To bolster Chuck's point that there are different types of popularity...
Popularity with the media is a little bit different these days.
The media isn't the gatekeeping power structure it once was.
Ron Paul's candidacy was some measure of popular (big crowds, dedicated internet groundswell), but Trump seems to be breaking the mold wide open, which is ironic as he's a reality show superstar. To have a reality star be the one who breaks the media popularity myth, is something people will discuss for a while. Both Paul and Trump had "no chance of winning
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...eventually people stopped listening in large enough numbers....and Trump could fund his ambitions without paying for media time.
“A free people claim their rights, as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.”
-Thomas Jefferson, 1774
Tweed Ring: "...we should have all done more to elected Republicans..." Agreed