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Common sense in the Washington Post

So if you’re the establishment, looking at this and wringing your already well-wrung hands, you wonder what’s happening — how this guy could come in from nowhere and steal your party’s heart?

One answer is obvious: Republicans have strong opinions about illegal immigration, and Donald Trump — intentionally or not — has made that central to his campaign.

It has taken half a year before anyone writing for a major newspaper has figured that out.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 4, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. He’s talked about much more than just immigration. And plenty of republican candidates have becmoe popular talking about other issues. Just scanning the article is doesn’t look like they have any poll data asking Trump supporters why they support him. IT looks like they do have data saying that most Americans think its undesirable and impossible to deport illegal immigrants which is a central feature of Trump’s immigration policy.

    Lloyd Llewellyn

    December 4, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    • The average immigrant takes much more in benefits than they pay in taxes. Without them, the economy would be smaller but incomes and standard of living would be much higher. I think most people would agree that it’s better to have a smaller economy where people make more and live better than a larger economy where people make less and live worse.


      December 5, 2015 at 3:10 pm

  2. Or at least was willing and able to say.


    December 4, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    • Exactly.


      December 5, 2015 at 12:41 pm

  3. Trump became popular immediately after he started talking about immigration. A lot of people are thinking “at last, a politician who gets it and isn’t politicslly correct. A politician who isn’t afraid to come out and say that we don’t want open borders. “


    December 4, 2015 at 8:11 pm

  4. The poll is interesting. The candidates that do best with college graduates are Carson, Fiorina, Cruz and Rubio. Carson is sinking in the polls (something the Republican elitists are waiting to happen to Trump, so far in vain), and Carly gets only 3% support, so they are probably not major factors. All are, like Trump, outsiders to the GOP establishment except Rubio (who is, IMHO, the least impressive of the bunch). Of course, Cruz is, like Rubio, a US senator, but the tall Texan has been a burr under the GOP Washington saddle for years. It is also interesting to note how well Trump does with those earning over $50,000 per year.

    BTW, Philip Bump is an ultra-liberal and former union activist who writes on political topics for the WaPo.

    Black Death

    December 5, 2015 at 11:06 am

  5. “The candidates that do best with college graduates are Carson, Fiorina, Cruz and Rubio.”

    To paraphrase that old saying going around, dumb people do A, smart people do B, really smart people do A.


    December 5, 2015 at 3:20 pm

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