Why Trump Is A Very Real Danger For Democrats Tonight
Conventional wisdom says that Donald Trump is a flash in the pan in the mold of Herman Cain or Fred Thompson. That could very well be the case. That doesn’t mean that he can’t do serious damage to the Democrats in the meantime, especially during tonight’s debate.
This evening’s GOP face-off is expected to have the largest audience in cable news history because of Donald Trump. More people could be watching this debate than any other in history. This audience will be more than political junkies – it will be people who don’t even care about politics and/or those who probably don’t even vote on a regular basis. This is a huge opportunity for the Republicans if the candidates on stage are smart enough to take advantage of it.
With this unprecedented viewership, Trump, or another Republican candidate, could impress and a large segment of the voting public will see it. It will not only be their first look at individual candidates, but, for many, it will be a first real look at the GOP. Take into account the inevitable attacks on Hillary and the Democrats and the politically naive audience at home could eat it up. So thanks to Donald Trump, the entire night is the chance for the re-branding that Republicans have spent years desperately trying to accomplish.
No one should underestimate how much an animated and entertaining Donald Trump could hurt the Democrats. If he makes the case that “any” of those standing there would be better than Hillary, non-political types watching could take that to heart. If Trump goes for unity with his opponents while attacking Democrats during this highly watched event, the damage could be very real and long lasting.
First impressions mean a lot and thanks to Donald Trump, the Republicans have an unprecedented chance to dazzle a disengaged public. So rather than telling people to grab the popcorn and get ready for a freak show, Democrats should be chewing some antacids and hoping that the GOP falls flat on their face tonight. If they don’t, then Donald Trump may impact the election in a way no one on the left seems to anticipate.
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