In response to an 'FT View' on 22nd February 2016, entitled 'The only way to stop the Trump juggernaut'
The reason Donald Trump is so popular is that he is an establishment/Washington outsider throwing bricks at establishment/Washington insiders, that vast numbers of people are sick and tired of.
And every time his supporters read a headline like this one:
'The only way to stop the Trump juggernaut'...they love it. They absolutely relish the thought that the establishment are scared stiff by 'the Donald', and through proxy...by them…by their disgust with the decades of lying and cheating they've been dished up with by people who put themselves in the White House with their votes and 'Wall Street money'...who, when they get there, ignore them and serve the money.
Why don't the establishment politicians get down and get dirty with Mr. Trump? I would suggest that he has rather more 'inside' information on them than they care to reflect upon. When Mr. Trump boasts about 'buying politicians' his supporters love it...because they know it's true. They don't blame him for it; on the contrary it adds to his charm. The problem for the establishment is this: Donald Trump got where he is today by making bribes, the rest of them got where they are by taking them. And if we get to the point where it's Trump vs. Clinton staring off at each other over the debate podium, that thought is going to become very loud in the room.
If the GOP are seriously determined to stop Mr. Trump they need to find someone else. A religious fruitcake is not going to do it, and neither is a toddler. The first is not very appetising, the latter is a snack...for Mr. Trump anyway. No - what the GOP need is a 'good guy' who is prepared to speak his mind, and who is not for sale, to go up against the 'bad guy' who is prepared to speak his mind, and who is not for sale.
In politics, such a creature is as common as hen's teeth - and that's why Mr. Trump's juggernaut is pulling away from them - they don't have anyone who is made of the right stuff.