Short Take: A Comedian for President? Don't Laugh

President Donald Trump? It might not be as far-fetched as most of the talking heads who seem to exist for the sole purpose of populating Sunday morning political talk shows would have you believe. For months, they’ve predicted that the political newcomers at the top of the Republican primary polls would flame out.

Those candidates — Mr. Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina — and their supporters haven’t gotten with the program. More than 50 percent of Republicans support one of those three.

Odds are that none will win the nomination, let alone the White House, but that’s not the slam dunk that Republican and Democratic insiders want Americans to believe. This is the year of the nonpolitician, and not just here. Guatemalans just elected Jimmy Morales their president. He’s an actual comedian.

Illinoisans last year elected businessman Bruce Rauner their governor. He’d never before held elected office. Businessman John Brunner and motivational speaker Eric Greitens are among those running for the GOP nomination for Missouri governor. And lest anyone forget, in 2008 Minnesotans elected a comedian to the U.S. Senate. In 1998, they chose a professional wrestler as governor.

Voters looking for easy answers don’t care where they come from. Dismiss the outsiders at America’s peril.

Reprinted from St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Distributed by

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