Daniel Yepsen, a former political columnist for The Des Moines Register, emphasizes that an initial victory can help to change the hierarchy in the two camps.
Trump didn’t get where he is because he appeals to a thoughtful, well-informed base of reasonable conservatives.
For a part of the electorate, the support of Palin, former governor of Alaska, brings legitimacy to Trump’s candidacy, as surreal as this might seem.
Today, many analysts estimate the former governor has a certain vibe with the extreme-right and the evangelicals; the two fringes of the electorate that Donald Trump is having a hard time convincing.
Insiders realize that if Trump were indeed to win the nomination, it would be the end of the Republicans as a serious party.