The press is reporting that Billionaire Donald Trump has surged to a big lead in the GOP presidential race. The news is no doubt sending a thrill up the leg of Democrats, who love having a distraction from the issues and their candidate’s anemic campaign.
I’d like to suggest that everyone – Both Republicans and Democrats – calm down. The only poll that matters is the one taken at the POLLING booth. The Iowa Caucus is seven months away and in politics, seven months can be a lifetime. Given Trump’s penchant for sticking his foot in his mouth, (and the fact that he is thus far a one issue candidate), his political life-span may be much shorter than seven months. Donald Trump will not win in Iowa. Donald Trump will not win in New Hampshire. Donald Trump will not win the GOP nomination. As soon as Trump begins to speak brashly about national healthcare, which he favors, and the second amendment, which he doesn’t, Republicans will desert him like the faux Republican he is.
That said, it might behoove Republican candidates (at all levels) to take a page from the Trump playbook and begin, as Cornell West might say, speaking truth to power. Or at least speaking to power.
Part of Trump’s appeal, in fact, I would say the majority of Trumps appeal is that he is unafraid to say what is on his mind. Donald Trump isn’t concerned with being politically correct or appeasing great swaths of people who will never like him or agree with him.
Republican voters have grown tired of Republican leaders who cry, whine, hedge, back down, and cringe in the face of criticism from the opposition. What Republican voters are dying for – hoping for – is a candidate who will show some cahones! Voters are looking for a candidate who will strap on his boots and begin to kick a little tail. We have grown tired of the weakness and milquetoast rhetoric. The Republican candidate who can demonstrate strength and fearlessness, while speaking to the issues, will win both the hearts and the votes of Republican voters.