02 August 2016

Memorandum on Trump

The following is my rare political post. 

Dan Rather recently wrote regarding Donald Trump, 

"...As those of us who have ever struggled to get hired know all too well, you have to start by impressing the boss. And when it comes to the Presidency of the United States, you have to send your CV and sit down for job interviews in front of the American people - not just your party faithful. Watching this week unfold, I am not sure Donald Trump fully understands that dynamic."

I think there is truth to this. In every election, you will always have a core group of people who will support their party's candidate No Matter What, and perhaps another core group who simply wants to defeat the opposing candidate, No Matter What.  I don't suggest we ignore these groups.  But even so, some demographics that a lot of people overlook are the undecideds, the independents, and the moderates.  I suspect these played a key role in putting Ronald Reagan into office in 1980 as well as Bill Clinton in 1992. If a candidate simply ignores these groups, it is done at his or her political peril. However, if the candidate is determined to alienate these groups, as Trump now appears intent on doing, how can that possibly be a hallmark of political success...?