There was an interesting suggestion on Hardball tonight calling Donald Trump a “zombie candidate.” The concept is that his candidacy is dead — he will never win the general election and has been irreparably harmed — but based on the results of previous contests, he is guaranteed to win the Republican nomination.
After the events of this week, and the increase of his unfavorable rating among women of more than 70 percent, Trump indeed is a damaged candidate. One can’t think of any way for him to repair this, just as Mitt Romney was doomed by his 47 percent remark.
The problem goes beyond the admittedly tangential issue of abortion. By demonstrating such a lack of knowledge about the pro-life movement, Mr. Trump has reinforced the argument about his inexperience on many other issues as well. The efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation mandate the prevention of new nations gaining nuclear power, including Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.
By seeming to propose otherwise, Mr. Trump seems unfamiliar and almost cavalier about nuclear weapons. Like the doctors’ code, “First, do no harm,” we expect the same from our President.
Is Mr. Trump truly a zombie candidate? He seems to have developed an insurmountable lead in the delegate race, but his ability to win the nomination is based on contests already over. The most likely result involves him limping over the finish line. Unless he transforms his attitude towards the race, admittedly a possibility, Mr. Trump will fit the definition of a zombie candidate.