LA Times says “too late to stop Trump”
This week there has been a huge shift in mainstream media reporting of Trump. For months and months their take was “Trump is going to lose to some other Republican candidate, we just don’t have a logical explanation for how that’s going to happen” to now “Trump is inevitable.”
Thursday night’s fractious presidential debate was the long Republican campaign condensed into little more than two hours: Donald Trump sailed above the other candidates, who mostly engaged in round-robin fighting that left each of them wounded and him largely unscathed.
As a result, the debate, the sixth in a nomination contest that has defied predictions, left a GOP establishment that fears disastrous repercussions from a Trump nomination no closer to finding a way to head him off, with the first balloting now a little more than two weeks away.
The remark about “disastrous repercussions” shows that the MSM fallback position is now that Trump is going to win the Republican nomination but he can’t possibly beat the Democratic nominee. I strongly disagree. Trump’s path to victory is to win the votes of everyone who voted for Romney in 2012 plus he picks up the votes of prole whites who either sat at home or voted Democratic last election, then he coasts to victory.
The MSM completely misunderstands the mindset of prole whites and swing voters. The MSM assumes that swing voters are less ideological and therefore Trump, who they perceive as more hard right than Romney, will turn off those voters. But actually, swing voters pay more attention to personality than to policy positions, and Trump has the winning personality. Plus the thing which supposedly makes him hard right is his anti-immigration position; but the majority of the electorate, especially prole whites who usually vote Democratic, agrees with Trump on this issue. Trump is actually more moderate on issues than other Republicans. He’s less committed to being against abortion than other Republicans, and he doesn’t want to eliminate affordable healthcare and go back to the pre-Obamacare mess, he wants to replace Obamacare with something better. And he was opposed to the invasion of Iraq.
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I would also like to say something about Cruz being asked about his eligibility to be president. Even though many think he did a great job of answering that question, the very fact that it was asked weakens Cruz no matter how great his response.
And then later in the debate, Trump blasted Cruz with his response about New York values. In addition to Trump’s tactical victory on this issue, attacking New York was a huge strategic mistake for Cruz, because half of the MSM is based in New York City and he got them to unite around Trump.