Monday, June 27, 2016

Is the Worm Finally Turning? Trump Crashes in WaPo Poll

Donald Trump played a brutal game -- as he apparently has throughout his career. Now the bully is being found out.

Trump went to Scotland, where the Scots really didn't want a Trump
golf course, to tell the world how great Brexit is going to be, ignoring
the fact that the Scots were against Brexit. And he did this because?

By now we realize that Donald Trump is not a diplomat. His idea of diplomacy is to go somewhere where he's not wanted and say something that is completely inappropriate and then act as if he's the man of the hour. He definitely did that the day after the Brexit vote passed, standing on his Scottish golf course and praising a decision the Scots hated. Isn't there someone around assigned to keep him on his meds?

Guess not. However, it looks like the American people might impose some discipline on the Donald by expressing their own increasingly negative opinion:
Support for Donald Trump has plunged as he has alienated fellow Republicans and large majorities of voters overall in the course of a month of self-inflicted controversies, propelling Democrat Hillary Clinton to a double-digit lead nationally in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
The survey finds sweeping unease with the presumptive Republican nominee’s candidacy — from his incendiary rhetoric and values to his handling of both terrorism and his own business — foreshadowing that the November election could be a referendum on Trump more than anything else.
At a moment in the presidential election when Donald Trump should be coalescing support around him as he moves toward the Republican National Convention, he instead embarked on The Great Alienation Tour, ostensibly to remind demographic groups why the Republican Party was out of its collective mind to allow such a bullying dolt to become its figurehead.

Now, when a normal candidate would be girding his loins -- a grotesque phrase when applied to the Donald -- for the coming fight, Trump appears, twelve points down, quite nearly already beaten.

The poll, and the article that explains it, goes out of its way to mention Hillary Clinton's unpopularity and Obama's growing popularity, now at 56 percent. This is a most certain double-edged sword. Clinton, regardless of the legitimacy of her unpopularity, will no doubt benefit from having a popular out-going president campaigning for her.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, may have already dug his own grave. If he "pivots" to the general election by reading dull speeches from a teleprompter lacking the fire of his less disciplined screeds, then he'll fail to keep his mob riled up. If Trump decides -- as many expect he will -- to keep his over-the-top rhetoric full of fire and rage, then he risks a growing chorus of complaint from the people he's offended.

Speaking of those he's offended, it seems the entire Republican establishment has no intention of appearing in the national spotlight with him and so intend to ditch the Republican National Convention, a venue most rising political stars would die to achieve. Trump's Trumpness has him Trumped. That's what happened when you're your own worst enemy.

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