I’m really happy that I’m not a Republican nowadays. To have Donald Trump as a presidential candidate is bad enough, but to have him as the overwhelming favorite to win your party’s nomination is just flat-out embarrassing. While he’s extremely popular with many conservatives (mostly those on the far-right), the world is quite literally laughing at the GOP for having this clown as the face of their party.
Heck, even many of the Republicans I know are ashamed that he’s become as popular as he has.
As I’ve pointed out before, the Republican party is in a no-win situation when it comes to Trump. Their only real hope is that he ultimately ends up screwing himself over because it doesn’t appear that he’s in any danger of losing his momentum.
And as some of the latest poll numbers prove, his popularity only continues to surge.
According to the newest Public Policy Polling numbers, Trump’s dominance in New Hampshire has exploded to 35 percent – which is 24 points greater than his nearest rival, Ohio Governor John Kasich. In an even more ominous sign for the GOP, the hand-picked favorite by the RNC, Jeb Bush, came in fourth with only 7 percent support.
But the news gets even worse for the GOP as it isn’t just in New Hampshire where Trump’s overwhelming dominance grew. A Monmouth University poll showed that in South Carolina, Trump is currently doubling up his nearest competition with support from 30 percent of poll respondents. Meanwhile, Ben Carson came in second (15 percent) and Bush came in third with a paltry 9 percent.
This is about as bad as it gets for the GOP. Not only is Trump continuing to massively overshadow every single other candidate in the crowded Republican field, but the candidate the RNC wants to win the nomination is sinking further and further into obscurity.
To be fair, Bush’s fall from grace has just as much to do with his own idiocy as it does Trump’s continued surge. Almost every time Jeb opens his mouth, he only seems to make things worse for himself. That’s not good when many conservatives really didn’t want to support him in the first place. He was basically just 2016’s version of Mitt Romney, the “most electable” person they could find to run in a field of candidates that was certainly going to be filled with far-right radicals who would get crushed in a general election.
How will this all ultimately turn out? My guess continues to be that eventually, Donald Trump is going to self-destruct. One of these days he’s going to push things a bit too far and it’s going to torpedo his campaign. Meanwhile, Bush will probably prove to be “2016’s Mitt Romney” and win the GOP nomination because he’ll be the “most electable” candidate Republicans can find.
Until that happens, I will fully admit I’m absolutely enjoying watching Trump turn the Republican party upside down.
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