Primary voters are speaking loud and clear by the millions, yet “establishment” pundits are deaf to them. The question isn’t “what’s the matter with voters?” it’s “What’s the matter with pundits?” Even the much ballyhooed Nate Silver completely whiffed on Trump.
The biggest error made by staunch “establishment” conservatives is forgetting there’s no liberal moral foundation that is not also a conservative foundation.
The most obvious sentiment among all citizens regardless of political persuasion is that we’re sick and tired of the same old partisan tribalism; we’re “Mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it any more.”
Through moves like this – Donald Trump’s New Finance Guru: Ex-Clinton Donor, Soros Employee – Trump is demonstrating that he “gets it,” and is more of a “bridge builder” than probably any other candidate or pundit. His will be a true “team of rivals.”
Let’s not kid ourselves. The Republican base will vote Trump. The Democrat base will vote Hillary. And we’d be blind if we failed to recognize that independents seem to be flocking to Trump AND Bernie.
But here’s the thing: Bernie won’t be the Democrat nominee, but Trump WILL be the ONLY anti-establishment, anti-politics-as-usual, “team of rivals” nominee; exactly what the electorate seems to clamor for.
Trump’s bluster and grating style, and establishment fixations on secondary matters like whether or not he’s conservative, are draining the political shore like a tsunami before it hits; just about everybody is playing in the unusually low tide, oblivious to its true cause or what it portends.