will start falling.