I enjoy watching Donald Trump drive the Republican establishment nuts while befuddling Democrats. Politicians are not used to saying what is on their collective feeble minds without couching it in political correctness.
To that end, Trump has opened the door to dialog and both parties cannot figure out why people are flocking to him. Maybe it’s because he is saying what’s on our minds? Maybe it’s because he’s a breath of fresh air in an environment where fecal matter in the head passes off as brains.
Whatever the reason, Trump is attracting attention and bringing more people to the table. Primary debates are notoriously boring with political correct speak camouflaged as policy points. Trump has changed that and the upcoming Republican Primary debate scheduled for Thursday may actually garner good ratings.
Most people tuning in to see Trump in the debate are like the casual NASCAR fan watching races to see who crashes. Or the casual women’s soccer fan tuning in to watch Alex Morgan. It may be more for the theater than the substance but at least he’s forcing more people to pay attention.
That may help his opponents. The more viewers that tune in, the better the opportunity for one of his opponents to make a case for his electability. Of course, most of these buffoons will probably do the opposite because they will not address the issues that is on our minds.
They will spend the majority of their time jockeying for position and trying to get to the right of their opponents. The casual observer is tuning in to watch Trump blast someone dumb enough to try and attack him. Trump cannot disappoint them otherwise he risks losing their attention.
At the same time, there are serious viewers interested to see which candidate can save the nation from eight years of President Obama’s reign. Can Trump prove to them he is the right person for the job?
The primary process caters to the respective parties’ diehard base. For Republican’s that means the right wing zealots are out in force so Trump needs to appeal to them to prove he is electable. However, his presence will bring non-zealots hoping for that zinger moment so he – and the rest of them – needs to appeal to that group.
But therein lies the problem. Each candidate is trying to prove he’s electable. I prefer to find the guy who can govern. President Obama was electable and how did that work out for the nation? The only happy person is Jimmy Carter who will no longer hold the mantle for worst president.
Before Trump, Governors Chris Christie and Scott Walker were the bomb throwers so what do they do now? Will Christie try to out trump Trump, or will he take the occasion to prove they can govern this nation?
Thanks to Trump, the debate will have more people tuning in than usual for a primary debate and may not even be a snooze fest. Those tuning in will want to see the crash and burn but maybe a few will find the next president of the United States. God knows we need a real president.