Ted Cruz trounced Donald “I Am A Winner” Trump in Iowa last night. Even Marco Rubio almost routed Trump. The Donald’s inevitability and invincibility proved to be ephemeral narratives. (Donald and Hillary are oh so similar!)
It is easy to see Trump’s path to defeat: Iowa – loss to Cruz (and, almost, Rubio); New Hampshire – loss to Rubio (or, perhaps, Cruz); South Carolina – loss to Cruz.(or, perhaps, Rubio); Nevada – loss to Cruz (or, perhaps, Rubio).
What kind of bounces will Cruz and Rubio get from their yuuge victories over Trump in Iowa? (Rubio had a massive expectations victory over the vainglorious Trump.)
How will Trump’s ego-bursting defeat in Iowa change his campaign and message? He will necessarily attack Rubio to court the moderate vote in New Hampshire. (But Cruz still poses a distinct threat to his ascendancy to the throne, er, presidency. A strong showing by Cruz in the “Live Free or Die” State will strike fear in Trump’s heart.)
Trump’s unfamiliarity with Christian beliefs and practices will augur ill in South Carolina.
Even Nevada can become problematic for the “I Am A Winner” candidate if his inevitable victories turn into disastrous defeats.
Will Trump supplement his own “hope and change” message with specific policy positions? Can he, at this late stage, prove his conservative credentials? Appealing to patriotism is not enough. An understanding of America’s history, our Constitution, our Christian heritage, and the world around us is essential. These Trump lacks.
Trump is only the latest billionaire trying to buy himself into the White House, but the American people are far too smart for him.