I must have been in a strange mood yesterday.

I never seriously considered the Donald in, well, any capacity. (As in: I literally have barely ever thought about him over the past 30 years, and never seriously.) And for months I was convinced, along with most informed observers, that Trump was a vanity candidate who would go nowhere — or, at best, would make a Herman Cain-style lunge for the brass ring then crash to Earth well before any voting takes place.

But the scales have fallen from my eyes. And in the interests of spreading the blessings of enlightenment, I ask the question again:

Why not Trump?

And, in what follows, I take apart one by one the various answers I came up with to the question.

To be clear, I’m not going to vote for Trump, ever.

But why not?