The conclusion Bennett and his fellow electioneers came to is that American voters no longer care about electing a candidate with any kind of established political record. In fact, they see that record as a liability. Before the primary started, Bennett wanted to do a focus group of Jeb Bush supporters in Des Moines, Iowa. But the people he hired to do it couldn't find 12 supporters, he said.
According to Barry, that said to them: "There's lots of room for an outsider. And the question became: Will the lack of experience be a hindrance? And then Donald Trump and Ben were No. 1 or 2 for six months."
This has been a shocking election for the suit-wearing, martini-sipping fat-cats who usually pick our presidential candidates. But what's happening right now is the intersection of two long-running trends. First off, trust in government is near an all-time low, and distrust in government is near an all-time high:
And that's combined with another trend: Republicans and Democrats are more politically polarized than ever: