Originally Posted by tesseract
I've watched every debate and a number of trump speeches. Remember when he said he didn't know too much about foreign policy? Right after that comment he said he would hire the best foreign policy consultants he could and guess what… it had zero effect on his polling numbers. Meanwhile on the other side of the aisle you have Hillary, whose mastery on foreign policy led to the stigma of Benghazi (something which I personally believe was unstoppable and unfairly blamed on the Obama administration) and also voting for the war in Iraq. These two issues are going to be hard for her to shake.
This is also during the primaries, the dynamics are quite a bit different. Even the debates are going to be a lot different. Trump can survive his utter ignorance in 15 seconds blips when the other candidates are terrified of attacking him, but how is he going to look in a two hour one-on-one debate focused on foreign policy? It cannot look good. It's a very obvious weakness for Trump. Maybe he could survive it, but it's crazy to spin it as a strength.
Trump's supporters right now are pretty obviously people who aren't all that concerned about policy knowledge, or even specifics. But he's got to extend his support from 30% of Republicans to 50% of the general population. He's not going to be able to do that strictly using these tactics, he's going to have to resemble something approximating a conventional Presidential candidate.
Benghazi is pretty much a known quantity by now. It's pretty much a straight partisan issue, Republicans are frothing about it and Democrats don't care. I don't think beating the drum for another year is going to get any more mileage out of that. It's unlikely to be enough of a thing to drive turnout against Hillary, and very few Democrats are going to stay home because of it. Ditto the Iraq war vote. It's not a strong point for her, but once she's out of the primary, no Democrat is going to cross over and vote Trump. I mean, Trump is talking about seizing oil fields in Iraq and Syria. He's hardly the candidate for the doves.