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Blow Your Head

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A word not often used in politics is: inevitable. However some Republican voters are now using it to describe a Trump victory in the primaries as well as in the general election this November. And, these are not -- emphatically not -- Trump supporters. They could be described as conservative, Republican, evangelical, or any combination of those terms.

Bloomberg Politics and the firm Purple Strategies conducted a focus group -- hosted by Mark Halperin (a regular on MSNBC's "Morning Joe") in South Carolina in order to get a sense of what is the consensus of the least politically knowledgeable sub-group in the broader US voting public -- white Southerners.

Admittedly, the group was small, as are most focus groups; in this case, 10 participants. The questions regarding Trump explored the anticipated outcome of not just the South Carolina primary on February 20th, but also the so-called "SEC" primary states voting on March 1st -- Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia with North Carolina still to decide. What a collection, eh? The focus group, while giving evidence of some of Trump's potential weaknesses in Southern states, agreed that is nomination was "inevitable."

Their primary objection to him personally? The reason they would not vote for him regardless of his "inevitability?" He's a potty-mouth. And he's not a "religious person." Oh, my. This from residents living in that part of this country with some of the highest murder, incest, teen pregnancy, drug addiction, domestic violence, gun deaths and suicide rates. Not to mention shitty education standards, bigotry, and general stupidity. Trump cusses. Damn! One female participant who listened to some of Trump's campaign speeches buried her face in her hands and moaned. "It's crass," she said. "It's not how you want your president to present" Present?? The report doesn't say whether or not this poor, um, lady also got the vapors and had to be given a sip of sherry in order to recover her composure.

So, according to one group of Southerners, the cloak of "inevitability" is slowly being draped around Trump's shoulders -- not unlike the cape (towel?) that was reverently placed on a twitching, jerking, Soul Brother Number One, James Brown, at the end of his sweat-drenched concerts. The mind reels.

This, then, is what the racist, bible-beating, gun-toting, holier-then-thou, completely wacko Southern white voter has in his and her futures. Not Franklin Graham, not Focus on the Family, not Pat Robertson, not Rafael Cruz, Jr. No ... it's DONALD TRUMP!

Quick! Look up in the sky! The last time something like this occurred a star appeared in the east!!!

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Mike Malloy is a former writer and producer for CNN (1984-87) and CNN-International (2000). His professional experience includes newspaper columnist and editor, writer, rock concert producer and actor. He is the only radio talk show host in America to have received the A.I.R (Achievement in Radio) Award in both (more...)
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