Not even Jeb Bush’s family could save his candidacy.
The MSM insisted on telling us South Carolina was Bush territory. Yeah, sure. So much so that the primary results on February 20 indicated that it was time for him to pull out of the race.
I read last week that the adviser who put the ‘!’ after ‘Jeb’ was probably someone who knew him well and disliked him a lot. No doubt. Take a final look at Jeb!
Bush voters now must make a new choice. The MSM are going to have fun spinning that one over the next few days before the GOP caucus in Nevada takes place.
Meanwhile, Trump handily swept up many Evangelical voters the MSM said belonged to Cruz, who was stuck in a dead heat with Rubio with a difference of just a few tenths of a percentage point.
Dispelling another MSM myth about the stupidity of Trump voters, The Audacious Epigone has excellent bar charts showing that South Carolina’s well-educated, high-income Republicans chose the Donald over the other candidates.
The New York Times has a geographic breakdown of how South Carolinians voted. Bush picked up the most votes in the corridor between Columbia and Charleston. Trump did better in counties outside of that area. Ben Carson did the best upstate.
The MSM were moribund when announcing Trump’s victory in South Carolina. I watched live coverage on CBSN from Spartanburg with Major Garrett and veteran newscaster Bob Schieffer. Schieffer tried to convince us again and again that Trump’s win was not that large. Garrett was more even-handed. The commentators and pundits behind the desk in New York still did not believe Trump could or would get the GOP nomination. A young writer for The New Yorker asked why, when Trump’s showing has been so strong. The others quickly changed the subject to Hillary Clinton.
The Telegraph, too, holds out hope that Trump can be stopped:
The last hope of the Republican “establishment” is that 168 so called “super delegates” could tilt a tight contest at the Convention away from Mr Trump if he does not arrive with enough backing to win the nomination outright.
their freedom of action has been curtailed by a change in the rules which mandates them to vote for the candidate their state supported.
The GOP hierarchy sounds like the MSM: Trump must be stopped. The New York Times spoke with party operative Stuart Stevens. He was Mitt Romney’s chief strategist in 2012 and appeared in Matt Frei’s recent documentary on Trump for Channel 4. If Stevens is truly Republican, I’d be very surprised. He looks and talks like a Democrat. No wonder Mitt lost. Of Trump’s commanding lead, he said:
It’s bad for the party and bad for the country. I don’t think there is anything good about it.
It’s crazy that’s nobody else is trying to win except Trump.
It’s all part of the GOP’s failure theatre, of which Stevens is a part.
Stevens also said:
Rubio is not going after the person who is winning. I’ve never seen a campaign that seems as satisfied to not go after the leader.
It’s sensible for Rubio to not attack Trump, because he would get it thrown right back at him. The worst thing would be for Trump to remark on Rubio’s lack of natural-born citizenship.
Trump no doubt has the inside track on all his opponents, Republican and Democrat. He will play those cards only if he needs to. Right now, he has Cruz and Rubio stuck together in a distant second, so he can lay off criticising them unless they attack him first. After his poor performance in the debate where Chris Christie laid into him, Rubio will lie doggo.
As we await the Nevada caucus this week, Real Clear Politics shows Trump in the lead there with 42% support, Cruz and Rubio with 20% and 19% respectively with Kasich and Carson at 7% and 6%.
This is the most exciting primary in decades. Trump could shake up the Republican Party for a long time to come. Now that really would represent hope and change.