Now that Donald Trump has emerged as the man to beat for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, incredulous political scientists, journalists, pundits and a bevy of self-styled political elitists are wringing their hands and asking, “How did this happen?”
Their answers focus on two easy conclusions:
–The news media mistakenly assumed that Trump was a joke and would soon either implode or get tired of running, so they didn’t properly vet him.
–Republican Party bosses failed to take Trump seriously and effectively exert their power and influence to stop him
.Although both answers have a kernel of truth to them, the explanations go deeper.
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