If You Think Rubio or Kasich Won the Debate, You Do Not Understand the GOP Base
It will surely be interesting to see what the first post-debate polls tell us.
The Republican base isn’t looking for specific policy fixes. They’re looking for a cultural warrior and savior who will put the last 60 years of progress back in a bottle and give them their country back.
Right now that man is Donald Trump. Nor is there any particular reason to believe, despite all the predictions of pundits near and far that Trump’s “bubble” will burst, that that will change in the near future. It doesn’t matter that Trump has flip flopped on major issues. It doesn’t matter that Trump doesn’t have a coherent vision for how to deal with foreign policy or the economy. What matters is that he clearly despises immigrants, women and “soft” men, that he’ll throw punches at anyone and everyone, that he’ll put business interests first ahead of all those do-gooder social justice types, and that he despises the Republican establishment with the same gusto as he does the Democratic one.
All you need to do is look at the comments sections on any major conservative blog or forum. That’s who the GOP base really is, and Trump is their man.