In the most recent polling of likely Iowa caucus-goers, Donald Trump had the most support at 22%; this in spite of a shaky debate performance, a very public feud with Fox News and host Megyn Kelly and being barred from speaking at the conservative RedState Gathering.
Coming in a healthy second with 14% support, Dr. Ben Carson. Not one other Republican presidential candidate hit double digits.
What do the top two Republican candidates have in common? You are probably thinking not much. One is a bombastic billionaire real estate developer and the other a renowned, but reticent, neurosurgeon. But they do share one important thing … they are not mainstream politicians. Heck they are not, nor have ever been, politicians … period.
What an angry conservative electorate is telling the Republican establishment is they are sick and tired of career politicians … period.
It may be too early to celebrate but what I think we are now witnessing is the death of the Republican Party as we have come to know it. The village folk are angry and in no mood for business as usual. They have their pitchforks out and going after anything that smells of mainstream politics. Even many loyal Fox News followers are turning against the hand that’s been feeding them excrement for so many years.
Today, the wimpy plagiarizer Rand Paul came out with the first Trump attack ad. What a waste of money! He, and the rest of the mainstream field, should know that Trump’s supporters will stick by their man no matter what and for one reason and one reason only; he is not a politician, as are the rest of the sorry lot (Fiorina excluded.)
Rumor has it the Trump’s camp is preparing a counter attack ad. It consists of an unflattering photo of Rand Paul with Trump doing the voice-over, “I am not a career politician like this weasel. I am Donald Trump and I approve this message.”
To the utter dismay of the Republican establishment (Fox News), Trump has hit on a simple, but effective message.
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