The Trump dilemma
Donald Trump has tripped up and said things that have been inflammatory, contradictory, offensive and every other negative descriptor you can wrap your tongue around throughout this campaign. Yet, he is still standing. I would suggest that he'll still be standing when this latest wave of shocking/repulsive/explosive comments and actions get supplanted by something else.
If you think these political bombshells are news to the Trump organization, you're being naive. He is attacking this run for the White House in a way that defies any playbook, ignores the rules, and synchs perfectly with a rolling boil of discontentment in America that isn't going to go away with a few errant sexual comments and inappropriate actions caught on tape from a decade ago. He had to have known these were going to come out, and you can bet he was ready for them.
While I'm not convinced that there is a deep dark strategy at work in the upper echelons of the Trump campaign, the missteps and foibles have done little to disturb his momentum and connection to the disenchanted. The shoot from the hip and tell-it-like-it-is approach seems to speak to people in a way that inspires forgiveness for a slew of inconsistencies and moral failings.
At a more intellectual level, a large number of people are voting Republican because they think their policies and governance style is what is required in America right now. They may not like the idiosyncrasies of their leader, but they are very willing to hold their noses and vote for the man many people are describing as a "buffoon".
I'm not saying that Trump is going to win on November 8th, but I would certainly never say he was going to lose. Too many people said there we no conceivable way that he would win the Republican nomination. Those same people might be waking up this morning saying there is now no way he is going to win the general. I fear they may wake up on November 9th wondering what went wrong.