What a weird election year.
GOP candidate Donald Trump steamrolled his competition in the GOP primary and seemed ready to take the nation by storm back in the Spring… but since then the campaign has been spiraling out of control, and the media has been characteristically silent about Clinton’s own foibles.
To make matters worse for Republicans, while the Democrat Party’s leaders have been rallying around their crooked candidate (even though many Democrat voters are unhappy with her), Mr. Trump has been hard-pressed to win over Republican leaders and a significant minority of Republican voters.
The latest example of these problems was expressed by two very different members of the GOP. Former Speaker of the House Tom DeLay (R-TX) was a conservative firebrand who still spends his time fighting for conservative values as a private citizen. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is a moderate (let’s just say liberal) Republican who spends her time helping the Democrats defeat the Republicans every chance she gets. Both the conservative DeLay and the not-so-conservative Collins appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, where both GOP heavyweights announced that they could not yet support Donald Trump for President. (Collins actually went further, announcing she would not be supporting Trump for President…. Ever.)
Meanwhile, Clinton is not having the same problems unifying her party. Former Senator and Vice Presidential candidate Joe Lieberman (D-CT) appeared on Fox Business Channel to announce that he would be voting for Hillary Clinton for President in the upcoming election.
While it’s no surprise that the lifelong Democrat Lieberman would support the Democrat candidate for President, some Trump supporters had hoped that Lieberman (who chose to support John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008) might withhold his endorsement of Hillary Clinton.
While these endorsements and non-endorsements may not have major impact on national voting, they will be important with certain subgroups. Collins is very popular in Maine, and Lieberman is still quite popular with voters in Connecticut and with moderate Democrats who are hawkish on foreign policy. Collins’ decision will hurt Trump’s momentum in Maine, and Lieberman’s endorsement will reassure moderate Democrats that Clinton can be trusted on foreign policy.
Taken together, none of this is good news for Donald Trump or the GOP.