“Look, Jeb Bush was a very successful governor, he’s a thoughtful man, he was a good, conservative governor. But every day, Donald Trump is emasculating Jeb Bush, and Republican primary voters are not going to default to the establishment candidate who is being weakened by these attacks that go unresponded to.” – Steve Schmidt [Politico]
THERE WAS no doubt what Donald Trump meant when he said that Jeb! was a “low energy person” but a “nice guy.” He was calling the former governor of Florida a wimp. It was an attempt to neuter the establishment’s favorite messenger, which Jeb Bush never really answered sufficiently, except to parrot Trump’s “anchor baby” epithet. Jeb’s reaction proved Trump’s point, which is that he’s just not got the persona for the presidency.
No man lets an adversary question his manhood. “Emasculating” Jeb Bush was the political move of the summer, because it helped cast Donald Trump as the alpha candidate in the race, which sealed the summer of Trump.
As September beckons, the establishment won’t allow the advantage Donald Trump has built up stand without rebuttal. The onslaught of ads will rain down on the Trump campaign, giving the candidate an indoctrination by Republican elites.
The GOP establishment simply can’t concentrate on Hillary Clinton or any other Democrat right now, because of what Trump’s accomplished this summer.
And now that Ben Carson is surging in Iowa, tying Donald Trump in one poll, will he target him the way he has Jeb?
Ben Carson and Donald Trump are tied at the top of the Republican field in a new survey of likely Iowa caucus-goers with 23 percent each, according to the results of a Monmouth University poll released Monday. [Politico]
If Republicans think Ben Carson can do what Donald Trump can’t they’re dreaming. But since Scott Walker has imploded they’ve got to do something.
After Labor Day we will find out what kind of campaign organization Donald Trump has, because they’re going to be put to the test.
— Conrad Hackett (@conradhackett) August 31, 2015