You don’t think Donald Trump could be president? Let me tell you about a wealthy GOP businessman called a “pathological liar” and an “East Coast con man” by his fellow Republicans, a guy who thumbed his nose at the establishment and won.
You think you know everything about politics? You’re sure Hillary Clinton has nailed down the Democratic nomination, and you assume an establishment Republican will eventually overtake Trump and Carson? You may be right: History, conventional wisdom, and the traditional political rules favor your case.
But did you see what happened in Kentucky? From Sam Youngman at the Lexington Herald-Leader:
Republican Matt Bevin, who trailed in every public poll since winning the Republican primary in May by 83 votes, shocked Democrat Jack Conway on Tuesday to become the next governor of Kentucky.
With help from national Republicans he has shunned repeatedly, Bevin was able to overcome a campaign of missteps and self-inflicted wounds to become the first Republican governor since Ernie Fletcher's 2003 victory and only the second since Louie Nunn left office in 1971.
Bevin was able to defy pundits, political insiders, and polling—including one released by his own campaign in October that showed him losing—and emerge a winner Tuesday night.
The Democratic Governors Association blamed the defeat of its candidate, Jack Conway, on the public's thirst for an outsider and "the unexpected headwinds of Trumpmania."