Wishful thinking sums up the opposition to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. A desperate hope that Trump would say or do something so outrageous that it would finally derail his campaign, or that the wizardry of the Republican establishment would finally use the ace up their sleeve to take him out of the race, has proven false. His solid poll numbers, his growing number of endorsements, and now his apparently unbeatable delegate count all point to one inevitable fact: half the country supports a President Trump.
But whatever the numbers look like, there are still many states and many months to go until the Republican Convention, and the crown is still up for grabs. To fight or not to fight? That is the question. So far, going negative against Trump has proved ineffective because of his supernatural ability to take punches and then aim a counterpunch which knocks out his opponent. Instead of going negative against Trump, candidates should go positive – positively hilarious. Humor and mockery might find the chink in Trump’s armor where negative comments cannot. The reason for this is Trump’s inability to laugh at himself or admit any mistakes or insecurities. Marco Rubio figured this out and used it to great effect in last week’s GOP debate. And John Oliver kicked off an anti-Trump comedy crusade this week, which other anti-Trump supporters could use as their inspiration.
However even if bringing the funny hits Trump hard, or the establishment unifies around the runner-up candidate, there’s still no guarantee of stealing Trump’s trophy. What this means is that many news outlets, Republican leaders and even Democrats are already steeling themselves for a Trump nomination, and asking what it means for the country. And with Ted Cruz and Rubio still fighting for second place in Super Tuesday, and with John Kasich and Ben Carson still in the race, it seems a united Republican Party is still a long way off. Even though his rivals have now overcome their fear of attacking the loose cannon frontrunner, they have barely made a dent in Trump’s armor and many Republicans seemed resigned to his win. And as long as people are wishin' and hopin' and thinkin' and prayin' for someone else to intervene rather than taking action themselves, a President Trump will be only the answer to those prayers.
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