The experts initially settled upon Latino-in-Law Jeb Bush on the grounds that Jeb’s Mommy Issues that led him to marry the woman in the world least like ol’ Barb made him the perfect fit. But those pesky Republican voters have so far failed to grasp the palpable brilliance of this strategy. So last night the experts shifted their allegiance from the Latino-in-Law to the Birthright Latino.The headline from Reuters' report on the debate: "Rubio, Cruz dominate rowdy Republican presidential debate". The third paragraph opens, "In a dominating performance, Rubio, the U.S. senator from Florida..." Charles Krauthammer--who, thanks to Dick Morris, doesn't quite earn the worst-prognosticating-political-pundit-on-television title--gave Rubio the gold medal. And so on.
Meanwhile, post-debate polls tell a different story. CNBC and Drudge Report--websites that probably do not have a large amount of visitor overlap--each conducted their own, asking respondents who they thought won the third debate:
|CNBC and Drudge polls, respectively|
Results from a third NewsMax poll were quite similar, with Trump dominating at 46%, followed by Cruz at 20%. These polls are not scientific, but the participation numbers were huge. I follow Trump's social media presence closely. No heads-up was given regarding the polls, no push effort made at all so far as I'm able to tell. The results were spontaneous.
They show that of the Establishment-approved candidates--Rubio, Bush, Kasich)--Rubio fared the least poorly. Consequently, he's the new last great hope, but the Establishment has been impotent over the last several months and it's quickly running out of time to make something happen.
Carson appears to have been crushed. In desperation, the Establishment had freshly crowned him as the new 'front runner' after a single poll--with a margin of error of 6 points and in the midst of survey after survey after survey finding Trump in the lead--showed Carson beating Trump by 4 percent.
Cruz is an ambitious 44 year-old politician. VP, which we audaciously predict he will be offered, is a spot he'd be thrilled with. A Trump-Cruz pairing would be a nightmare for the GOP Establishment because it would see the hated outsider teaming up with the disliked, dissenting insider against the corrupt, inept Establishment, an Establishment that gets, in total, about one-fifth of primary voters' support in polls like these.
Trump and Cruz are the two best of the ten remaining GOP contenders on illegal immigration. Neither appear to be of any use on curtailing legal immigration. Trump likely gets the National Question at some level, Cruz probably does not. But the good need not be the enemy of the perfect.
Trump is neutralizing all the Cultural Marxists' standard tactics, he's repeatedly pledged to build a border fence and effect the removal of tens of millions of illegals, and he has a real shot at the presidency. As someone who has been in the restrictionist trenches for over a decade, this is far and away the best the prospects for real restrictionism have ever been. The hour is getting late, but it's not quite midnight yet.
Illegal immigration is the easier sell. Make it first and then we move on to legal immigration.