THE PARAGRAPHS OF THE DAY

Today’s paragraphs come to us from an article by Ben Domenech of The Federalist.

Here is what Mr. Domenech has to say about Donald Trump’s diminishing stature (which, in my opinion, is not very easy to diminish…sort of like trying to lower the water level of a cactus) and, should he become the Republican nominee, what it does to his election chances:

Donald Trump has not had two weeks this bad since he got into the presidential stakes. His general election polling numbers tell the story: on January 31st, just two months ago, his RealClearPolitics polling average put Trump in a statistical dead heat with Hillary Clinton, trailing her 44-41 percent.

It was conceivable at that moment to see a realistic path for Trump not just to the Republican nomination but to the White House – that he redraws the map in challenging ways and would be a competitive campaigner at the least, even given the inevitable attacks of the Democratic machine. But that situation is no longer operative.

As it stands today, Trump is the only Republican who loses to Hillary Clinton by double digits. The two most recent polls, from Fox News and Bloomberg, find her up by 11 points and 18 points respectively. And a great deal of this has to do with Trump’s hardening opposition among women, particularly Republican women.

It should be noted that The Federalist is a conservative web site which, while I don’t read it a lot and can’t say for sure, presumably does not like Donald Trump very much.

Nonetheless, however, what Mr. Domenech says here rings true – which is why he wins Paragraphs Of The Day honors.

Or, to put it another way, I will paraphrase the great 1958 hit by The Teddy Bears:

“To know, know, know him, is to dislike, dislike, dislike him.”

Oh, one other thing:  That song was written by, and also performed by as one of the backup singers (his one and only time as a singer on a recording) another man who was riding high and who crashed even more egregiously than Donald Trump might:  phil spector, who will spend the rest of his life in jail as a convicted murderer.

How’s that for useless trivia (which is what I hope Donald Trump’s political career becomes – and the sooner the better)?

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