The tough spot for the other GOP candidates is Trump is wrong about the same stuff they are and right about stuff they'd never admit.
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) July 26, 2015
So, apparently one of Scott Walker’s fundraisers (as opposed to Scott Walker’s funders, David & Charles) called The Donald a hurtful name. Mr. Trump would not let this calumny stand. As reported by Dave Weigel in the Washington Post:
… On Saturday Trump went for the hat trick, gleefully insulting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker because one of Walker’s fundraisers called the billionaire real estate mogul ‘DumbDumb.’
“Finally, I can attack!” Trump said at a packed rally at Oskaloosa High School. “Wisconsin’s doing terribly. It’s in turmoil. The roads are a disaster because they don’t have any money to rebuild them. They’re borrowing money like crazy. They projected a $1 billion surplus, and it turns out to be a deficit of $2.2 billion. The schools are a disaster. The hospitals and education was a disaster. And he was totally in favor of Common Core!”
The mention of the state-driven education standards — from which Walker, like many Republican governors, has walked away — incited a prolonged boo. That was not enough for Trump, who told a story about Walker giving him a “beautiful plaque” out of gratitude for campaign donations and wondered if “Wisconsin paid for it.”
Republicans’ hopes of banishing Trump from their presidential primary may have wilted in the heat of the Iowa summer. On his first visit to the caucus state since the McCain insult, Trump drew a crowd of 1,300 in a city of 11,463. He cleaned up his remarks about veterans, from the stage and in the crowd. He talked with characteristic gusto about “killing in the polls and” securing a spot in the party’s first sanctioned debate, scheduled for Aug. 6.
“I’m going to be there,” Trump told reporters, “much to the chagrin of many people.”…
None of them Democrats! The bit I highlighted would make a great campaign commercial — for the DNC. It is, after all, the truth. (Also, Walker calling anyone else dumb is a page right out of Rove’s playbook, but it would seem the Kochs haven’t been able to hire ratfvckers who can successfully override the perception that Scott Walker always looks and usually sounds like he’s just taken a 2×4 to the back of his head.)
New poll: Trump 28%, Bush 14%, Walker 13% http://t.co/nkKfQF9oSN
— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) July 25, 2015
@jbarro his biggest strength is that he cannot possibly be shamed out of the race
— Dr. Ed (@ICUDrEd) July 25, 2015
And he (probably) can afford it, too — the Washington Post looked at the numbers, such as they are. Doesn’t mean Trump can win, of course (although anyone old enough to remember “No, no — Gary Cooper for President, Ronald Reagan for best friend!” will never say never to the American voters’ potential for inexplicable choices), but the more the “serious” GOP candidates insult him, the more incentive he has to keep running just for spite.
— Paul Hair (@PaulHair1) July 26, 2015