Trump is a buffoon. His backers are not.

You’re right, Joe. I’m old enough to remember when a dozen or so journalists in Washington set the political news agenda. Before the internet democratized the media, I was a so-called gatekeeper: My core responsibility (and power) centered less on what I reported than on what I chose not to report – not to share with you.

For better and for worse, those days are gone. Which is why I wrote directly to you and other Trump followers. You have the power. You have the responsibility. You get the last word. You and millions of other justifiably angry Americans can do us all a favor: Drive a stake in the “political elite system” and replace it with something better.

Here’s the rub: Is Trump something better? Is he the best you can do? Wouldn’t you prefer a more credible vessel for change?