I usually say "just tell me whoever the Republicans nominated come November. That'll be good enough." I'm half-serious. With a criminal set to take the Democratic nomination, that should be even more automatic.
That approach is going to be challenged this year.
I expect that it's all going to blow over somehow. I also shrug and say I don't understand the Trump phenomenon. As is to be expected from anyone who has read Haidt, the mainstream/liberal explanations of why this is occurring are simply insane. There are in fact mirror images in some way - people who are so narcissistic and angry that any hateful explanation which says bad things about their enemies seems plausible. Yet the conservative press is not very satisfying either. Those writers seem to apprehend a piece here and there, but not the whole package. The best explanations I have seen so far focus on Trump's support as a reaction to the last x number of years. Some imperfectly defined but vaguely recognisable group of people are angry at Obama (and Hillary and Kerry and Holder and Jon Stewart and the MSM) - and may I say they are angry at their imperiousness, their tone, and their forcing things down throats more than their positions - and have gradually become fever-pitch angry at Republicans for not doing enough about it.
Okay, maybe. I admit I don't get it. I thought a friend at work who said she is a Trump supporter would be out once he said he would send more money to Planned Parenthood. (Did he really? I don't follow this.) I mentioned this but she's still on board for Trump. She wants Change.
But what about me? How do I navigate this?
First we step back. That is the first AVI rule when I recognise that I am confused and uncertain. My usual measures are Positions and Character tied for first, Effectiveness a bit behind. I'm not sure I've got much else.
Well, those aren't much help. Trump can only win those in comparison to Hillary or Sanders, not by any objective measurement of doing well. So here's a thought that occurred to me today: how much harm is he going to do really? What bad thing will happen if Trump gets his way? There's a lot of wild card here. Because the future is unknown, I rely on character to help me estimate what might happen in various emergencies. That's not good for The Donald, but I am still left with that blank space. What specific bad thing do I think will happen? I can come up with answers for that for the two leading Democrats. The lesser Democrats not so much, and James Webb could absolutely get me to break my 20-year rule and vote for him. Not going to happen, though.
I can imagine bad things that are more likely under Trump than under President Walker or President Rubio, but nothing other than a wall that seems far more likely.
Here's an irony: Obama has set down a lot of markers for things a president can simply order to be done, and stonewall, threaten, or wait out anyone who challenges that. Congress? SCOTUS? Who cares? Democrats are really going to dislike that table setting for Donald Trump. So will I, and not just for blowhards like him, but even for measured, reasonable presidents. But they're going to hate it more. Wind. Whirlwind.