I don’t claim to be the best political pundit and prognosticator in the world, but I was absolutely certain I was absolutely correct when I lampooned Donald Trump for making a supposed quixotic presidential run — seeing him merely as a comic strip character addicted only to burnishing his celebrity.
I was absolutely wrong.
While his campaign has been one protracted selfie filled with insults and pronouncements that are looser in facts than worn-out athletic socks, he surgically tapped into the vein of discontented Americans while all the while pissing into the lobster bisque of the Republican establishment.
After all, there are a lot of people who are pissed off at Obama, Congress and anybody else connected to the status quo.
This anger likely has many causes, but one trigger has to be their income — or lack thereof.
The median household income, adjusted for inflation, was $55,191 when Trump declared his candidacy in June 2015. To put that number in context, the median household income was $57,371 in January 2000. Which means the buying power of the typical family had fallen 4% during the prior 15 years.
Trump has become the presumptive GOP nominee because his incendiary populist campaign is built on a theme of America in decline.
A decline angry Americans are reminded of every time they see the cobwebs in their wallets and the shrinking numbers in their bank accounts.
Which is why they won’t be taking off their rage like an overcoat until Trump transforms their economic lives.
Granted, that is one magnum leap of faith.
And if Trump fails them, his supporters are going to be more pissed off than Julius Caesar when 60 conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus stabbed him in the back along with multiple other body parts.