It hurts to put these words in print, but… Ann Coulter may be right. Shortly after the Paris attacks began last Friday, she tweeted, “They can wait if they like until next November for the actual balloting, but Donald Trump was elected president tonight.”
Stephen Colbert agrees. He told us this week to get used to saying “President Trump”—and led his studio audience to repeat the words in unison and then pretend to barf.
Yes, it’s hard to stomach. America’s most entertaining demagogue winning the GOP primaries and then the general? It can’t happen here, can it?
Democrats have been expressing absolute incredulity at the possibility, and quietly chuckling to themselves about the Clinton landslide to come if Donald is his party’s nominee. The Huffington Post has banned Trump from its politics section and relegated him to Entertainment, as if there he’d be no more than a joke.
The problem is that our liberal incredulity mirrors that of the Republican establishment, which refuses to believe that their front-runner of five straight months could possibly win their nomination. Now even after the carnage in Paris, Beltway pundits are telling themselves that the base will sober up and turn toward “experienced” pols like Rubio or Bush and away from the newbie nuts. As the always-wrong Bill Kristol said of this latest terrorism crisis, “I think it hurts Trump and Carson, honestly.”
But, honestly, it’s only strengthened Trump. Since the November 13 attacks, every poll—in Florida, two in New Hampshire, and three nationwide—shows Trump maintaining or expanding his lead against his primary opponents. Poor Ben Carson, only recently Trump’s chief rival, is losing energy like, well, you know who. In the Fox NH poll, it’s Trump at 27, Rubio 13, Cruz 11, and Carson down there at 9 percent alongside Jeb!