> Other than his propensity to self destruct, I think his most critical mistake has been his lack of a nation-wide campaign organization. That would include precinct workers, fundraising and targeted media ads. He has relatively few supporters on the ground in most states. It appeared that early on in the campaign he decided that he could judge his support by the large turnout for his events, and it appears that mindset has largely continued, at least until very recently. TV ads in battleground states only began a week ago last Friday.
This is a key point. Trump has no idea what it takes to win a general election. You need a ground game to get your voters out and to the polls. You have to do the phone work and the ground work. You need organization, like the Democrats have with institutions like the African-American churches. They held events like “Souls to the Polls” that got Black voters registered and voting. It was given considerable news coverage on the local TV stations, which like their national counterparts, are solidly for the Democrats. Organization is what Obama had, and we don’t. Trump is and acts like a TV personality. He thinks that ratings will get him elected. It won’t.
> Honestly many of you people surprise & amaze me. We disagree on almost everything while still considering ourselves conservatives.
This has become our curse. We are in the same position as the Democrats were in the 1980s. They were divided between the old traditional liberal Democrats, mixed in with a few conservatives, like Zel Miller, and the socialist Democrats who would become their future. Now we are divided between those who support Ted Cruz, who want everything with no compromises, and those of us who believe that Cruz, like Barry Goldwater in 1964, is unelectable. I would have voted for Cruz in the general election had he won the nomination, and I voted for him in Florida primary because there was no other viable choice, but I’m not a Cruz person in general. His demeanor is too harsh and divisive. He’s a good Texas senator, but his act will not sell on a nationwide basis.
Trump is the perfect storm. He is the one candidate who had the best chance of losing to Hillary, and he has not disappointed the news media and the Hillary supporters. He treats the election the way he does his business. He’s the big boss who has the power to run things. He treats those, who are competent and loyal to him, very well. His employees admire him. He has succeeded in many ways, but that formula does not work in elective politics. He can’t control the voters the way he can control his employees. He can’t say stupid stuff in public and get away with it. He can’t criticize a handicaped reporter, a Muslem Gold Star Mother or judge with an Hispanic background in public the way he can make comments about them in the boardroom. Stuff like that, which gets him nowhere, has killed his campaign.
For the “Never Trumpers” I get it, but you need to get it too. The time has come to try to hold on to our majorities in the House and Senate. If you turn off our voters to point when they don’t turn out to vote, we will lose everything. Think back to 1964 when Johnson crushed Goldwater and 2008 when Obama crushed McCain. Do you want a replay of that in the House and Senate? Please, don’t do any more erode our base.