July 18, 2015

THE USEFUL IDIOTS' APPRENTICE:

HOW TRUMP MAY ULTIMATELY HELP BUSH : Though he attacks the former governor, Trump is actually dividing the voters whom Bush's rivals need.  (Ronald Brownstein, 7/17/15, National Journal)

The paradox of Donald Trump's bombastic presidential campaign is that his rise may ultimately benefit the rival he has attacked most vociferously.

With his rambling and belligerent speech in Phoenix last Saturday, Trump signaled again that on the sprawling list of targets that inspire his antagonism, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ranks near the bulls-eye. "If you people go with Bush," Trump insisted flatly during the speech, "you are going to lose."

And yet, while he is creating some risks for the nominal front-runner, many Republican analysts predict that Trump eventually could prove more asset than obstacle to Bush's bid for the party nomination. "If you were a total evil-conspiracy theorist, you'd think the Trilateral Commission got Trump to run because ... it helps Jeb more than anybody," says longtime Republican strategist David Carney.

Every time an opponent calls Jeb too moderate to be the nominee, they drive home the point to voters that he's exactly moderate enough to be president of the United States. It's particularly useful among voters who misunderstand W's presidency and believe it to have been rightwing, rather than conservative.

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