It’s clear that in spite of boisterous bad behavior, a lack of workable policies and a few very bad ideas, Donald Trump is the odds-on favorite to become the Republican nominee for president of the United States.
Why? It may be that his theme of “Making America Great Again” is resonating with voters.
While starting trade wars and building a wall to keep out Mexicans would have the opposite impact, American greatness could emerge as the theme of this campaign.
That’s because, as the charts below demonstrate, America’s greatness has faded mightily during President Obama’s administration. Home ownership, median family income and labor force participation has plummeted. Meanwhile, student loan debt, the use of food stamps (aka the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP), federal debt, money printing, healthcare costs and—not coincidentally—black inequality have soared.
So voters have latched onto The Donald as the anti-Obama.
Why Candidate Trump Exists
In fact, former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, whose own presidential candidacy never gained any traction, notes in The Wall Street Journal that Presidential candidate Trump would not exist if not for President Obama.