No surprise, of course, but Donald Trump has already outstayed his 15 minute of presidential candidate fame welcome. He managed to make a disgusting sexist attack on Megyn Kelly, probably the top conservative woman media person in the country. I guess Mr Trump is just not very bright.
No loss. I don't expect him to go the third party route, he could only do that if there was some kind of ground swell for him, and his swell has peaked and will fade into dust soon enough, it seems to me. A third party run by Trump might end up getting the Duck Dynasty vote along with his own, but by that time even the DD fans would likely move on.
By the way, I suppose Mr Trump's greatest attraction was his attack on Political Correctness. Many conservatives are very angry at Political Correctness. I guess they feel inhibited by such constraints. But why?
How about sexism? It's politically incorrect to be sexist, but it's politically correct to be against sexism and to pursue a greater understanding of what that means as time passes and all of us born into a sexist world continue to become more and more conscious of unconscious sexism and chauvinism. So, is this a tough choice? Sexist or not sexist? Obviously Mr Trump has made his choice. Seems to be Politically Correct is the better choice. Is that controversial?
How about racism? It's Politically Incorrect to be a racist, but it's Politically Correct to be against racism, and to pursue greater understanding of what that means as time passes and all of us born into a racist world continue to become more and more conscious of unconscious racism. Racist or not racist? Seems Politically Correct is the better choice. Is this controversial?
And homophobia? Politically Incorrect to be homophobic, Politically Correct to see gays as just folks like you and me but who fall in love with their own sex rather than the opposite. So what? This question is being answered generationally, and my favorite statement about it is conservative George Will saying that to the young someone being gay is about as interesting as someone being left handed.
So, Trump will fade into oblivion, probably as noisily as he can. But who will his enthusiasts switch their allegiance to?
I doubt that very many of them will change their anti-Political Correctness spots. But, who knows, maybe seeing their beliefs being portrayed so openly and vilely by Trump can be an awakening for some of them, and maybe they can just walk away from their old politics. It's not easy to change your mind, or learn new things, but it is possible. I've done it a couple of times.