Trump/Sanders are respectively receiving the ‘upstart’ treatment from their political parties. As Mr. Trump has regularly supported politicians and amassed political influence to the point of acquiring a wide circle of politically engaged friends and acquaintances, he is only theoretically an outsider. Senator Sanders is a career politician. Calling either a political outsider is an example of chutzpah. (Chutzpah: A Yiddish term exemplified by a patricide demanding mercy because he is an orphan.)
Nevertheless it seems clear that the two parties are not behind these two. We read that GOP leaders might prefer Democrat Clinton to Mr. Trump if it were to come to that and any establishment praise for Senator Sanders is pretty faint. Still, Mr. Trump dominates the media, albeit increasingly negatively and Sanders’ coverage rises as Hillary Clinton’s declines.
We have one off-putting and so far unanswered question concerning Mr. Trump: If the establishment elite are not his friends, who are they? Should he be elected President, who will be running the country at his side? Whose business interests is he expected to serve? Who are his big donors? (Don’t try to tell us he hasn’t any donors.) Whom are his advisers? What are their political connections? After all, should we elect Mr. Trump, we will be electing them, too.We will be unwise indeed to buy what our grandmother would have called: “a pig in a poke.”
(Noting today’s political pieties, please understand that we are not implying that Mr. Trump is the redoubtable farm animal.)