January 16, 2016

WHICH IS WHY JEB SHOULD HAVE STAYED POSITIVE ALL ALONG:

Cruz plotting new attacks on Trump : 'He's pro-choice. He's pro- gay marriage. He's against traditional values. He's New York, and he's got to talk about that.' (KATIE GLUECK and BEN SCHRECKINGER, 1/16/16, Politico)

It's a dramatic shift for Cruz, who until this week either ignored or laughed off Trump's occasional swipes, instead describing him at every turn as a "friend" whom he "likes and respects," and appearing deeply reluctant to acknowledge disagreement with even Trump's most controversial comments. [...]

Asked what he meant by Trump's "background," Sweet continued, referencing a Trump appearance at a cattle call in Iowa last summer. "I think it's interesting that Trump ... basically said at [a] family values forum he's never asked for forgiveness, but yet he is Christian. I would ask most Christians the question, 'What is the first thing you do to become a Christian?' Christians know what the answer to that question is."

Charlie Condon, the former attorney general of South Carolina and a newly minted surrogate, was more pointed in discussing Trump's "background," a preview of the potentially nasty nature of the new Cruz-Trump dynamic.

"A thrice-married man is going to come into South Carolina expecting to be the Republican nominee?" Condon asked incredulously. "He's pro-choice. He's pro- gay marriage. He's against traditional values. He's New York, and he's got to talk about that." [...]

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski threw a punch of his own. "What are they, Calgary values?" he asked of Cruz's beliefs.

As Cruz and Trump look increasingly like each others' chief competitors for the nomination, some conservatives worry that the rancor between them only undermines the chances of either winning the nomination, strengthening the hand of the establishment wing of the party instead.

The two of them, with their already high unfavorability ratings, have no choice but to go hammer and tongs, essentially disqualifying themselves and each other, leaving the path to the nomination open for Jeb, provided that the latter switches to a positive message of achievement and proposed policies.  Every cycle is the same for the GOP.



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