Donald Trump is a smart guy. He knows how to read the polls, and he has an instinctual knack for self-promotion. I can’t think of two things more essential to getting ahead and staying ahead in national politics.
Unfortunately for the Republicans, Trump is not the type to surrender a lead, and he’s got plenty of money to make sure he stays there. The current analogy being passed around by the Republican establishment is that Trump’s a sideshow; he’s not a “serious candidate.” But the general method to fight these types of candidates, the one employed against Newt Gingrich, is to flood the airwaves with negative advertising, to show up all the star’s “baggage.”
Trump has plenty of baggage, but he’s not the type to sit around helpless because he’s got plenty of money to fight any assault, and doing so only makes him more popular.
So, Trump is in the mix, and he’s in there to stay. And he’s got a knack like James Carville for fighting back. His latest move, giving out Senator Lindsey Graham’s personal phone number on the air, was genius, a surefire way to change coverage of the story.
Donald Trump may make a terrible President, but he will never get THAT FAR. Hillary Clinton will win among the general electorate which is very different from the subset of Republican primary voters.