She’s come undone
She didn’t know what she was headed for
And when she found what she was headed for
It was too late.
Undun, The Guess Who
For the first time, a national poll by Fox News shows Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton among likely voters in November.
Now, you can discount Fox News as a right-wing propaganda machine — which it certainly is — but the truth is that their national presidential polls have proven pretty accurate. Not always, of course, but often enough.
Admittedly, this poll is an outlier from nearly all others, and we’re still in early days, but here’s the thing: Hillary Clinton is running like she’s interviewing for Chairman of The MacArthur Foundation. Donald Trump is running for President.
Hillary Clinton continues to run on her experience and qualifications, as if those things matter to most voters. As if most voters are deliberative and analytical in who they choose for the top job. Donald Trump is running on his instincts about what the voters are thinking and feeling. He’s proved himself quite prescient and perceptive. Now, at least one national poll shows him winning.
Team Hillary failed to predict the left-wing insurgency led by Bernie Sanders and failed to predict the youth insurgency that followed. (I predicted both, but nobody cared because I got no chops among the cognoscenti). She’s failed so far to put Sanders out of the race and to lock-down the nomination, regardless of her admirably crafty move to gather up superdelegates early on by buying-off the state parties.
The Donald® has blasted though 16 other GOP candidates to become the presumptive nominee, even though for most of his life he’s been anything but a Republican. He’s deep-sixed far more qualified candidates with impeccable conservative credentials, guys with fearsome Sugar Daddies and semi-trucks full of cash money, guys with armies of fevered devotees and well-designed ground games. He’s whipped them all handily, like Jesus among the Money-changers, and mostly without breaking a sweat. And he’s done it by understanding clearly that voters are never analytical, never rational, and hardly ever even deliberative when voting for President.
Trump understands what Hillary does not — that voters vote their emotions. And he has shown a talent for how to read those emotions and how to use them to win.
Right now, the voters are insecure economically. They’re afaid that America is losing ground against China, India, and others. They feel that American power and prestige in the world is waning. They want to feel a renewed sense of economic vitality and a greater sense of financial security. They want to feel that dick-stiffening hormonal sense of raw American power again: that pure, natural cocktail of testosterone, adrenaline and a belly full of red meat that makes us all the Cock of the Walk. They want to believe that a New American Prosperity is just around the corner. And they don’t.
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