I don’t know if the nominee will actually be the communist
or not. Perhaps it will be the animated law professor who habitually tells the
most absurd lies thinking no one will notice. Or maybe it will be the lifeless
and listless former Mayor who couches his radicalism in soft, relaxed tones. It
could even be the billionaire who seems to be paying billions of his own
dollars for the chance to have his reputation and character disemboweled during
nationally televised debates.
But whoever it is, of this much I’m sure: the Democrats have
no concept what they’re up against. No, I don’t mean that President Trump is
some sort of “stable genius” that will choreograph the perfect electoral
strategy. I don’t even mean that he’s a master campaigner who will wisely make
the election solely about the economy and the state of everyone’s personal
finances versus where they were four years ago.
I mean that in politics, fair or not, perception is reality.
And the general public’s perception of the Democrat options are precisely what
I listed above: a cadre of several unlikeable, predominately old and cranky
folks who like to scold people and always find the bad parts about America. No
matter who you are or what your politics may be, far from being inspiring, that
routine gets really old.
Meanwhile, what are they going to be facing? Again,
perception is reality in politics, and here’s the perception of President
Bernie Sanders is on video praising the former Soviet Union and Trump is on stage bumping fists with the
1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ Olympic hockey team that stunned the Soviets and won
gold. Perception is reality.
And days before he appeared with the hockey boys, this
Bernie Sanders is having his events interrupted by stage rushers screaming about ending dairy farms, while Trump is
interrupting his own rallies by inviting World War II veterans onto his stage to
celebrate them and the country they protected.
Obviously much can happen between now and November, but if
perception is truly reality in this business, it’s tough to envision how any of
these current Democrat candidates can overcome it.