Distrust vs. disgust. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could start all over again? One of America’s presidential candidates, with a long record of misdeeds, would trash the 1st and 2nd Amendments and perhaps begin dismantling the Constitution. The other candidate is “volatile, ill-informed, immature, and self-absorbed.” Thomas Sowell continues with his explanation on why American voters are faced with the two most unpopular presidential candidates in history.
The Democrats had few, and less promising, candidates at the outset. The Republicans, however, had a number of candidates with substantial achievements.
Republicans opened this game with the stronger hand. But they played that hand into what looks like a defeat at the polls in November — a defeat not only for Trump but for other Republican candidates tainted by the immature and repellent behavior of the man at the top of the ticket.
One key misstep by the Republican establishment was agreeing, once again, to so-called “debates” in which a stage full of candidates had time for only short and superficial sound bites. Trump was, and is, the king of superficial sound bites.
Will the Republican establishment learn anything from all this? Very unlikely. Smug elites seldom learn.