America is fourteen weeks from Election Day. And today we learned from the Gallup Organization that, for the first time since they started asking the question about quadrennial political conventions, voters are less likely to vote for a candidate at the end of the four-day infomercial than they are likely to vote for him.
By a lot.
Donald Trump’s efforts to make the Republican National Convention “unlike any we’ve ever seen” produced an unexpected first: the first time more voters came away from a convention less likely to vote for the party’s nominee than they were to support him or her, according to Gallup.
Gallup has surveyed on this question since 1984, and the 2016 GOP convention was the first time where a candidate ended up in negative territory.
Donald Trump would have been better off having no convention at all.
Whether subsequent weeks will provide the Trump Campaign™ (such as it is) this same kind of remarkable, record-setting results — only time will tell. As long as Trump continues his unseemly criticism of Captain Khan’s parents, it’s hard to say how low his numbers might drop. Alienating Iraq War veterans and grieving Gold Star families seems like the kind of think a Democratic candidate might do in the old days, doesn’t it?
Attend closely, please: facts on the ground and situational alliances are shifting rather quickly. We’d all do well to check all our assumptions at the door. Georgia is in play. Georgia. The factoid that 2016 is unlike any other election year? That lesson Our Liberal Media cite regularly whenever Donald Trump flummoxes?
That lesson has only just begun, it seems.