Erick Erickson nails it — be sure to follow the link at the end of this excerpt:
On paper, Donald Trump should not be an issue for any of the 2016 Republican candidates, given Trump’s background.
Trump has been on record supporting a Canadian style, universal healthcare system. He received several deferments to avoid the Vietnam War. His company reportedly hired illegal aliens. He has had several businesses go bankrupt. He has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democrats and their causes, including a good bit of money to Hillary Clinton. He had previously been in favor of abortion rights and told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts that he is “evolving” on the issue of gay marriage.
But Trump is giving the GOP heartburn. They should all relax.
First, this is a product of the GOP’s desire to avoid a protracted nominations process. They set polling benchmarks for debates, compressed the primary cycle, and essentially made sure any Republican who wanted to compete was paired with a sugar daddy to boost their viability headed into January. The law of unintended consequences suggests something like this would happen. One of the would-be sugar daddies decided to run himself.
Second, the base loves Trump right now because he’s giving them what they want. Barack Obama houses Mitch McConnell and John Boehner’s testicles in a lockbox five stories below the White House and keeps them both ball-gagged like a Pulp Fiction icon. The base wants a fight and Donald Trump gives them that fight.
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