Live from Over the Rockies: The Face of the Base: "Joe Weisenthal asked me why Donald Trump is riding so high in the polls...:
...as he said, my answer was subtle and nuanced.
But seriously, why is anyone surprised? Year after year the GOP base has been fed fantasies about death panels, senior figures have flirted with birtherism and routinely peddled conspiracy theories whenever good news arrives about health reform or the economy, a centrist president has been portrayed as a socialist who hates America, sitting governors have deferred to craziness over military exercises. Oh, and the unemployed have been blamed for their own plight, food stamp recipients and the disabled portrayed as malingerers. Then along comes Trump, who embodies the base’s values, its intellectual outlook, its deep lack of empathy for the unfortunate. And up goes the cry: ‘Don’t base voters realize that he’s not a serious figure?’