|Donald Trump: He leads all Republican candidates for President|
(Daily Kos photo)
What accounts for the Donald's success now?
Over at Don's Basement, Don Shearn (no toupee, very smart, often very funny, a poet, and much more inventive and interesting than I am) surmises that perhaps it's zombie voters listening to too much right wing talk radio, who are drawn to the Donald and his toupee for the substance now--but who, by the time the voting starts, will realize that he is really not a nice man (although they will still like the substance).
As I read Don's Basement piece, another theory occurred to me: the WWF phase of politics.
Although I can't say I know why one in five Republican voters like Trump and his toupee at this time, I think I know better why Rush Limbaugh, the top conservative radio talk host (with 13.5 million unique listeners every week) does what he does: it draws listeners. Why does Limbaugh draw listeners? He's entertaining. Do listeners take the political "arguments" Rush Limbaugh makes seriously, or are they drawn to him the same way they are drawn to the spectacle of WWF wrestling?
Here's my theory, and tell me what's wrong with it. Rush Limbaugh's listeners know he is a fake; but what a show! Fans of WWF know the wrestling is fake; but what a show! Is the summer before the first primaries the WWF wrestling phase of elections? Maybe buffoon politicians fizzle out when the voting gets real because the 23% of registered Republican voters who are cheering for Trump's toupee now, know he is a fake, just like they know deep down that Rush Limbaugh is just an entertainer. The reason buffoon politicians fade away as we get towards the actual voting is that when it comes to voting, the 23% of Republicans who are cheering for the Donald and his toupee now, are doing so for entertainment value. When it comes time for them to cast their vote, they are in fact considerably more sober about it.