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Why the GOP Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love The Donald

Why the GOP Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love The Donald

http://www.usnews.com ^ | Robert Schlesinger

Posted on 7/31/2015, 10:36:58 AM by RoosterRedux

For all the fretting about Trump turning the debates into a clown show and what the GOP can do about it, you can bet that the audience for Thursday’s tilt will be, to borrow a Trumpism, unprecedented.

Consider that the first GOP debate in the 2012 cycle got nearly 3.3 million viewers and that the most-watched debate got 7.6 million. Now consider that the most recent season of “Celebrity Apprentice” averaged 7.6 million viewers (and that’s a fraction of the 20.7 million viewers it drew in its first season). How big will the audience be for Thursday’s debate? You’ve got to figure that the Trump factor will both maximize the usual politically engaged audience – both GOPers who would be inclined to watch any and Democrats who want to enjoy the train wreck – and will also mean that there will be crossover among casual viewers who wouldn’t ordinarily care about a primary debate but will tune in just to watch Trump the performance artist. I would be surprised if Thursday’s debate doesn’t beat any of the 2012 affairs.

In this case the Trump bump could be, ahem, huge. The provocateur might as well demand that the Republican National Committee pay him for his name as this will forever be known as the Trump debate. (Those of us in commentary business can only hope it’ll be known as the first Trump debate.)

And this is the opportunity Trump has created for the GOP: People will come for Trump but most of the time they’ll get everyone else. “In a 90-minute debate with 10 candidates, Mr. Trump’s speaking time is unlikely to reach 10 minutes,” the Times story estimates.

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