“What in hell do the experts know?” is something that Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley often said to his friends according to legendary Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko. The experts often lampooned the last machine boss, but despite his flaws–which included prickly relations with the city’s rapidly expanding black population–he knew how to run a big city. Too bad his son–who also served as mayor–did not. When Old Man Daley died in 1976, Chicago enjoyed the highest credit rating from the nation’s top financial firms–which were based in New York. In the mid-1970s, NYC barely escaped bankruptcy.
Contemporary experts have been dismissing the presidential campaign of Donald Trump since he declared his run in June. After he remarked that John McCain is not a war hero–the experts in the media predicted The Donald would crawl off the political stage and die. He was supposed to do the same thing after he criticized the questioning from Fox News’ Megyn Kelly at the first GOP candidate debate earlier this month, adding that she had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
This morning on CBS’ Face the Nation a panel of liberal columnists–experts to be sure–predicted the eventual demise of Trump’s campaign.
And it’s not just the libs who are skeptical of Trump–author and columnist George Will has been a harsh critic of the political novice and even National Review is condemning Trump. Red State’s Erick Erickson dis-invited Trump from his group’s gathering in Atlanta after the verbal attack on Kelly. These experts don’t see the tycoon as a viable Republican standard bearer.
But Trump’s poll numbers continue to rise. While he didn’t fill it up, the businessman held a rally in a Alabama football stadium two nights ago. Name another GOP presidential candidate who has the chutzpah to rent out an outdoor stadium for a rally.
In 2008 and 2012 the experts on the right said that conservatives needed to line up behind moderate candidates to win the White House. They were wroing
My thoughts return to Boss Daley: “What in hell do the experts know?”
John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.