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.