One reason that ordinarily canny politicians such as Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, not to mention former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Speaker Newt Gingrich, are supporting Donald Trump might be explained by some startling poll numbers. Some private polling suggests that Trump just might beat Hillary Clinton in New York. The possibility is especially true if former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg runs as an independent, taking votes away from Clinton in heavily Democratic New York City.
The truism has existed for the past few election cycles that the Republicans and Democrats have locked down red states and blue states respectively and that national elections are determined by a handful of swing states. New York is an especially blue state, having last gone for a Republican presidential candidate in 1988 when George H. W. Bush trounced Michael Dukakis.
Trump has every negative that one could possibly imagine in a candidate. He has hobnobbed with mobsters, refused to repudiate racists such as David Duke, and has a shady business history that includes accusations of fraud, multiple bankruptcies, and a somewhat loose application of the eminent domain laws. He had been given to saying the most alarming things, not only about Mexicans and Muslims but of his fellow candidates. His adherence to the Constitution is suspect at best.
But, all of that may not matter in New York, which should have been a given for Hillary Clinton who, after all, served as that state’s senator for a time. If Trump is even competitive in New York (and how many other blue states?) he may be on the cusp of upending national politics as we have come to understand them for the past couple of decades and more.
The news is a sign of just how enrage the voting public is, at Washington politicians in general, and at Hillary Clinton in particular. To paraphrase an old statement about foreign tyrants, the voters may think that #Donald Trump may be an SOB, but if we elect him he will be our SOB.
Of course, those same Washington politicians who are lining up behind Trump are likely thinking, as Jimmy Carter and Robert Reich has, that he can be controlled to a certain extent. That may be the case. Or, having been given the office of Lincoln and Reagan, he will be like a tiger on the loose, unpredictable and savage beyond belief. #Election 2016 #Democrats vs Republicans