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Trump Defies Predictions With Staying Power

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Sunday, 14 Feb 2016 07:11 AM Current | Bio | Archive

So much for the Trump balloon being punctured by an underwhelming second place finish in Iowa.

The establishment GOP analysis of the Iowa caucus was it was the beginning of the end for The Donald. Trump underperformed his poll numbers and fell behind Ted Cruz. The Corn Belt caucus had supposedly revealed the blustery one’s campaign was Potemkin politics and although his supporters were committed enough to answer a poll question — they weren’t committed enough to get off their duffs and commit hours to attending a caucus meeting.

Besides, Trump might be able to manage a billion–dollar corporation, but overseeing an effective get-out-the-vote campaign appeared to be beyond his capabilities. Then came the New Hampshire primary.

Readers of my column know that I’m no supporter of Trump, but I am persuaded that it’s time for the Republican leadership to stop disparaging Trump voters and start trying to understand why he is so much more appealing than the candidates the experts contend are more “electable.”

According to an analysis on Breitbart.com, Trump won 46 percent of those with high school or less education; 38 percent of those with some college; 32 percent of the college graduates and 23 percent of those with post–graduate degrees. In other words, Trump won every educational demographic! The only segment where the establishment came close was the post–grads and Kasich was second at 22 percent.

The mover–and–shaker segment of the party is only fooling itself if it thinks getting rid of Trump will solve all its problems. The pitchfork–and–torches demographic isn’t going to transfer its support to some tame Republican.

In a state that is supposedly just the ticket for “mainstream” Republicanism, 58 percent of the vote went to outsider candidates. Trump had over double the number of votes that second place finisher John Kasich accumulated. If Trump disappears, his vote will most likely go to Iowa caucus winner Ted Cruz.

Trying to beat Trump by telling voters he’s not a conservative hasn’t worked and won’t work for one reason: They don’t care. Trump, like Teddy Roosevelt (another GOP candidate that wasn’t conservative), is running as a “can-do” candidate, while the establishment is running as “We’ll try, but don’t expect miracles.”

Trump has struck a cord with a large segment of the Republican base. Unless the mainstream representatives intend to recruit a new base — good luck with that — they should start looking in the mirror to discover why what they are offering isn’t selling.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.
 

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