Politico has noticed how effective the Trump-GOP turnout machine is. Their article started by saying “President Donald Trump doesn’t have much of a primary fight on his hands — but Republican voters are nevertheless turning out in droves for him, a warning sign for Democrats in November.”

It expands on that theme, saying “The efforts are paying off, with Republicans turning out in historic numbers. Trump received more than 31,000 votes in the Iowa caucus, surpassing the 25,000 Democrats who turned out during Barack Obama’s successful 2012 reelection bid. Trump’s share was more than four times the number of Republicans who caucused during George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign. The vote totals in New Hampshire were even starker. The president received 129,696 votes, more than doubling Obama and Bush’s totals.”

John Couvillon, a Louisiana-based pollster, said “There is a personal vote for Donald Trump that is unshakeable.” Couvillon then said “Republican voters are willing to go out” to vote for Trump even though he doesn’t have a formidable primary challenge. That presents multiple challenges to the Democrats’ eventual nominee.

First, Trump has already identified his voters. Next, he’s testing his GOTV operation months before the general election. By the time November hits, President Trump’s campaign will be functioning at peak efficiency. Third, President Trump will have plenty of time to define his general election opponent long before his opponent will define himself.

The question is whether President Trump should define Bloomberg as the minority-hating mayor who thinks that he should throw minority students against the wall or whether he should define Bloomberg as a city slicker who thinks that farmers are idiots. My thought is that they should pick both. They both fit.

Does Bloomberg understand that he’ll need to flip Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to win the White House? At the rate he’s going, he’ll be lucky to win Minnesota.

3 Responses to “President Trump’s race to the top”

  • eric z says:

    The Bloomberg candidacy is one of the most interesting things to come along in a while – since Bush the Younger, and how he got elected, twice no less. Even go back to Bush the Elder and his New World Order speech for the equal level of audacity to Bloomberg’s wallet running for president. It does cheapen things. Ms. Clinton mentioned as a possible Bloomberg VP, according to Drudge; so how do you guys view that?

  • Gary Gross says:

    Hillary as VP is like admitting that Bloomberg will commit suicide by mid-March. Can you picture a ticket with less personality & be less in touch with main street?

  • Chad Q says:

    Old, White, and filthy rich. Bloomberg/Clinton 2020

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