There’s no doubt that the contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump can be compared to the heavyweight championship of the world. Both candidates have become the presumptive nominees of their respective parties, and the difference in their worldviews is considerable. Throw the Supreme Court into the balance, and you have the potential to determine the course of the nation for decades.
Hillary Clinton represents the mainstream of the Democratic Party while it is hard to characterize Mr. Trump. I think once he has cleared the GOP primaries, he will stop saying “crazy” things, at least from a policy perspective. With the Presidency hanging in the balance, Mr. Trump knows how to act the part, especially since his audience will have shifted from the base of the Republican Party to the general electorate.
For all those spurned movement conservatives, they will need to grit their teeth and take it. Mr. Trump has been compared to a tsunami, and he knows how to build out from his base to attract new voters. These new voters may not represent orthodox conservatives, but they will be introduced to the conservative worldview for the first time, and his brand of conservatism might actually gain new adherents.
Of course, Mr. Trump will not tow the line on every single issue; he is not a pure conservative. But no one, except perhaps Ted Cruz, can assume that mantle. So the upcoming heavyweight championship will not be predictable. But nothing about Mr. Trump ever really is.