The Republican National Committee (RNC) and the party’s “establishment” wing are kvetching over Primadonald’s lofty standing among the conservative base. The candidate, referred to by the Des Moines Register as a “feckless blowhard”, is atop the GOP field in national polls, and is running well in smaller, state-wide samplings. What’s got the people who run the party in a funk is that this same guy is behind Hillary Rodham Clinton by double-digits and, with his deeply offensive, racial profiling remarks, has all but obliterated any chance Republicans had of capturing a significant slice of the Hispanic vote.
If all this isn’t problematic enough, there’s the added question of how to shut this gasbag down without alienating his grassroots supporters. Pundits, left and right, have no answer, but have opined that sooner or later, this flawed candidate will self-destruct in which case, this particular issue will disappear.
With the first GOP debate just weeks away, you can bet that over at the RNC, there’s a lot of group-think going on as to how to use that event to marginalize Primadonald or at least, let some of the air out of his balloon. The candidate himself, is currently telling anyone who will listen that he’s “no debater”, his clever intent being to lower expectations regarding his performance. If he can come off as someone who can do a bit more than walk and chew gum at the same time, watch for his poll numbers to do no worse than hold steady. The more likely outcome is that they will rise. In either case, the RNC’s problem of being “Trump(ed) for now” will have deepened.
Over on he left, Democrats are gleefully celebrating all this, in spite of the fact that candidate Clinton presents her own set of problems. Specifically, the view is already settling in, nationally, that she is “untrustworthy”. That perception is being nurtured by the House Select Benghazi Committee, the conservative media, and by an investigative article published in the New York Times. Fortunately, at least for Clinton, that piece is so seriously flawed that government officials and agencies cited in it have gone public with disclaimers and corrections. It is now seen as bad, misleading and very inaccurate journalism.
For the time being the upshot of all the foregoing is that Ms. Clinton has an advantage. It is not so much her “positives” as it is the many “negatives” attached to the GOP’s mash-up of candidates and uncertainty over how best to handle Primadonald and still field a competitive candidate.