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Can Jeb Bounce Back?

Jeff Hall

Posted on September 2, 2015 09:55

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People are in denial about Donald Trump. He might just go the distance.

Everyone likes Jeb Bush.  He's smart, he's reasonable, he's not about to do something crazy -- just the kind of guy we'd all like as president, right?

Then why is Donald Trump getting all the attention?  How is it in all these exchanges, Trump keeps coming out on top?

Trump gets attention because he actually says something. You might completely disagree with him, but he has a point of view that people can at least understand.  People don't have to think or parse or interpret to know where he stands.

For this reason, he is extremely refreshing, he stands out from the crowd.  Bernie Sanders, with a completely different political philosophy, does as well.  I hope these two end up running against each other. Now that would be a real choice.

Everyone wants change; either one of these two might actually deliver.  And even if a few dishes get broken along the way, the house will never look the same after one of these fellows serves. 

Elizabeth Warren would spice up the race.  Dr. Ben Carson is getting more and more attention these days. Ted Cruz has his followers.  Carly Fiorina is rising.  The main point here is that people are really, really angry about the status, status quo.  Change -- just about any change -- would be better than politics as usual.

The idea that a member of our "political class" -- Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, et al -- might appear on our TV sets for four straight years feels pretty depressing.  People want to be inspired.

The reason Donald Trump is so effective so far is because the political class has let us down so badly.  Does anyone really think this is going to change in the next several months?  If conditions don't change, why should Trump's standing with disaffected voters?

Trump could of course self-implode, but if he can take on Megyn Kelly the way he did and claim John McCain isn't a war hero -- and get away with it -- then what's it going to take for him to self-destruct?  Maybe he's beyond that already, his fans don't care what he says.  They just like the way he says it.  He seems pissed off much of the time, reflecting the national mood exactly. 

 

Jeff Hall

Posted on September 2, 2015 09:55

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Trump, Carson and Sanders soak up attention while conventional candidates struggle to connect.

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