In my mind, this doesn’t mean much …….. yet. For the Dims, they currently have two serious contenders for their nomination. This may change, but, I doubt it will. I don’t expect the interest on the Dim side to wane much until after the primaries are over. If Hillary wins the nomination, some Sanders fans will pack up their toys and go home, but, not many. Dims don’t roll that way. This is why it’s easy to question the integrity of the average Dim voter. Nearly all of them, without hesitation will tell you with a straight face that they hate the “insider” establishment politician. But, it won’t matter. Hillary or Bernie, either gets the nomination, and, they’re all in for whoever gets the nomination. Many will also tell you they’re all for bipartisanship, but, wildly support people such as Hillary and Obama who claim they are enemies of Republicans. That’s just the way Dims roll.
Repubs are now a different critter. There are two distinctly different Republicans. In fact, for people such as myself, I’ve rejected the moniker “Republican”. I still typically vote Republican, but, that’s just because the Republicans in my area tend to be “conservative”, a moniker I’d much rather identify with, rather than Republican. After the last decade or so, it’s become apparent the Republican party doesn’t really hold the same views as I do, they don’t advocate the same things I do, and they don’t act and vote in the manner I would wish them to do.
This is the challenge for the Republican party and the candidates …… as the field winnows, they have to keep the same amount of interest. For now, I expect that the field could easily lose 5 or so candidates without diminishing interest. But, what will it be when it comes to the actual primary? If the candidates are Trump, Rubio, and Christie, or some such ilk, I’d have a hard time getting out of bed to vote in the primary, much less watch a debate between them …. well, maybe for the entertainment purposes.
…… which reminds me, even though I won’t vote for Christie, here’s a tip …. fire your handlers! Christie is every bit as bombastic and confrontational as Trump is. He has a very sharp tongue. Yet, he seems almost timid compared to Trump.
And, this goes for all the other candidates …….. take a page from Trump and dance with the partner who took you to the dance! There is a reason why there are people who believe you can win an election for the POTUS! Stop being who you aren’t and start being who you are and remember what you were and were doing when someone convinced you that you could be POTUS!
And this is what is disheartening for me. Conventional wisdom says for a Republican running for the nomination to run to the right during the primaries, and then go to the center during the general election. If this is the run to the right, then, the center would be somewhere in the proximity of Lenin. Up your game or we will forget you and the turnout will be somewhere in the proximity of McCain’s.