The Donald Trump phenomenon is something the pundits keep trying to explain away. Maybe after enough explaining, he'll go away. So far he hasn't.
David Brooks tells this weekend that Trump will keep his number in the polls, but the "real" candidates will rise. And now Rick Perry is having trouble paying his people in South Carolina. But Trump? He's rolling on.
And this brings us to why Trump stumps the pundits as Trump gets on the stump.
It's the money!
Money is king, and Trump is the king of the money. We've heard or the rich being job creators? Well one of the "jobs" they have created is The President of the United States along with a host of other jobs such as senator, house member, and governor to name just a few toward the top of the list. They interview people for the "job," give the candidate the marching order, and then lots of money to obfuscate and message the message.
Citizens United open the doors to a class of people who are the now and future kingmakers. Alas for them, they have not read history nor do they want to. Cardinal Richelieu and Prince Metternich and even Bismarck knew enough to make sure the king did not bow down to them, but the egotistic billionaires make a show of having the candidates come to Canossa. That might be great for the ego of billionaires, but Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Voter sure as hell think that that sucks. And they've seen it in action. They'll say anything and then do what the billionaires tell them to.
Trump has tapped into a deep resentment that the voters are feeling about how billionaires are running the show. They've seen the results of voting for people who feel they owe the voters alright, but voters are down the food chain.
What Trump brings to the table is an unvarnished persona. Crude. Yes. Bought by others? No. It's why a billionaire connects with the non-billionaire class. In a world where the kingmakers no longer hide what they are doing--even if it's legal--it throws it in the face of the electorate. Trump throws it in the face of the "top government job creators" and dares them to say otherwise.