Many have noted that Donald Trump appears to be unelectable when pitted against Hillary Clinton.
Then again, those most-vehemently pushing this narrative are the same kind of consultants and pundits who told us that John McCain and Mitt Romney were electable, so their analyses should be eyed with the appropriate amount of skepticism.
Trump is constantly on the verge of imploding and appears to always be one foul utterance away from kissing the Oval Office goodbye. However, astonishingly, his rampant flip-flopping and overall vile attitude does little to dissuade his legions of dogmatic followers.
Still, polls have continually shown that Hillary would best Trump in a showdown, leading conservatives to point this fact out.
However, a new Reuters poll indicates that Trump may be gaining enough crossover votes to make the difference as he has substantially gained to place he and Hillary neck-and-neck.
The narrowing poll numbers are the result of both a gain by Trump and a drop by Clinton in the days since the New York real estate mogul effectively secured the Republican nomination when his two remaining rivals quit last week.
The national poll found 41 percent of likely voters supporting Clinton and 40 percent backing Trump, with 19 percent undecided. The online survey of 1,289 people was conducted over five days in the last week and has a credibility interval of 3percentage points.
While the general election campaign has hardly begun, the poll marks a shift from a similar Reuters/Ipsos survey conducted over the five days before Trump effectively became the nominee. That poll showed Clinton at 48 percent and Trump at 35 percent.
Meanwhile, Hillary seems incapable of finally putting-away her socialist challenger, Bernie Sanders, once and for all. Though Hillary is hailed as the presumptive Democrat nominee, Sanders continues to win delegates and races and the race seem far from certain at this point.
Both Trump and Hillary are racing to scoop-up crossover votes. However, Clinton’s quest may be a fool’s errand as she has spent months attempting to paint herself as even more liberal than far-left socialist Bernie Sanders. Her overtures to centrist Republicans are not likely to be fruitful.
Conversely, few have difficulty believing Trump to be a liberal and thus his appeal to centrist Democrats is significant. Like a shady lawyer with no defined legal strategy, Trump is throwing countless narratives “out there” to see what sticks and allow voters to hear what they want to hear regarding his positions. Some crossover voters will swear that the billionaire is dedicated to a more-“progressive” tax system while his dogmatic supporters will swear that he’s a true fiscal conservative.
By throwing out so many competing policies and viewpoints, Trump has created a buffet for his believers which allows voters to pick and choose what they like about the candidate and leave the rest.
Hillary has attempted a similar model, but has fared poorly with it as she has the stink of the Clinton name and the stink of the Obama Administration attached. When we add to that the fact that she has already tried to position herself to the far left, it seems impossible that the snarling candidate with the policies to the left of Marx will be able to attract any meaningful numbers of GOP voters.