It’s hard to believe that only a month ago, Donald Trump was embroiled in a war of words with the Khan family. At the time, it looked like the wheels might be falling off what had once appeared to be an impervious, unstoppable tank. It wasn’t surprising to see the mainstream media demonizing Trump around the clock; it was surprising – and dismaying – to see it finally begin to work. After 12 months of backfiring attacks, had the liberal establishment finally landed a fatal blow?
Maybe the better question would be: When are we going to stop underestimating Donald Trump?
Since he launched his campaign last summer, the media – conservative and otherwise – has proclaimed “the beginning of the end” at least a half-dozen times. Multiply that by a thousand if you count every writer/politician/pundit’s personal predictions. But at least six times, those predictions have coalesced into basic, mainstream wisdom. Each time, only a select few Trump supporters – many of them paid surrogates for the campaign – were bold enough to hold out hope. Each time, Trump proved himself worthy of their faith.
Only a couple of weeks ago, the Washington-watchers were in agreement: This race was basically over. The only question left to be answered was how thoroughly Hillary Clinton would trounce Trump on November 9. Would it be a landslide? Would Trump take the Republican-controlled Senate down with him? Could it…be worse? Could Trump cost us the House majority as well? Exactly how bad was it going to be?
As of this week, two national polls – one from CNN and another from Reuters/Ipsos – have Trump leading Clinton among likely voters for the first time since the conventions. In only a month’s time, Clinton lost every last bit of her staggering 8-10 point advantage.
It’s too early to characterize this race as a jump ball; Clinton still leads where it counts. Until Trump can start to turn around the poll numbers in several key battleground states, predictions of a Clinton victory will remain on solid ground.
That said, Trump is back on track in a big way. Starting with his magnificent trip to Mexico last week, his campaign has been firing on all cylinders. His supporters are once again feeling that fire. His detractors are once again getting nervous about the power of an angry electorate. With every passing day, the prospect of a Trump presidency grows stronger.
Put simply: We can still do this.
So let’s bring it home.