The mainstream media is gleefully reporting that their months of pounding Donald Trump have paid off, with a new Associated Press poll showing 70 percent of voters – including close to half of Republican voters – have an unfavorable view of The Donald.
A man with unfavorable ratings that low couldn’t possibly win a general election, right?
As the Gateway Pundit points out, Ronald Reagan’s favorable rating was also at 30% back in March 1980.
The GOP elites at the time also worried he could never win.
The Pundit says the elites also worried about Ronald Reagan’s chances back in March 1980.
The CSMonitor reported, via Free Republic:
The nation’s Republicans are working against the clock to answer two key questions: Can conservative Ronald Reagan possibly attract enough independent and Democratic votes to win in November?
An if he is likely to lose, has former President Gerald Ford time enough to challenge him for the GOP nomination?
The consensus among political experts is that time has probably already run out for Gerald Ford, though he still appears the stronger choice to beat Jimmy Carter in November.
But some experts caution: Don’t count Ronald Reagan out as a national candidate for the fall. He is not, they say, “a McGovern or a Goldwater” — fringe candidates who led their parties to one-sided defeats in 1972 and 1964. Intellectuals don’t want to take him seriously, but he does well with working-class voters. He would take the West, challenge President Carter in the South, and do well in the pivotal Midwest states like Ohio and Illinois, whose southern regions titled toward Carter in 1976, they say.
Back in March 1980 the establishment said the same thing about Ronald Reagan. They said he could never defeat Jimmy Carter. He was too divisive.
Well, they’re also saying the same thing about Ted Cruz. But in the same AP poll, Ted Cruz isn’t rated as poorly as Trump, with 60 percent of voters having an unfavorable view. In fact, Cruz isn’t too far off from Hillary Clinton, who’s also upside down with 55 percent of voters viewing her unfavorably.
But Cruz IS being cast as a “fringe candidate” by the media – even though his unfavorable numbers are not as high as the “populist” Trump.
Of course in the end, what do polls – or votes – matter anyway? The establishment is doing everything it can to get the candidate it wants in Cleveland.