Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Deciphering Donald Trump
A classic political move is to behave so the voters say, "He (or she) is one of us."
I believe that Donald Trump has crafted a different sort of appeal. Many voters look at him and think, "Well, he may not be one of us but at least he's not one of them."
The "them," of course, is a short-cut way of describing our well-polished, traditional, politicians. This is a year in which suspicion of such creatures has reached a peak. There is a sense that the so-called best and the brightest aren't the best and aren't all that bright. [Does anyone really think we have Grade A leadership? Europe is going through a similar realization.]
That's why when Trump's opponents say that Trump lacks this or that quality of a normal political leader, his followers shout, "You're right and the more you say that the more we like him."
If Trump designed his approach to elicit that response then he may truly be formidable.
I should add that I'm not a Trump supporter. He may not even win the nomination. Until now, however, his success has baffled me, but I humbly present this theory as an explanation.
I'll keep it until I hear a better one.
Posted by Michael Wade at 4:00 AM