You might want to take a look at William McGurn’s column in the Wall Street Journal. In the column he muses over what some people think of as unthinkable: the prospect that Donald Trump might actually win the election. He opens with a characterization of Mr. Trump from of all people Al Sharpton that rehabilitates Mr. Sharpton somewhat in my eyes:
Leave it to Al Sharpton to come up with the most compelling analogy for Mr. Trump: another New York promoter.
“The best way I can describe Donald Trump to friends is to say if Don King had been born white he’d be Donald Trump,” Mr. Sharpton told Politico earlier this year.
If that’s not an example of praising with faint damns I don’t know what is.
Mr. McGurn addresses several of the arguments that people put forward for why Trump can’t possibly win one at a time. For example, here are some of his remarks on Mr. Trump’s high negatives in opinion polls. After noting that Sec. Clinton, too, has high negatives he says:
David Plouffe, who managed Barack Obama’s successful 2008 campaign, has been warning Democrats not to take a Clinton victory for granted in the event Mr. Trump is the Republican nominee.
He has also consistently reminded Democrats that the coalition that sent Mr. Obama to the White House—including women, minorities and young voters—is not one Mrs. Clinton can take for granted. She needs to earn their support, he says. Right now the Bernie Sanders wins are highlighting some of her soft spots, including with young women.
Verbum sat sapienti est
I think the better question is what states could Trump carry that were carried by President Obama in the 2012 general election? We don’t elect presidential candidates at large. Is Sec. Clinton likely to carry any states that President Obama did not while holding on to the states he did win?