The first is to panic at every outlier poll and every attempt by the mainstream news to treat this race as a legitimate contest among equals. The last vaguely competent Republican Presidential candidate was probably Bob Dole in 1996; before that it was the accidental candidacy of Gerald Ford. The rest of them have been corrupt, ludicrous tools, which the Democrats should have never taken as serious choices to run the country. But already the panic is spreading, with certain supposedly left-leaning characters already quivering in fear, and implicitly admitting that Trump has something going for him. This must stop, and Trump must be treated as the patently impossible choice that he is. A first step in this direction would be, as I have suggested, for Hillary to refuse to "debate" this clown. The truth is the only thing the Democrats have to set us free and it must be employed over and over again.
The second mistake is to buy into the Republican and media hype about the great "split" in the Republican party, and the supposed tremendous Republican opposition to Trump that is supposedly appearing. Cracks in this narrative are showing up every day, with people who seemed unalterably opposed to Trump joining him every day. Why, even Paul Ryan is backing off from hi opposition, saying there is a path to his supporting Trump.
The truth is that Republicans love authoritarianism, and in the end they do what they are told. They will vote for their candidate no matter how disastrous they know he will be. By November there will be hardly a single anti-Trump Republican still standing. Their voters will all gleefully tramp off to the polls and vote to send the country into an unbelievable disaster.
But remember that, at this point, that represents less than thirty percent of the populace. Democrats must see to it that the other seventy percent knows the truth, and acts accordingly. If they do that, they will crush Trump. If they don't, Trump may crush the country.
But Wait: Just moments after I wrote this, and I see the following from the Associated Press:
"WASHINGTON (AP) -- Key Senate Republicans voiced optimism Tuesday about Donald Trump's presidential prospects in November, signaling clearly to the GOP rank and file to unite behind the bombastic billionaire and turn their energy toward battling Democrat Hillary Clinton."
That didn't take long, now, did it? I thought a lot of these guys would hold out for a few weeks, in order to get some personal advantage out of their flipping to Trump, but no, the stampede has apparently already started. Never underestimate the cravenness of a Republican. You just never go wrong when you assume that there is not one shred of decency in the entire Republican party.