Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Even Frank Luntz is Now Saying that Trump May be Unstoppable

In a troubling sign for the Republican party establishment, even their longtime pollster Frank Luntz has been forced to admit that insurgent candidate Donald Trump may now be unstoppable. Luntz, who ran afoul of Trump with his obviously rigged focus group right after the big Fox News debate and was blasted as a “low class slob” by the Donald, has conducted another focus group study and the results are stunning. The people who were involved indicated that their support for Trump marked a total rejection of a political establishment that has finally taken a dump on them one time too many and that they are mad as hell about it. Mr. Luntz stated that“This is real. I’m having trouble processing it. Like, my legs are shaking.”

As reported by political analyst Claude Brodesser-Akner of NJ.com in the article “ Trump may be 'impossible to take down,' top Republican pollster says”:

A new focus group commissioned by GOP pollster Frank Luntz shows Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is virtually invulnerable to attack by rival 2016 candidates and the media, leading Luntz to say that it is now "totally conceivable" that Trump will become the Republican Party's nominee for president.

"The Republican leadership needs to wake up and see that the grass roots has abandoned them," said Luntz, the head of Luntz Global, a top GOP polling and messaging consultancy.

"This is a different cat," Luntz added. "It's not like Ross Perot in 1992, where people were simply unhappy with the two major parties; they're choosing Trump affirmatively. Honestly, my legs are shaking looking at these numbers. All those people who think he's going to implode are wrong. He's not going away."
Assembled in a room behind mirrored glass in an Alexandria, Va. office building, 29 current and former Trump supporters held forth on what they like and dislike about the controversial real estate tycoon, who owns three New Jersey golf courses and once owned three Atlantic City casinos.

Most notably, the intensity of the group's support for Trump was matched only by their dislike of establishment GOP candidates and politics as usual. At one point, a woman named Rhiannon explained her support of Trump by lamenting that "it appears that there's only one party." A whopping 25 of 29 participants in the focus group immediately and heartily agreed with her.
"Nobody is listening to us," echoed another supporter identified only as 'Suzanne.' "(But) he's listening to us, he knows what we think and he's successful just like we want to be."

Elections do have consequences and it is a pretty safe bet that a good deal of the anger towards the GOP establishment and their massive slate of candidates – Jeb! and the 15 dwarfs – stems from the great betrayal of the 2014 mid-term elections. Conservatives mobilized and turned out in huge numbers to express their disapproval with the Obama occupying government and were fired up by promises of change, accountability and stopping Barry’s policies dead in their tracks. They were then rewarded with having a butcher knife embedded between their shoulder blades by the “leadership” dream team of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell who immediately resumed their positions as Obama’s footstools once they had been safely reelected.

Naturally conservatives felt betrayed, especially when McConnell and Boehner surrendered to Obama after they gave up any leverage on preventing amnesty for illegal aliens when that big greasy pork sandwich the "cromnibus" was passed to fund the government last December. There are only so many times that you can play people for chumps and suckers and get away with it and now with a huge number of the party base embracing Trump it looks like the jig is finally up. While the establishment still plots to somehow knock him out – barring him from ballot access in Virginia is the latest scheme – the ship has sailed as far as being able to easily sell the Bush restoration to the peasants who now have armed themselves with pitchforks.

When even a guy like Frank Luntz is forced to admit that Trump’s support is real and growing and that he could be the nominee – a Clinton slayer – it should serve as a wake-up call for the party bosses to get out in front of the parade lest they be trampled by it.