The numbers are in, and Donald Trump is actually a clown for your amusement.
Last night’s Fox debate drew 12.5 million viewers. While that’s just over half the number from the first Fox debate, it’s about 5 million lower than the last Trump debate on CNN, which has a comparable number of households. Trump’s event scored a few million viewers overall, which means that maybe half the people who might have watched another Trump debate watched a Trump rally instead.
My interpretation (which is always subject to dispute) is that most people wanted to see a debate. Many people wanted to see Trump. Then, there the remainder who really only want to watch Trump debate other Republicans because he’s full of amusing boasts and insults toward other people on the stage.
Trump also announced that his show last night raised $6 million for wounded soldiers. He really raised $5 million because $1 million was his own money. This was a much more effective use of campaign contributions, since Jeb Bush blew about $100 million in ads that no one cared about.
I’m reminded of the subplot of “Brewster’s Millions” where Monty tries to buy an election, not for himself, but so that New York City doesn’t get a corrupt politician from either party. He was the only one who could make that happen. Many people feel that was about Donald Trump. He’s the only one who can break the hold of the two-party system. In reality, the last time there was a push for a None of the Above candidate, it helped draw away enough votes to get Harry Reid reelected in 2010. When you look for a shortcut to fix what’s wrong with the world, you get a shortcut.