For many smug liberal comedians and demagogic conservatives, the prospect of "President Donald Trump" is a joke. When The Donald first announced his candidacy, our media overlords, with their trendy slim little suits and ironic glasses (looking at you Chris Hayes), could hardly contain their high brow cocktails laughs. Such relatable and down to earth characters as Joy Reid and Rachel Maddow cackled at the mere thought of that ridiculous haircut in the Oval Office. Bill Kristol Ball repeatedly opined throughout the second half of 2015 how each successive "scandal" would bring down the surely mortal being that is Donald J. Trump. The Huffington Post, a segregationist publication (see the "black voices" section), excommunicated him from the world of political journalism by branding Trump news "entertainment news!" In retrospect it is hard to believe he came back from such a critical hit.
And yet! The repeated onslaught from our trustworthy fifth estate only made Him stronger. Much stronger! The Teflon Don far surpassed governors, senators, neurosurgeons, Hewlett Packard CEOs and ascended to a long and undisputed reign as the front-runner for the nomination. But why? How? Many politicos and poor Jeb Bush are still scratching their heads. How could this man who was ridiculed and ostracized every hour of every day on every cable news channel and by every late night talk show host come to win more votes than any other Republican in history?
Because Donald Trump is smarter than every single political institution in the United States of America. He made his debut in the seventeen man race the same day as, then favorite, Jeb Bush and needless to say he made it memorable. In a conventional election, the debate stage would have been prime real estate for a slick babyface like Rubio to steal the show. Instead Trump consumed media coverage with some blasphemous heresy against the approved lexicon of political speech: "Only Rosie O'Donnell," "The World Trade Center came down under your brother," "Ted Cruz is the biggest liar, probably worse than Jeb." Pundits young and old, liberal and conservative, playful and analytical, everyone from Ben Shapiro to Bernie Sanders himself, with slavish diligence dissected every move, every word. Throughout the primary season, the childlike simplicity and abrasive delivery of his "policy" positions unfailingly aroused a response from candidates and news outlets on both sides. By deliberately baiting his opponents into a political street fight, he became the center of attention for a week; and then his soundbites were played literally billions of dollars worth of times over the course of the primary.
Perhaps most ironically of all, an entire subsection of Trump coverage is the meta (and wrong) analysis of Trump coverage. Those fast talking "political junkies" on The Economist and FiveThirtyEight have become too smart for their own good! For Christ's sake, he explains this modus operandi in the very first chapter of The Art of the Deal! Fittingly, he calls it a "Trump card."
The fourth and final session of the Republican National Convention is tomorrow, concluding the most boring and over-hyped week of politics in an election year. Empty, repetitive, bumper sticker rhetoric; old rubes in silly costumes; and whatever the hell that house band was. But we're all still talking about Melania's speech. Tomorrow we'll be talking about the non-event that was Ted Cruz's speech. And all of next week will be dedicated to whatever grand finale Mr. Trump has in store for those gullible fools behind the cameras. WAKE UP AMERICA.