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Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Coauthor of: So You Want Blog .
With just a few days to go until the first debate the media is still waiting breathlessly for Donald Trump to implode. They are longing to see the Donald in a tangled pile at the bottom the Republican Presidential candidate list and so far he is disappointing them greatly.
Chuck Todd, of NBC's Meet the Press, early predictions of Trump's eminent demise now seem more like prayers.
If you listen carefully you may just hear some of the less strident voices in the media hinting that the highly desired Trump implosion may just not happen at least not for a while.
Trump has been a positive force in the campaign on several fronts.
First he has revealed who among the political class can deal with outside the political mainstream competition. So far the results from the political elite have been disappointing.
From chopping up the tax code to smashing a cell phone with a golf club, Trump has reduced the most of the field to babbling idiots.
Jeb Bush, currently number two behind Trump in some of the Polls, is handling Trump the way he deals with most things he doesn't understand he just ignores them. Trump may be right Jeb just may be a wimp.
Another benefit of the Trump effort is the total demise of Marco Rubio's campaign. Probably was going to happen sooner or later but Trump certainly expedited the process.
The Republican Party is trying to do the nice dance pretty much staying out of Trump's line of fire but there are some serious questions that should be considered.
What if Trump lasts until the national convention? Even if he is not the leader at that point what happens if he has enough delegates to draw some concessions in the Party platform?
Could he influence who the presidential nominee or the vice presidential nominee might be?
Then there is that third party thing that seems to be keeping some of the big Republican players and the Party leadership at bay.
The argument, "you can't take this guy seriously" is starting to pale as Trump's poll numbers rise.
Trump is single handedly defining the Political Class for what they are and I think the real question that may be rising from Trump's popularity is do we as a people really want a political class that runs the Country?
For now Trump has accomplished the one thing no other Presidential candidate has been able to do. He has made the way to an early, way too long presidential election process revealing and entertaining.
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