During a year of primaries, he never convinced more than a handful of national leaders as to his basic fitness to serve. But, a sufficient number of voters weighed in during the Republican primaries to hand him the nomination. The convention of two weeks ago served to formally endorse him and appeared to launch his campaign.
But the last week challenged that endorsement. His behavior not only reopened all the doubts about his ability to focus his attention and run a campaign, but it raised fundamental questions about his basic character and emotional control.
Noonan’s key sentence was: “Here is a truth of life. When you act as if you’re insane, people are liable to think you’re insane. That’s what happened this week. People started to become convinced he was nuts, a total flake.”
Trump’s bigger problem than a couple of columnists is that the electorate is also judging him unfit to serve. Three recent national polls ask a series of knowledge, character and temperament questions, in which he is barely endorsed by a third of the electorate and tends to lose to Hillary Clinton by 10 to 30 points.