The bad news is that Donald Trump is an authoritarian statist whose only conservative positions are adopted on the fly in a crude attempt to win support from a mob that has been made gullible by its eagerness to believe; these positions would be discarded as soon as he achieved power. The good news is that he will not achieve power.
Now back to the bad news. In part because some people who ought to know better have refrained from speaking out, Trump might actually win the Republican nomination.
Shrillary is a weak candidate getting weaker by the day; the alternative Sanders is a deranged communist. Either would be defeated by any serious Republican candidate. But getting the nomination will not transform Trump from a circus act into a serious candidate; he will lose in a landslide.
A couple of charts via Right Wing News demonstrate why:
Note that Nixon had a better unfavorability rating after Watergate. Give MSM attack dogs a year to tear at him relentlessly and Trump’s negatives will go higher still. Every time he opens his mouth he provides them with ammunition that will be shrugged off by his supporters but not by anyone else. People don’t get elected when a clear majority of the population doesn’t like them.
Here’s another, admittedly from a liberal original source:
These numbers don’t mean much for most of the candidates, because most general election voters are not familiar with them yet. But everyone is familiar with Trump.
Even specifically among Republican voters, Trump’s favorability is hardly impressive:
Via Lonely Conservative, here’s one more graphic explaining why people who take conservative principles seriously rather than grabbing for shiny objects will not be highly motivated in the general election if Trump wins the nomination:
See Doug Ross for the original hyperlinked version.
Trump would be less awful than Shrillary or Sanders. But then so would Jeb Bush. Even Jeb would have the advantage of being less unelectable.
On tips from Torcer and Eddie_Valiant.