After sitting out of the electoral process for almost a century, 92-year-old Beada Corum is finally excited about a candidate. Knoxville’s WVLT-TV profiled Corum, who admitted that Donald Trump is the reason she will be voting for the first time when the primaries come to Tennessee.
“He’s got a strong mind and he speaks it out just the way he thinks it should be,” Corum told the local news. “We’ve got a good country, but it’s going downhill fast, and we need somebody in there who can straighten it out.”
The media continues to be flabbergasted by Trump’s unstoppable rise to the top of the Republican presidential polls. The New York Times ran a rambling analysis piece this week trying to get to the bottom of the mystery and embarrassing themselves in the process:
The main reason to think his support is likely to erode under scrutiny is that his success looks a lot like a media-driven surge. If true, Mr. Trump will be particularly susceptible to decline as media coverage turns negative.
As media coverage turns negative? In what world has Trump’s media coverage thus far been complimentary? His campaign as covered by outlets like the New York Times has been an unbroken tapestry of controversy after controversy. If the John McCain stuff wasn’t enough to knock him off the throne, the safe bet is that his supporters are in it for the long haul.
Of course, the other theory is that Trump’s popularity will dry up once we start getting closer to the actual primaries. With all the coverage, it’s easy to forget that we’re still six months out from naming the RNC nominee. There are plenty of Republicans who don’t even want to start thinking about 2016 for a few more months. Once the majority of voters are engaged, the polls could turn around in a hurry.
Because it’s still hard to believe that Donald Trump – the Donald Trump – could end up facing Hillary Clinton in the general election, most pundits are counting on the above scenario. This is just some summertime fun. Once Republicans start getting serious, sense will prevail and voters will go with a safe choice like Jeb Bush.
It’ll probably play out just like that. By next November, we’ll hardly remember the Summer of Trump. Another conservative movement will have fallen by the wayside.
On the other hand, there is the Beada Corum factor, a possibility overlooked by all the analysts. Trump isn’t just speaking to the conservatives who spend their days perusing Breitbart. He may be making inroads with a demographic that has been turned off to politics for decades. People have compared Trump to conservative lightning rods like Sarah Palin, but the more apt comparison could be Barack Obama. If Trump’s support is growing among Americans excited about a candidate for the first time, establishment Republicans could be in worse trouble than they thought.
One of the biggest challenges for any contender is actually getting people out to the polls on election day. If Trump can convince a 92-year-old woman to vote for the first time in her life, he may be able to shock the world next year.