One thing is certain. Donald Trump knows how to fill the airwaves, social media and print.
The cagey businessman, who has filed bankruptcy more times than I can recall, is banking on his ability for brash and questionable talk to keep the spotlight clearly on him to the groans and moans of the Republican presidential field and glee of those would-be Democratic presidents.
Was the tragic shooting and killing of a young woman walking with her father in San Francisco by a Mexican national with a long criminal history and who has been deported five times a publicity stunt gone awry?
Considering the timing of this horrible murder, it is a question which has crossed many a mind and dangled on social media as The Donald has railed against Mexicans crossing illegally into the US of A. Trump has called them murderers, rapists and the worst of the Mexican people.
Trump has tapped into the frustration and anger of people in rural communities and the border states who are frightened with what they perceive as an invasion of the nation. The validity of The Donald’s claims is not questioned by far too many. Even when given evidence that Trump is incorrect in much of his assessment.
The man with the hair had to change venues on Saturday to accommodate the thousands who showed to hear him speak in Phoenix, Arizona along side “America’s Toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpaio. Trump did not back down.
His fellow contenders for the GOP nod are demanding, begging The Donald to shut-up and sit down. Trump is ignoring them as if the others in the field are nothing more than the sound of distant thunder, barely audible.
While there is an anger and resentment around the country with the current Administration and the refusal of members of both chambers of Congress to actually address and fix an immigration system broken and in need of an overhaul, Trump’s mouth, for which he is best known for after his ill-conceived hairdo, is causing more harm than good for the Grand Ole Party.
The most recent polls have Trump pushing frontrunner Jeb Bush toward the back of the bus. Other candidates such as Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have run into a buzz saw keeping them in the back sections of the newspaper, far from the front page.
Mike Huckabee, still pouncing on same-gender equality, can’t find an inroad. Carly Fiorina, the major woman in the GOP field, can’t even rate a footnote. Ben Carson and Rick Santorum are not even ranking distant memory status.
The bombastic, in-your-face Chris Christie is looking for anything – maybe a scandal – to get his name back on the ticker running along the bottom of the screen of 24/7 news networks. While Scott Walker plans an official announcement on Monday, an “accidental” tweet on Saturday failed to trend on Twitter.
An “autopsy” by the Republican Party following its trouncing in 2012 revealed that the GOP must become more diverse and welcoming if it has any hopes of winning back the White House within the rest of this century. Trump has now reopened a wound that the party has tried to suture.
While closer-to-home GOP politicians may fare well in local and state elections, The Donald is throwing up speed bumps and road blocks along the road to Pennsylvania Avenue.
What is the Republican establishment to do?
Trump has more than enough money to see him through to the convention. Trump has more than enough stashed away without soliciting help to run an independent campaign which would only benefit the Democratic Party.
Yes, Trump knows how to manipulate the media and to reach out and touch the people in the pews. But it is the people standing on the outside which are the problem.
From the Cornfield, as I look through the stalks and the Desert cacti pricking me when I get too close, the Trump Effect on the 2016 presidential race will very likely be a lesson for the GOP of how to lose an election.
For The Donald it is an easy way to throw an election.
Trump, a friend of President Bill and Hillary Clinton, sitting on the front row of Chelsea’s wedding, giving to Hillary’s campaigns, for years backing Democrats, is now crowing about being a Republican.
Looking out across the Desert, it is no mirage. Trump is neither Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or even Independent. Trump is Trump.
What The Donald says, does, how he acts, are all for the benefit of only The Donald – America’s interest takes second place to Donald’s self standing.