Trump will destroy the Republican Party? NYT story rebuts that assumption.
As the great philosopher Benny Hill taught us, when you assume --- ass-u-me -- you make an ass of u and me.
Perhaps the assumption that Donald Trump will destroy the Republican Party by driving away women, Hispanics, blacks, Muslims, and Rosie O'Donnell fans is wrong. Maybe the opposite is true.
Now I caution readers that I am relying on reporting by Nate Cohn of the New York Times:
He is strongest among Republicans who are less affluent, less educated and less likely to turn out to vote. His very best voters are self-identified Republicans who nonetheless are registered as Democrats. It’s a coalition that’s concentrated in the South, Appalachia and the industrial North, according to data provided to The Upshot by Civis Analytics, a Democratic data firm.Indeed, Trump seems to own New York City and New York state, which last went Republican 32 years ago when Reagan took the state.
He found 29% of Republican voters prefer Trump, 36% of independents, 40% of Democrats, and 43% of unregistered "voters."
So what is happening? Is The Donald like Ronald bringing people into the party? We already know that Ronald like The Donald was loathed by the Republican establishment. Indeed, Jeb's daddy called Reagan's economic plan "voodoo economics."
In many ways, Trump is Al Czervik bringing the hoi polloi to the Bushwood Country Club.