It seems like all of a sudden the G.O.P. establishment has woken up to the danger Donald Trump poses to the conservative movement. They are literally throwing the kitchen sink at Mr. Trump, desperately hoping something will stick.
Megyn Kelly got her revenge at the debate last night, trying to expose Donald Trump as a liar about Trump University.
They are all just wasting their breath. Trump followers will stick behind him despite the onslaught. They know Mr. Trump is attempting something very difficult: his campaign represents one man versus the establishment, and the maxim, “You can’t fight city hall,” may no longer apply.
One man versus the system rarely succeeds, let alone survives. The only people I can think of who have pulled this off are Gandhi and Bob Dylan.
Now, the substance of the Trump campaign is deeply disappointing to the conservative movement. He is not afraid of bucking Republican orthodoxy and saying what’s on his mind, and the Republican electorate seems to appreciate that fact. Sometimes, Mr. Trump gets confused by the constant demands of interviews and debates, and these situations inevitably result in changing his position or backtracking. Everyone agrees his policy details leave much to be desired.
But I wonder whether the reason for these snafus simply occur because he is not a politician. He is unused to the media tracking his every utterance, to being under the spotlight instead of making decisions in private. And to controlling and remembering his statements on a word-by-word basis.
Last night’s debate left much to be desired. Mr. Trump was forced to endure public humiliation by the two candidates on either side of him, as they teamed up to run his record over the coals. His retaliations were limited and primarily consisted of monikers like “little Marco” or “lying Ted.” Let’s hope all sides get back to policy. Much as I dislike the Republican Party, we do need two parties for a strong democracy, and no one is well served to see the Republican Party disintegrate.