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What is VoIP/Skype Phone?
This story originally appeared in the September/October 2012 issue of The American Prospect magazine.
If you lived in an economically depressed Rust Belt town a few years back, you might have found it hard to comprehend that Donald Trump could lead the Republican ticket in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Michigan. That’s if you had spent any time following him. “A lot of people thought it was preposterous,” says Ron Nehring, a leading Trump adviser who worked for George H.W. Bush’s 1972 campaign, and is now a co-chair of the Trump campaign for the presidency. The Trump team was quick to dismiss such chatter; the last time the billionaire was seen on television, the last major poll for the race, from the University of Pennsylvania, showed the real estate billionaire trailing Clinton by just 9 points. The result was a surprise to even his most rabid conservative supporters, who believed Trump’s poll numbers were overblown. He began his run for the presidency with an improbable string of triumphs.
Now, after a string of bad performances and unforced errors, Trump’s supporters are feeling nervous. As the campaign drags on, with his poll numbers increasingly slipping, “I get nervous every day,” says Steve Schmidt, the chief strategist for the McCain-Feingold campaign in 2000. Schmidt, whose former bosses, Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, are Trump’s sharpest and most effective partisans, says he’s seen one of his colleagues, Tom Rath, a longtime Republican strategist who advises national campaign headquarters, give up on Trump. “One of my closest friends from the ’60s, Tom Rath, called me today and said that Trump has got to go. He said that’s probably what everyone else was saying—and Trump is not a conservative. He’s a real liberal.”
Trump’s lack of Republican Party support is not new. While it could take years for him to earn the support of the GOP base—he’s never served in the Senate, and few Republican candidates have won the presidency—the Trump campaign had plenty of time to prepare. The Trump logo was unveiled in the spring, and the first video featuring the candidate was released the month before he launched his