Which Candidates Survived The South Carolina Bloodbath?

ELDER PATRIOT – If the overnight poll on the Drudge Report tells us anything it’s that the Republican electorate is not forgiving anyone even remotely associated with the defeats that the Republican Party routinely accepted when then consistently found the votes to commit the future earnings of yet to be born Americans to advance the entire agenda of Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.


In that light let’s take a look at one man’s opinion of what happened at last night’s dustup. 

Donald Trump

Trump’s popularity continues to be founded on three things, his integrity (the belief that no one has “bought” him,) his success (and his promise to bring as much of that success to as many people as possible,) and his backbone (he’s willing to take on an entrenched establishment anytime and anywhere.)  All three of these Trump qualities were on full display last night and that is all that his supporters care about for two reasons: 1. He gives them the sense that he’ll fight to his last ounce of strength to protect their interests and, 2. They’ve already dismissed the other candidates for their previous ties to the party that has willingly sold them out to special interests.

Whether Trump will attempt to monetize the presidency for his personal gain if he wins is not known.  For now the public is convinced that all of the others are guilty of that and that inures to his benefit.

Ted Cruz

Cruz is the lone ideologically committed conservative in this race.  In another year he might be the leader but he is appealing to the limited members of the party base that Trump hasn’t connected with who have decided not to abandon the party altogether.  He has the support of nearly all of the other candidates combined still remaining in the race and is well positioned if Trump’s support were to collapse.

In the Senate, Cruz stood firm against establishment acquiescence to the Democrats and many voters remember that.  The same thing that makes him popular with those voters undermines his support elsewhere because the media’s success at painting him as too strident he struggles to win broad based support. 

Other potential supporters are concerned that his strident pro-life stand will limit his voter reach in a general election that is being seen as the last opportunity to turn back the tide of socialism that would signal the end of American Exceptionalism.

Ideologically, Cruz is the closest thing to Ronald Reagan in this race but his demeanor and his embrace of “dirty” tricks have turned off many voters.  There’s a reason Trump keeps hammering Cruz by calling him “nasty.”  Focus groups have determined that Cruz is susceptible to that label.

Marco Rubio

Rubio’s debate performance was outstanding and his answers to questioning were crisply delivered and showed a deep understanding of the issues.  He looked presidential last night and he’s erased any charges of being scripted that were leveled after the last debate.

This highlights the problem that I have with the debate process; it provides deeply flawed candidates with strong political skills to resurrect themselves when their voting history should’ve disqualified them from the outset.  Try as he has, Rubio cannot distance himself from his involvement with Open-Border Leftist Chuck Schumer and the Gang of Eight that tried shoving amnesty through the Senate.

Rubio may ultimately garner the backing of those voters still supportive of the other establishment candidates when they finally coalesce around one man but that will not be nearly enough to come close to winning the nomination.

John Kasich

For the most part Kasich stayed out of the rumble that was taking place in the middle of the stage.  His folksy approach and message of hope just isn’t enough to sway voters this election cycle who are rejecting experienced politicians simply because they are experienced politicians.

Kasich gave a fairly impressive list of his accomplishments while governor of Ohio until Trump pricked his balloon by reminding people that the discovery of oil in Ohio provided the money to cover a multitude of Kasich’s spending excesses.

Jeb Bush

Very few voters remain who believe that Jeb has what it takes to be president.  He’s a loyal son who defended his dad by saying “he’s the greatest man alive.”  But he cannot overcome the fact that his father squandered the support that Ronald Reagan had handed off to him and that paved the way for the rise of the Clinton dynasty that coarsened American culture forever and corrupted politics in ways that are almost indescribable.

Jeb also found it necessary to defend his brother.  His claim that his brother “built an apparatus to keep us safe” didn’t resonate among listeners outside of the party apparatchiks invited to sit in the audience.  Eighty-four percent of Americans have rejected the official story of what happened on 9/11 and that has made them wary of that very apparatus built by Brother George that now spies on everything they do ostensibly to keep them safe.  At the same time that the government continues to grow it’s surveillance over Americans it has no clue who is entering our country from the Middle East and crossing our southern border.

Americans are looking for change and Bush doesn’t even try offering it.

His attack on Trump’s business bankruptcies highlighted the disconnect between government and business and reminded viewers that government doubles down on it’s failures forcing more of the taxpayers’ money down the rabbit hole instead of cleansing itself as businesses do and as the law provides for.

It’s likely Bush’ financial support goes dry after his abysmal performance last night.  He may hang in for a while to serve as a distraction to Trump along the campaign trail but expect him to cash out before the Florida primary on March 15th in order to save himself the embarrassment of being trounced in his home state

Ben Carson

Carson confirmed what most people already knew about him, he’s a genuinely decent man with reasonably good instincts that would stand him in good stead in the Oval Office.  In a year when the voters are irate his soft-spoken demeanor does him no favors.