I reprint here a letter to the editor by Bruce Driver that appeared March 9 in the Boulder Daily Camera:
There is a very scary scenario for Democrats this year leading to a resounding presidential-election defeat this fall. It goes like this:
1. Trump gradually softens his positions on key issues, including immigration, and lowers his bombast — already happening.
2. Trump turns out to be a skillful tactician — has already showed this.
3. He continues attracting used-to-be Democratic voters and non-voters to vote Republican — already wildly successful at this.
4. The great majority of Republican office holders unites behind him, Romney's attack notwithstanding — this will happen when they acknowledge how many new voters Trump has attracted to the party.
5. He secures the nomination — very likely.
6. Hillary and Bernie slug it out, but Hillary wins in part because of super-delegates, deeply annoying Bernie supporters — already happening.
7. Many Bernie supporters will not be mollified and, with other can't-be- bothered-to-vote Dems staying at home in the fall elections, Dem turnout is low while Republican turnout is high.
8. Hillary's negatives will remain during the campaign, discouraging moderates and independents from voting for her — good chance of this.
9. Trump wins going away next fall — good chance of this.
Please, please show me that this is unlikely.
To me, this sounds like a distinct possibility