Lots of GOP leaders and activists are panicking, as they should. The party is completely out of touch and contemptuous of its base and its concerns. Trump is a bit ridiculous and prickly and egotistical. But he’s also got some charisma, effective rhetoric, and an effective tone. What he is tapping into is something I wrote about in March of 2013, namely, that nationalism of some kind and acknowledging our deep divide with Wall Street is the most healthy and natural path for conservatives and the GOP to remain relevant and win elections:
I have suggested a revamped Republican party should trend nationalistic, abandoning its ideology of free trade, militarism, and uncritical support of big business, in favor of a genuine concern for the working, productive classes who face predations from a motley crew of the super poor, the super rich, idiotic campaigns of nation building abroad, and hostile newcomers at home. If not the GOP, then a new party might fill this space. The GOP appears finished if it follows the idiotic counsel [of moderation] coming from the RNC’s pathologists.