For months, the GOP professional class assumed Trump and Carson would fizzle with time. Voters would get serious, the thinking went, after seeing the outsiders share a stage with more experienced politicians at the first debate. Or when summer turned to fall, kids went back to school and parents had time to assess the candidates. Or after the second, third or fourth debates, certainly.
None of that happened, of course, leaving establishment figures disoriented. Consider Thomas H. Kean Sr., a former New Jersey governor who for most of his 80 years has been a pillar of his party. His phone is ringing daily, bringing a stream of exasperation and confusion from fellow GOP power brokers.
“People usually start off in the same way: Pollyanna-ish,” Kean said. “They assure me that Trump and Carson will eventually fade. Then we’ll talk some more, and I give them a reality check. I’ll say, ‘The guy in the grocery store likes Trump. So does the guy who cuts my hair. They’re probably going to stick with him. Who knows if this ends?’
There is even talking of doing an end-run with Mitt Romney. If it hasn’t worked in the past, why should it work now? Romney has also said no. Why would he want to do that to his family again?
Will people seriously vote in Carson or Trump? I find it difficult to believe that people would vote for either of these candidates. It’s like the two least qualified candidates are beating out those people who seem normal, with plans for leadership. Carson seems to be clueless. Trump is out of touch with reality. For example, he thinks he can round people up to deport them–people who have not committed crimes. Who does this sound like?
I expect more out of the American people. Please explain to me why someone would support or vote for either of these poorly qualified candidates.