All errors should be reported to

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Donald may destroy both parties

Mercutio was a fictional character who said, "A plague on both your houses," in "Romeo and Juliet."

The American people are very real now when they say the same thing to the political parties.

Donald Trump is delivering that plague. Up 17 points nationally in the latest Real Clear Politics Poll Average, Trump heads into the caucus and primary stage of the race as the dominant force in American politics. He has owned over half the news cycles since he entered the race on June 16, 2015 -- and he owned many before that. He said something unkind about Carly Fiorina, and she disappeared in the polls. He said something unkind about Ben Carson, and he disappeared in the polls. And now, nearly two weeks after Ted Cruz called him out in the Fox Business News debate, Cruz is fading.

Now the story of the Tortoise and the Hare serves as a caution for Trump. He must double-down his efforts in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina in order to run the table. His boycott of tonight's Fox News debate is a risk. But since he won the six previous debates, he had nothing to win and everything to lose.

Trump has been looking ahead to November for some time. When the new year began, Trump unleashed his first TV ads this, He attacked not his rivals in the Republican Party, but Hillary Clinton. She began the month with a 24-point lead over Bernie Sanders in that Real Clear Politics Poll Average. It is down to 14.6 points.

Her lead in Iowa went from 12.5 points to 0.6.

Bernie's 4.3 point lead in New Hampshire is now 14.7.

For years, Democrats have lectured Republicans on expanding their base.

Trump has done that.

His nomination would destroy the crony capitalism of his party -- and the crony capitalism of the other party as well.

The new parties will have the same old names -- Democrat and Republican -- but only one will be the Party of Socialism.

The other will be the Party of Capitalism again.


  1. "The other will be the Party of Capitalism again."

    I assume you mean the Trump-captained GOP. Sorry, not gonna happen. Trump gets too much mileage out of cronyism, including his personally cultivated inside connections to high-ranking Democrats.

    Trusting Trump's fidelity to a free market is like trusting your cheating girlfriend who swears "I won't cheat on you again."

    "A man who will steal for me will steal from me." -- Theodore Roosevelt

  2. The sooner the better. - Elric

  3. We're all gonna take some big hits.

  4. SMOD has arrived - and he has very odd hair, like an angry, rampant weasel.

    - Mikey NTH

  5. How in the name of all that's holy, Don, do you figure the ULTIMATE crony capitalist is going to take down crony capitalism? Trump built one of his fancy hotels on property that was freaking CONFISCATED by the city gubmint using eminent domain, and for which he paid a pittance. Most of his projects have involved using tax dollars in a big way.

    1. Ivanhoe isn't running for president.

      - Mikey NTH

  6. I'm with you, Don. At least for the campaign, and hopefully with leavening results, Americans will be comparing Capitalism and Socialism (Communism).

    A great discussion!

  7. Donald has the potential to destroy more than two parties. Every time a world leader angers him, another round of troops will be deployed. If Megyn Kelly turns up his whiny brat routine to a fever pitch, think of what Trump's irrational behavior will be when Putin disses him the first time.

  8. This primary season showcases widespread public discontent with the status quo in American politics. People on both ends of the political spectrum are unhappy with the way things are. This election may mark the beginning of a major re-shuffling of the political parties. That's not to say that the result will be better than the mess we currently have.