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If Perception is Reality in Politics, Trump is Killing the Dems Right Now

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 Trump:

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 happened:

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.

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