I honestly think that Trump jumped into the very crowded GOP race for the nomination thinking, "hey, this is a month or two's worth of free advertising. I can't possibly hurt my brand any more than I already have; why not benefit from some free press?" He figured he'd drop a few bombs, say a few outrageous things, then drop out when it became apparent he had no f**king clue what he was doing.
Then he started doing well in the polls.
I wonder if he saw his stock starting to rise, thought to himself, "S**t. Now what? I've been in this about as long as I thought I'd last and I keep doing better. Better ratchet up the stupid crap, drop more outlandish bombs, and get drummed out so I can get back to doing whatever it is I actually do that makes me a billionaire."
And he *kept* doing well.
No matter how outlandish he gets, no matter what stupid drivel comes out of his mouth, the people appear to be eating it up. He yells at reporters, has people escorted out of his press conferences, tells people (essentially) to get bent, and has issue perfect non-answer politician-speak when confronted about the actual issues. He has expended the greatest amount of words to say exactly nothing in a generation.
And he's winning primaries.
I honestly can't explain it. I mean, I get that the pool isn't exactly brimming with likable, talented politicians. I think you could probably distill all of them and *maybe* get half a decent pol (if such a critter exists). Cruz is the least detestable of the bunch, but he keeps going all GOD BOY and will be easy for the left to destroy - simply toss out some ZOMG ABORTION or GAY MARRIAGE shiny and watch him froth. Rubio? I honestly can't tell what distinguishes Rubio from, well, any other GOP politician since Bush Sr. - naturally I figured he'd get the nod.
And it's not that Trump is bucking the establishment, either - hell, he *is* the establishment. Guy's been holed up in uber-liberal NY donating to every Dem that puts their hand out; it defies credibility to think this guy isn't neck-deep in the same good old boy/business-as-usual BS that has helped us get further into this mess as we progress. And yes, Bush helped, as did Obama. "Too big to fail", bailouts, etc. If you think for one second that President Trump wouldn't reward cronies and punish adversaries, well, I'll see if I can stop the turnip truck so you can get back on.
What scares me, what really scares me, is that I can't tell which would be worse: President Clinton, or President Trump. Whoever gets the "W" does get to pick at least one US Supreme Court Justice, and I have to believe that Trump would pick someone better than Clinton. Especially since Clinton has already praised Obama as a possibility. If more Justices need replacing, though, it becomes even more critical that "NotHillary" be the winner in November.
Except for one thing: Gridlock. Hillary! gets the win, the GOP maintains its hold on the House and Senate and we (hopefully) spend the next four years heaving blame and not doing much else. Trump wins, and he's got two years to really f**k things up before the country tosses the GOP out in favor of the other party. Handing the House and Senate over to the Dems in time for a 2020 drubbing is a recipe for disaster.
Really, I'm rooting for an asteroid and/or alien invasion/zombie outbreak at this point...
That is all.