This was to finally be the year of the movement conservative. What none of them realized, was that the white, non-college educated working man had abandoned the Republican party two elections ago.
One wonders with so many fantastic schemes, worthy of the Game of Thrones, if not House of Cards, when they will posit the notion of digging up Ronald Reagan's bones and running them.
Trump won Kentucky and Louisiana. Cruz won Kansas and Maine. Rubio won Puerto Rico. Trump now has 384 delegates, Ted Cruz 300 and Marco Rubio 151. 1,237 are needed to win the nomination.
Presidential debates are media events. Even so, they have rules, some apparent and official, some less apparent and unofficial. The same rules that work for Trump, Cruz and Rubio work against the good doctor.
South Carolina is now in the record books. Trump is once again the winner, despite dredging up Code Pink’s talking points against George W. Bush, and despite a dust-up with the Pope. Cruz has fallen to third and Rubio is back on track after the New Hampshire debacle. Jeb is out of the race. Believe it or not, that is how the process is supposed to work.
Before Iowa, pundits theorized about Trump steamrolling the competition all the way to the nomination. The real steamroller, should he finish first, or even a strong second will be Marco Rubio.
The very first question will be about Donald Trump
Marco Rubio: Did well as expected in the debate. Will this translate into votes in the primaries? His chief nemesis to date has been his fellow Floridian, Jeb Bush. Try as he might, Jeb just cannot penetrate Marco’s armor of being quick witted, good-looking and young.
Last time, the moderators from CNBC made themselves the story. They succeeded in uniting the GOP field against them. It was a good night for those who were quick on their feet, those who excel at the debate format. For those who wanted an opportunity to get their message on policy out to the public, they were largely denied much of a chance. As a vehicle for getting substantive discussion out, the third debate fell way short.
Cruz will split his time between attacking Hillary, Obama and the Supreme Court. He might find time to take some shots at Mitch McConnell. Cruz had to cut short his attacks on the Court and McConnell to demolish the smarmy CNBC moderators.