Campaign 2016 Just Getting Started: 5 Myths Already

The latest column from Matthew Dowd.

— -- Over the years many myths have developed in politics, and I have written in the past how they get repeated and promulgated as if they are the unvarnished truth. These aren't the deep myths that Joseph Campbell has written and talked about that signal some universal truth about humanity. These are political myths which take us further from truth.

4. Everyone who has attacked Trump has suffered from it and fallen. This myth serves Trump well because it tries to scare people from attacking him, but the truth is much different. Carly Fiorina, who was the main beneficiary from the last debates, has taken on Trump directly and forcefully and risen in the polls. I am not saying she rose because of her attacks on Trump, but she definitely didn't fall. And Jeb Bush hasn't fallen because of his attacks on Trump, he has fallen because many GOP voters don't want another Bush and an establishment candidate. I would like to see what would happen if a candidate like Fiorina kept up the contrasts on Trump consistently and with fervor. He has never faced that kind of assault in his life.

Recently I wrote that in order for us to see reality for what it is and discover the truth about what is going on, we need to let go the desire to have what we want or what we think should be happening, and look at the landscape for how it is today. All great change starts with a clear view of the truth of today, so that we can begin to build a better tomorrow. I have many dreams for America, but it starts with waking up to the truth, and then leading towards where we need to go. As the journey toward picking a new president continues, it is crucial we don't get distracted by myths.

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Matthew Dowd is an ABC News analyst and special correspondent. Opinions expressed in this column do not reflect the views of ABC News.