All my friends are asking me if there’s any way Donald Trump can get elected president. My answer is to cross my fingers and say no.
I say this because I believe the American people are not, ultimately, batshit crazy. Mr. Trump appeals to their lizard brain. I believe, perhaps naively, that most voters will still possess some remnant of executive function on election day.
Conrad Black does not agree with me. The normally astute Mr. Black has been shilling for Mr. Trump for some time now. Perhaps it’s the mischievous contrarian in him. Or perhaps it’s because Mr. Trump stood up for Mr. Black during his recent troubles, and he owes him. At any rate, Mr. Black writes that “Donald Trump is very close to one of the most astonishing political victories in American history.”
A better bet is that Donald Trump will lead the Republican Party (or what’s left of it) into the abyss. It will be the worst rout since Barry Goldwater lost to Lyndon Johnson in 1964 by 23 percentage points.