Rush Limbaugh has the best analysis of why Trump is leading. Do not listen if you are not tolerant of views other than your own... Redistributed from Doug's site.
The attacks these past two weeks remind me of the Ron Paul(bots) of previous elections, and I wonder if they are the majority of the vocal name-callers and are giving the Cruz supporters a bad name. The Paul-bots, if you don't remember, would swarm anyone online, or any poll online. No intellectual discussions, just swarm and overwhelm any discussion that either ignored Ron Paul or put him in a bad light. I'm seeing the same behavior with the Cruz supporters now, and while I know it is just a few, it is getting old real fast. If you are a Cruz supporter, by all means engage. But tell everyone something positive about Ted Cruz. Persuade. Don't insult. You can use the format of my Trump post as an outline.
I'm keeping a mental tally of those people who are against Trump (which seems to mean pro-Cruz). In several weeks either they will be celebrating as Cruz takes the nomination, or they will be bitter for the next 10 months, ready to gloat if the GOP nominee fails to win the general election. Perhaps they will also be quick with the "I told you so" when (not if) President Trump does something less-than-conservative.
Here are some of the anti-Trump types:
Rush Limbaugh. Despite his excellent analysis above and over the past two weeks, it is my guess that Rush is in the bag for Cruz for this reason alone: Rush says the GOPe hates Cruz more than they hate Trump. And he never explains why. I think this is a way to push voters to Cruz without coming out and saying why. Rush knows this is an anti-establishment election, on both sides, and his saying this with ZERO supporting evidence, tells me he's for Cruz, but not so much he's willing to lose some of his audience.
National Review Online.
John Hawkins (RightWingNews). Here are some of John's tweets between Jan 20-24. I think these were meant to deceive, distract and manipulate. None of his comments were sourced, for example. I also think they are unbecoming of a leader in the new-media. I've told him this in my FB replies.
I am not much of a magazine guy, but I did just sign up for a year of National Review Digital as a thank you for their anti-Trump editionJohn endorsed Cruz on the 30th.
Do you really think a guy who tried to use eminent domain to take a widow's home for a LIMO PARKING LOT is really for the little guy? #Trump
If Trump's the nominee, Republicans will have to root for Obamacare to stay in place, because his single payer system is even worse.
I disagree with Donald Trump's pro-amnesty stance....
George Bush had better favorable/unfavorable numbers when he left office than Trump does right now.
Just for the record, if Ted Cruz shoots someone, I will no longer support his candidacy...unless it's an establishment guy in a duel #cool
People who slime Trump supporters or refer to Trump as a fascist/Hitler deserve to be ignored, disrespected and tuned out by conservatives.
What makes anyone think a flip-flopping moderate like Trump would make deals they'd like better than a country club Republican like Boehner?
Wow, Bloomberg might run? He's a moderate billionaire, can't be bought, speaks his mind & has "New York Values." It's like they're twins!
Donald Trump is so much of a squish that he makes Lindsey Graham look like Rush Limbaugh.
Why don't we draft Warren Buffet as the GOP nominee? He's not conservative, but neither is Trump. He's also richer & less erratic. #improve?
If someone tells you that at least Trump keeps his word, it's a sign they don't know that much about him.
Trump never loses! Except for the 4 bankruptcies. And Trump steaks. Trump Vodka. Trump university. The USFL. Trump airlines, etc, etc, etc
If Trump is our nominee, it's an auto-win for the Dems. Obamacare's permanent. Prolly 4 Supreme Court Justices. Executive orders all stand.
I don't ever link or push anything that refers to Trump as a "Hitler" or that trashes his supporters. That's obnoxious.
Shorter Trump: Elect me and I'll be another John Boehner! Wait, what?
You can't stop Trump, but you can contain him. Savage him enough & then he won't have enough support to win when the primary field shrinks.
The RNC was right to pull National Review's debate invite for bombing on Trump. It was still worth it for them to do it.
Trump has never voted in a Republican primary, said W. is the worst POTUS in history & was supporting Democrats & amnesty just 3 years ago.
Why should we be nervous about how a celebrity like Trump would govern? Look how well it worked out with Schwarzenegger & Ventura? Wait...
I'm going to be do everything I can to stop Trump from getting nominated. If he wins, I'll do what I can to help, but it will be hopeless.
Was doing some research & discovered that both Jimmy Carter & Walter Mondale had better favorability ratings than Trump. #encouragingnot
Trump ahead in state polls? Important! Polls showing Trump's favorable rating is only 5 points higher than Todd Akin's? #lookoverthere
Even though I don't think Trump is the right guy to be the nominee, I'd never question someone's conservative bona fides for supporting him
Why are the polls showing Trump ahead relevant, when the polls showing his 33% favorability rating are treated like they don't matter?
I offered to partner with John on a comparison between Cruz and Trump on immigration. You can see his decline here.
Any ideas why he avoided this 5-min chore to help communicate the candidates' position on immigration?
I predicted two weeks ago that Cruz will get the nomination. The math adds up. Or, it did. I now see the possibility of Cruz losing ground and giving the #2 position to Rubio. Here is why:
What I can't predict is how the conservative movement will work together after the childish and rude attacks from the Cruz supporters. I just hope the Trump supporters continue to ignore the cheap shots.
UPDATED and BUMPED 2.7.16 10:30pm:
Comrade John Hawkins does not tolerate insubordination!
The "Rubio Was Right" post I linked to. The 2nd link was to this post.
Inspired by John, for John:
UPDATED 2.17.16 10:30am:
Diane Marshall helps frame the Trump phenomenon in this response to the once sane Glenn Beck.