4. Zero Campaign Infrastructure
Right now Trump is riding the wave of his supporters as he continues to talk about how he will change the way government works and make this country strong again. Trump should start to focus on past candidates who saw huge rises in numbers to see that he is fast approaching the cliff. Candidates like Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Herman Cain, all saw big rises in their numbers until reality set in. The lack of superPAC money and earned media will only take a potential candidate so far. To get to the end of the race, a real candidate needs an organized ground game with a team that can target voters and grow support as the election nears. Trump appears to be running his own campaign with zero infrastructure, and this will be exposed in 2016 as other candidates utilize precisely targeted campaigns to gain the votes needed to win. By the time Trump realizes what is happening, those swing voters will already have made their decisions for other candidates.
5. Lack of Self-Discipline
If you want to know how a candidate will perform when the real heat is on, you only need to take a closer look at how they conduct themselves in interviews. In recent weeks, Trump has had difficulties when pressed on his foreign policies, resorting to attacking his fellow candidates rather than expressing his plans for change. If Trump does not know an answer, he simply lashes out on his fellow candidates or the ignorance of the other party. This effort to shift the focus away from his lack of experience and knowledge of foreign policy will inevitably come back and bite him when voters begin to see a pattern in his antics. A carnival barker can easily grab the attention of the crowd, can easily convince you to look the other way, but when it comes down to choosing this person to be the leader of a country, most voters who consistently hit the booths will never pull that lever in his favor.
Many supporters of Donald Trump love his lack of rhetorical self-discipline, but this attribute is not going to bode well for him as the voters looking for substance and concrete facts pull back the curtain and see the real Donald Trump. Winning a presidential election takes more that powerful words and a great stage presence. As election time nears, the other candidates will have little trouble at all putting holes in the Trump campaign and making it a real challenge for him to be taken seriously.