I have no answers.
Anti-Trump sentiment has reached hysteria. Calls are being made for suspension of Trump’s campaign, for abandonment of this candidate by Republicans. The Republican party is now in chaos.
Trump has contributed considerably to this situation. Yet what we are not seeing from either potential voters or most political pundits are calm heads and mature judgment.
We need first to ask ourselves why Trump has gone as far as he has.
President Obama has disparagingly called him a reality TV star. And that is what he is. We need to understand that, from the start of newspapers to the wire services to the Fireside Chats through the 1960 Nixon-Kennedy television debates, media have continuously reshaped politics. With a major party’s nomination of a reality TV star, we have no entered a new phase of that development.
Throughout all the explosions and storms, he’s managed to keep getting attention from others. But in this he has also failed. He has taken attention from Hillary on matters that could have helped him.
Hillary, after all, has never seemed to have any principles outside of the ones that benefit her at a given moment. And such matters as Benghazi and the emails would have been fatal to a candidate under normal circumstances.
But these are not normal circumstances. Thus Hillary is front by about ten points.
Trump is an amateur politician. In theory, this should not hurt him. Maxwell Anderson said that democracy is the rotation of amateurs.
But Trump’s statements have shown him to be wildly reckless and inept. While Hillary says all the right things, Trump has repeatedly said the wrong things. He has needlessly made permanent enemies.
It has been said that the history of Trump’s business dealings should be more deeply delved into. Perhaps it should. He probably is not qualified to be president.
But I consider Hillary more dangerous.