Can Donald Trump win the nomination and the White House?

Can Donald Trump win the nomination and the White House?

Trump may actually take a couple tumbles during the August 6 debate if Carson, Cruz, Huckabee, Walker or the others land real solid verbal politically substantive policy punches.

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CLEVELAND, June 30, 2015 – The first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio may launch a Donald Trump pathway to the GOP brass ring and possibly the White House. At least, that seems to be the sincere feeling of conservative writer and pundit Ann Coulter.

Coulter, who is a fierce fighter for conservative values on any given day, appears to embrace the notion that bombastic Trump – who has never avoided a media opportunity – could out trump his Republican presidential rivals.

Trump, who is sitting on billions of cash, may not have to go the traditional door knocking route in search of campaign financing. Therefore, when he appears at the Fox News/Facebook presidential debate, he does not have to please anyone but Donald Trump.

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But are boatloads of Trump money sufficient to out maneuver a GOP establishment backed candidate like former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who has raised over $100 million, according to his campaign finance records?

Coulter points to the fact that Trump has surged to the top of several national polls and actually has double-digit leads in many of them. She claims that Trump has a legitimate shot to win primaries as well as the general election.

Coulter insists that Trump, unlike Ross Perot who turned out to be a spoiler as a third-party candidate, will be a stronger candidate in the 2016 election, reported the Washington Times.

But the harsh political reality of party politics may become a sobering medicine for Trump to swallow. Unlike many of the other GOP candidates who have state organizations in place, Trump believes that his money will replace party organizational strength.

The first debate will be critical. If Trump focuses on his well-known bombastic political one-liners, he may lose ground to contenders with real policy solutions. Many Americans, especially primary voters, want to hear those actual solutions rather than sound-bites. Trump’s “Mexicans love me” flippant answer to border security may become tiresome verbiage.

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Yet, not one of the candidates who will appear on the debate stage with Trump should underestimate the NBC reality show host’s ability to maneuver around debate questions.

The other nine in Cleveland should take a page from boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s playbook and play a little political rope-a-dope with Trump.

Trump may actually take a couple tumbles on the political mat that evening, if Carson, Cruz, Huckabee, Walker or the others land real solid verbal politically substantive policy punches. Solid Policy answers may very well be Trump’s Achilles’ heel.

It is true that the GOP political nomination may still be up for grabs. It is also true that Mr. Trump self financed billion dollar pathway to the nomination begins in Cleveland and could begin to wither there as well.

America may have to wait and see if Coulter is correct that the nation will be saying “Hail to the Chief” on January 20, 2017 to a President Trump.

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Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs began writing professionally in 1975. He has been published in the "New York Times," and has written for the "Detroit News," "Michigan Chronicle," “GOPUSA,” "Soul Source" and "Writers Digest" magazines as well as the Ann Arbor and Cleveland "Examiner," "Free Patriot," "Conservatives4 Palin" and "Positively Republican." The former daily host of The Kevin Fobbs Show on conservative News Talk WDTK - 1400 AM in Detroit, he is also a published author. His Christian children’s book, “Is There a Lion in My Kitchen,” hit bookstores in 2014. He writes for Communities Digital News, and his weekly show "Standing at Freedom’s Gate" on Community Digital News Hour tackles the latest national and international issues of freedom, faith and protecting the homeland and heartland of America as well as solutions that are needed. Fobbs also writes for Clash Daily, Renew America and BuzzPo. He covers Second Amendment, Illegal Immigration, Pro-Life, patriotism, terrorism and other domestic and foreign affairs issues. As the former 12-year Community Concerns columnist with The Detroit News, he covered community, family relations, domestic abuse, education, business, government relations, and community and business dispute resolution. Fobbs obtained a political science and journalism degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1978 and attended Wayne State University Law School. He spearheaded and managed state and national campaigns as well as several of President George W. Bush's White House initiatives in areas including Education, Social Security, Welfare Reform, and Faith-Based Initiatives.