I reiterate that the more time in the election cycle, esp. the more time before primaries, the more time for media, new and old, hence the better it is for the likes of Trump, who feast on nothing so much as media possibilities.
As it is the nature of media, new and old, to feast on and magnify the likes of Trump, such being the nature of the electronic beast.
It may sound simplistic but it seems obvious that constricting the election cycle for president from what it is now — 2 long years? — would contain if not eliminate the viral possibilities and necessities of a Trump.
Is the media, then, the message?
Let me put it this way: shortening the cycle would squeeze media out to a significant degree and highlight message.
As it is now, message is underdog.