A Trump presidency would be fabulous TV. And though he would instantly, by virtue of simply getting elected, complete a milestone on the Decline of Empire travels by getting even our allies to believe we have collectively lost our shit and never trusting us again to the degree they do now, I don’t believe he would accomplish much more domestically than B. Sanders given the Congress with whom either will have to deal. I’m not even sure Trump would nominate an ideologue to the Supreme Court, because of course I do not believe a word he says.
How much people are influenced by their love of the Great Screen is vastly underrated, and at this particular point in our history this will be a tight election even if Il Douche does win the GOP nod largely because of TV (though also because HRC is a weak candidate). We are conditioned to Spectacle, and no one likes a blowout in Super Bowls,”reality” TV, or Politics. We are conditioned to vote for our team, to be loyal to our team, our tribe, regardless of how silly (or futile) that may be. TV does a lot of that conditioning.
Trump may horrify a lot of old-school establishment conservatives, but he’ll appeal to a lot of authoritarian simpleton racists that normally vote D and/or are one of the 25 people in this country that are actually I’s.
The Villagers and the TV (repeating myself to a great degree given the tube’s power over the culture) will see to an election within 5 points one way or another regardless of who the nominees are. Politics has become a for-profit business on several levels post Citizen’s United.
Sure am glad I’m not brown, female, gay, young, dependent or depended on, or (too) poor, because being any one of those things is going to get dramatically worse under Republican control. Bright sides!