Bon appetit, Dana Milbank

The victory of Donald Trump is exposing the pomposity of a number of know-it-all pundits who made rash vows dismissing the possibility of him ever attaining the GOP nomination.

Dana Milbank evidently is due to savor some newsprint and printer's ink following the GOP convention in July.  Nalert remembers:

Dana Milbank in his Washington Post column of October 2, 2015:

I’m so certain Trump won’t win the nomination that I’ll eat my words if he does. Literally: The day Trump clinches the nomination I will eat the page on which this column is printed in Sunday’s Post. I have this confidence for the same reason Romney does: Americans are better than Trump.

There's more from Patriarch Milbank:

More to the point, my prediction that Trump will ultimately fail isn’t about punditry or polling. It comes from faith that American voters are more sensible than many poll-obsessed journalists and commentators give them credit for. Trump (and Muslim-baiting Ben Carson) won’t prevail in the Republican primary because voters, in the end, tend to get it right.

Republican primary voters may be angry at the political establishment, but they are not irrational: They don’t wish to nominate a sure loser. And Trump is that. Americans, in a general election, will never choose a candidate who expresses the bigotry and misogyny that Trump has, regardless of his attributes. (Similarly, liberals love Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary race, but ultimately Democrats won’t choose Sanders, because, regardless of their personal preferences, they know a socialist won’t be elected president.)

Nalert also notes that Milbank is a member of Skull & Bones, the secret society at Yale University whose members include George W. Bush and John F. Kerry (who treated the nation to the spectacle of an all S&B presidential race).  Evidently, membership selection criteria are not all that rigorous.

Hat tip: Lee Cary

The victory of Donald Trump is exposing the pomposity of a number of know-it-all pundits who made rash vows dismissing the possibility of him ever attaining the GOP nomination.

Dana Milbank evidently is due to savor some newsprint and printer's ink following the GOP convention in July.  Nalert remembers:

Dana Milbank in his Washington Post column of October 2, 2015:

I’m so certain Trump won’t win the nomination that I’ll eat my words if he does. Literally: The day Trump clinches the nomination I will eat the page on which this column is printed in Sunday’s Post. I have this confidence for the same reason Romney does: Americans are better than Trump.

There's more from Patriarch Milbank:

More to the point, my prediction that Trump will ultimately fail isn’t about punditry or polling. It comes from faith that American voters are more sensible than many poll-obsessed journalists and commentators give them credit for. Trump (and Muslim-baiting Ben Carson) won’t prevail in the Republican primary because voters, in the end, tend to get it right.

Republican primary voters may be angry at the political establishment, but they are not irrational: They don’t wish to nominate a sure loser. And Trump is that. Americans, in a general election, will never choose a candidate who expresses the bigotry and misogyny that Trump has, regardless of his attributes. (Similarly, liberals love Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary race, but ultimately Democrats won’t choose Sanders, because, regardless of their personal preferences, they know a socialist won’t be elected president.)

Nalert also notes that Milbank is a member of Skull & Bones, the secret society at Yale University whose members include George W. Bush and John F. Kerry (who treated the nation to the spectacle of an all S&B presidential race).  Evidently, membership selection criteria are not all that rigorous.

Hat tip: Lee Cary