I wanted to be right today, so I took at stroll over the Washington Post. On the global news site’s webpage titled “My candidate is a juggernaut that cannot be stopped,” I can choose my preferred presidential candidate and see that, in fact, he or she will win.
My first pick, of course, was Donald Trump. He has been a clear leader in the Republican field for several weeks, and his no-regrets attitude has given him a surge in popularity that the others haven’t been able to match.
The interactive Washington Post article told me that his Real Clear Politics polling average is 22.8 percent and his net favorability, according to Monmouth University polls, is +17. I was pretty sure that’s good, so I kept reading. I then found out that Trump raised $1,901,000 in the second quarter of this year and that he has a vocal support base. He’s a “juggernaut that cannot be stopped,” the site assured me.
But what if the site is wrong? On the off chance it isn’t correct, I figured, I should pick a backup candidate. I then chose Rand Paul as my leading man.
I saw that Paul, with a Real Clear Politics polling average of just 4.4 percent, has a net favorability of +25. That’s even more favorable than Trump. He also raised $6,885,000 in the second quarter of this year and has a vocal support base. All those attributes lead to Paul as a “juggernaut that cannot be stopped.”
I wanted to press my luck with just one more candidate. A back-up to my back-up. Hillary Clinton was up next. This is a switch of parties, but I like to follow ideas, not party lines.
I was thrilled to find that Clinton leads her pack with a 55 percent average according to Real Clear Politics. Her Monmouth University favorability is 55 percent, and she raised a whopping $47,054,000 in this year’s second quarter. She is, I can see now, a “juggernaut that cannot be stopped.”
It felt really good to be right today. All my candidates are juggernauts. They are all unstoppable. I feel so confident in my choices that anyone I vote for, come election day, will be a solid leader of our country for the next four years. There is still a year before elections will take place, but I know the Washington Post won’t let me down. No dip in numbers and no fall in favorability can hurt my picks.