Back in the late 80s Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley trademarked the term ‘Three-Peat,’ hoping to cash in big if his team won three consecutive NBA titles. (Never mind Bill Russell’s ‘eight-peat’ with the Boston Celtics.)
Well, Donald Trump has just completed his own three-peat, with resounding wins in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada. The Nevada victory was almost unfair – Trump was the Harlem Globetrotters playing against Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and the Washington Generals. Come to think of it, there’s an element of irony in that analogy, considering that Trump is running against Washington and its bungling business-as-usual politicians and bureaucrats.
The thus-far impregnable tycoon won every demographic category in Nevada, including Latinos, evangelicals, and left-handed croupiers. Just one week after condemning the pope and accusing President George W. Bush of war crimes, Trump was more dominating than ever.
Realistically, there are only two Republicans who can defeat Donald Trump, and both are still outwardly exuding confidence. Marco Rubio says he will surprise everyone next week on Super Tuesday; Ted Cruz, coming off a miserable week and a third-place finish in Nevada, claims he will turn the corner in Texas. A measure of how bleak things are for Trump’s rivals is that they are pinning their fading hopes on home court advantage: Cruz in Texas, Kasich in Ohio, and Rubio in Florida.
Of course, exuding confidence is a job requirement. Even Dr. Ben Carson, who has as much chance of winning the GOP nomination as Michael Moore, joined The Factor this week and declared that ‘a lot of things can happen.’ True enough, but one of those things is not a Phoenix-like Carson comeback.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is a virtual lock, unless she is derailed by an indictment or some new scandal. All this means that voters in November could face one of the more bizarre choices in U.S. history. In this corner, a woman who is widely considered a congenital liar; in the other corner, a man who is reviled by a large plurality of Americans.
If it comes down to Donald vs. Hillary, the media, even those who have relied on Trump to deliver big ratings, will root hard for Secretary Clinton. Liberal editorial pages and pundits always pick a Democrat, no matter how flawed, over a Republican. Especially when that Republican is a bomb-thrower who vows to deport millions and temporarily ban an entire religion from entering the USA.
Conventional wisdom has it that Trump cannot defeat Clinton in the general election. But in this campaign the conventional wisdom has been anything but wise, especially when it comes to Donald Trump. He perceptively discerned that Americans are so totally fed up that they’re ready to elect a profane guy who hurls insults like Don Rickles and has never held public office.
If we have learned anything about Trump over the past few months, it is that betting against him is a sure-fire way to go broke. It’s kind of like plunking down your life savings in a Nevada casino. Without the benefit of free drinks.