Donald Trump is leading the polls, with a 52% approval rating from republicans! Of the remainder, 42% of them that back another candidate want him to stay in the race. This is despite his recklessly brash campaign style and that he sometimes touts the Democrats!
What has made Trump persona non grata among establishment republicans is precisely what makes him popular among the every-day republicans. He’s expressing their pent-up anger and frustration with the old, stodgy, lying brand politics.
By criticizing GOP leaders, taking on the toughest issues and going where other the candidates fear to tread Trump is like a modern day version of Teddy Roosevelt, but in a tailored Armani suit with Magani loafers.
For now Trump is exciting and he’s saying things so bluntly and honestly its hyper-refreshing. Despite the considerable efforts of those who are out to get “The Donald” off the big stage, he remains untouchable. It seems as if Trump can’t say anything too divisive because before his remark has taken hold or the media has a chance to exploit it, he’s zooming off with a new one sensational quote…it’s been pow, pow, pow! Trump is firing faster than the MSM can type! He’s dancing like a butterfly, floating like a bee… and he has the media spotlight right where he wants it.
There’s something amazing taking place right before our eyes, Donald Trump is raising the tolerance bar, he’s acclimating the mainstream media and the other candidates to a whole new level of bold! And he’s doing it so fast that the other candidates can’t grab a headline. Heck, they hardly have time to catch their breath for a rebuttal before the Donald has moved on. Rather than try to respond to The Donald they would do better to reassess their own campaign style that has them all lagging well behind Trump and that goes for the Dems too.
For all his shortcomings, and they are many, Trump’s abrasive, blunt, honest talk is exactly what is needed at this moment in time to get the republican party rolling and breath some life back into it. When Trump’s flamboyance subsides, he will have taught the other candidates the value of being straight forward truthful without regard to the consequences.
“Be always sure you’re right — THEN GO AHEAD!” Davy Crocket, 1834
This is exactly what Trump is doing.
Roosevelt, Crocket and others made their mark on American history because they had the courage of their convictions. They didn’t care much for Washington politics and backroom deal-makers and neither does Trump. They were fearless and they took huge chances. And when necessary they were willing to separate themselves from the pack and go it alone. Trump has already threatened to do that if the GOP tries to block him.
Crocket was fond of saying, “Look at my arms, you will find no party hand-cuff on them!” That’s The Donald, for better or worse. He will not be owned by anyone.
Note: I am neither for or against Trump at this time, I am just applauding him sticking it to those who needed it.