An American who has been living in England for many years has written that she is surprised at the attention I have been giving Donald Trump. No one is more surprised than I, as might be inferred from my initial post on the phenom in late June. I was part of the chorus that called him a clown. It turns out he was actually the ringmaster and we were his clowns.
The Apprentice has morphed into The Candidate, now with the smidgen of potential to one day morph again into The President. Reality TV eventually transformed into surreality TV?
The thought horrifies but fascinates, as if some huge asteroid was hurtling itself towards us. Why horrified at the thought of a Trump presidency? Because anyone who basically holds himself up as the answer to all of our major problems (these fool politicians got us into this mess and I alone am rich enough not to be bought and smart enough to fix the problems and “make American great again”) is a snake oil salesman.
But snake oil sales are going good and I don’t see the demand reducing any time soon.
The temptation is to try to analyze Trump as a psycho-sociological phenomenon, but that’s worth a book and the story has just begun. Still, still there is wide spread disdain for both politicians and politics as usual (Democrat Bernie Sanders being another beneficiary) and with the rise of Trump, politics have become anything but usual.
That’s the point. The unusual in the form of Trump is a lot more fun and interesting. In this case especially for Democrats who love to watch the squabble, but obviously for many Republicans as well. It must keep a number of other Republicans awake at night, though. Unlike literally a few weeks ago, it seems Trump’s getting the party nomination is not totally far fetched.
Jeb Bush is the only other candidate to get much traction in the polls at this point. But when they juxtapose clips on TV of The Donald in front of a crowd of thousands next to the jeb in front of a few hundred, Trump looks like a star and jeb looks like an undertaker. And he is the only other Republican candidate to receive even double digit poll support, still only about half of THE DONALD’s. As is often said, Trump takes all the oxygen out of the room, prompting images of the other candidates gasping for breath and just trying to survive.
The President, hmm….. now that’s a “reality” show I’d watch, frightened as I would be.