Don’t Underestimate George Will

As a minor league columnist, let me say that I do not know how many people I influence on any given issue — if any. I don’t even know if anyone actually reads my columns but I do know that several newspapers believe I am read because they have kept me published continually for 34 years. 
Several of my fellow local “Opinion Molders” publish on-line “Vote Recommendations” and I rely on those for local public positions about which I don’t know, but I have no idea how much or how many voters also do that.

I do know that my un-advertised blog has more than 350 subscribers, and I have no idea how they even found my blog because it is not mentioned in my column. I use it as a test bed for columns — concepts and first drafts, sort of like this blog. 

All of that is a lead in to my comments about George Will leaving the Republican Party. Trump supporters say, “So what? He is a RINO anyway!”

But those brushing off Will may not recognize what effect a “major league columnist” may have on voters who are not True Believers. Trump is behind by five, seven or twelve percent depending on the poll, and Trump needs as much support as he can muster because there are a lot of independents on the sideline waiting and watching.

Does Will have any influence on those independents? Newspapers across the nation who publish him have thought so for decades.Will is not just filler. Fox doesn’t have Will as a panel member because he is attractive!

TrumpBots brush off the Will changing political parties at their risk, a risk permissible for a leading candidate, but too large to take as an underdog! 

And Will’s departure from the Republican Party is probably the tip of the iceberg.

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