Why isn’t Donald Trump losing like Barry Goldwater?

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October 19, 2016
The American Conservative
by David Franke  
Posted in Commentary

"Goldwater's problem was an excess of honesty, not recommended for a political candidate. Trump's problem is his own narcissistic and buffoonish behavior, which plays into the hands of the Democrats and the establishment media (I know, that's a redundancy). He refuses to take coaching advice, apparently believes in his own invincibility, seems to be as fixated on sex as the media are, and overreacts to every taunt by his opponents rather than sticking to attacking Clinton's very clear vulnerabilities. Goldwater was a sophisticated political operative by comparison (not to mention a much better man). Yet by this time in 1964, it was apparent that the election results would be disastrous for the candidate and his conservative supporters. And indeed, Goldwater lost the popular vote by 61.1 percent to 38.5 percent, and the Electoral College by a margin of 486 to 52. In contrast, the polls this year show a relatively tight race, one within the normal historic range for a presidential campaign. What gives?" (10/19/16)


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