| Sorry establishment Republicans, The Donald isn’t dead yet
| Friday, February 05, 2016
|If Donald Trump had won in Iowa on Monday night, everybody would still be saying what a brilliant candidate he is.
His decision to shun that Fox News debate, just four days before the caucuses, would be seen as a tactical masterstroke. Looking at his poll lead ahead of the New Hampshire primary next week, journalists would be saying that he had effectively secured the Republican party nomination.
He didn’t win, though. He came second, almost third, and now the
narrative about the Trump phenomenon can be turned upside down. Trump’s
refusal to abide by the established rules of campaigning was foolhardy.
Ducking the debate was a big mistake.
The victory of Ted Cruz, the
conservative ‘grassroots’ candidate, proved the enduring power of
organised politics. And the late surge for Marco Rubio — who surprised
everyone by finishing just 1 per cent behind Trump — showed that,
despite all the disgruntlement among Republican voters, the party
establishment can still come out on top.
Trump’s barmy rebellion now
looks ready to collapse, and people will ask if the celebrity
businessman was ever that serious about becoming president. Before dismissing Trump’s candidacy, however, it’s worth examining what he has achieved.
He won 24 per cent of the vote (against Cruz’s 28 per cent and Rubio’s 23 per cent) in Iowa, a state in which, until a few weeks ago, nobody thought he had a chance. Trump has rather sweetly spent almost $500,000 on ‘Make America Great Again’ baseball hats. He appears to have spent almost nothing on boring but important activities such as canvassing or researching voter preferences, however.
He has given his campaign about two-thirds of its $19 million funds (‘It’s not worth it!’ he tweeted this week), but that sum looks piddling compared with the $47 million raised by Cruz or the $112 million behind Hillary Clinton. Still, through the sheer force of his personality, and his media shock value, he almost pulled off a ridiculous victory.Read it all here...................
HT : BCF
|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 7:08 AM